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Amie L. Mcneel
ART 332
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Sculpture

Studio practice focusing on sculptural installation in architectural, urban, and natural settings; foundry, forging, and advanced fabrications; and movement, kinetics, and interaction. Prerequisite: ART 272; ART 273.

Class description

Course Description for Art 332, Intermediate Sculpture differs each quarter. Winter quarter 332 focuses on specific technical processes and material integration using the CMA shop facilities. This course encourages a variety of techniques including mold-making, forging, fabrication and metal casting. The nature of this class relies on both independent investigations and class collaboration. The 332 Winter course focuses on fabrication skills that incorporate various sculptural techniques with combinations of materials. These studio techniques include welding, forging, molds and casting. Projects are individually designed around topics and concerns ranging from formal, cultural, historical, environmental, to social.

The Spring quarter course provides a sculptural overview and practicum of dynamic, non-static sculpture. Students are exposed to methods, mechanics and artworks employing movement, kinetics, interaction and transformation. Projects evolve from designing movable connections, to organic and biological kinetic systems to employing natural forces of gravity, magnetism, solar heat, wind, hydraulics and electricity.

This is an intermediate sculpture course. Art 272, Art 273 studio classes are required pre-requisites for 300 level sculpture and glass course work.

300 level Sculpture courses within the 3D Forum, utilize the wood, metal fabrication and the foundry resources as needed. Studio experience and expertise with other labs and shops is encouraged. Projects will take advantage of individual, collaborative and all-class exchanges. Completion of projects addressing the assigned objectives is expected. Evaluation and final grades are the authority of the course instructor.

Student learning goals

improving technical skills and refine usage of the shop facilities. practice proficiency.

expand and integrate the material uses that contemporary sculptural requires. be adventurous, curious and inventive.

explore the breadth and progression of course topics, objectives and issues in sculpture. gain knowledge, continually redefine your perspectives and sensitivities.

develop realistic time and energy management skills. be dedicated and rigorous.

develop professional studio research methods, for gathering, organizing, analyzing and questioning information. be prepared to be challenged. enjoy learning.

recognize the potential meaning of a 3D, physical vocabulary and better appreciate the sophistication of combining materials, forms and the space they occupy.

General method of instruction

work, design, build, practice question, analyze, curious research, edit, develop write, document, present listen, question, respectful critique

Recommended preparation

must have prerequisite 200 level courses. Art 272 and 273 are required and beneficial, as Art 332 courses will not focus on remedial fabrication or 3D conceptual skills. it is expected at the Intermediate level that you have basic formal aptitude, and fabrication skills. Art 332, intermediate sculpture courses are designed to prepare degree seeking, 3d4m art majors.

Class assignments and grading

Intermediate Sculpture projects are designed to develop technical and material studio skills, refine research methods and define a uniquely formal and aesthetic vocabulary. Investigations promote active and curious observation of the world, giving breadth to their knowledge base. This is balanced with rigorous attention to clarify ones individual studio practice, postion, perspective and voice. That in some way projects will reveal the desire to say something and provide a powerful language for communicating and sharing it.

Each project is accomplished in a three week sequence comprised of one: defining project objectives, researching related topics, present and discuss ideas and designs; two: learn and practice technical and material skills, build sculptural solutions; three:resolve, present and discuss work.

Self evaluation is encouraged through recording project development by collecting research, sketches prototype and taking progress images.

-participate in class time exchanges. -schedule and work in sculpture studio outside of class times. -maintain a sketch book and research book. -make work. complete work for class reviews. develop your work throughout the quarter. -document work through images and concepts through writing.

Evaluation: 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. Attendance during assigned class days and times is mandatory and expected. Every class is a weeks worth of studio time and exchange. If you are late, it is your responsibility to rectify the role sheet after class. Three unexcused tardiness or absence could result in a grade reduction and factor in a failing grade. Absence due to illness or emergency, please call the professor and leave a message (216-361-1921). 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 and home work and 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, schedules 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 outline for accomplishing goals and objectives. These are reviewed each week and are included with research support materials at reviews.

Grading: Sculptural projects reviewed on time 50% Attendance and participation in class 30% Research and supportive material 20%

Students earn their grades every class day. The presumption is that you wish to learn specific things, in a specific environment. Instructors can offer you information in many forms to be experienced in many ways--through handouts, lectures and images, on chalkboards, through demonstrations. You have to be present to absorb and capture information. It is as a class, collectively, that each individual gains knowledge and grows exponentially. It is this community’s shared invention of how to select, investigate, transform, practice, build, present, discuss and question—that is your education. If you satisfy the existing criteria for the class (1-8 above) you are performing what is already expected and you have earned a C.

A Excellent- do what is expected well and are self motivated to do it again-with more clarity. Do it with passion. B Good –do what is expected well. C Average-do what is expected. D Passable- do what is expected poorly F Failure- do not satisfy what is expected.

This syllabus is the students contract with the course instructor. Remaining enrolled in this class confirms the students’ agreement to its content.


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: 12/29/2013