Fabrication Techniques in sculpture using wood, metal and other building and industrial materials. Techniques include basic carpentry, woodshop skills and an introduction to the metal fabrication facilities. Demonstrations, slide lectures and critical discussion of work help develop technical and conceptual skills. Students will be billed a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 23, 28, 29, 40 or 41. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
Syllabus Sculpture II Winter Quarter Elizabeth Stephens
MWF 9:30AM H101 Baskin
Sculpture 2 is designed to teach and develop formal and conceptual sculpture making skills. Assignments will address specific fabrication techniques and concepts. The purpose of this course is to build upon skills acquired in Sculpture I and related courses and to investigate fabrication techniques for building objects that range in scale from architectural to the human body. The structure of the course will be based on three types of structures; a collaborative architectural installation, a modular work that relates to the collaborative work and individual sculptural pieces. Carpentry skills will be taught while keeping in mind that we are using construction techniques to execute conceptually sound pieces. Technical demonstrations and advice will be given throughout the quarter as needed.
Class time will consist of working in the studio and participating in critical discussions of each other’s work. Each student will do a presentation and write a report on an influential artist. Readings will also be assigned and discussed. Full participation in the collaborative project, completion of the modular project and the equivalent of four finished sculptural pieces are required to pass this course. At the end of the quarter you will be required to turn in a written artist’s statement that outlines and describes what you have learned in this class through your work and how this knowledge may affect your future art making.
Basic materials will be supplied via your course fee. Other materials may be used in conjunction with these but you will probably have to supply these yourself. Bruce Kirk is an excellent resource of information about how to acquire and work with a larger variety of materials.
Your evaluation will be based on project evaluations, attendance and participation in class discussions and other activities. Reserve your Friday class time as a work period. Expect to spend at least 8 hours per week working outside of class time. More than three absences will result in a no pass grade. Lateness will also be taken into consideration. Attendance will be noted.
It is recommended that you keep a notebook of your working ideas. These ideas can be anything that relates to your work. At some point during the quarter we will discuss your notebook and how you use it to sketch out ideas and plans for your pieces.
Evaluation: Please see attached Grading Criteria
Week 1- ideas
Mon.1/5 Syllabus/General Course Discussion – Reading; Vito Acconci’s; Art in Public Places. Think of four contemporary artists you would be interested in presenting to the class. Bring their names to class on Wednesday.
The class will break into groups. These groups will each plan and design a structure that could be built by the entire class. We will look at drawings on Wed. and perhaps choose a structure to build during the quarter.
Wed.1/7 Discuss Acconci’s article. Discuss drawings and ideas for the Collaborative Structure.
Woodshop Demonstration if needed.
Friday Workday Assignment: Use scrap wood to make a Sculpture that your body can exist in. The piece should hold you, shelter you but not be much larger than your own body. You can also use materials other than wood. This piece is due 1/26 Continue working on Collaborative Structure.
Week 2- floor
Mon. 1/12 Discuss Vito Acconci article. Make Final decisions concerning which Collaborative Structure will be built. Each group will make a model of this structure. We will look at these models on January 21.
Wed. Student Presentations/ Work on model for group structure/
Friday Continue working on the Collaborative Structure
Week 3- walls
Mon. 1/ 19 Holiday
Wed. Student Presentations Look at models, decide which one presents the best design and begin building structure. Begin thinking about the modular component for the class. This should be a form/structure/unit that has the same basic shape/platform for each person in the class. When this form is decided upon and constructed then you can make individual alterations and modifications to your own form. Make a drawing of your ideas to bring to class for discussion. Also, look at these sites: www.avl-ville.com www.zittel.org www.chinati.org www.ruralstudio.com
Friday Workday Begin gathering the materials needed to construct your module and/or work on your sculpture. There will be a module critiqe Feb. 4.
Week 4 – walls
Mon. 1/26 Critique of sculptural piece. Begin your sculpture series we will critique these works every few weeks as needed.
Wed. Student Presentations Discuss the work of Atelier Van Lieshout, Andrea Zittel and Donald Judd.
Friday Continue working on the Collaborative Structure
Week 5 – walls
Mon. 2/2 Individual Meetings we will discuss your progress in the class and talk
about any questions you might have concerning your projects or performance. Begin looking at the work of artists such as Martin Puryear, Michael Singer-www.michealsinger.com, Gorden Matta Clark or Alice Aycock. Read xxxxx by Alice Aycock to discuss on Wed.
Wed. Student Presentations Discuss Aycock Article Discuss Modules
Friday Workday Continue working on the Continue working on the Collaborative Structure