VAFW133 Woodcarving - Furniture
The Arts Department: 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
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of the different types and traditions of carved furniture, sculpture, and embellishments;
- design and execute three carved wood functional and sculptural objects;
- employ the tools necessary to carve a variety of forms;
- develop skills in carving different types of wood; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- 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
- identify, sharpen, use, and store a variety of carving tools
- execute a series of practical studio exercises to learn the properties of different types of wood
- design three carved forms, including a utensil, a relief, and a piece of 3-dimensional sculpture or furniture with carved elements
- finish carved wood forms
- demonstrate safe shop practices
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based upon 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 students' 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, 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