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Areas of Study | | ARTS130 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: ARTS130
COURSE TITLE:Sculpture I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE: One traditional section

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A Basic course for beginners in the study, methods, materials and techniques of sculpture. Includes concepts of volume and mass; positive and negative space; surface texture and line; modeling, carving, fabrication, mold-making and casting; and properties and techniques of clay, plaster, wood, metal, ceramics, and stone. Class meets 5 hours per week.

PREREQUISITES:
College-level reading skills required.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the course the student will;

  1. Formulate a basic understanding of the materials used in the traditional and contemporary three dimensional form.
  2. Formulate a basic understanding of the techniques used in the traditional and contemporary three dimensional form.
  3. Develop a style and a personal vocabulary of exhibition quality three dimensional form.
  4. Demonstrate the methods of creating sculpture: additive (construction), subtractive (carving), modeling, casting, and assemblage.
  5. Experiment with various media: wood, plaster, clay, wire, cardboard, and found objects.
  6. Explore the elements of art and the principles of design as they relate to working in three-dimensions.
  7. Gain a working knowledge of how to operate studio tools safely.
  8. Develop critical thinking skills to intelligently discuss and analyze artworks in a critique.
  9. Conduct research in an effort to gather images or develop concepts.

Teaching will be done by the following methods:

  1. Demonstration – The instructor will demonstrate concepts and techniques used in sculpture.
  2. Hands on teaching – The instructor will make the rounds, working with each student, giving constructive criticism, and doing individual tutorials.
  3. Discussion – The instructor will illustrate the technical and expressive aspects of creating three dimensional works by showing examples of his own work, and the work of other artists. Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions and critiques as time allows.
  4. Individual Discussion – The instructor will guide students individually by giving technical advice and suggested reading and research which would benefit individual students.
  5. Critiques- The instructor as well as the class will discuss the student’s work.


TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Week One

  1. Introductions
  2. Review syllabus
  3. material list
  4. Safety in the sculpture studio
  5. We will look at examples of techniques in a variety of sculpture mediums throughout history.

Week Two

  1. We will look at the many styles and materials involved in contemporary sculpture.
  2. First project assigned.
  3. Open studio

Week Three

  1. Demonstration of various tools of the sculptor
  2. Open studio

Week Four

  1. Maquettes-visualizing and the testing of forms
  2. Quiz 1
  3. Project 1 due, project 1’s artist statement, and critique
  4. Second project assigned
  5. Open studio

Weeks Five

  1. The processes and techniques of Ceramics
  2. Clay models
  3. Third project assigned
  4. Second project, second project’s artist’s statement is due and critiqued
  5. Open studio

Week Six

  1. Creating works with Plastilene
  2. Open studio
  3. Quiz 2

Week Seven

  1. Lecture topic assemblages
  2. Third project and artist’s statement due and critiqued
  3. Fourth project assigned. (Still life with glass)
  4. Open studio

Week Eight  

  1. Plaster carving
  2. Quiz 3
  3. Fourth project and artist’s statement due and critiqued
  4. Fifth project assigned
  5. Open studio

Week Nine 

  1. Plaster casting
  2. Fifth project and artist’s statement due and critiqued
  3. Sixth project assigned.
  4. Open studio

Week Ten

  1. Relief Modeling and casting
  2. Midterm critiques
  3. open studio

Week Eleven 

  1. Mold making
  2. Sixth project and artist’s statement due and critiqued
  3. Introduction of seventh project
  4. Open studio

Week Twelve

  1. Lecture topic: Project planning and sketching
  2. Lecture topic Installations
  3. Proposal and sketches for eighth project due.
  4. Open studio

Week Thirteen  

  1. Wood carving and Joining
  2. Seventh project, artist’s statement due and critiqued
  3. Eighth project continued
  4. Open studio

Week Fourteen

  1. Wires, Fibers, Paper Casting, Papier Mach’e
  2. Eighth project due, critique of the eighth project, and the artist statement for the eighth project due.
  3. Open studio

Week Fifteen 

  1. Soapstone, Alabaster, Limestone Carving
  2. Introduction to the ninth project
  3. Open studio

Week Sixteen

  1. Finish, Varnish, and Surface Treatments
  2. Final project due
  3. Final critique (primarily of the final project)
  4. Final project’s artist’s statement due

Week Seventeenth

  1. Final critique
  2. Final exam


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

There is no textbook.
The students will be given a material list one week prior to an introduction of an assignment or project.


EVALUATION:
3-Quizzes  20 points each 60 points total
9-Artist’s statements  20 points each  180 points total
9-projects  50 points each 450 points total
9-class critiques 10 points each  90 points total
1-Midterm critique worth 50 points   50 points total
1-sketchbook  worth 50 points 50 points total
1-Final critique worth 50 points 50 points total
1-Final exam worth 70 points

70 points total 

   1000 points total   

GRADING SCALE:

A= 90-100 
Student performs at a superior level across all elements of the course experience and expectations.

B=80-89
Student performs at an above average level of competency across all elements of the course experience and expectations.

C=70-79 
Student performs at an average competency across all elements of the course experience and expectations.

D=60-69
Student performs at a below average competency across all elements of the course experience and expectations.

F= Ouch

Critiques 

Critiques provide students the opportunity to develop a painting vocabulary and to look critically at their own work and the work of others.  

  • Don’t miss critiques!
  • Remember that it is your work being critiqued, not you.
  • Come prepared and ready to participate.
  • Be respectful and honest with everyone in class.

VISUAL FINE ARTS GRADING RUBRIC:

 “A”-Exceeding 

Work is to be of high quality and the student will demonstrate an excellent understanding of this art form at a high level.

  • -Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • -Demonstrate sensitivity to the medium chosen
  • -Demonstrate creativity with the medium chosen
  • -Demonstrate a high quality of craftsmanship
  • -Presented in a professional manner
  • -Demonstrate exemplary knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • -Demonstrate new insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • -Demonstrate historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • -Demonstrate an exemplary ability to analyze the art form
  • -Demonstrate and exemplary ability to interpret the art form

“B” Meeting

 Work is to be of medium quality and the student will demonstrate a proficient understanding of this art form at a good level.

  • -Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • -Demonstrate sensitivity to the medium chosen
  • -Demonstrate creativity with the medium chosen
  • -Demonstrate a medium quality of craftsmanship
  • -Presented in a somewhat professional manner
  • -Demonstrate proficient knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • -Indicate knowledge of some new insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • -Demonstrate some historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • -Demonstrate proficient ability to analyze the art form
  • -Demonstrate good ability to interpret the art form

“C” Approaching

Work is of a developing quality and the student will demonstrate a developing understanding of this art form at a beginning level.

  • -Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • -Demonstrate some sensitivity to the medium chosen
  • -Demonstrate some creativity with the medium chosen
  • -Demonstrate a developing quality of craftsmanship
  • -Presented in an acceptable manner
  • -Demonstrate developing knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • -Indicate knowledge of some insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • -Demonstrate some historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • -Demonstrate developing ability to analyze the art form
  • -Demonstrate beginning ability to interpret the art form

“D” Not Meeting

Work is of a sub-standard quality and demonstrates a deficiency understanding of this art form at a insufficient level.

  • -Demonstrate occasionally an understanding of the principles and elements used in the art form.
  • -Demonstrate some sensitivity to the medium chosen with difficulty
  • -Demonstrate some creativity with the medium chosen with difficulty
  • -Demonstrate a sub-standard quality of craftsmanship
  • -Presented in an unprofessional manner
  • -Demonstrate deficient knowledge of a variety of techniques to be applied to the art form
  • - Does not demonstrate a knowledge of insights and working methods applied to the art form
  • -Demonstrate insufficient historical knowledge in a variety of mediums
  • -Demonstrate deficiencies in their ability to analyze the art form
  • -Demonstrate deficiencies in their ability to interpret the art form

“F” Failing

  • -The student does not meet any of the criteria, portfolio, performance, craftsmanship, interpretation, or analysis.

Classroom Policy: 

  1. Break times are scheduled by the instructor at appropriate intervals.
  2. No private software is to be loaded onto the school’s computers.
  3. No software games are allowed in lab (unless in course curriculum).
  4. Headphones are required if listening to music during studio time. No headphones are allowed during a lecture.
  5. All cell phones are to be off and out of sight.
  6. Keep all casual conversations during studio time to a whisper.

Attendance:

Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student misses class for any reason, he or she is responsible for making up the work missed in class. After three absences the instructor may withdraw a student from class. Absences do lower the grade.
No early outs or late arrivals. Please, when you arrive please do so through the classroom door and not the emergency exit. At this time you may leave through the emergency exit just not enter there. You are allowed 3 excused absences during the semester. After that your grade will suffer.

Attendance and Withdrawal Policy:

Failure to complete assignments, especially projects, may result in you being dropped from the course. Please keep up with the course topical outline.  DACC's withdrawal policy, as well as our policies on issues such as plagiarism, may be found in your Student Handbook.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated. I have and most likely will drop you from the class if discovered. This of course all depends on the severity of the offence. If you miss three class periods, you may be dropped from the course. If you are having difficulty finishing an assignment, email. Let me know when things happen. Do not wait until midnight the night before an assignment is due to complete your work. Give yourself a cushion in case something goes wrong.

Student Conduct Code:

Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility.  As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College.  It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Conduct Code and the Academic Integrity Policy, as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall.
Disabilities: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Student Support Services Center at 217.443.8862 (TTY 217.443.8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113.  Please speak with me privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course after you have met with Student Support Services. I cannot grant accommodations on my own.


BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2015

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