Offering thorough instruction in both representational and contemporary methods, the sculpture curriculum incorporates a variety of approaches within three-dimensional expression. Students are encouraged to explore and integrate both disciplines as they construct their understanding of sculptural. Emphasis is placed on techniques, craft, production, creative development, experimentation and scholarship.
The representational concentration, under the direction of Artist-in- Residence Paul Moore and instructor Sohail Shehada, provides complete instruction of observational form and modeling processes using oil based clay, plaster, polymer clay and stone. Oriented towards the human figure, students may also investigate various representational possibilities and formats ranging from the small-scale to public & monumental works. Practical considerations, aesthetics, problem solving and craft concerns are integrated throughout the program.
The contemporary concentration, under the direction of Associate Professor Jonathan Hils, encourages experimentation with a goal of developing effective technical, theoretical, and critical skills needed within the context of current contemporary art. Students are also oriented towards professional practice, with significant attention towards building a portfolio, exhibiting, and practical knowledge designed to achieve success in the field of art. Utilizing a wide variety of materials and methods in regards to form development to producing discreet sculptural objects, students also investigate installation art, site specific/public sculpture and works that engage non-specific media. The program promotes using traditional sculptural methods (wood, metal fabrication, casting) while also engaging digital fabrication technologies associated with CAD, CNC, 3D rapid prototyping, and laser cutting fabrication which are available in the sculpture studio and the OU SoVA Digital Fab Lab.