2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IFINE 1320 Introduction to Sculpture

Sculpture as a practice and art form has greatly evolved over the last 50 years. This course serves to ground students in an introductory experience in 3D/sculpture art making and build a platform to sustain further interests and exploration in sculpture. Traditional additive and subtractive methods will establish a base of reference and understanding and applying principles of 3D design will inform them along the way. Processes of assemblage and installation as well as components dealing with light, time and movement will also be introduced and considered. Students will explore various mediums on an introductory level, such as clay, wax, plaster, wood, and soft stone. Students will also be introduced to found object integrated with assemblage processes. Skill and craft regarding fabrication are a priority to establish an appropriate level of quality, while content and context will balance the class from being technique heavy. How does form relate to content? Does the material and craft provide meaning behind the work? Can the content transcend its process of fabrication? These are a sampling of questions we will address in this introductory course.