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Instructor Info:Patricia Bennett
TA Info:Hannah Farmery
Augusta Sitney
Aliza Spicehandler
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP

The intent of this course is to provide a supportive space for female students to acquire hands-on fabrication shop skills. Students will be introduced to the basic tools, equipment, machinery and resources available through the Lemelson Center. We will cover basic elements of design and project planning. Students will be expected to participate in discussions of their own and each other's work. Upon completion of the course, participants will have start-to-finish experience with several projects, a working knowledge of what' s available in the shop, and the skills needed to go forward with their own ideas.

Course Objectives:

Acquire skills in a range of techniques and materials used in the Lemelson Shop including metal fabrication and some use of plastic, wood and glass.

-Learn and use safe studio and shop practices

-Develop and encourage individual creative interests and conceptual skills

-Explore current and past women in the fields of sculpture and design

-Discuss and explore content and context of objects made in class by sharing your ideas and learning experience.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation will be based on completed projects, class participation (enthusiasm and attendance) and involvement in class critiques.

Additional Info:


Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period, (either a sheet will be passed around or a TA will be noting attendance). Please note: If you are late, it is your responsibility to contact the TA in charge of attendence.  Success in a studio class is dependent upon your participation in the studio activities and interaction with other students.  Skill and knowledge is acquired as much by doing and participating as it is by reading and responding.  This cannot occur if you are not in class.  Therefore, three unexcused absences will result in an incomplete for the course.


Please communicate with me if you have an emergency and need to miss a class.