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The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice / Edition 1

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The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice / Edition 1

Describes the world's leading approach to art and designtaught at Rhode Island School of Design

At Rhode Island School of Design students are immersed in aculture where making questions, ideas, and objects, using andinventing materials, and activating experience all serve to definea form of critical thinking—albeit with one'shands—i.e. "critical making." The Art of CriticalMaking, by RISD faculty and staff, describes fundamentalaspects of RISD's approach to "critical making" and how this canlead to innovation. The process of making taught at RISD is deeplyintrospective, passionate, and often provocative.

This book illuminates how RISD nurtures the creative process,from brief or prompt to outcome, along with guidance on thecritical questions and research that enable making great works ofart and design.

  • Explores the conceptual process, idea research, criticalquestions, and iteration that RISD faculty employ to educatestudents to generate thoughtful work
  • Authors are from the faculty and staff of the Rhode IslandSchool of Design, which consistently ranks as the number one finearts and design college in the United States

The Art of Critical Making shows you how context,materials, thought processes, and self-evaluation are applied inthis educational environment to prepare creative individuals toproduce dynamic, memorable, and meaningful works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118517864
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/23/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ROSANNE SOMERSON is the Provost at Rhode Island School ofDesign. A professor for more than 25 years, she has lectured inmuseums, conferences, corporations, and schools across the world.She has maintained her own studio since 1978 and has exhibited workextensively in museums throughout the United States andinternationally including the Smithsonian American Art Museum andthe Louvre in Paris.

MARA L. HERMANO is Executive Director of StrategicPlanning and Academic Initiatives at Rhode Island School of Design.Trained as an art historian, she has focused her career on theintersection of art and design, culture, and higher education.

Table of Contents

Foreword J 5
John Maeda

Preface 11
Frank R. Wilson

The Art of Critical Making: An Introduction 19
Rosanne Somerson

Groundwork 32
Leslie Hirst

Text and Context: Outward in All Directions 52
Daniel Cavicchi

Conversation: Drawing 74
Patricia C. Phillips

Thingking 94
John Dunnigan

Object Lessons 116
Sarah Ganz Blythe

Conversation: Materials 138
Kelly Dobson

Graphic Design, Storytelling, and the Making of Meaning 164
Lucinda Hitchcock

The Nature Imperative 190
Neal Overstrom

Conversation: Critique 210
Eva Sutton

Acting into the Unknown 230
Pradeep Sharma

Afterword 245
Mara L. Hermano





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