Thomas Haxo, associate professor of sculpture, received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a M.F.A from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously taught sculpture, drawing, and design at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and S.U.N.Y. New Paltz.
His primary interests are figure sculpture and drawing, puppetry, and computer modeling/animation. His work has been shown nationally and is in numerous private collections.
Through sculpture and drawing projects students will investigate the form and expression of the human head. Assignments will cover the study of the head in clay, the creation of masks, experiments in basic proportional systems, drawing from life and imagination, and more. Class discussions will draw from numerous cultural and historic points of view. The class will conclude with a major independent project of the student's own related to this subject. Students will have the option to work with either traditional or digital media. Significant outside work will be expected. Students will provide most drawing materials.
This course provides preparation for work in the arts and other fields where visual ideas are presented sequentially. Sequential skills will be built through assignments that may utilize drawing, digital work and sculpture. Assignments addressing linear and nonlinear sequence with line, tone, color, space, and light will facilitate the development of personal imagery. Narrative and non-narrative themes will be discussed. A wide range of tools and techniques will be employed in exploration of subject matter.
The use of the tablet for creative visual investigation is rapidly becoming a studio tool. This experimental course will focus on the exploratory use of the digital tablet as a means of art making. Students will be encouraged to be inventive and self-directed as they work collaboratively and individually on projects that will reveal their own potential vocabulary using a digital tablet. Students are expected to provide their own digital tablet of their choosing for drawing.
In this course students will refine their technical and perceptual skills in response to the human form. Figurative models will be provided throughout the semester. The course will focus on the full figure allowing students to explore this challenging subject from multiple perspectives. Historical and contemporary issues and approaches to the figure will be elucidated through presentations, critiques, and independent research.Prerequisite: Intermediate sculpture at the college level is recommended.
This course allows students to focus on the figure. Students primarily sculpt in clay from live models. Perception and working from life are central issues. Through the observation of the figure, students study sculptural concepts of structure, proportion, gesture and the resulting image. Students are challenged to develop their individual approach and vision towards the human figure. Group critiques will encourage the development of a critical vocabulary. After working on many different poses, in the second half of the class a model is provided for students to pursue their particular interests concerning the figure. An outside independent project is also assigned to investigate their choice of figurative issues. Prerequisite: Introductory sculpture or drawing.
Associate Professor of Sculpture
Mail Code MB
Arts Barn STU
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002