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ARC401: Sculpture (2012-2013)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Visual Arts
COURSE TITLE: Sculpture
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
CODE: ARC401
TYPE: GF
CREDITS:
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Fundamentals of Art

Major Concepts/Content: The sculpture course is designed to offer students the opportunity to demonstrate an interest in art through working with three-dimensional forms. Students will acquire a broad knowledge of basic sculpting techniques using the additive, subtractive, modeling, and molding methods. Exercises will develop the student’s perception of form and space.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities provide practice in using various sculpture materials, tools, and equipment. Students will demonstrate the additive, subtractive, modeling, and molding methods of forming a sculpture piece. Students’ works will include human representation, assembly of ready-made forms and parts, and emphasis on organic and geometric form. Visits to art galleries, studios, and museums will be included when feasible.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be required to demonstrate the proper care and use of tools, materials, and equipment used in sculpture. Student projects will be evaluated for originality craftsmanship, effort, time utilization, and quality with consideration given to individual student talent, experience, and/or limitations. Both written and oral tests will be used to evaluate knowledge of course content.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the sculpture course, students should be able to:

  1. Create Works of Art
    • Demonstrate additive and subtractive methods of forming a sculpture piece.
    • Produce a sculpture using the modeling method.
    • Conceptualize three-dimensional form using either sketches in pencil or models in clay.
    • Describe the process of casting, using either a two-piece model or a press mold.
    • Experience work with a number of sculptural media.
    • Maintain a sketchbook.
  2. Demonstrate Aesthetic Perception
    • Demonstrate the interrelationship between the surface treatment of a sculpture and the total form of a sculpture.
    • Demonstrate the interrelationship between the surface treatment of a sculpture and the total form of a sculpture.
    • Conceptualize three-dimensional forms using pencil sketches in clay.
    • Discuss the relationship of a sculpture piece to the surrounding environment.
    • Display sculpture in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
  3. Develop Knowledge of Art Heritage
    • Recognize major sculpture styles used throughout history.
    • Identify the work of several sculptors in history.
    • Demonstrate an appreciation for the art of sculpture as a reflection of various cultures.
    • Relate sculpture to other art forms.
    • Identify career options related to sculpture.
  4. Utilize Critical Judgment of the Visual Arts
    • Compare and discuss selected sculpture pieces in terms of functional and expressive qualities.
    • Apply the elements and principles of design to sculpture.
    • Judge the attributes of specific three-dimensional pieces that are located in architectural surroundings.
    • Judge the attributes of specific three-dimensional pieces that are located in natural outdoor spaces.
Select sculpture pieces for exhibition.