• Course Description: The focus of this studio course is to explore traditional and contemporary sculpture materials and processes. Materials may include plaster, stone, wood, metal, plasticine, wire, papier maché, fabric/fibers, and found materials. Goals include acquiring technical skills, understanding the physical and expressive possibilities of diverse materials, and learning safe, appropriate use of tools and materials. Students wanting further involvement with advanced technique and concepts may take Contemporary Sculpture II, III, and IV. Evaluation is based on effort and progress.

    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively

    Essential Questions:

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      Assessment Prompt: Support with evidence how form, content and context express and influence meaning.

    • How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the use of elements and principles in facilitating the creative process.

    • How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative process.

    • How do we use critique to inform our art?
      Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.

    Course Academic Vocabulary:

    • additive
    • assemblage
    • balance
    • color
    • contrast
    • emphasis
    • exterior
    • figure
    • found object 
    • ground relationships
    • interior
    • light
    • linear
    • mass
    • movement
    • plane
    • proportion
    • repetition
    • rhythm
    • scale
    • shade
    • subtractive
    • three dimensional space
    • volume

    Course Units / Topics of Study:

    • cardboard mask 
    • paper sculpture
    • subtractive sculpture (carved foam block)
    • tape figure sculpture
    • wire sculpture