Three-dimensional Art: Sculpture

Sculpture

Western State Colorado University has one of the best facilities for sculpture in western Colorado. Sculpture students work with a variety of materials and processes, carving or constructing objects in wood, clay, and metal in addition to the procedures used in casting bronze, iron, and aluminum. Other courses available within the department explore electronic and kinetic possibilities in contemporary sculpture, including mechanical motion, sound, and kinetic environments. While strongly supporting traditional media, the department maintains an experimental approach. "We push students to confront the problems in their concept and to solve them," Al Caniff explains. "If the student wants to make a piece that will take three years and cost $10,000, the student either has to find a new solution or confront his or her expectations." The sculpture instructor, representing varied points of view, is involved with his own work and personal research; as a teacher, he is thoroughly committed to developing and directing creative and ambitious students.

The department boasts excellent facilities. Students enjoy access to a metal shop containing facilities for welding with oxyacetylene, MIG, and TIG, and for fabricating, as well as access to a complete woodshop complex. In keeping with Western State Colorado University's cross-disciplinary approach, students are encouraged to explore other media, and they can expand their background in three-dimensional thinking by taking classes in other studio areas.

Exhibitions of student work in the student gallery, critiques, and the diverse aesthetic and conceptual concerns of both students and faculty members create a lively and stimulating work environment.

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Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 ART 203 - INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic techniques and processes of ceramics: pinch, coil, slab, and some wheelwork. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 230 - INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE (3 credits)

An introduction to the various processes of sculpture: carving, modeling, and casting. Aesthetic qualities and craftsmanship of the sculptural forms are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 235 - INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY (3 credits)

An introduction to the creative use of silver and precious gemstones in the making of jewelry. Design and craftsmanship are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 430 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE I (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculptural direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 330.

 ART 431 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE II (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculptural direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 430.

 ART 432 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE III (3 credits)

An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual sculptural direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 431.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Professor of Art
B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., Western Michigan University; , Ed.M., Nazareth College, , Ph.D., Canbourne University.
Phone: (970) 943-3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230