Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Metz, Greg
Discipline and Number
ARTS 3375 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Figure Sculpture

Description of Course:

This course offers an introduction to understanding the complexity and beauty of the human form through traditional three-dimensional sculpting techniques. Exposure to the historic variations of the figure in sculpture will serve as a background from which to launch our individual investigations in interpreting form through perception, expression, concept and technique. It is an objective of the course to develop a visual aptitude that will advantage one's understanding of structure, mass, movement, spatial dynamics, texture, and the aesthetic implications surrounding the human image.

The emphasis will be to familiarize oneself with the materials and process, as well as general anatomical concerns. The class will work from live models, reference source materials, and imagination using clay, plaster and wood. This tactile, hands-on experience will be the object of continuous discussion as we encode our endeavors with personal spirit and vision.

Students wishing to repeat this course or who are already familiar with these processes may pursue independent strategies (with instructor's approval) for course credit.

Required Texts:

Modeling the Figure in Clay (Practical Craft Books) by Bruno Lucchesi and Margit Malmstrom

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Cost of materials averages $75.00- $100.00

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