ARTS 037 Sculpture

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The primary objective of ARTS 037 Sculpture relies upon exploration of essential fundamentals in form, materials and technique. Assignments will require the student to visually balance a variety of information as well as develop an increased sensitivity to 3-dimensional form and space—objects and how they relate to their physical environment. They will include both theoretical and practical application. The three main design directions of classic sculptural form are Assemblage (additive), Carving (subtractive) and Modeling (forming). These approaches will be explored through a variety of materials and media. Through lectures, in-class demos, discussions, comprehensive projects and critiques we will examine and gain an understanding of the function of sculpture as an element within the larger context of visual communication and as a conduit for enhancing meaning and content.

Assignments are geared to applying and exploring the aesthetic possibilities first grounded in theoretical principles; they allow us to focus on meaning, style and functionality as equal collaborators in effective typographic communication. Projects are “beginning to intermediate” in nature and rely upon the student’s ability to gain control over basic tools, understanding appropriate material choices and a manner of conceptual/aesthetic thinking which builds upon itself through the semester. Conceptual artistic development, individual articulation of visual solutions, research, project realization, and presentation skills are each essential components of this course.

Artistic Perception: Use principles of design and visual arts vocabulary to systematically analyze works of art in written commentary and through dynamic discussion with others.

Artistic Process: Create original works of art that integrate perceptual acuity, compositional design theory, skill with media, and expression of personal intent. Engage in behaviors basic to the creative problem solving process, including a commitment to work, inquiry and experimentation.

Historical/Cultural Contributions of Visual Art: Identify, describe, and discuss how issues of time, place, economics, science and broad cultural influence are reflected in works of art.

Aesthetic Valuing: Independently produce art criticism that engages the diverse meanings and sources of significance in a work of art.

Professional Practices: Demonstrate a proactive and coherent approach to pursuing one’s own artistic, intellectual, and career objectives.

Student Time Requirements/Responsibilities

A minimum of six regularly scheduled studio hours PLUS three additional lab/studio hours per week is required. The greater the number of lab/studio hours (3+) the greater your chances of receiving an outstanding course grade of B and above.


Program Learning Outcomes (PLO’s) are the goals set by the faculty as a matter of routine, as benchmarks for self-assessing your learning. These expected program outcomes inform the objectives of this course as well as the assignment rubrics. Primary among these are to PLO’s are the ability to solve visual problems. This includes the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.

They also address recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Understanding design-related tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages is referred to as visual literacy and subsequently includes understanding of historical achievements, current issues, processes, and directions in the field of sculpture, art in general, and this in relation to the issues of the wider world.

 Upon completion of ARTS 037, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a formal fluency with diverse sculptural medium, e.g. the ability to express or create a variety if 3D forms using tools and materials, articulate the broad concepts of three dimensional form and space using a vocabulary specific to the visual arts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, and create sculptural forms that reflect the beginnings of a personal style characterized by artistic intent, compositional structure and degrees of abstraction/representation.
  3. Apply and expand understanding of the communicative potential of art elements/principles and compositional devices to aid in the creation, written and oral critique of sculptural forms.
  4. Research and recognize and apply a variety of intentions, styles and techniques exemplary of historical and contemporary artists.
  5. Engage in behaviors basic to the creative problem solving process, including a commitment to work, research and experimentation.

The objectives will be achieved by:

  1. Completing projects of increasing complexity
  2. In class & homework exercises
  3. Analysis & critique one’s own work & then apply the skill to the work of others
  4. Readings, lectures & discussion of readings
  5. Reports, written exams & quizzes

Course Assignments Will Include:

  1. Practical introductions and exercises using the survey of the historical development of sculpture.
  2. Practical introduction/exercises using basic tools and methods for creating three-dimensional forms.
  3. Practical introductions and exercises to the historical and contemporary themes and methods of working in space and time.
  4. Visit to an Art Gallery or Museum.
  5. Class Presentations.
  6. Group discussions and critiques.