This course serves as an introduction to sculpture, not only as mediums and processes, but to ideas, histories, and narratives. Emphasis is placed on the exploration and experimentation with materials with presupposed form (wood, stone, readymade) and those materials in need of casting or forming (plaster, wet clay, paper pulp). Lectures, demonstrations, discussions and critiques are supplemented with readings and short material exercises that inform and expand upon myriad possibilities in contemporary sculpture. Students learn methods of joining, carving and casting to inform their decision-making and conceptualizing process. Essential elements of proportion, scale, installation, interpretation and context are covered to further support students in the development of two independent projects that reflect their own voice and direction.
Photo by Jo Sittenfeld
RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET