Part I – The Symbolic
Andrea Keller, Guest Instructor
(Note this is a two-part lecture: The Language of Ornament, Part II: The Representational, is scheduled on August 25th.)
Ornament is defined as artistic elements added to an otherwise functional structure or object, with the sole purpose of making it more beautiful. This elaboration has the power to both beautify and glorify, and the content does not have to be explicitly understood by the viewer in order to be enjoyed.
This course will examine the Language of Ornament, based on categories rather than geographies. Humans have been creating similar forms across the world for millennia, and this lecture will explore artistic expression that appears to be universal both in origin and intent. Participants will achieve a greater degree of fluency in the language of Ornament.
“Ornament is the only visual art whose primary if not exclusive purpose is pleasure.”
“Ornament is the language through which Architecture communicates with a broader public.”
Andrea Keller served on the faculty of USC School of Architecture for seven years, teaching Studio (Architecture), Ecology as a basis for Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture History. She was also a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design. She is founder and principal of AKA architecture + design.
This event will be presented via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the lecture. If you have any questions about this class, please email email@example.com.
Tuition each session:
Free for ICAA Members
General public: $15 for each session suggested donation
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