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Fall 2019 – Tree to Object: Practical Woodworking for Sculpture

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San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street

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Tim Kopra
8 Sessions>> Saturdays, September 28- November 16
10:00am-1:00pm, Studio 105, $385

In this class, we will explore the qualities of wood as a medium for constructing sculptural objects. With the use of hand tools, (both traditional and powered) which are relatively inexpensive, and safe to use, hardwoods, softwoods, and wood products such as plywood and MDF will be cut, joined, drilled, sanded, planed, smashed, repaired, carved and finished. The history of wood as a fine-art medium will be addressed, and class projects will be directed towards realizing the creative possibilities of this original carbon fiber to make structures of all kinds with creative freedom.

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Topographical Layering: Using thin materials such as plywood, Masonite, or split wood shingles and a cutting saw such as a coping saw or jigsaw, construct three-dimensional landscape forms with the theory of topographic map layering that approximates curve gradients by representing profiles at even thicknesses. After looking at maps and understanding the concepts of elevation, sequentially outlined pieces will be joined with adhesive, nails, or screws to build up a solid form from seemingly “flat” wood that approximates a landscape of your choosing.
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Tim Kopra illustrates an altered perspective of the social and physical infrastructure in daily life. The language of architecture and the history held in urban debris collide in his aesthetic. He uses sonic elements, and often fabricates work beyond human scale seeking to entangle viewers within banal ubiquitous material in an imaginative way, that challenge accepted notions of everyday experience.

Tim received his Masters in Fine Arts at San Francisco Art Institute in the spring of 2015. He has taught with Oxbow School in Napa, California and with Edventure More Summer Camps in Oakland. Tim is an experienced fabricator and has been a shop technician at UC Santa Cruz and SFAI, and fabricated for Gordon Huether Studios, MoreLab, LAME Arts, and is lead fabricator for Cathartic Productions. Tim has been exhibiting his work since 2009 throughout the Bay Area and internationally. Most notably at the Sesnon Gallery in Santa Cruz, Gallerie Califa in the Czech Republic, Herbst Pavillon in Fort Mason, Southern Exposure and SPUR in San Francisco. He currently works and lives in Oakland, California.

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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.

What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
All classes, unless otherwise noted, meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.

SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.

SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, #45 Union, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: publiceducation@sfai.edu

What is the refund policy?
Refund requests must be made in writing to publiceducation@sfai.edu.

For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.

For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.

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