Sculpture

The Sculpture Program offers a laboratory for the investigation and manipulation of the physical world. The exploration begins with materials and objects and extends through the conceptual realm of ideas and personal expression. The purpose of the program is to provide an atmosphere in which students and professional artist faculty work together, engage in critical dialogue, experiment, work with our hands, create and learn.

Sculpture - above all art disciplines - is comprehensive and open ended in materials and approach.  This allows for all forms of creative expression. The tradition of sculpture has expanded to encompass every possible material and context for the expression of ideas in three-dimensional space.  Our program encourages the thoughtful integration of concept and media; cross-disciplinary innovation and experimentation are highly encouraged.

The curriculum is based on the belief that students must have both the traditional tools and intellectual abilities to explore and develop their own artistic style and unique aesthetic sensibilities.  Courses provide knowledge in the tools, techniques and formal principles underlying the production of sculpture in contemporary practice, as well as placing emphasis on conceptual development and visual communication.

Instructors

Tamara Scronce

Robert Morrison

Jeff Erickson

Courses Offered:

Sculpture I – ART 216: An introduction to three-dimensional visual expression using studio projects to explore fundamental principles of sculpture.  Assignments foster hands-on appreciation of materials and craftsmanship, as well as provide an introduction to how objects convey content and meaning. Projects include general wood construction techniques, welding and cold forming steel, and the use of ready-mades.  Students are instructed in the safe operation of the stationary machines in the Wood Studio including the panel saw, table saw, band saw, miter saw, sanders, and drill press. In the Welding Studio students are instructed in the fundamental practices of oxy-acetylene welding and cold forming.  A variety of hand tools are instructed and utilized including but not limited to jig saw, pad and belt sander, drill, and pneumatic brad gun.  

No Pre-requisites or previous experience necessary.  All are welcome.

Sculpture II – ART 217: This course continues an exploration of three-dimensional visual expression using studio projects, image presentations, reading assignments, group discussions and critique. Ideologies of sculpture are explored through various traditional and non-traditional materials and fabrication techniques.  Students use the General Shop, Wood and Welding Studios introduced in Sculpture I to create sculpture and address the aesthetic of their work from both the material/craftsmanship and conceptual points of view. Emphasis is placed on understanding and articulating the formal and conceptual aspects of an art work.

Sculpture Pre-requisite: ART 216

Intermediate Sculpture – ART 317 R:  Students work to indentify personal objectives, augment and fine-tune technical abilities and develop a strong work ethic. Concepts and materials of the sculptural object are inextricably connected.  Reading, group discussion, and image presentations supplement studio work and critique. Focus is on launching students to become self-directed. 

This course varies in materials instruction and utilization each semester. Materials and techniques can include but are not limited to the following: Lost wax casting including wax fabrication, two-piece plaster molds, alginate mold making, ceramic shell building, metal casting (bronze), divesting, metal finishing, and patina. Metal fabrication including gas welding/forming/cutting, electric welding such as MIG and TIG, plasma cutting, grinding tools, horizontal band saw, benders and rollers. Wood construction including Wood Studio general stationary machines and hand tools.  Mixed media including cloth and paper mache; various mold making and casting techniques including plaster, silicone, latex, alginate, wax, and resin; and found-objects and ready-mades.

Can be repeated up to six credits.
Sculpture Pre-requisites: ART 216 and 217

Advanced Sculpture – ART 416 R: Advanced students are encouraged to address any given assignment through a range of material realization with an emphasis on self-directed individual expression. Reading, group discussion, and image presentations supplement studio work and critiques. Importance is placed on the intent, content, and context of the object in contemporary art making practice.

Can be repeated up to six credits.
Sculpture Pre-requisites: ART 216, 217, and 317 R

Sculpture Facility

The Sculpture facility is a 4318 square foot classroom and workshop located in Room 21 on the ground floor of the Church Fine Arts Complex.  It includes a large general studio, a well-equipped woodshop, metal working/welding shop, and an additional outdoor foundry designed for ceramic shell bronze casting.  We offer a large selection of hand tools and stationary equipment including but not limited to the following:

Stationary Tools
Jet 14” Woodworking Band Saw
Jet 6”x 89” Oscillating Edge Sander
Milwaukee 8” Sliding Panel Saw
Powermatic 66 10” Table Saw
Bosch Router and Jessem Router Table
Delta Drill Press
Craftsman 15” Drill Press
Delta BOSS Oscillating Spindle Sander
Jet bench grinder
Grizzly 48” Pan & Box brake
Pexto hydraulic 16 gauge sheet metal shear
General Machinery English Wheel
Pittsburg compact bender
Grizzly Swivel-mast metal cutting band saw
Parks 18” Wood/Metal band saw
Horizontal/Vertical metal cutting band saw
Husky 300 Vertical Mill
Craftsman Metal Lathe
2 Ton Bridge Crane