Course description

Sculpture is distinguishable from other visual arts through its inherent use of space and reliance on an enormous range of materials. It is in our space, it makes us move in a certain way and it makes us want to move in a certain way. Because sculpture is physical like us, we respond to it on a visceral level. Sculpture can also be made out of literally anything, and each “anything” already comes with its own meanings and associations. All of these are givens, even before we decide what our work is about. This is what makes sculpture so powerful and exciting, and also so challenging. This course begins by exploring these givens though a number of very specific assignments and discussions. After a level of class-wide proficiency has been attained each student will develop their own line of inquiry and develop highly individualized projects.

Students learn basic woodworking, mold making, casting in both plaster and concrete. Classes include process and materials demonstrations, introductions to relevant artists’ work, and discussions about student projects.

Counts as free elective credit for B.F.A. students.

Summer 2024: Online course

Chris Oliver
Chris Oliver
Visiting Lecturer and sculptor

Student experiences

"My professor is not only extremely knowledgeable about his subject but also loves to teach. I really liked the way he organized the class. For example, by presenting a theory and its critiques in the same lecture, he gave me a better understanding of the topic."
"I really like that I can just wake up, do sculpture for the entire day, and then go to sleep and then wake up and do it again, for three weeks straight."