The Sculpture Program offers courses in sculpture; art and technology; and drawing.
The sculpture curriculum is based on the integration of production, scholarly research, and rigorous critique.
A practice-centered approach to learning allows students to use form and image making as a means of exploring and clarifying their own artistic intentions.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Experiential learning in the studio becomes a catalyst for related scholarship in a wide range of fields including art history, art theory, environmental studies, neuroscience, film/photo/video, creative writing, theater, music, industrial design, and philosophy.
As sculpture is a non-medium-specific art form, materials as disparate as light, chocolate, plastic, and gold have influenced the direction and content of contemporary sculpture.
Facilities and Resources
Well-equipped sculpture facilities support student work in traditional media such as clay, wood, plaster, and concrete, as well as with less conventional materials. In close collaboration with the Lemelson Center, students are able to access extensive metal and plastic working facilities as well as computer-aided milling equipment.
Drawing courses form an essential complement to work in three dimensions. Perceptual, theoretical, and imagination-based working methods are integrated within drawing courses at all levels. Courses in sequential art and character development allow students to work across two, three, and four dimensions.
A professional level digital media lab offers access to two and three-d software programs such as Photoshop, Maya, and ZBrush. An active visiting artist program brings internationally known artists to the sculpture program to give public lectures and to critique student work.
Introductory sculpture courses introduce students to core historical and theoretical issues within the context of a range of materials and methods.
Intermediate sculpture courses often address areas of greater specificity such as the body, installation art, mold making, digital sculpture, art and technology, and sculpture and furniture.
Advanced level sculpture courses support the transition to independent work within the year-long Division III thesis project.
All courses in the sculpture program incorporate extensive independent projects with the aim of fostering an ambitious and informed studio practice.
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