Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2024

Course Description

This course allows you to investigate sculptural methods, meanings, and materials independently. This course is an opportunity to develop your studio practice (around a topic of your choice) outside of traditional classroom systems: you will develop your own original “assignments”, research the topic and materials to complete your project, learn to solve technical issues within available means, and prepare your own analysis of your process and finished work. You will be expected to complete two projects for this course: one before midterms and one before finals. Your projects, timeline, and working times will be arranged directly with the professor. As a 300-level sculpture student, the quality of your finished projects should show mastery of at least two materials or techniques, a cohesive body of work that is sophisticated in craft and content, and the ability to evaluate your own work using historic and contemporary references.

Student Outcomes

  • develop independent artistic research methods: effectively using the library and internet to research related artists and content. This will be evidenced in your project proposals and final analysis of each piece.
  • safely utilize fundamental sculpture tools and techniques: learn to solve technical problems independently while maintaining learned safety practices in the shop. This will be evidenced by the craft of your final piece.
  • effectively manipulate a variety of sculptural materials: learn to research and test new materials. This will be evidenced by the inclusion of new materials in your projects or by the mastery of existing skills evidenced in your projects.
  • produce aesthetically interesting and conceptually inspired artwork: understand the elements of design and how to use them to create controlled response from your viewer. This will be evidenced by your own analysis of the work and in critiques with professor.
  • practice all stages of art making: research, testing, fabrication, exhibition: For each project, you must provide evidence of preliminary research, material/technique tests, and a finished piece exhibited publicly in Peeler (this can be a culminating “show” at semester’s end).