Making It Personal (SCU4114.01)

John Umphlett

The question that animates this advanced sculpture course is: what do you want to say? As we develop our interests in sculpture it becomes more and more imperative to find our own voice. The role of the artist is to interpret personal conditions and experiences and find the most effective expression for them. Paradoxically, however, the artist finds out what they have to say by first looking at and attending closely to the relevant traditions and contributions of others.

This course provides the opportunity for a self-directed study in finding one’s voice as a sculptor by researching sources of influence and inspiration. Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work outside of regular class meetings. The goal is for students to become fully versed in issues that define traditional and contemporary sculpture. Regular individual and bi- monthly critiques with visitors will be complimented by student presentations of issues pertaining to their work. Students will produce a visual presentation that highlights their interests, influences, and lines of inquiry.

new faculty as of 1/23/2022

Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
1. Develop advanced capacities with the equipment for fabrication in analog and digital formats, developing further methods of construction involving wood, metal, plastics, plaster, and clay.
2. Gain fluency in advanced aesthetics of three dimensional form.
3. Develop further knowledge of the histories of sculptural practices up to the contemporary moment, in its diversity of cultural perspectives and identities.
4. Develop a capacity to discuss and articulate their ideas through presentation and written narratives.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Two 2000-level sculpture classes and one sculpture tech class. Interested students should contact John Umphlett ( for registration.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every Term

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