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Amie L. Mcneel
ART 273
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Sculpture II

Introduces understanding the specific concepts and skills needed to construct and create structure driven in wood, steel, plastic, glass, rubber, fabric, and found object. Explores issues of materiality, form, object, scale, and connection.

Class description

Course Description: -This course serves as an introduction to essential sculptural applications in material fabrication. Students become familiar with the sculpture facility and wood and metal fabrication equipment. -Projects will investigations sculptural relationships related to these materials. Formal 3D design vocabulary is strengthened. Individual and collaborative problem solving and presentations are encouraged. Drawing and maintaining a sketchbook is used as a development and research tool. -This course introduces contemporary sculptural issues. Through discussions, critiques, lectures, gallery and guest artist talks and research assignments, students will be better equipped to define their role as art makers.

Student learning goals

A.)Familiarize students with wood and steel as a material and its potential in fabricating contemporary sculpture. A major portion of this class is to establish proficiency and safe operations of sculpture facility equipment. This Secures safety and liability status for students enrolled in Scu 273. This documented safe operation, gives enrolled students extended access to the Sculpture studio equipment. Safety tests will be administered.

B.) Expose students to basic wood techniques and processes within the sculpture studio including: Cutting (table, band, chop and hand saws), joining and jigs, clamping and gluing, connection design and hardware, surface treatments and applications.

C.) C. Expose students to basic steel techniques and processes within the sculpture studio: Cutting (mechanical methods, plasma arc, torch), welding (MIG, stick, oxy-acet brazing), forming, and shearing equipment, forging, manipulating stock metals, sand blasting, designing connections, and surface treatments.

E.) Building relationships and integration of wood and steel with other materials and forms (constructed, found, raw). Designing connections between various qualities of material, forms, structures and scale is emphasized throughout the class.

F.) Familiarize and establish a 3Dimentional working vocabulary and concepts related to the sculpture discipline. This include: 1.) project progression from concept/ idea, through image/ form, material/ process and site/ context. 2.) topics, presentations and discussions, and research 3.) class and individual reviews and critiques of projects 4.) exposure to artists(contemporary/ historical) that influence the sculpture discipline

This course introduces students to contemporary sculptural issues through -in class lectures, technical demonstrations, studio practice -routine collaborative discussions, oral critiques and presentations -individual reading assignments, written analysis, and research books -occasional out of class events, lectures and excursions are encouraged.

General method of instruction

this class balances studio based demonstration in the shops. Lectures on concepts, research, and aesthetics, and frequent review/critique methods. students are required to establish and maintain a notebook and sketchbook. - notebooks contain all class exchanges, studio schedule, and external Research - a separate notebook will contain all Technical and materials information - Sketchbooks contain drawings, designs and exploratory and problem solving ideas - these sketchbooks will become essential to preparedness and participation in both class exchanges and critiques. Sketchbooks are an archive of studio development. - Project completion, presentation is required and documentation of work is encouraged.

Recommended preparation

Art 272, Sculpture I is the prerequisite for this Art 273,Sculpture II course . Art 273 is the 3D4M program's introduction to the wood shop and metal fabrication facility and a core class for 3d4m majors.

Class assignments and grading

making sculptural work, participating fully during class times development and practicing of technical skills exploration of materials and concepts and ways of presentation evidence of research (though collecting source materials, sketchs and 3d prototypes, documenting the development and progress of a project)

Students are evaluated on satisfying the following course expectations: 1. The maturity, productivity and constructiveness within moments of class independence are noticed and evaluated. These are opportunities to exercise the practice of being prepared, responsible, resourceful and respectful to develop character, and build capabilities, confidence and potential. 2. Active Participation during assigned class days and times is mandatory and expected. Every class is a unique experience and exchange. Tardiness is disruptive to the class. It is your responsibility to obtain missed information and ensure that your (late) presence is recorded. Tardiness or absences could result in a grade reduction and factor in a failing grade. Illness resulting in absence, must be substantiated by a physician in writing. If an emergency or accident occurs resulting in absence, please call the professor and leave a message (920-918-0216) within a reasonable time to assist in catching up. 3. Cooperative effort and participation in discussions, critiques, demos, lectures and the cleaning up and storage of your work and supplies during the semester. 4. Timely completion of studio work and homework as well as assignments. This is imperative for the class to stay on schedule and accomplish its goals. Priority is given to assignments that are completed on time for critiques and reviews. 5. New studio work is expected. The quality, quantity and/or development of which is evident through enhanced clarity, refinement, experimentation and effort. 6. A record of supportive research in the form of sketchbooks, notebooks and workbooks should be available during classes and presentable at reviews or studio visits. 7. Responsible Studio Time Management is expected and will be assessed. All sculpture students generate templates for managing studio work times and outlines for accomplishing goals and objectives. These are revised routinely and are included with research support materials at reviews.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amie L. Mcneel
Date: 09/02/2013