BFA Course Schedule: Fall 2020

BFA Course Schedule: Spring 2021

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    SC 105

    SC 105 The Sculptural Imagination: Wood, Steel and Foundry Practices

    This course is an introduction to the basic techniques involved in woodworking, the foundry process, and welded steel sculpture. We will investigate the materials, methods, and concepts that serve as the foundation for creating sculptural artworks. Through weekly assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and discussions we will explore traditional and experimental approaches to the theory and practice involved in making sculpture. In each of the assignments we will study the historical, cultural, and contemporary applications and implications of these given sculptural techniques. However, the subject matter for all assignments is open to your individual interpretation. Students will learn how to identify materials, proper material usage, learn tools and safety within the Sculpture area, create finished works, and learn articulation of these materials (both physically and audibly) via critiques of finished works. The primary objective for this course is to develop the skills needed to interpret and articulate contemporary modes of creating a sculpture that students will encounter as professional artists and creative problem solvers. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    SC 106

    SC 106 Sculpture in Context: Installation, Multiples, Land Art

    This course is an introduction to the basic techniques involved in the creation of multiples & editions, installation, and land art. We will investigate the materials, methods, and concepts that serve as the foundation for creating three- dimensional artworks. Through weekly assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and discussions we will explore traditional and experimental approaches to the theory and practice involved in making sculpture. In each of the assignments we will study the historical, cultural, and contemporary applications and implications of these given sculptural techniques. However, the subject matter for all assignments is open to your individual interpretation. Students will learn how to identify materials, proper material usage, learn tools and safety within the Sculpture area, create finished works, and learn articulation of these materials (both physically and audibly) via critiques of finished works. The primary objective for this course is to develop the skills needed to interpret and articulate contemporary modes of creating sculpture that students will encounter as professional artists and creative problem solvers. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    SC 222

    SC 222 Stone Sculpture

    Learn the basic techniques and foundations of carving stone sculpture and the character of stone while working with highly skilled artisans Jesse Salisbury and Hoshi Kazumi of Steuben Maine. The class will also include a weekend workshop at the Salisbury Kazumi Studio, a trip to a quarry, and stone carving retreat at Eagle Hill with a gathering of regional carvers. We will also be hosting a traditional carver from Japan – Kodai Hihara – in mid-September. Techniques will include carving, joining, shaping, sawing and finishing. The use of grinders, hand chisels and pneumatic tools will be covered. Through direct carving and working from maquettes, students define form, determine images and content, and understand the properties of stone. Images are realized through object, installation and/or site-based work. A personal carving tool set is provided. Each student will make one small sculpture and one medium scale sculpture. All materials will be provided. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    SC 245

    SC 245 (PE) Public Art Studio

    This field-based studio course will focus on conceptualizing and creating art works in public spaces through a public process. You will develop an understanding of the history of landscape and public art while formulating a working strategy based in hands-on contextual experience in our community. This is an interdisciplinary course that is built around collaborative experiences while considering site. Each student will create an individual public art proposal, participate in a site, visit and co-create a temporary site-specific outdoor project. Students will engage in various topics including: landscape mapping, collaboration, ideas of audience, temporality and permanence, community building, the politics of public vs private space, political change and resistance, materiality and place, sustainably and art practice, site narrative and dialog. Project planning, public speaking, organizing and conducting meetings, group work methods and collaboration, and negotiating political and community dynamics will also be covered. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    SC 250

    SC 250 Object! Object! Object!

    Our lives are in a constant contact with objects. We design them, we use them, but how do they act upon us? How do the presence and the performance of these objects resonate in tandem with our understanding of the past? This course is designed to increase each students understanding about objects as form as material, and as content. Additionally, process and techniques related to using, mass- producing, and sourcing of objects will be discussed. Throughout the semester, students will be using materials and non-traditional process thinking and execution at a rapid fir rate of production and exchange. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    SC 267

    SC 267 Phantom Limb: The Art of Transformational Identity

    This course will cover various techniques involved in the art of transformational identity, makeup, costuming, and sculptural objects relating to the body. Our task will be to author visual stories resulting in thoughtful, articulate, and compelling objects, photographs, and films or videos. The bulk of the class involves reading, research, demos, studio time, and discussion on readings and critique. Shape shifting, misunderstood injuries, rapid aging, unidentified missing limbs, horrific imagery, gory details, gender politics, mystical healing, window to the unknown, heroes & villains, monsters & aliens, creatures from...hybrid forms, part man part animal, body extensions, cabinets of curiosities, are a only a few ways of approaching this topic as an artist.The primary objective for this course is to develop the skills needed to interpret and articulate contemporary modes for the creation of sculpture that students will encounter as professional artists and creative problem solvers. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : FN 115 or any 100-level sculpture course.

    3 credits
    SC 321

    SC 321 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 SC electives–preferrably SC 105 & SC 106.

    3 credits
    SC 322

    SC 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 : SC 321

    3 credits
    SC 421

    SC 421 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.

    Prerequisites : SC 321-322

    Additional Notes : 6 credit option for Seniors only.

    3 credits
    SC 422

    SC 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.

    Prerequisites : SC 421

    Additional Notes : 6 credit option for Seniors only.

    3 credits
    SEM 353

    3YR Seminar: Fine Art Topics - Practice

    Fine Arts - Contemporary Topics and Practice is a studio/discussion course designed to provide historical ideas, context and ground for students to more clearly define their own studio work and relationship to art history. Group conversations, field trips, in-process critiques, workshops and/or visiting artists will assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a personal and art historical context. Students will practice voicing their attitudes, opinions and conclusions about the topics discussed in seminar and gain more confidence talking about their own practice within larger issues of history, society, and culture outside of the art world. Scheduled concurrently with other sections of junior seminar, faculty and students will have the opportunity to meet as a larger group when appropriate. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 2.5 hours/week.\

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    SEM 452 Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be in your senior year.

    3 credits