Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART6000C

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Loretta Quinn

03 954412


Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

It is highly recommended that this unit be assessed in conjunction with:

  • CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
  • CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR13B Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice.

Depending on the context, combined assessment and/or training with a range of other units would also be appropriate, e.g.:
  • CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work
  • CUVCRS08B Document the work progress.

Course Description

This course  describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques and media for the realisation of sculpture. It outlines the way sculptural work is produced through the use of experimentation and ongoing refinement. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form. This work would usually be carried out independently, although guidance would be available if required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP52B Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture


Inform work through experimentation with sculptural techniques and media

Develop and refine a conceptual vision for sculpture

Determine and organise resource requirements for new work

Realise sculpture

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to sculptural work based on capabilities of sculptural
       techniques already used

1.2 Select, adapt or introduce new materials, tools, equipment or technology for the achievement of
       different effects

1.3 Extend the capabilities of sculptural techniques through experimentation to inform practice.
1.4 Take account of particular safety or environmental issues associated with use of different techniques   
       and media

1.5 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration
       of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements

2.1 Develop a conceptual vision for sculpture based on a knoeledge and understanding of different
       sculptural techniques

2.2 Consider the criteria for selecting techniques, materials tools and equipment base don results
       of experimentation
2.3 Establish criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision

2.4 Select approach to work which meets established criteria

2.5 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of sculptural techniques

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental

3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply of resources used in sculpture

3.3 Evaluate cost or other constraints which may impact on the development of work

3.4 Set up or co-ordinate resource requirements in accordance with safety or other workplace

4.1 Realise the sculpture using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to
      meet the conceptual vision

4.2 Evaluate and respond to the potential for changes in the use of techniques, materials tools or

4.3  Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experiences with the production of work

4.4  Use safe working practices throughout the production of the sculpture

4.5 Consider issues of presentation and take action accordingly

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work.
2. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research.
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

On completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Prepare and maintain physical resources for sculptural work
  • Use and test sculptural techniques
  • Produce sculpture
You will also have an understanding of:
  • Occupational health and safety procedures
  • Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials, tools and equipment
  • Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in sculptural work
  • Approaches to sculpture and the work of key practitioners.

Details of Learning Activities

Occupational health and safety procedures

Prepare and maintain physical resources for sculptural work

Use and test sculptural techniques

Realise sculpture

Produce sculpture

Learning activities include:

Participation in practical workshops conducted by a teacher. Workshops also provides the  opportunity for students to practise and perform under supervision and coaching from a teacher

Attendance at lectures

When available, attendance at exhibitions and field work

Participation in tutorials which can be one on one, small groups or whole class and which provide the opportunity for students to present their work for comment and crtique by teachers and fellow students

When available, attendance at exhibitions and field work

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Introduction, OH&S, Tools, Site specific project and Studio practice.

Week Two: Discussion of Project ,Studio practice

Week Three: Public Art Excursion

Week Four: Workshop/Armature

Week Five: Studio and workshop, tutorials

Week Six; Studio and Workshop, tutorials

Week Seven: Group tutorials

Week 8a: Studio and Workshop

Week 8b: Easter
Week Nine: All Students Presentation of sculptural works  re Site specific project

Week 10: Introduction of Concept Brief

Wekk 11 to 16 Self initiated workshops to be advised

Assessments dates to be advised

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Causey, A Sculpture since 1945 (Oxford History of Art) Oxford University Press 1998
Glenn Harper, Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks
J. Collins:Contemporay Sculpture, Phaidon Press
Eleanor Heartney, Art and Today Phaidon
Uta Grosnick, Art Now Phaidon

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • Direct observation of sculptural work in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Questioning and discussion about candidate’s intentions and the work outcome
  • Verbal and written reports
  • Review of visual journal by teacher /assessor against specified criteria
  • Review of portfolio of sculpture by a group of teachers/assessors.

Assessment Tasks

Demonstration of Safe and healthy use of equipment, materials and workspaces in workshops and studios
Visual  Journal
Folio of Sculpture

Assessment Matrix

Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

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