VAFW181 Woodturning II

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW181 Woodturning II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFW180 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. The student will 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 course provides an in-depth exploration of lathe turning in the traditional, as well as the contemporary context. Multi-axis spindle turning, split turning, and turning in conjunction with processes off the lathe, including carving, shaping, surface ornamentation, and joinery are used to create sculptural and functional items.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. design objects that utilize the artistic and design potential of advanced lathe turning techniques;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary lathe-turning;
    3. demonstrate more advanced technical hand skills; and understanding of tools and processes;
    4. employ the turned forms achievable through advanced lathe techniques in sculpture, furniture, and other functional items; and
    5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. experiment with multi-axis turning techniques
    2. turn spindle and bowl forms that will be manipulated by carving and/or surface treatments
    3. design and create special jigs, fixtures, and advanced holding methods
    4. 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