VAFW133 Woodcarving - Furniture

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW133 Woodcarving - Furniture
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five (5) hours outside of class each week in the woodshop area under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This studio course focuses on the creation of well-crafted functional and sculptural carved wood objects. Students explore low and high relief, 3-dimensional forms, figurative and decorative subjects, tool use and care to develop their carving skills and creative expression.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the different types and traditions of carved furniture, sculpture, and embellishments;
    2. design and execute three carved wood functional and sculptural objects;
    3. employ the tools necessary to carve a variety of forms;
    4. develop skills in carving different types of wood; and
    5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. identify a variety of carved forms from low relief to high relief, to full-three-dimensional objects, from different traditions of woodcarving around the world
    2. identify, sharpen, use, and store a variety of carving tools
    3. execute a series of practical studio exercises to learn the properties of different types of wood
    4. design three carved forms, including a utensil, a relief, and a piece of 3-dimensional sculpture or furniture with carved elements
    5. finish carved wood forms
    6. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based upon successful design, execution, and completion of assigned woodworking projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held 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, digital technology by instructor, and field trip to a museum are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 2/05; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015