VAFW137 Chair Construction

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW137 Chair Construction
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFW100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five 95) 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 comprehensive course covers the structural, design, and historical basis of good seating devices. Students learn to develop designs and construct models and finished pieces, using classical and contemporary guidelines that satisfy functional requirements and reflect personal creativity.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. choose construction techniques necessary for a structurally sound chair;
    2. create designs for a chair;
    3. demonstrate their knowledge of principles of a comfortable chair;
    4. employ historical and contemporary solutions to chair design; and
    5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentation, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. create sample chair joinery
    2. design a chair that is structural and comfortable
    3. build a mock up
    4. construct a chair
    5. 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. Instructor selected reference text. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.

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