Texas Applied Arts — Spring 2019 Courses


TD 354 / TD 388L / AET 339 — Monday, Wednesday 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. — Student Cap: 16

Instructor: J. E. Johnson

laser cutter, shop bot, 3D printing

Digital Fabrication will explore common and emerging digital fabrication technologies for artists and designers. Technologies include but are not to limited to 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D routing. Students will work with diverse materials learn hands-on methods of assembly and finish.

Students who successfully complete the course will know how to design and build prototypes, architectural models, and bespoke parts. Students will use these technologies to collaborate with AET 361C Physical Computing and/or AET 339 PLAI Production lab on joint projects for performance and exhibition.


TD 354T / 388L — Monday, Thursday 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Instructor: Karen Maness

scenes from figure and fabric course

Train your eye, develop you painting skills, find your voice.

This course is designed to increase one’s understanding of quickly rendering an image of the human form from life. We will focus on line, form, weight, value, and structure.   Students will work with various painting tools, methods and marks to create depth, interest, texture, and balance within their paintings.  They will study and render a variety of fabrics and how they drape on the human figure.  Students will paint for 10 hours per week from life with direct instruction.  The course is designed to develop confidence in color mixing, composition, and an increased command of the language of painting.

Past Courses


TD 354T / ES 377 / AET 339 — Monday 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — Lab Monday 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or  12:30 p.m.–2 p.m — Student Cap: 25

Instructors: J. E. Johnson, Karen Maness, and Ben Bays

Working from historical story boards and films, student teams will design and fabricate a practical effect to support a narrative moment. Students will then light and film the effect in collaboration with UT film makers. All students will create “demo reel” of their completed effect.

Projects are student driven. Depending on project needs, students may receive training in fabrication methods such as carpentry, welding, mold making, and machining as well as digital technologies including, 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machining. Final finish and surface treatments will be critical for all projects.

All students will be given personal logins to all Stan Winston School of Character Arts On Demand Training Courses and a materials budget.


TD 354T / 388L — Tuesday & Thursday 2:00–3:30 p.m. — Student Cap 12

Instructor: Karen Maness

Mastering illusion. Welcome to the monumental and collaborative art of scene painting. This hands-on rigorous course is designed to develop the visual and manual skills of drawing, painting, and finishes for film, live design, and themed attraction.

Students will dive deeply into independent inquiry projects and work in teams producing elements for the UT Department of Theatre & Dance, Center for Arts Entertainment and Technology, and Butler School of Music productions. Mastering the language of visual communication empowers student artists, story-tellers, influencers, entrepreneurs, designers, and place-makers.

Mastery and play are at the heart of this course.  Warning-you will be challenged and you will get messy. 




Driven by student inquiry and collaboration, 16 students constructed three “velociraptor” suits for the March 2018 production of Enron in UT’s Oscar G. Brocket theatre. Students drew upon their existing competencies and interests to self-organize into teams to determine design solutions, material choices, fabrication schedules and project mile stones.