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ARTS 2400

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Sculpture Fundamentals
Prerequisite(s) ARTS 1620 and ARTS 1641 or permission of the department chair
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course introduces the art student to spatial organization of forms ranging from small, intimate objects to large freestanding sculpture; develops expertise in skills, methods and use of tools and equipment used in the creation of sculpture and other three-dimensional forms.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course,
  1. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the aesthetic implications of form and content through use of material and process.
  2. Students will gain the basic skills of using tools in order to carve, model, and construct sculpture.
  3. Students will learn the basic technical fundamentals of carving, modeling, and constructive methods of sculpture.
General Education Outcomes
  1. This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to communication skills as follows:
    1. Students develop their speaking skills by talking about their design solutions as well as critiquing the work of their classmates.
    2. Students develop their reading and writing skills by researching examples of sculpture or three-dimensional forms, and the techniques and processes used to make them.
    3. Students develop their listening skills by participation in group critiques and in comprehension of instructor’s lectures.
    4. Students learn the vocabulary of the primary areas of designing and making form in a sculptural manner, and the technical fundamentals of carving, modelling, and constructive design.
  2. This course addresses the general educational outcome of effective individual and group problem-solving and critical thinking as follows:
    1. Students demonstrate problem solving skills by creating effective solutions to specific design problems.
    2. The students’ individual solutions are critically reviewed by the group as a whole.
  3. This course addresses the general educational outcome of using mathematical concepts and applying the scientific method as follows:
    1. Students analyze their raw data (their concepts) through the process of organizing a three-dimensional visualization (sculpture). Using proportional elements of direction, geometry, color theory, unity, variety, pattern and rhythm, the student will create/make a dynamic sculpture as a interrelated whole.
    2. Students use the raw data (their concepts) to organize an effective method of information storage, retrieval, and transmission through designing and making the sculpture.
    3. Students develop their perceptual awareness and enhance their creative potential by visualizing their artwork as objects in relation to the environmental matrix of the society/culture.
  4. This course addresses the general educational outcome of organizing information through the use of a systematic approach by inducing the student to organize their concepts through critical evaluation and selection of primary physical qualities of the materials and processes used.
Course Content
  1. The students will use their own designs as a basis for selecting, assembling, and presenting the materials in a meaningful manner.
  2. The student will learn the basic techniques for proper and safe sculptural manipulation of materials to communicate concepts and ideas. This will be accomplished through the process of carving, modeling, constructing and presenting several examples of their own work during the course.
  3. The student will learn the basic tools and techniques of carving, modeling, constructing and presenting several examples of their own work during the course.
  4. The student will be introduced to accepted ethical and economic practices in the field to help serve as a basis for developing their own career plans and goals.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade will be determined by the completion and quality of all the work assigned to the student. The instructor shall assess the student’s competence in the handling of the materials (technical skill), the student’s successful solution and timely completion of the assigned problem (perceptual awareness, innovative solutions, aesthetic sensibility and disciplined work habits) as well as the student’s participation and cooperation in class — including critiques, group projects and regular attendance.

The average of the grades on the individual assignments will be the basis for the semester grade for each student.

The instructor shall give the student written information as to the course description and objectives, absentee policy, a description of the semester’s assignments and their individual percentage value towards determining the overall grade. This information shall be presented in the form of a syllabus given to the student during the first week of class.

Student portfolios are reviewed by the instructor each semester to determine the student’s grade and to confirm that the student has realized the expected objectives for the course. Because of the favorable instructor/student ratio (1/12) in studio art courses as well as the ample contact hours (6 per week) instructors can individually critique and guide the students by suggesting strategies to achieve the stated objectives for the course.

A departmental file of instructor syllabi and a photographic documentation of student work is kept. These syllabi and slides are used for yearly assessment, instructional support, public relations, and recruitment. The faculty meets yearly with the department chair to assess each course’s fulfillment of objectives, and to consider improvements in course content and teaching effectiveness. These recommendations shall be documented and implemented for strengthening the course.

Last Revised: Sep. 23, 2011
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