ARTS-140 Sculpture I
Fall for 2016-2017
Spring for 2016-2017
SCULPTURE I Arts 140-02 Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Sculpture I is an introduction to visual thinking in three dimensional form and space. The goals and objectives are to explore concepts and develop some of the many skills used in conceiving, making and understanding traditional and contemporary sculpture. During the semester the class will meet for a tour and lecture at the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Gallery of Art or the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to be arranged outside class hours, to look at 19th through 21st century sculpture which provides a context for the work done in the studio. Following the museum visit each student will be asked to make a brief “PowerPoint” presentation to the class discussing an artist’s work based on pictures they took at the museum.
Sculpture 1 stimulates creativity through the interaction of ideas, tools and materials. Sculpture 1 offers students the opportunity to exercise there sensibilities and objectify their ideas, within the context of each assignment, working in and with traditional and contemporary materials and methods. Sculpture 1 is composed of four projects. The first two assignments are sculpture constructions based on a rectangular linear wooden frame, a kind of skeleton, to be compartmentalized and “fleshed-out” to suit the various imaginations of each member of the class. And a complementary smaller construction to be assigned and completed at the same time. The third sculpture will be realized by the subtractive method--carving. This sculpture, an “organic-abstraction”(definition and explication at discussion) will emerge from a cast block of molding plaster. The fourth sculpture assignment is to be modeled in clay, and is therefore made by the additive process. The clay model may be cast in plaster from a simple "waste" mold to make it durable. Each assignment will begin with examples, discussion and digital images. Reading assignments may accompany some of the projects.
Tools and materials and their potential for generating new forms and stimulating ideas will be discussed. Each project concludes with a group presentation, critique and discussion. We will compare and contrast the various approaches presented and consider some larger philosophical issues relating to sculpture in particular and art in general. In addition to time spent working in class during regular studio-class meetings, students must plan to spend additional hours each week in the studio developing their sculptures.
No prerequisite. Fall and Spring.
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Spring '17: Reed, E (web site, description, file download)
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