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 2022: Online course

Section ID:ART 1103 502-STU
Number:1503
Session:Summer 3-week 3
Class dates:July 11-29, 2022
Final exam/project due:Friday July 29, 9 AM - 12 PM / Online (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 9 AM - 12 PM / Online
M-F 1:30 PM - 4 PM / Online
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Credit:3
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Oliver, C. (cjo37)
Max. enroll:12
Eligibility:

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

This course is full. If you would like to be considered for a different class, please send an email to precollege@cornell.edu with the class number. You will want to first check that the class you want is not full before you write to us.

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

See Apply for Online Courses.

See Dates & Deadlines.

See Online Learning FAQs.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

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."