VAFW100 Fine Woodworking Fundamentals
The Arts Department: Woodworking
- I. Course Number and Title
- VAFW100 Fine Woodworking Fundamentals
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Safe shop practices are emphasized. In addition to class studio time, students work five hours outside of class each week in the woodshop under the supervision of a Lab Assistant or at home. This course meets the Arts/Humanities General Education Goals.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This studio course focuses on structural, functional, and sculptural properties of wood, together with the traditional studio techniques of professional woodworkers. Emphasis is on a variety of design approaches, the execution of working drawings, and completing wood projects.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of woodworking techniques;
- design and document ideas for projects through technical drawings;
- demonstrate an understanding of the properties of wood and select the type of wood for each project;
- demonstrate the proper maintenance and safe use of selected hand and power tools;
- execute the necessary sequence of steps to successfully complete a sculpture, container, and a piece of wood furniture [Arts/Humanities)]; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussion.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- create technical drawings for each project
- identify a variety of wood species and their properties
- safe use of selected hand and power tools
- use joinery and other woodworking techniques on projects
- sand and finish projects
- develop skills for sharpening, repairing, and maintaining tools
- introduce and apply appropriate vocabulary for evaluation and criticism
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on successful design, execution, and completion of assigned woodworking projects.
- At least two individual critiques with instructor are held to assess projects, using the above criteria and to review student's overall progress.
- Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.
Review/Approval Date - 2/05; Core Goals/Objectives added 7/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015