ARTS-122: Introduction to Sculpture: Three-Dimensional Design

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTS-122 Introduction to Sculpture: Three-Dimensional Design

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 studio hours

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

A study of three-dimensional design elements of line, plane, and volume: the use of basic tools and experience with various media (paper, wood, plastic, metal, plaster). Lectures, classroom projects, and additional work required outside the classroom.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Digital Art and Design

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will recognize and apply design principles and compositional elements of 3 dimensional design in successive and or related art courses including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, painting, graphic or web design.

  2. Students will understand and apply the correct creative and safety procedures in a 3D- sculpture studio. 

  3. Students will understand the plasticity, casting and construction of plaster sculptural objects.

  4. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary of form in space such as silhouette, mass, axiality, transition between forms and ground-plan relationships.

  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the application of design inspired by theories and examples present in historical movements in art and in the related field of sculpture and industrial design.

  6. Students will demonstrate practical skills in executing formal 3 D compositions; measuring, drafting, cutting, casting and molding as well as repairing and finishing techniques, including color dynamics. 

  7. Students will understand Platonic and Archimedean solids through the creation of paper 3 dimensional constructions.

  8. Students will be introduced to basic wood shop procedures and safety, understanding wood as a creative material.

  9. Students will use formal analysis to identify issues and problems in order to make informed evaluations of works of art.

  10. Students will be able to conduct a formal, visual analysis and evaluation of works of art.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Students will form and defend fundamental value judgments about works of art within the area of concentration.

  2. Students will Integrate personal observation and objective criticism in the evolution of their artistic work.

  3. Students will demonstrate a progressive understanding of the basic tools and creative processes, execution, and interpretation of works within their discipline.

  4. Students will determine success of individual art works based on aesthetic form and /or intended function.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Using evidence from individual assignments, student’s learning outcomes are scored following a rubric, midterm and final critique.  In some cases scores/grades come from successive assignments rather than a single assignment.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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