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BU Department of Art and Design
Sculpture Program

Course Descriptions

Sculpture I – ARTS 230
For most of the 20th century, the figure acted as an expressive vehicle by which personal expression could be represented. The human form, with emphasis on subject, materials, process and invention, serves as a structural model to consider the act of creation and the nature of personal vision. Course seeks to initiate a process by which students may begin to find meaningful relationships between figure and subject by carefully weighing their approach with emotional and conceptual content to form a language of sculpture. Format: Students develop a series of small related sculptures under 12 inches in pasteline to be cast in a more permanent material (for example, plaster, wax, concrete) Notes: THIS COURSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. No prerequisites.
Professor Gonzalez/Professor Stark

Sculpture II: Direct Metal Sculpture – ARTS 234
Students progress through the direct metal sculpture processes: soldering, brazing, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, arc welding, TIF welding. Faculty consent required. Enrollment limited.
Professor Stark

Sculpture II: Figure – ARTS 330
For centuries the figure as a subject has often been expressed through a bewildering variety of manifestations, materials and techniques. Plaster as an artistic material in sculpture has often been at the center of innovation, and valued for its capacity to both capture the essence of an idea and finalize form. As a versatile material, artists have often integrated other substances into plaster to create individualized visual works of art that have focused on stylistic approaches to the figure in order to highlight content and meaning. This course seeks to use plaster as a point of departure that can be combined with other formats, processes, and materials to explore the figure as a central theme and personal language of expression.
Professor Gonzalez

Independent Study: Sculpture – ARTS 397
Independent reading and research on selected topic in consultation with major adviser. For majors, but may not count among required courses of major program (except, in special circumstances, by written consent of major adviser). Format may vary by sections: Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Professor Gonzalez/Professor Stark

Advanced Sculpture – ARTS 430
This class is for serious art majors who wish to pursue their own projects with the figure through a close analysis and exploration of the human form, both formally and conceptually. Students will be required to work independently and productively with emphasis on developing a stronger sense of critical self-perspective and focus. Emphasis will be on the development of a body of work in sculpture, one that will allow for a more comprehensive point of view regarding the process of making and involvement with subject. Format: Critique and discussion will stress aligning technique with vision, image-making and conceiving as integral to the execution of the work. Prerequisite: ARTS 171, 230, 331 or consent of instructor.
Professor Gonzalez

Foundry Workshop – ARTS 434
Part of the sculpture workshop. Participants are free to choose their own images and aesthetic direction, which may include figure, abstraction or non-objective work. Format: Each participant is introduced to lost-wax bronze casting procedures, with sand molds and aluminum castings a possibility; waxwork, mold making, metal finishing, patina and basing procedures are presented and practiced. Prerequisite: ARTS 230, 331 or consent of instructor.
Professor Stark

Sculpture/Paper Casting – ARTS 435
Part of the sculpture workshop. Participants are free to choose their own images and aesthetic direction, which may include figure, abstraction or non-objective work. Format: Using a Hollander pulp beater, students produce cotton pulp and a variety of methods of making paper sculpture are introduced and practiced. Prerequisite: ARTS 230, 331 or consent of instructor.
Professor Stark

Special Studio Projects: Sculpture – ARTS 483
From Picasso's sculptural still-life and figural compositions to Ann Hamilton's recent multimedia installations, assemblage art and mixed media works have evolved over the decades to command center stage in contemporary art. This course seeks to explore assemblage as a remarkable fluid medium related to a set of changing attitudes and ideas that  have blurred the boundaries between the object and traditional art categories and materials. We will examine how we and other artists utilized forms of assembling, gathering and collecting within the creation of works of art through formal processes and aesthetic concerns. Focus will be on how artists cross over into various types of public presentation by stretching out the materials and visual concerns of sculpture toward concerns that extend and represent the human drama. There will be an emphasis on how materials refer and relate to our means of communicating content with technique as a format for personal expression.
Professor Professor Gonzalez

Special Studio Projects: Sculpture – ARTS 483
For art majors and advanced students who wish to extend work in sculpture. Prerequisites: Completion of three departmental beginning courses, and introductory and intermediate course in sculpture, consent of instructor.
Professor Professor Stark

Studio Internships – ARTS 495
Provides credit-bearing work experience related to student's current studio work and future professional goals. Students work with campus or outside sponsoring agencies; projects may take the form of advertising, poster or graphics design, illustration and design for publications, or any type of studio-related work that complements the student's academic and career interests (can be repeated). Prerequisite: Advanced standing and consent of instructor.
Professor Gonzalez/Professor Stark


Ronald Gonzalez
James Stark

Brian Davis, studio technician

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Last Updated: 9/16/14