Course Reflection

Sadly the course has come to an end. It has been a great 14 weeks in EDCI407.

Individual Project Reflections are listed under the Studio Reflections link.

This course prepared me for three-dimensional design classroom instruction.  The components of the course included readings, class work, assignments, and projects. The experience I have gained in this course has better prepared me to teach sculptural art forms. I feel like I have the freedom to think outside the two-dimensional box and get my students out there as well.

As a two-dimensional artist, working mostly with paint, it was really had to think about sculpture in the round. It’s hard to get your mind to think about the aesthetics in multiple perspectives. With a drawing or a painting you could look at the artwork from a close distance, a far distance, or at an angle. With a sculpture, the viewpoints are limitless. As an artist, there are so many factors to consider. For example, you have to think about how you intend to display the work.  What do you want your viewers to see? What should the focus be on? How will you create movement and texture?

We were given prompts before each project. These prompts were very open and allowed us to guide our projects through a unified theme. For example, the ecology project stemmed from a keyword. We were asked to consider issues or ideas that dealt with ecology. Our imagination project was very similar. By providing simple prompts, the students’ creativity was not limited for each project. Each artwork made by the students was completely different.

In addition to the open prompts, we were allowed to explore several materials. We worked with clay, wood, metal, paper, plaster, found materials, etc… The choices for materials were endless for the class projects. Each material could lead to a different outcome. There was the possibility to combine materials as well. Many of our projects allowed us to incorporate elements with different materials. We could use a principle process and add different materials. Most of our projects allowed us to experiment and learn about the materials.

I feel that by practicing the different processes in class, we learned how each material works. We also learned the challenges with each material as well as their limitations. I got several great lesson ideas from this class. I also learned that students would benefit from working with other materials that they are not accustomed to. By exploring new mediums, they can challenge themselves and push themselves further. The unknown also makes it harder for students to fall into the basic pattern. Students can create something that is truly unique and personal. Projects that use standard materials often lead to the same results. Its exciting to see the surprises that appear from open prompts and new materials.

The best part about the course were the critiques. It was really amazing to see how the class created such different sculptures when we had been given the same prompts and access to the materials. By leaving the projects so open, were each used the material in a form that was familiar to our artistic own experiences. In seeing the variety of styles, I could imagine all the different ways that processes could be modified according to the materials. I am really excited to see how these processes can be used in my own class. I am looking forward to the creations of my students.

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