Advanced Sculpture: Policies & Info

This course emphasizes idea development; the relationship between the Artist, the Art Object and the Viewer within the context of contemporary culture; and finding one’s own artistic voice.  Students work intensively with peers from other Art disciplines. Projects are developed and adapted to fit specific students’ chosen media. Additional course fee required.

Prerequisite(s):  (AR3220 Foundations of Ceramics: Exploration and AR3230 Foundations of Ceramics: Wheel Explorations) or (AR3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body and AR3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas)

Objectives of this course:

Through your work in this course, you will:

  • Continue the development of your own personal artistic voice;
  • Continue the development of your ability to critique, discuss, and write about your own work;
  • Improve your art-making process to strengthen efficiency and enhance creativity;
  • Give you experience working more independently, including meeting your own deadlines, developing your own concepts, and setting up your own mini-critiques with me and with other artists;
  • Learn to link varied materials together through the connotation of the objects;
  • Learn to choose appropriate fabrication techniques to realize ideas;
  • Explore special issues of working in large scale (time, cost, connotation, etc), and in surprising scale;
  • Explore working in an outdoor environment without traditional tools and materials;
  • Explore natural materials and processes, and how they contrast with conventional studio materials and processes;
  • Gain skills in professional presentation (scale drawings, paperwork, gathering of sample materials, etc);
  • Learn to work collaboratively;
  • Utilize the skills with materials, techniques, and ideas that have been developed throughout Foundations and upper level program course work;
  • Explore independent art-making to assist with the transition to the BFA thesis, graduate school, or life as a working artist;
  • Digitally document work for future reference and use;
  • Articulate in words and in writing your artistic interests;
  • Make a piece from start to finish while managing your own time, the gathering of materials, fabrication processes, and idea development;
  • Work in diptychs and other multiples in a way that enhances the relationships among the objects in the piece.

Assignments:  Assignments will consist of four two-page papers on contemporary artists working in a manner or style related to your own work; occasional assigned readings; and 4-6 projects, one of which will be a group project. Upon completion of each project, there will be a group critique—the equivalent of a test—to discuss the issues and methods involved in the project; these should not be missed, and active participation is expected. You will also be required to keep a sketchbook and to produce drawings of each project before you work on the finial piece. This will account for a significant portion of each project grade.

Attendance: At the end of the semester you will be awarded full Attendance points if you have 3 or fewer absences.  If you have from 4-6 absences, you will be awarded 1/2 credit for Attendance.  If you have more than 6 absences, you will receive no credit for Attendance.  There is no need to inform me about the reason for your absences since you receive those 3 free absences to use for reasons such as illness, death in the family, school travel, sports, and other serious matters.  If you have a devastating emergency which will cause you to miss two weeks or more of school, you should contact Undergraduate Studies so that they may advise you on the best course of action.


  • 60%     Projects
  • 20%     Short Papers
  • 10%     Participation
    • Engagement During Class (50%)
    • Attendance (50%)
  • 10%     Mahara Portfolio

Required Materials:

  • Sketch Book (approx. 14” x 17”)
  • Other materials TBD: You are expected to supply all of your own materials for this course. Please budget accordingly.

Safety: You are expected to follow rules of safe operation in both the wood and metal shops. This includes maintaining an uncluttered and clean work space, dressing appropriately, etc. If you need a refresher course on any tool operation or safety procedure, please see me. You will be held responsible for knowledge of safety protocols, and will be tested frequently on them. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK IN THE STUDIO -TOXIC MATERIALS CAN BE TRANSMITTED INTO YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. For more information on safety, visit

ADA Policy:Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should immediately contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) in the Center for Student Success in Mary Lyon (535-3065) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with DSO. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from DSO, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.

Academic Integrity Policy: see PSU catalog.

Art Department Policy on Use of Visual Recording Devices in all Classes , Workshops, or Open Studio Sessions using live models: It is our mutual responsibility, as faculty and students, to ensure the privacy and safety of our models at all times. In order to uphold our commitment to privacy and safety, no visual recording devices will be allowed to be used in Figure classes, workshops, open studio sessions, or any class with a live model posing. If any individual is seen holding or using a visual recording device, they will be asked to leave the class and an unexcused absence will be credited for that day. In the case of cell phones, cell phones must be turned to vibrate mode before entering class. Emergency and/or special calls will be answered outside of the classroom. Any use of visual recording devices for class purposes must be pre-approved by the instructor and can only be used when the model is not posing.

Art Department Policy on Unclaimed Artwork: Any student participating in a studio course in the Art Department at PSU is responsible for removing from the premises the artwork he/she creates in that class at the end of the course. Any artwork left behind by a student from a course at the end of the semester will be saved or disposed of at the discretion of the instructor or Program Coordinator. The Art Department cannot ensure safety, conservation, or appropriate storage of work. If the artwork is saved, it will be used as a teaching resource for future classes. Any artwork that is in a departmentally endorsed or sponsored exhibit and which is unclaimed by the artist at the end of that exhibit will be retained by the department for a period of 6 months. However, during this time, the Art Department cannot ensure safety, conservation, or appropriate storage of work. At the end of 30 days, the work will be reviewed by a departmental vetting committee to determine if the artwork will be retained or discarded. If the artwork is retained, it will be used as a teaching resource and Images of that artwork will be used for any public relations purposes as the Department and University see fit.

Teacher Education CHECK Framework

The Plymouth State University Teacher Education Conceptual Framework:

  • C         COLLABORATION: Students will collaborate in a small group setting to develop a written and oral presentation on societal issues; develop lesson plans in small groups.
  • H         HOLISM: Students will identify individual learning styles and research and document how societal issues influence learning and the whole child.
  • E          EXPERIENCE: Students will engage in 10 hours of classroom observation documented by an observation/participation log.
  • C         COMMITMENT: Students will exhibit professionalism in dress and manner throughout their 10 hours of observation/participation and for group presentations. Students will be expected to complete all course assignments on time. Students will be expected to collaborate with peers for group projects.
  • K         KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of course subject matter.