ART 123 - Sculpture: Metal Casting
3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 3 lab periods
Introduction to metal casting of sculpture with emphasis on the lost wax method, historical and contemporary issues in cast sculpture, and individual artistic exploration. Includes content development, major techniques, health and safety issues, and visual literacy and critical analysis.
Recommendation: Completion of ART 100 before enrolling in this course. If any recommended course is taken, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate development of content through exploration of sculptural casting.
- Demonstrate development of skills in using metal casting and finishing techniques.
- Demonstrate safe work practices and the ability to use equipment safely and properly.
- Demonstrate visual literacy and critical analysis skills.
- Content Development
- Realistic approaches, including use of the human figure in sculpture
- Non-objective design
- Major Techniques Covered
- Wax working–direct and mold making processes
- Spruing the wax: pattern design and attachment of sprues, vents, and gates to facilitate wax elimination and metal flow
- Investing the wax to create the mold using ceramic shell
- Wax burnout of the mold
- Melting and casting of metal into the molds
- Removal of investment
- Removal of sprues, vents, and gates
- Chasing and finishing the bronze or aluminum casting
- Polishing and applying chemical patinas
III. Health and Safety Issues Covered
- Proper use of materials, tools, and equipment
- Use of protective equipment
- Safe and effective participation in team work
IV. Visual Literacy and Critical Analysis
- Individual critiques
- Group critique
Full Academic Year 2019/2020
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