SRJC Course Outlines

4/21/2024 8:49:23 PMART 33A Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ART 33ATitle:  BEGINNING SCULPTURE  
Full Title:  Beginning Sculpture
Last Reviewed:9/26/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled4.006 min.Lab Scheduled70.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introductory course in sculpture focusing on basic form construction techniques using clay, plaster, wood, sheet metal, and found objects.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of ART 3 or ART 5

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introductory course in sculpture focusing on basic form construction techniques using clay, plaster, wood, sheet metal, and found objects.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of ART 3 or ART 5
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ARTS 240 Sculpture SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ART33A

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe visual composition of sculpture by using a vocabulary of art and three-dimensional
2.  Use a variety of materials and tools to create basic sculptures.
3.  Assess a work of design or art and evaluate how the visual elements communicate content and
    meaning to the viewer.

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1. Identify visual elements of art such as balance, contour, emphasis, proportion, rhythm, and
2. Evaluate sculptures to present the work for critique.
3. Define narrative and emotive content in the creation of sculptural works.
4. Employ major sculptural techniques including constructing, casting, carving, and forming to
    create basic art pieces.
5. Develop and employ a working vocabulary of sculptural terms including form, scale, plane,
    and texture.
6. Demonstrate creative processes and decision-making skills with both disciplined work habits
    and risk-taking experimentation.
7. Examine examples of historical and contemporary sculpture to arrive at aesthetic and
    technical judgments.
8. Define health and safety issues that arise from the use of materials and equipment to maintain
    a sculpture studio.
9. Explain perception and awareness of sculptural elements and define form, texture, space and

Topics and Scope
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I. Sculpture materials
    A. Clay
    B. Wood
    C. Plaster
    D. Found objects
    E. Sheet metal
II. Sculptural methods
    A. Construction
    B. Casting
    C. Carving
    D. Forming
III. Three-dimensional elements
    A. Balance
    B. Contour
    C. Emphasis
    D. Proportion
    E. Rhythm
    F. Movement
IV. Sculptural elements and principles
    A. Form and shape
    B. Space and volume
    C. Texture
    D. Human anatomy
    E. Additional vocabulary
V. Aesthetics
    A. History of sculpture
    B. Criticism of sculpture
    C. Selection of materials
    D. Formal decision making    
VI. Tools and equipment
    A. Pneumatic air tools
    B. Electrically powered hand tools
    C. Manual hand tools
    D. Stationary machinery
VII. Health and Safety
     A.Tools and machinery
    B.Toxic materials and particulate matter
All topics are covered in both the lecture and lab portions of the course.

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1. Students will create 4-7 sculptures using:
    a. Clay to make organic and mechanical forms.
    b. Techniques of casting and carving of plaster to make basic forms.
    c. Rigid and flexible molds.
    e. Organic materials to make sculptures.
    f. Found materials into mixed media.
    g. Sheet metal to create a variety of forms.
    h. Human figures to create studies.
2. Examine books and magazines devoted to sculpture and techniques.
3. Create a final project demonstrating and explaining techniques learned during the course; present completed work.
The above Representative Assignments apply to both lecture and lab course components in an integrated format.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
70 - 80%
Sculptures, critiques, final exhibit of completed work.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 30%
Attendance, artistic growth and participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Sculpture Reference Illustrated. Williams, Arthur. Sculpture Books. 2005 (classic)

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