The Art Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences
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Sculpture

Sculpture students are introduced to a variety of approaches and media,including modeling, plaster mold-making, flexible mold-making, bronze casting, wood and stone carving, welding, fabrication of materials.

A 5,000-square-foot studio offers students ample space for creating their work. Independence and creativity are encouraged so that students can pursue their own ideas and images.

Sculpture FACULTY

Jason Fergusonjfergu11@emich.edu
Brian Lee Nelsonbnelson1@emich.edu

Sculpture Courses

ARTS 235 Beginning Sculpture

Beginning Sculpture further emphasizes the formal and technical processes and unique qualities of three dimensions. We look closely at sculpture’s connection to the human scale and architectural relationships. We cover the very basic use of materials and their plastic qualities. (Formerly ART 310)

Prereq: ARTS 122 and department permission

ARTS 335 Intermediate Sculpture

This course expands mainly on the vast number of materials, techniques and processes necessary to execute finished sculptures. Major aspects of wood and metal fabrication and mold-making are covered in depth. All of the assignments also deal with the conceptual aspects of sculpture. (Formerly ART 311)

Prereq: ARTS 235 and department permission

ARTS 435 Advanced Sculpture I

The students in advanced sculpture are allowed to pursue a concept or technique from the sculpture 311 as the beginning of there self directed studio experience. Many types of mold making are explored. Which leads to bronze and other metal casting processes. Extensive experimentation in chosen technique/techniques is expected. (Formerly ART 410)

Prereq: ARTS 335 and department permission

ARTS 436 Advanced Scuplture II

The students in advanced sculpture are directed to continue working on a concept or technique from their sculpture experiences and begin to explore and create a body of work. Students are encouraged and challenged to create a strong studio work ethic and an ability to begin to make self-directed choices. (Formerly ART 411)

Prereq: ARTS 435 and department permission

ARTS 437 Advanced Scuplture III

The students in advanced sculpture are directed to continue working on a concept or technique from their sculpture experiences and begin to explore and create a body of work. The students are required to write an artist statement, photograph their work, and build a digital portfolio.

Prereq: ARTS 436 and department permission; Co-reqs: ARTS 490W

ARTS 490W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career. This course fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission