Within the Ceramics area, you will be encouraged to develop your personal aesthetic, and find your own voice in the material. The curriculum affirms the need for direct experiences in the manipulation of material toward expressive ends. Studies introduce you to a broad range of concepts, materials, techniques, and equipment, all within the scientific, technological, and social contexts of contemporary culture and current art practice. Concept, craft, process and end product are emphasized equally, as is a multidisciplinary approach, integrating sculpture, painting, drawing, print media, design, and architecture. Acknowledging a rich history and traditional techniques, your explorations in ceramics will merge these with modern digital applications and tools, as well as two- and three-dimensional work.
Drawing is an area of study, practice, and inquiry that is integral to many other disciplines at Emily Carr. A range of dynamic approaches will support the development of your manual, optical, and intellectual abilities in drawing. Traditional observational methods such as life drawing from models, and other figurative and perspective projects, are complemented by experimental assignments, drawing for narrative, from memory, abstraction, as well as conceptual methods for drawing from ideas. You will develop your confidence, knowledge, skill, and experience in material exploration, and experiment with techniques, tools, media, papers, and other supports. Through presentation, workshop, critique, and discussion, your production will be complimented as you work within assigned, directed, and (at the senior level) self-directed projects.
Within the Painting area at Emily Carr, you will explore colour, image, structure, surface, and support through studio practice and rigorous dialogue about painting today. Through a variety of approaches, you will build on the discipline’s possibilities, while reconsidering historical precedents to convey new meanings. Whether narrative or abstract, in the representation of images, shapes and forms, a range of materials including acrylic and oil paints, along with other media, will be employed. Presentations, projects, individual and group critiques, readings and exercises are part of the teaching structure. You will draw on the knowledge you acquire to consider appropriate techniques, theoretical challenges and technical models. Following your interests, you will have options to integrate both digital and analogue data to form new hybrids in this classic art form.
Print Media is an area in which visual artists use printmaking techniques to express creative vision, and continue to explore and evolve the the medium with new innovations, including applied technologies, digital and photo-based imaging. Transcending culture and crossing the boundaries between fine art, popular culture and mass media, the need to visually communicate and share information, propaganda, desire, and dissent, has a rich history. In the print media studio you will explore the concepts and processes that have shaped this form of artistic expression, as well as the role that printed image and text have played in society since the 13th century. As a printmaker, you will transcribe images or text onto a surface, then generate multiple identical or variant images on paper or other materials. As a visual artist, your critical studies will consider how these images and text pervade and inform our daily lives as a visual communications system. From intaglio, screen print, lithography, and woodcut to book media, your exploration in printmaking will examine historical and contemporary methods and directions for a broad understanding of the art form and its possibilities.
The Sculpture and Expanded Practices area's curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinarity and the development of ideas and concepts through the study of three-dimensional form and space. You will explore sculptural practice and develop an understanding of sculpture's past and present contexts as well as techniques, materials and methods that reflect the diversity of its contemporary and traditional practices. Investigation of concepts and materials in traditional and non-traditional media inform the creation of sculptures, installations, and engaged practice in social spaces, as well as public art. Sculpture experimentation through video, installation, digital media, and kinetics, in addition to the production of cast and constructed objects, will be encouraged. Early on projects and readings are assigned, progressing through workshops, demonstrations, installations, presentations, discussion and individual or group critiques, all of which provide a basis for independent projects at subsequent levels.