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ART 332 A: Intermediate Sculpture

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Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 5:20pm
CMA 115
Amie McNeel
Amie McNeel

Syllabus Description:

Art 332 - Intermediate Sculpture, Autumn Quarter: Installation

McNeel/ 2015 Mon/Wed 2:20 pm-5:30pm , CMA 114, Foundry studio and fabrication building

Prerequisite: 200 level 3d4m studios, including Art 273

Finals: Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 2:30-4:20 pm

Overview of the 332 Intermediate Sculpture sequence:

Art 332 is a suite of independent intermediate level sculpture courses offered in a three quarter sequence. 1.) Autumn: Sculptural Installation in architectural, urban and natural environments; 2.) Winter: Foundry, Forging and advanced Fabrication techniques; 3.) Spring: Movement, Kinetics, Systems and Interaction.  

The course will offer a sequence of investigations exploring the space and place that sculptural work exists. Lectures and discussions will provide a contemporary art historical context for each investigation. These sections offer technical and material experimentation specific to each challenge. This is NOT a 200 level course. It is not a general material and skill focused class--students will be responsible to determine, and acquire appropriate materials, demonstrate basic, essential technical shop processes and skills.


Course Description:

This course explores the characteristics of Installation Art through a sequence of site driven projects, with Space and Place being the primary sculptural consideration. Throughout the course, the art context shifts from interior and architectural spaces, to the urban and natural environments. This sequence of progressive projects track relationships from simple light constructions, through architectural spaces, to environmental collaborations. Students will learn to establish criteria and parameters that distinguish installation artworks within disciplines.

This course reinforces a professional studio practice, including discussions and analysis of sites: presentation of proposals; construction of prototypes and installations; and maintaining a schedule for achieving course goals. Expect a sequence of both individual components and collaborative aspects within this course.

Course Content and Objectives:

1.)  -We will be exploring sculptural work where material use and presentation methods challenge a viewers perception. We will do this in several ways:

2.) -attending to visual and optical sensations through manipulating light, shadow, reflection and activating color, pattern and illusion.

3.)  -introducing other qualities and sensations such as sound, vibrations, echo, resonation and the act of listening and including temperature changes, touch, materials that emanates scent and smells, physical balance and equilibrium

4.)  -activating work through natural forces or change over time, and how we experience spaces through distance, alignment and perspective. Movement, direction, orientation, duration, and static and dynamic presentation concerns will be addressed.

5.)  -we will entertain collaborations to achieve or activate works with the participation and involvement of others. Incorporating the viewer’s movements, a person as an element within the piece, or a collective action such as a band, team, relay or crew.


Project 1 explores light (natural and artificial) shadow and color and how they can affect surfaces and surrounding space; placement of objects and material, and the use of singular and multiple elements.

Project 2 redefines existing interior spaces and incorporate unique architectural features. These include the intersection of walls, floors; doorways, entrances, passageways, windows, stairs, roofs, etc. as sites for manipulation and construction.

Projects 3 and 4 involve exterior environments or sites (both urban and natural). After analyzing the histories, practical use and physical/formal attributes of select natural and urban places, students will propose, design, build and document specific installation based pieces. 

All Projects will address scale shifts, utilizing and the potential for organizing quantities of raw materials, multiple images and objects within a chosen, defined space--continually clarifying the associations and presentation within different contexts. Forming space, duration of time and transformation of materials and actively designing with the viewer in mind, become tools for creating experiences within each installation.

Course Evaluation:

Students are evaluated on satisfying the following course expectations:

  1. The maturity, productivity and constructiveness within moments of class independence are noticed and evaluated. These are opportunities to exercise the practice of being prepared, responsible, resourceful and respectful to develop character, and build capabilities, confidence and potential.
  1. Participation during assigned class days and times is mandatory and expected. Every class is a weeks worth of studio time and exchange. If you are late, it is your responsibility to rectify the role sheet after class. Any unexcused tardiness or absences could result in a grade reduction and factor in a failing grade. Absence due to advance plans, illness or emergency, please notify the professor via email or leave a message 
  1. Cooperative effort and participation in discussions, critiques, demos, lectures and the cleaning up and storage of your work and supplies during the semester.
  1. Timely completion of each studio assignments and homework. This is imperative for the class to stay on schedule and accomplish its goals. Priority is given to assignments that are completed on time for critiques and reviews.
  1. Continued development and revision of projects is expected. Learning and growth takes place throughout the quarter. The quality, quantity and/or development of which is evident through enhanced clarity, refinement, experimentation and effort.
  1. A record of supportive research in the form of sketchbooks, notebooks, schedules and workbooks should be available during classes and presentable at reviews or studio visits.
  1. Responsible Studio Time Management is expected and will be assessed. All UW students are expected to put in 2 hours of after class study for each class contact hour. (10 studio hrs. per week out of class studio time) All sculpture students generate templates for managing studio work times and outline for accomplishing goals and objectives. These are reviewed as needed and are included with research support materials at reviews and final submissions.


Sculptural projects reviewed on time                          50% (at critique + revisions)

Attendance and participation in class                         30%

Sketchbook (support research and developments)       20%


Students earn their grades every class day. The presumption is that you wish to learn specific things, in a specific environment. Instructors can offer you information in many forms to be experienced in many ways--through handouts, lectures and images, on chalkboards, through demonstrations. You have to be present to absorb and capture information. It is as a class, collectively, that each individual gains knowledge and grows exponentially. It is this community’s shared invention of how to select, investigate, transform, practice, build, present, discuss and question—that is your education. If you satisfy the existing criteria for the class (1-8 above) you are performing what is already expected and you have earned a C.

A   4.0-3.5      Excellent--do what is expected well and self motivated to do it again-with more refined curiosity, clarity and passion.         

B   3.4-3.0      Good –do what is expected well, with self-motivation

C   2.9-2.5      Average--do what is expected.

D   2.4-1.7      Passable--does what is expected poorly

D/F 1.6-0.7     Failure--does not satisfy what is expected.

This syllabus is the students contract with the course instructor. Remaining enrolled in this class confirms the students’ agreement to its content.


Catalog Description: 
Studio practice focusing on sculptural installation in architectural, urban, and natural settings; foundry, forging, and advanced fabrications; and movement, kinetics, and interaction. Prerequisite: ART 273.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:10pm