1. Craft in the Field: A Travel Course of Study
Experiencing craftworks in context and understanding how craftwork finds its way into the world is essential for the future craft practitioner. This course will include:
- Faculty-led field trips to local galleries, museums, private collections, artists’ studios, craft shows, and public lectures
- Trips for tours led by curators, gallery owners, private collectors, and artists
Venues may include the Renwick Gallery; the Smithsonian Craft Show; the Frederick Festival of the Arts; HEATWORK 3.0 at VisArts (exhibitions of work by VisArts’ ceramics faculty and students; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Hirshhorn Museum; the American Craft Council Show (Baltimore); private collectors’ homes; and artists’ studios.
Students will develop critical thinking skills in craft by keeping a journal and writing a series of short essays about these travel experiences.
2. History of Craft Media and Contemporary Practice
Students will attend a series of lectures by VisArts faculty and craft media professionals on historic and contemporary craft media and practices. The lectures will be recorded and archived; students will have permanent access to resources in the archive.
3. Professional Practices for Artists
Students will learn many of the professional practices needed for a sustainable career in craft, including:
- Writing and updating CVs and artist statements
- Artistic photography
- Economics and pricing of work
- Approaching galleries and applying for shows, grants, and residencies
4. Business Practices for Craft Media Artists
Students will learn many of the business practices needed for a sustainable career in craft, including:
- Writing business plans
- Contracts, copyrights, and accounting
- Studio management
- Marketing, branding, social media, and selling online
- Craft fairs and booth design
Students will participate in a six-week studio apprenticeship in their area of interest, which may include studio management, arts administration, curation, and business management.
The is the final course for students pursuing a Certificate of Mastery in Craft and Creative Industries. Students will select a VisArts faculty member to provide instruction, guidance, and critique for a capstone paper and mounting an exhibition of craftworks.