Monday, August 27, 2012

Syllabus FALL 2012

ART 030 Section 201 Introduction to Sculpture

Instructor:  Dana Harper,
Schedule #: 808753
Time: MW 9:05am-12:05pm
Location: 105 Arts Cottage
Credits: 3.0
Texts: No required texts
Office hours:  MW 12:15pm-3:00pm

If these office hours do not work for you, I am also available by appointment.  If you would like to meet after class during regular office hours, please let me know beforehand so that I have the appropriate materials and references prepared for you.

Course Description:
Along with analyzing and experimenting with three-dimensional design elements, students will be given a brief history in contemporary sculpture.  Students will have the opportunity to gain appreciation of sculptural form through hands-on projects, lectures, readings and critiques.  Elements of design, line, shape, size, texture, color and value as well as the principles of design, balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity will be discussed within the context of sculpture.  Through artistic exploration, students will understand the importance of concept, context and material.  Symbolism through material and form will be expected.

Course Format:
The course will consist of 6 hands-on projects and one short artist paper, projects will be given more or less time depending on the difficulty and process required.  The more time given, the more points the project is worth.  Projects are designed to explore the elements and principles of design while also encouraging the students to think critically of concept, context and material.  

After each project is introduced, the following day you are expected to have a sketches and ideas to share with the class.  It is expected that every student give feedback as well as the instructor.  You will be given as much class time as possible to work and I will also be available for individual meetings with students and demos throughout the process.  This will help me evaluate how much progress you are making throughout the week.  

Critiques are an essential part of this class.  It is a time where we can get together and learn how others are seeing our work.  It is a unique opportunity to understand how effectively we are communicating. Each critique is worth ten points, if you do not show up for critique, you will lose these points as well as valuable insights into your work. 

Attendance/late work Policy:
You are allowed to miss three days of class, after this your grade will drop.  For each consecutive day missed your grade will drop again.  For example, if you had an A, you would receive an A- after missing four classes, if you miss one more class, your grade will drop to a B+.  I am not concerned whether these are excused or unexcused absences.  Two tardies are equivalent to one absence.  Unless otherwise discussed, each day an assignment is late, 10% will be deducted from your project grade.


PAPER --------------------------------------------100 Points
STRUCTURE------------------------------------120 Points
INSIDE OUT -------------------------------------100 points
MULTIPLES --------------------------------------80 points
FINAL ----------------------------------------------160 points

                           TOTAL                            640 Points

CRITIQUE------------------------------------------60 points
PARTICIPATION ---------------------------------50 points
ONE PAGE PAPER -----------------------------50 points

                          TOTAL                             110 points

For each project, I will be grading you based on this outline.

EFFORT/TIME SPENT----------------------------------------------------------------50 points
Did you come ready and prepared to talk about your ideas in class?
Did you take advantage of the work time given?
Did you work outside of class time?
Did you put forth extra effort to finish the project well?
FULFILLS ASSIGNMENT------------------------------------------------------------10 points
Does the sculpture meet the requirements designated in the prompt?                 

TECHNIQUE/CRAFTSMANSHIP--------------------------------------------------20 points
Did you apply techniques that we talked about in class OR did you develop your own process?
Does it looked finished/purposeful/well put together?
Did you care about the details?

PRESENTATION-----------------------------------------------------------------------5 points
Did you consider how the work would be experienced by the viewer?
  -height, placement in the gallery, how it is positioned
SCULPTURAL PRESENCE---------------------------------------------------------15 points
Is the work three dimensional?
Do we have to walk around the piece to experience it?



PAPER (100 points) materials: paper product of your choice, hot glue, tape
Sculpture must be free standing; minimum dimensions are 16”x16”x16”.    You may use poster board, computer paper, cardstock, cardboard or foam core.  For our first project the goal is simply to understand how three dimensions work in space.   I would like you to focus on abstract forms and shapes, don’t worry about the sculpture resembling anything literal.

STRUCTURE/BUILD (120 points) materials: chicken wire, newspaper, burlap, masking tape
We will be reviewing different ways to build and construct form.  Working with paper mache we will need to create a support system for the interior of the sculpture.  We will discuss building with wire, wood and chicken wire.  The exterior or shell will be made of newspaper paper mache.  This will be an additive process, you can decorate or ornament your work with paint, fur, rhinestones or any other material you feel is relevant to your work.  

INSIDE OUT (100 points) materials: a vessel that can be filled with plaster
For this project we will be using plaster again, but instead of an outside shell, we will be using plaster to fill another form.  This form can be as simple as a cardboard box or more complex like pantyhose.  This will be a subtractive process.  You will start with an original form and then shape it through sanding and carving into the plaster.

MULTIPLES (80 points) materials: 100+ any object of your choice
For this project you are required to use over 100 of the same object to assemble your sculpture.  These 100+ objects must be the main component of the work.  After looking  at the artists from the power point, try to pinpoint which objects you are most interested in and why.  Think about different ways these objects can connect together, what types of patterns you may be able to create.  Also, think about the meaning of the objects that you have chosen and how this may be used to inform you about the form that these objects will take.

FINAL PROJECT (160 points) materials: your choice
For this project reflect on the materials and techniques that we used throughout this short semester. You can either start a whole new project, or revisit another piece.  If you choose to revisit a previous piece, I still expect the same amount of work.

ONE PAGE PAPER (50 points)
Please pick one artist that makes predominately sculpture, that you have seen in a power point given in class or on your own.  In this paper, please answer the following questions:
-what materials does the artist like to use?
-What are the main concepts/ideas behind the work?
-Why did you chose the artist, what makes them unique to you and your interests?


8.27       Introductions
Introduce PAPER project
sketch/make models
HW: come to class ready with ideas to share about the first project, as well as ideas you have for what types of paper products will work for this assignment.

8.29       Discuss ideas with the class
Demonstrations based on projects, these will most likely be optional
work day


9.3         LABOR DAY

9.5         Work day


Critique and discussion
demos on BUILD
sketch/make models
HW: come to class ready with ideas to share about the first project, as well as ideas you have for the interior structure of this assignment.

9.12       discuss BUILD project in class
HW: please bring materials for class on Monday.


9.17       workday

9.19      workday


9.24      workday

9.26      workday
intro to INSIDE OUT project
HW: BUILD project is due Monday, start thinking about objects you would like to fill, you will be asked to bring them to class on Friday.


Critique and discussion
More talk about INSIDE OUT
HW:  come to class ready with ideas to share about INSIDE OUT, as well as 3 objects that you would like to fill with plaster. Wear appropriate clothes.

10.3        Discuss ideas about INSIDE OUT
Fill objects


10.8       work day
demos based on individual projects

10.10    work day
individual meetings


10.15    work day

10.17      work day
HW: INSIDE OUT is due Monday.  


10.22      INSIDE OUT due today
Critique and discussion
sketch and make models
HW: Bring ideas to share about MULTIPLES. If you haven't already, bring materials for multiples project tomorrow. hot gun glue sticks!

10.24     Discuss ideas about MULTIPLES project
work day


10.29      work day
individual meetings
HW: extra credit if you wear your Halloween costume to class!

work day
individual meetings

11.5       work day
individual meetings

11.7       workday


11.12      work day
HW: MULTIPLES project is due tomorrow!

Critique and discussion
introduce ASSEMBLAGE



11.21    GOBBLE GOBBLE!!
HW: bring objects to play with.  have ideas about arrangement and relationships.


11.26      Discuss Final
HW: bring materials to class

11.28      workday 


12.3      workday

12.5        Sketch and discuss ideas for FINAL




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Students in the School of Visual Arts may find themselves working in the shop or
in their studios or classrooms using a variety of power and hand held equipment,
which may cause injury. Students should use the shop only after having received
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