21A.509 Art, Craft, Science


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Examines how people learn, practice, and evaluate traditional and contemporary craft techniques. Social science theories of design, embodiment, apprenticeship learning, skill, labor, expertise, and tacit knowledge are used to explore distinctions among art, craft, and science. Also discusses the commoditization of craft into market goods, collectible art, and tourism industries. Ethnographic and historical case studies include textiles, Shaker furniture, glassblowing, quilting, cheesemaking, industrial design, home and professional cooking, factory and laboratory work, CAD/CAM. Demonstrations, optional field trips, and/or hands-on craft projects may be included. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.509 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by H. Paxson.

Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays in E53-335.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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