Course Title: Realise large scale or thematically connected sculpture/s

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART6002

Course Title: Realise large scale or thematically connected sculpture/s

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

Carolyn Eskdale

03 99254419

Nominal Hours: 150

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


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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU035 Realise large scale or thematically connected sculpture/s


Inform work through experimentation with sculptural techniques and media

Develop and refine a conceptual vision

Determine and organise rescource requirements for new work

Realise sculpture

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to sculpture based on capabilities of techniques already 

1.2 Explore and experiment with a broad range of odvanced techniques for the achievement 
       of different effects and to inform practice

1.3 Explore and experiment with a broad range of  tools, equipment and materials for the achievement     
      of different effects

1.4 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property,
       moral rights and copyright requirements

2.1 Determine the conceptual vision for the proposed sculpture based on knowledge and understanding
       of different sculpture techniques

2.2 Consider and establish criteria for selecting techniques,tools,equipment, materials required for the
       sculpture based on experimentation results

2.3 Select approach to work based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of sculpture techniques

2.4 Refine conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and an;sis of sculpture techniques

Learning Outcomes

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

    Students will have an understanding of Occupational Health and safety procedures

    Prepare and maintain physical resources for sculptural work

    Use and test sculptural techniques

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

    Attendance at lectures

    Teaching Schedule

    Week One:   Class Discussion Materials Processes, Journals

    Week Two;   Class Discussion

    Week  Three : Discussion

    Week Four: Armature and Welding

    Week Five: Studio and workshop tutorials

    Week Six:  Studio and workshop tutorials

    Week Seven: Tutorials

    Week Eight a: Studio and workshop tutorials
    Week Eight b: Easter

    Week Nine: Student continue studio work

    Week Ten: Concept brief development

    Week 11 to Week 16: Self initiated project Workshops to be advised

    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts


    Other Resources

    Collins. J, contemporary Sculpture Phaidon
    Eleanor Heartney, Art and Today Phaidon
    Uta Grosnick Art Now Phaidon
    Periodicals, Exhibitions, Public Art

    Overview of Assessment

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

    • Direct observation of sculpture work in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
    • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding and your intentions and work outcome
    • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback from relevant others.
    The ability to realise large scale or thematically connected sculpture/s which:
    • demonstrates a command of selected advanced techniques and which are consistent with the conceptual vision
    • demonstrates knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used and extended
    • demonstrates an ability to present sculpture/s appropriately.

    Assessment Tasks

    Demonstration of safe and healthy use of equipment, materials and workspaces in workshops and studios

    Visual Journal

    Folio of Sculpture

    Assessment Matrix

    Develop and refine artistic practice

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