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|Course Name||Instructor||Grade Level(s)|
|Sculpture||Douglas Doi||7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12|
Grades 7, 8
This is an introductory course that teaches the basic skills and concepts used in the creation of three-dimensional works from clay. Students will learn about the materials that they use, basic ceramic construction techniques, glazing, the history of the discipline, and aesthetic decision making. The artwork in this class (such as figures and animals) will be created from modules that are created and assembled by the students, giving them an opportunity to change and modify the appearance and structure of their work at various stages of the process.
Students will learn about the materials that they use, refine techniques they have learned in previous classes, will learn a little engineering about form, mass and balance, will further investigate the history of the discipline, and aesthetic decision making. The projects in this class over the past year have included totems (an interpretation of human form), figure modeling, animals (modular assembly), studies in texture, and symbols of power and authority (such as staffs, rods, and rayguns).
Students are introduced to moldmaking (for lifecast and resin sculpture) using plaster, casting and finishing techniques (polyester resin-plastic), project planning and design for each phase of their projects, a little engineering, science, and math (Archemides method of displacement for determing volume, error correcton in mold volumes, mass and balance, ratios for resin to catalyst -determined by shape and density, etc.). The class will also continue to work with clay as a primary material and means for generating ideas and forms for other materials.
Grades 11, 12
Students are usually given 2 projects a year by the instructor (such creating a sculpture that will serve as your last marker, or creating a vessel that is suspended off the ground). For the most part, students are required to work and develop independent projects under the guidance/supervision of the instructor. They may choose to either refine skills that have been learned in previous classes and/or experiment, explore, and develop other skills, techniques, and forms.
The University Laboratory School Art Department faculty is composed of a group of practicing artists, who possess extensive experience in their respective disciplines.
Each member of the art faculty develops, designs and teaches their own curriculum.
Our students are actively engaged in a studio environment. They produce works of art in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and fiber arts.