Spring 2024 - CA 269 D100

Methods and Concepts: Selected Topics (3)


Class Number: 7397

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 160. A course materials fee is required.



A studio course introducing topics in art-making practices as they relate to practical, conceptual, aesthetic and historical issues in contemporary art. May repeat for credit.


In this hands-on studio course, we will explore various textile methods such as cordage making, working with plant and fibre reactive dyes on fabric, and tapestry weaving. We will experiment with a diverse range of materials, including found/foraged fibres and pigments. While the focus will be on material exploration and skill building, we will have presentations, discussions and occasional readings to help contextualize our work in the studio. Through the medium of textiles, we will engage with questions about craft, labour, boundaries of work and art work, and ideologies surrounding art making and viewership.


  • Major Projects (30% x 2) 60%
  • Material Exploration Samples & Class Work 15%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Active Participation & Preparedness 15%


Please note that this course has a hybrid format combining material research, skill building and conceptual learning activities. The assignments and grading will reflect this: material exploration exercises will ask you to produce creative samples by experimenting with techniques learned in class, while presentations will require you to research textile methods, traditions, and works in relation to contemporary art. Major projects will challenge you to use textile techniques and ideas towards creating independent artworks.

60% Major Projects (30% x 2)

Projects will ask you to engage with course topics & techniques in a visually and conceptually complex manner. It is expected that you organize your schedule so that you can do plenty of experimentation before finalizing your project and book meetings with me to discuss your progress. Detailed evaluation criteria will be available on assignment outlines.

Projects will be accepted up to 1 week after the date, with a letter grade deduction for each day.

15% Material Exploration Samples & Class Work

Sometimes you will be asked to work on small exercises between classes and bring them in for a “sample viewing”. Please document all
your samples as well as the exercises you produce in class and periodically upload them to Canvas. These will be cumulatively graded at the end of the course, but feel free to talk to me about how you are doing at any time during the course.

10% Presentation

Guidelines will be provided in Class 1.

15% Active Participation & Preparedness

Classes will involve lots of talking time, which may assume
various discussion formats. Please do your best to engage with the discussion - what is expected from you is often thinking through talking, so please do not be afraid of presenting unresolved ideas or contradicting yourself. Supporting each other by encouraging a fellow classmate to follow up on their thread of thought, building on their comments, or responding to their work is a fully legitimate and much necessary way of participating through speaking. Being on time & prepared for classes, installing your work in a timely manner before project presentations and general professionalism will be part of the consideration.



To get started you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle
  • Thin flexible metal wire, armature wire, paper covered wire, electrical wire or floral wire Several containers for water and dyes (eg. empty yoghurt tubs)
  • Syringes, mini squeeze bottles
  • Washable school glue (in squeeze bottle)
  • Various brushes, a foam brush
  • Various colours of worsted weight yarn (wool strongly preferred, but acrylic/cotton alternatives may be discussed)
  • Apron or old clothes
  • Clothes pins
Additional materials may be requested as the course progresses. You will be asked to bring miscellaneous household items and found materials from time to time. Production of major projects may require you to purchase larger quantities of specific materials that are normally available for classroom use. Please give yourself enough time to source specialty materials before the projects are due.


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Registrar Notes:


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