Sculpture encompasses 3800 square feet of studio space that has been divided into work spaces for carving and woodworking, welding, casting and general use. Equipment in the studio includes: saws and other wood working machinery; oxy-acetylene as well as arc welders, a TIG welder, a MIG welder and two plasma cutters; a complete foundry, including a gas furnace (nonferrous), a cupolette (ferrous), a ceramic shell room, two burnout kilns with overhead hoists; both forced air gas and electric clay kilns; and a glass casting kiln. Smaller equipment includes sandblasters, metal cutting band saws, an autoclave, a clay mixer, a 12 ton press and numerous electric and pneumatic hand tools.
Our major technical expertise is in metal casting, using both solid mold and ceramic shell processes, and welding, primarily the electronic arc processes.
- ART270 Sculpture I
This entry into the curriculum involves work in fired clay, plaster or found object assemblage. The pass/fail grading is intended to allow students to freely pursue new expressive avenues and take intelligent aesthetic risks, maximizing their potential for sculptural development over the course of the semester. Not problem solving, this course focuses on problem discovery, what is important for each student to express. The semester is devoted to creating works that exhibit strong emotional qualities with significant content. Individual and group critiques assist in developing an understanding of, and an ability to verbalize concerns.
- ART370 and 371
All juniors are exposed to new materials and techniques (and their aesthetic history) each semester. The fall semester students will be introduced to carving (both wood and stone) and all forms of welding (including forging techniques). In the spring, casting (aluminum, bronze and iron in both solid mold investment, ceramic shell, and sand), glass casting and slumping, and concrete will be investigated. Students are also free to work in any material and technique that they have been exposed to in prior semesters, they needn't shift aesthetics or compromise efforts based on the specific course they are enrolled in. Developing personal expression is the prime directive of these courses. Individual and group critiques aid student development.
- ART470 and 471 Senior Sculpture Courses
No new specific techniques are introduced to the class during this year, however, individual exploration of any new material may take place. This is a year of intense individual study with close faculty guidance. Students meet on a regular basis for critiques, as well as aesthetic discussions.