The sculpture area includes instruction in a range of traditional and contemporary processes utilizing both specialized equipment and hand technologies. Students are taught various technical methods of stone carving, steel welding, textile design, wood construction, mould making and casting.
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The intermediate twelve-week course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of sculptural practice through individual student research, technical demonstrations, discussion of readings, technical exercises, and hands-on project development, within the context of a collaborative studio environment. As well, students develop a critical and constructive approach to critiques, time management skills, a professional attitude toward creating and presenting sculpture, and creative approaches to problem solving. The first and second year course is taught in a large studio with shared workstations and storage cupboards.
In third year, two twelve-week sculpture courses provide students with an opportunity to explore their individual interests through an in-depth focus on development of conceptual ideas and technical skill. In the fall term students will create artworks related to three-dimensional space and the exploration of contemporary artistic practices. Technical demonstrations will be conducted in more complex techniques and equipment use. Research of a social, cultural, historical and/or theoretical nature will accompany each project. This advanced course provides for individual student studio spaces and a separate work studio. In the winter term students will work in advanced sculpture processes combined with time-based media, such as video and sound, to create both discrete projects and installation.
The woodshop is well equipped with a wide range of floor equipment and hand tools. All BFA students share this facility.
The metal shop is equipped for MIG welding, Oxy/Acetylene welding and cutting, Plasma-arc cutting and finishing of metal sculpture.