ARTS 132
Sculpture: The Human Form in Contemporary Art Spring 2023
Division I
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The figure has an intrinsic relationship to us and our lives and has provided artists with creative challenges throughout time. This course uses the human form as the subject to introduce students to the three-dimensional world of sculpture. It combines the traditional study of figure modeling in clay, with a more contemporary approach to how the figure is used in art today. The first part of the semester has you working from observation while learning how to realistically construct the human figure in the third dimension. You will work in clay, gaining skills in modeling, anatomy, the study of proportion, gesture, texture, negative and positive space, balance and gravity. Within this first portion of the class you will learn to translate directly from observation and gradually move towards abstraction. The second part of the term will provide the opportunity to explore a more open and contemporary approach to how sculpture utilizes the figure to express meaning, explore materials and employ form. You will be introduced to a variety of skills, materials and concepts as you learn to work in the round making a form interesting from all views. Ultimately you will begin to explore and develop the ability to communicate your ideas in a visual manner as well as comment on the human condition.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3555
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: This is an intensive hands-on studio course, requiring working in the sculpture studio outside of scheduled class hours. Grading takes into account the quality and quantity of work produced, depth and quality of investigative process, participation in critiques, and attendance.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art Studio majors have priority
Materials/Lab Fee: $400-$600 to be charged to term bill. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I

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