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SC 225 Beginning Performance Art

This course focuses on introducing, exploring and experimenting with the artist’s body as a medium in time and space. Through in-class exercises, slide lectures, readings, discussions, case studies, individual performances and group critiques, we will investigate the formal elements and conceptual aspects of performance art: body/bodies, movement/action, clothing, object/material, voice/sound, time, space, site/context, content and audience. Students are encouraged to blur the boundary between art forms and disciplines. We will work from our own personal experience/concerns and learn to deliver our intention through the action of “performing as one’s self” (as opposed to actors/actresses who are performing someone else.) The ultimate goal is to fully explore and understand the complexity of who we are as individuals, and to share our insight through the language of the body.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

SC 122 Stone Sculpture

The technical, visual and conceptual issues essential to the development of sculptural skills in stone sculpture are studied.  Special emphasis is placed on the use of stone as a component in the contemporary sculptural image. Work may be object, installation and or performance based. Digital projection is considered as a means to view work accomplished in outdoor settings and interior installation. Techniques include carving, splitting, joining, shaping, sawing and finishing of stone. The use of power grinders, hand chisels and pneumatic tools are taught. Materials will include alabaster, slate, soapstone, shale, slate and limestone. The use of mixed media construction is encouraged. A personal carving set is provided as part of the course lab fee. Elective: 3 credits/semester, 6 hours per week. Prerequisite:  FN 115 or permission of the instructor.

SC 131 Defining Gravity

This course focuses on exploration and experimentation with defining/defying gravity: weight/weightless, falling/floating, buoyancy, balance, chaos/order, tension, stress, motion etc.  We will investigate the actuality, implication, and absence of gravitational forces through the use of material, object, and space.   Students will create installations (site specific & non-site-specific) and sculptural objects with diverse materials and various conceptual approaches.  Slide lectures, individual and group critiques are an integral part of the course. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

SC 227 Sculpture: Material/Textile Construction

In this textile/material based Sculpture class we will explore diverse hands-on textile construction methods to support the creation of our studio work. We will also examine the history and act of transforming space through the use of material study and textiles, and how this in turn affects meaning and content. The result of our work will take the form of experimental studies, two and three dimensional forms and installations. All disciplines welcome. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: FN 115.   Cross-listed with FA 227

SC 264 Color in Form & Space

This course investigates color as a significant participant that effects visual perception and communication of ideas. Students will work with inherent material color, color as applied surface, and color as content. This course will use traditional as well as non-traditional color materials and will examine the perceptual/conceptual change that occurs as surface and form merge and separate. The psychological and poetic aspects of color as well as the historical and contemporary impact of color will be the focus of completed studio work. The visual principles of previous foundation classes will be used to build a more personal, poetic and expressive body of work. Emphasis is placed on the three-dimensional visual experience.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: FN 115 and FN 113 or permission of the instructor.


SC 265 Kinetic Sculpture

The two main goals of this course are 1) to gain an awareness and appreciation of the expressive potential of objects that move and change over time, and 2) to develop an understanding of the basic mechanical principles involved in making a moving object.  We will study basic mechanical movements in order to understand how they work, and to attain the level of precision necessary for making kinetic sculptures.  But this course is not exclusively technical – we will also spend time looking at contemporary and historical kinetic artworks, to understand what the visual and expressive impact of such work can be.  There is a physical dimension and an emotional dimension, and we will seek to understand both.  This course will not incorporate the use of electronics, but we will learn about pulleys, bearings,  springs and other mechanical components that can help get things moving.  Some shop fabrication skills necessary. Elective: 3 credits/semester, 6 hours per week. Prerequisite: FN 115 or permission of the instructor.

SC 309 Metal Sculpture: Welding

Methods of direct forming and joining metal are used as a vehicle to inspire and explore sculptural imagery. Numerous techniques such as oxy- acetylene, arc, MIG and TIG welding, brazing, cold and forge forming, and mechanical joinery are demonstrated. Object, installation and components for performance and site-oriented works may be pursued. Welded metals may be combined with other materials, and is encouraged. Students establish individual direction with faculty counsel and through group critique. The effective and safe use of metalworking tools is stressed. Slide lectures illustrate the use of formed and fabricated metal in sculpture from historic and contemporary perspectives. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: FN 115 and enrollment in a studio major, or with instructor's permission.

SC 321-322 Sculpture: Junior Major Studio

This course emphasizes the making of sculpture: inspiration, identifying material resources, developing technical skills, craftsmanship and critical awareness of visual and structural integrity. Four complete works and supporting material in the form of three-dimensional studies, experiments and drawings are expected. Students choose materials and subjective references, and works may incorporate resources and inspiration from other disciplines. Students develop productive work habits and learn to take charge of their direction and keep to a schedule. Technical assistance is available to help with new processes. Students work in all three studios of the department. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: Two classes of SC electives (6 credits).

SC 421-422 Sculpture: Senior Major Studio

This course equips students with the wherewithal to sustain artistic growth and emphasizes an independent and significant investigation of personal artistic interests and sensibilities. Students determine the nature of the work they produce, choosing technical means, materials, scale and context. Sculpture is approached as the perceptual and philosophical exploration of form and our interactions with it. Visual organization and craftsmanship, essential to making clear content, are stressed. Four complete works and supporting material in the form of three dimensional studies or experiments and drawings are expected, culminating in the presentation of a written thesis. Students work in all studios of the department. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: SC 321-322.