VAFA105 3-D Design Materials/Modeling
The Arts Department: Visual Arts
- I. Course Number and Title
- VAFA105 3-D Design Materials/Modeling
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- VAFA102 (C or better) or permission of the Arts Department
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Students work 5 hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a Lab Assistant. Students complete a minimum of three (3) well-conceived and well-crafted sculptures. There is a studio supply cost for this course. Safe shop practices are emphasized.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course combines the study and examination of process-based forms and figurative based-forms. Students are introduced to drawing and modeling the human body. Students are introduced to various tools, materials, and techniques in the application of design to tactile forms in space.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- complete a minimum of three (3) well-conceived and well-crafted sculptures;
- develop an ability to express ideas with a sculptural vocabulary;
- develop an understanding of technical proficiency with the tools and techniques of sculpture;
- fabricate using steel, wood, Plexiglas, and/or plaster;
- apply the basic techniques of modeling clay, mold making, and casting;
- plan and complete work on time and in a presentable manner; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- develop a greater sense of the structure and design of the human form through the additive modeling process;
- explain and practice the subtractive method of making sculpture, employing techniques, such as carving;
- explain and practice the additive method of making sculpture, employing various materials;
- explore ideas through model making and drawing;
- identify and explore the properties of various sculptural materials;
- demonstrate and apply the appropriate use of manual hand tools;
- demonstrate and apply the appropriate use of power tools;
- identify and explore the use of various finishing materials;
- create sculptural molds and make casts;
- critique their own work, as well as the work of their peers; and
- demonstrate safe shop practices.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Course learning goals are assessed via group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
- At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
- Students' portfolios are assessed for aesthetic quality and progress.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Instructor selected textbook. See course syllabus. Slides, video, digital technology, and field trip to a museum are incorporated.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015