VAFA246 Sculpture/Foundry

Department of The Arts: Sculpture

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA246 Sculpture/Foundry
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA141 (C or better) or VAFA105 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. In addition to class studio time, students work five (5) hours outside of class each week in the studio area under the supervision of a Lab Assistant or at home. There is a studio supply cost for this course.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This advanced course emphasizes foundry practices. Initial work is done in foundry wax or Styrofoam. Topics covered are procedures in ceramic shell or investment and burnout of wax preparatory to casting in metal. Basic foundry procedures are followed and studied. Finish and treatment of metal castings are also explored.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. create works of art through metal casting techniques;
    2. develop metal castings that are conceptually based;
    3. translate into metal an appropriate sculptural form; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Students will experience the basic operation of an art foundry, such as:

    1. lost wax casting
    2. ceramic shell casting and/or sand casting
    3. flaxing, melting, and alloying of metals
    4. Ffrnace operation
    5. patination and chasing aluminum and/or bronze
    6. tig welding and/or silver soldering
    7. mold making
    8. safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Slides, video, and digital technology are incorporated by instructor. Field trip to museum is required.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015