Our fall course for the general public opens our extensive Study Collection for hands on workshops. Materials and Making is a five-week object handling course taught by our world-renowned faculty and alumni. Each session will focus on a different material, allowing participants to discover different histories of materials, making, and production through tactile engagement with objects.

The purpose of the Bard Graduate Center Study Collection is to support pedagogy by providing hands-on, close examination of objects as part of the classroom experience and includes a number of rare, unusual, and delicate objects in a range of materials.

Classes begin October 2
Tuesdays 7–9 pm

$450 adults
$375 students and educators
Individual classes not for sale.
Space is Limited.

Week 1 (October 2)
With Antonia Behan, Bard Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate

Week 2 (October 9)
With Meredith Linn, Assistant Professor

Week 3 (October 16)
Paper and Print
With Paul Stirton, Associate Professor, Editor of West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture

Paul Stirton is Associate Professor of Modern European Design at the Bard Graduate Center, and Editor of West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, published by University of Chicago Press. His main interests lie with British design of the Victorian period and with the movements of National Romanticism and Modernism in Central Europe. He has published widely on these subjects including “Is Mr Rusking Living Too Long?”: Selected writings of E.W. Godwin (2005, with Juliet Kinchin), Britain and Hungary: Contacts in Architecture and Design (3 vols. 2000-04). He has curated many exhibitions, including Burne-Jones and William Morris: Designs for the Aeneid and the Kelmscott Chaucer (Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, 1996) and The Discovery of Spain: British Artists and Collectors, Goya to Picasso (National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2009).

Week 4 (October 23)
With Debra Schmidt Bach, Curator of Decorative Arts, New York Historical Society

Week 5 (October 30)
With Alexandra Ruggiero, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass

We are also pleased to extend complimentary need-based community tickets by request to all ticketed events. To learn more, please email [email protected].

Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.