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Course : Sculpture I

Course Number
Art 2523
Section Number
Fall 2020
Fain Fine Arts Center, C 114
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
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This class is designed to introduce fundamental sculpture knowledge and skills including mold making / casting, carving / woodworking, and welding / steel fabrication. Through the class activities and assignments, the students will learn proper use of tools and shop equipment. Students will also discuss concepts, processes and analysis of their work along with current and historical examples.

Students will be assigned three major projects and several other projects including research, drawings, and presentation (critiques) throughout the semester. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and individual/ group discussions along with work sessions. The students are required to keep a sketch book/ notebook. Students will be asked to share sketches to discuss his/her ideas. The sketchbooks will be collected and graded as a part of the final grade (5pts).

Students must supply required materials for the course. Average materials and tools cost ranges $100-$250 for the semester.


  1. Each project is worth 10 + 10 =20 points (20 x 3=60 pts.) of the final grade.
  2. Projects are graded based on the following criteria:   
    1. Project execution (craftsmanship, structural strength, etc.) 10pts
    2. Technical challenge and Creativity of design 10pts


Points and letter grade.

10–9.7=A+. 9.6–9.3=A.  9.2–9.0=A. - 8.98.7=B+.  8.6–8.4=B. 8.3–8.0=B-.

7.9–7.7=C+. 6–7.3=C. 7.2–7.0= C-. 6.9–6.7=D+. 6.6–6.4=D. 6.3–6.0=D–. 0=F

  1. Development of the idea, technique, and knowledge of the subject. 10pts.        
  2. Participation and presentation during critiques, group discussions, cleaning, etc. 10pts.
  3. Class commitment and effort. 10 pts.
  4. Sketchbook. 5pts. 
  5. Total points 90 pts (100%)


Final grading system follows the university policy.         

            A=90%– above Excellent

            B=80–89%        Good

            D=60–69%        Passing

            F=59– below     Failure (no credit)

Attendance and Lateness Policy

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

  • Students arriving after class begins will be considered late, and ten minutes after will be counted absent.
  • THREE late arrivals counts as a single absence.
  • Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.
  • If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.
  • If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

Additional Attendance and Due Dates Policy.

Late arrival or early departure without excuse will be considered as one third of an absence. Students must come to class on time with required materials. If you come to class without the required materials, you will get an absence and the instructor may ask you to leave the class. It is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed in class. Late projects or missing a critique will also result in a lowering of your project grade by 10 points. (Please read the Class Attendance Policy in the student hand book)

*In order to retain an excused absence, students are responsible for providing the instructor with official written documents such as a doctor’s note, funeral announcement, or letter from the Dean of the Students or another instructor, etc.

Departmental Policy for Gallery Openings

·       Students enrolled in studio or art history courses must attend every gallery opening.

·       At every gallery opening, the student will receive a comment sheet.

·       During each opening, the student must fill out and submit the comment sheet.

·       If the student cannot attend the gallery opening, they must meet following requirements:         

1.     The student must write a paper on the artist exhibited in the Juanita Harvey gallery.

2.     The paper should emphasize the student’s reaction to the work.

3.     The paper must be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt font, and be double-spaced.

4.     The paper must consist of 500 words.

5.     The paper must be submitted to the art office one week after the exhibition opening.

6.     If the exhibition extends past the final class day of the semester, the paper

        will be due one week before the final class day of the semester.

  • If a student does not attend the show or write a paper their final grade will be dropped 3.3% per gallery opening.
  • If a student misses all 3 of the gallery openings and does not write a paper for each of them to make it up the student’s final grade will be dropped by 10%.

Late projects or missing a critique will also result in a lowering of students’ project grade up to 20 points.


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