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Art (ART)

ART 030 (GA) Introduction to Sculpture (3) Introduction to sculpture for non-art majors consisting of lectures/basic studio work coordinated to cover broad range of processes.

ART 030 Introduction to Sculpture (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

ART 030 is intended as a general survey of the art of sculpture for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various sculptural conventions. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore many of the traditional materials of sculpture including those that are used in modeling and replication, subtractive processes, and fabrication. As well, slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques will augment studio exercises to facilitate a greater awareness of the cultural context in which the art of sculpture functions. Students enrolled in this course will be required to participate in the following active learning components:

1. Studio Assignments:
a) Modeling and Replication
b) Subtractive Processes
c) Fabrication Assignment

2. Creating a social and historical context for sculpture making through slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques:
a) Slide presentations: students will be asked to consider the concepts of their creative projects in relationship to the sculptural works of historical and contemporary artists in order to understand the ways in which the three dimensional aspects of sculpture convey meaning.
b) Studio visits: Students will visit the personal studios of local artists to learn how professional artists develop best practices as related to the three basic approaches to rendering sculptural form outlined above. Additionally, they will explore and discuss with these artists the concepts expressed in their sculptural works.
c) Museum critiques: Museum visits will enable students to learn how to engage and respond to actual works of art as compared with those that they experience as slide and printed representations. The role of museums and galleries in contemporary art practice will also be discussed.

Grading and evaluation:
Students' sculptural projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1) the uniqueness of the visual concepts developed in their studio assignments; 2) the strength of their visual compositions-their ability to communicate concepts clearly; 3) the quality of their craftsmanship-an effective use of materials and procedures and commitment to the studio assignments-the effort expended on each project; 4) Their willingness to participate in critique sessions-a thoughtful and informed interpretation of visual ideas in sculptural works produced by them in class as well as those discussed during slide presentations, studio visits, and museum critiques.

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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