Sculpture I


A beginning sculpture course that concentrates on the development of sculptural ideas through the exploration of various materials and techniques. Several introductory lectures and demonstrations will take place with the bulk of the time dedicated to the completion of sculpture projects. Attention will be devoted to the historical and aesthetic contexts, with the emphasis on the development of a personal visual vocabulary and the cultivation of individual creative expression.


1. Students will create artistic solutions that clearly express the understanding of principles of design and visual thinking.

2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of tools, materials, techniques, and processes.

3. Students will show the maturity of the concept and development of an individual creative voice.

4. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in Sculpture and Art History.

5. Students will complete work, with a high level of craftsmanship or academic standards, presented in a professional manner.

6. Students will show a sense of commitment and take individual initiative and ownership of projects and research.

7. Students will develop a body of original artwork in Sculpture.

Material list

  1. Passbook
  2. Pencils and erasers
  3. A check or cash for $15.00. The check should be made out to STMA.
  4. A paint shirt
  5. Miscellaneous found objects
  6. Sketchbook/folder/binder
  7. Plastic bags

Electronic Devises

You will get an assigned number/storage unit for your cell phone. Your phone needs to be in the storage unit when the bell rings. You may pick up your phone after you have cleaned up (last 5 minutes of class). You may kindly remind me that we have 5 minutes left and I will finish what I am saying and excuse you to grab their phones). School Policy on electronic devices

Originality and Plagiarism

Originality and creativity are important components of this course. Students will not make direct use of another artist’s work and call it their own; this violates copyright laws and is plagiarism, and will result in an automatic failure for the project, and possibly the class. Students are encouraged to work only from personal photographs that they themselves have taken. Other artist’s work may be used as a reference for personal artwork, but the work being referenced should be altered to such a degree that the original artist’s intent is in no way recognizable in the student’s work. Copying and/or duplicating of another artist’s work and calling it your own is cheating and fraudulent, and is not permissible in this course.


Visual Arts maintain a rich body of knowledge that enables students to understand their world and its cultures. Visual Arts develop critical thinking, original ideas, and creative problem-solving. Visual Arts provide a unique and powerful language in which students engage in artist practice by creating, responding, presenting, and connecting while cultivating their personal voice.

Learning Targets

I can…

  • Create artwork that expresses an idea and demonstrates learning.
  • Create a collection of artwork.
  • Read, reflect, revise, and analyze artwork based on feedback.
  • Find and generate original artistic ideas.
  • Understand and appreciate art and art history.


(Sensory) Elements (Formal) Principles
  • Value
  • Color
  • Form (3-D)
  • Space
  • Texture
  • Line
  • Shape (2-D)
  • Balance
  • Unity (harmony)
  • Rhythm (pattern, repetition)
  • Variety (or contrast)
  • Movement
  • Emphasis (dominance/point of interest)
  • Scale (proportion)

Academic Expectations

  1. The artwork will consist of a relationship to aesthetics, art history, art criticism, and studio work. The majority of your grade will result from your project work. All students must follow the project objectives and must complete by the final deadline given. Excused absences.
  2. Instructional Resources: Lecture, group and individual discussion, independent and group projects, art criticism writings and readings.
  3. All students must have a pencil and eraser.
  4. Work habits. All students must work during class time, and try to participate in class discussions. This will be part of your grade.
  6. Grading Scale:
100 – 94
93 – 90 A-
89 – 87 B+
86 – 83 B
82 – 80 B-
79 – 77 C+
76 – 73 C
72 – 70 C-
69 – 67 D+
66 – 63 D
62 – 60 D-
59 – 0 F

Behavior Expectations

  1. Be in your assigned seats at the bell and quiet. Remain in your seats until attendance is taken, and directions for the day are given.
  2. You will not leave the room without permission from the teacher. You will not enter the other art room without permission or purpose.
  3. Profane or indecent language will not be tolerated.
  4. No eating or drinking will be allowed in the classroom.
  5. You must be working during class time – do not misuse the time given to work on your projects. All the time in class is to be used for your art only.
  6. Maintain a quiet working atmosphere – no talking across the room, loud unnecessary noise, or wandering from table to table.
  7. Clean up your work area and art tools is mandatory; please do not leave a mess. You are responsible to keep tools and your work area clean.
  8. Do not touch other students’ work, vandalism will not be tolerated.
  9. Insubordinate behavior will not be tolerated.



  • Continual work in class (USE the class time that is available!)
  • Work outside of class time (you will NOT be able to complete all the work this class entails during class time only!)
  • Keeping your work and material organized and clean (Sketchbook/ binder/ portfolio)
  • Exploring new and creative themes (not hashing and rehashing old or the same concepts)
  • Exploring new mediums that you might not be familiar with.
  • Challenge yourself to work outside your comfort zone in art.
  • Persevere through struggles during the art-making process
  • Seek out extra help and guidance if needed (other students or me)
  • Demonstrate skill, craftsmanship, and effort during the art-making process (show respect for your work!)
  • Begin to understand that art is not made in a vacuum and that it is influenced by history and the world around us and you!
  • Critiques are an important part of the art-making process
  • Understand that being able to describe and discuss your work using proper terminology is an important part of being an artist.


  • Look at artwork daily (artwork is not created in a vacuum)
    • Professional
      • Books
      • Internet
      • Museums
    • Each other’s work
      • Get ideas from one another
    • Unique/Creative work
  • Talk about art
  • Use your sketchbook!!!!
  • Create your own work that is not due for this class!!
    • Work begets work
  • Visit the local museums and galleries
    • MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
    • MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design)
    • Walker (Loring Park Area/Downtown Minneapolis)
    • Weisman (University of Minnesota)
    • Gallery 360, Mpls.


  • Pornography
  • Sex-related subjects/ Nudity or partial
  • Tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • Violence graphically portrayed
  • Gang-related subjects
  • Satanism/ cults/ symbols from these area
  • No weapons of any sort!

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