SCHOOLHAUS / A4 – SUMMER 2014
(Footnoted for further detail, explanation and ranting.)
Schoolhaus is proud to announce the launch of our new 3-month summer course we’ve lovingly entitled ‘A4.’
Schoolhaus / A4 * is a 12-week educational evening program co-directed by Zak Sally of La Mano , and Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus. The program will be held in Minneapolis, MN, and span the months of June through August 2014. ** A4 preserves the philosophy of small-scale education founded in the initial Schoolhaus by discarding prescribed learning and standardized objectives. The program focuses instead on the human condition of living a creative life, collaborative and self-directed outcomes, and the making of things. ***
Curriculum is shaped through weekly collaborative presentations from both directors based on an essential form, process, or philosophy that drives and defines each of their own practices. Some examples of discussion topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Typographic Theory
• Visual Narrative
• Conscious and Unconscious Creativity
• Printmaking (Screenprinting, Offset, Risograph)
• Creative Writing
• Composition & Scale
• The Power of Empathy
• How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Halftone
Discussions may at times converge, and diverge, but will be based solely on what we perceive as our most essential creative ideas and approaches. **** The format of these presentations also exemplifies an interdisciplinary approach to making art which can not simply be taught; it is a constant, essential and organic part of living a creative life.
Enrolled members in the program then absorb, dispute, and/or investigate these discussions through whatever formal or conceptual means they deem necessary. † Collaboration and the exchange of ideas between Schoolhaus membership is fundamental to this program and will be encouraged (and demonstrated) by the directors whenever possible.
These ‘responses’ are a means to an end for the course. The final outcome of the 12-week study will be an object-collection of these ideas and responses, ‡ fully produced and curated by A4 members and directors, released in a printed edition, and made available to the public. Each A4 member also receives their own copy of the collaborative final outcome.
Beyond these simple constructs, the rest is up to you. §