Laguna College of Art + Design

Sculpture Minor

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE TECHNIQUES

As a student of LCAD’s Sculpture Minor, you will explore a range of classical and contemporary techniques that support your individual artistic practices.

 

LCAD’s Sculpture Minor offers you a 15-credit sequential curriculum focused on classical figurative sculpture, armature building, mold making, casting, and fantasy sculpture. Courses in the Sculpture minor offer you valuable hands-on approaches to advancing your skills in drawing, painting, animation, and modeling.


Intermediate Figure Sculpture

Course ID: FA204
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is designed to further the study of the human form through 3D media. Students will learn to build form using effective visual observation and analytical understanding of construction, gesture, movement, and anatomy while working from life models and referencing anatomical aides. The use of volumetric proportional systems and working from profiles is stressed, as is the construction and understanding of form. Technical procedures of clay modeling, use of tools, and use of and construction of armatures will be addressed. Students will become familiar with important figurative sculptors and consider the issues facing the creation of figurative sculpture in a contemporary art context. Figure drawing will be a key element in this course. Course work includes 1/3 life figures, 1/4 Life figures both quick study and long pose, Life-size or 1/2-Life portraiture, analytical and observational figure drawing.

Fantasy Sculpture

Course ID: FA208
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this course, students learn techniques and processes of creating maquettes and fantasy sculpture in oil and polymer clay. Working from self-directed multi-view drawings and reference materials students design and build armatures and go through steps required to create dynamic and detailed sculptures. With demonstrations and personalized critiques, students explore dynamic sculpture design concepts, small-scale tool making and texture/detail application.

Advanced Figure Sculpture 1

Course ID: FA309
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA204
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course involves half-life to full-life sculpting from the model with emphasis on accurate depiction of the figure, compositional elements, and the analysis of aesthetic relationships. Students explore figurative sculptural ideologies and the history of figurative sculpture as a contemporary art form. Experimentation and personal expression are encouraged.

Advanced Figure Sculpture 2

Course ID: FA407
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA309
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a faculty-supervised, self-directed examination of individual imagery and professional attitudes with students working from the model to create a life-size sculpture. This course encourages students to employ advanced skills and techniques, with an emphasis on representation, invention, experimentation, and sculptural logic derived from a comprehension of the figure as an art form.

Special Topics: Figure Sculpture

Course ID: FA453
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA407
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a faculty-supervised, self-directed examination of individual imagery and professional attitudes with students working from the model to create up to a life-size sculpture. This course encourages students to employ advanced skills and techniques, with an emphasis on representation, invention, experimentation, and sculptural logic derived from comprehension of the figure as a contemporary art form. Critical engagement through peer, faculty, and visiting artist critiques is practiced throughout the course. Mold-Making and casting can be utilized.