Sculpture I

Course Details

Course Number
Art 2523
Section Number
Art 2523
Spring 2015
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C 114
Days & Times

Tuesday, Thursday:  2:00–4:50 pm.

Suguru Hiraide (view Profile)


Beginning Sculpture
The Sculpture Reference
Shaping Space

Course Objectives

This class is designed to introduce fundamental sculpture knowledge and skills including casting, woodworking, and metal fabrication. Students will also discuss ideas, concepts, and analysis of your work along with historical examples of artists and their work.  Through the class activities and assignments, the students will learn proper use of appropriate tools, shop equipments, and working processes.      

Course Expectations


Students will be assigned three major projects and several other projects including research, drawings, and presentation (critiques) throughout the semester. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and individual/ group discussions along with work sessions. The students are required to keep a sketch book/ notebook. Students will be asked to share sketches to discuss his/her ideas. The sketchbooks will be collected and graded as a part of the final grade (5pts).

Students must supply required materials for the course. Average materials and tools cost ranges $100-$250 for the semester.

Grading Standards


      1. Each project is worth 10 + 10 =20 points (20 x 3=60 pts.) of the final grade.

                                    Projects are graded based on the following criteria:     

                                                      Project execution (craftsmanship, structural strength, etc.) 10pts

                                                      Technical challenge and Creativity of design              10pts


           Points and letter grade. 

                   10–9.7=A+  9.6–9.3=9.2–9.0=A-  8.98.7=B+  8.6–8.4=B  8.3–8.0=B

                7.9–7.7=C+  6–7.3=C  7.2–7.0= C-  6.9–6.7=D+  6.6–6.4=D  6.3–6.0=D–  0=F                                  


      2. Development of the idea, technique, and knowledge of the subject.            10pts.  

      3. Participation and presentation during critiques, group discussions, cleaning, etc.    10pts.

      4. Class commitment and effort.     5pts.

      5. Sketchbook.   5pts. 

          Total points 90 pts (100%)

Final grading system follows the university policy.         

                                    A=90%– above  Excellent 

                                    B=80–89%         Good                          

                                    C=70–79%         Satisfactory (average)

                                    D=60–69%         Passing                    

                                    F=59– below      Failure (no credit)

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Late projects assignment or missing a critique may also result in a lowering of your project grade by one full letter. (Please read the Class Attendance Policy in the student hand book) 

The instructor has the right to keep student projects as examples, for displays, and/ or student exhibitions. Projects that are left in the studio or the instructor’s office will be discarded after one semester unless the student obtains permission from the instructor. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance and Lateness Policy

(Adopted February 21, 2014, revised February 24, 2014, Adopted March 28, 2014)

Effective Fall Semester 2014

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

  • Students arriving after class begins will be considered late, and ten minutes after will be counted absent.
  • THREE late arrivals counts as a single absence.
  • Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.
  • If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.
  • If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

Additional Attendance and Due Dates Policy.

Late arrival or early departure without excuse will be considered as one third of an absence. Students must come to class on time with required materials. If you come to class without the required materials, you will get an absence and the instructor may ask you to leave the class. It is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed in class. Late projects or missing a critique will also result in a lowering of your project grade by 10 points. (Please read the Class Attendance Policy in the student hand book)

*In order to retain an excused absence, students are responsible for providing the instructor with official written documents such as a doctor’s note, funeral announcement, or letter from the Dean of the Students or another instructor, etc.

Other Policies

Student’s Project Policy

The instructor has the right to keep student projects as examples, for displays, and/ or student exhibitions. Projects that are left in the studio or the instructor’s office will be discarded after two month from the end of this semester unless the student obtains permission from the instructor.

Social Justice

Social Justice is one of MIdwestern State University’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciates and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that All students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.

Academic Dishonesty

Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given).  Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Student’s Office.

1. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, test, or examinations; (b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.

2. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

3. The term “collusion” means the collaboration with another person in preparing work offered fro credit if that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.

Disruption of Teaching

Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted on the premises of Midwestern State University.  Such activity includes classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other student’s to profit from the instructional program.

Instructor Drop

An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifference attitude, or for disruptive conduct.

Basic Safety and Shop Rules

The students are not allowed to operate any tools or machinery in the studio without wearing appropriate safety gear such as ear plugs, safety goggles/glasses, dust masks, respirators etc.  (Additional safety gear may be required as necessary)  Do not use or operate any tools or machines under the influence of any substances. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the instructor. 

  • No sandals or open toed shoes.
  • Wear protective clothing. Exposed skin can be burned, cut, and/or damaged. Jewelry, wired headphones, neckties, etc. can get caught in the power tools.
  • Synthetic fabrics (i.e. nylon, polyester, etc.) will melt to skin if caught on fire. 
  • Long hair must be tied back.
  • Turn on the exhaust fan.
  • Property that belongs to MSU must stay inside the studio at all times.
  • Clean up tools, equipment, and work area after use.

Cell phone use: No text messaging, no non-emergency calls during the class time.  

In case of an emergency, call campus police at ext. 4239.

If you need course adaptation or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible.

Smoking/use of Tobacco Products

Midwestern State University seeks to provide a safe, healthy and pleasant environment for its students, faculty, staff, and guests. To this end, the use of tobacco products, including smoke and smokeless tobacco, and the advertising, sale, free distribution, and discarding of tobacco products shall be prohibited in all and outdoor facilities and in all university vehicles. The policy extends to staff, students, vendors, guests, and visitors. (Policy 4.163 A)

Building Hours

            Monday–Friday: 7:30am–9:30pm

            Saturday: 7:30am–4:45pm

*You may remain after the building hours and work at your own risk. You must have your student ID and proof of enrollment. Do not block the doors to keep them open!   

            Sunday: Closed**

**If you have valid MSU student ID and are currently enrolled student, you will have card key access to the building.


  • All students enrolled in any studio course or art history course are required to attend two gallery openings and one Texas Sculpture Symposium event.
  • The student will arrive at the gallery opening /event and receive a comment sheet.
  • The student will then fill out the comment sheet during the opening / event and submit it that day.
  • If the student is unable to attend the gallery opening /event for any reason they are still able to meet the gallery opening requirement by writing a paper. The paper will adhere to the following guidelines:
    • The topic of the paper will focus on the main gallery artist for the exhibition opening that was missed and should emphasize the student’s reaction to the artist’s work.
    • The paper must be typed in Times New Roman, 12pt, double-spaced.
    • 500 words
    • The paper must be completed before the last day of the exhibition and submitted to the art office.
  • If a student does not attend the show or write a paper their final grade will be dropped 3.3% per gallery opening.
  • If a student misses all 3 of the gallery openings and does not write a paper for each of them to make it up the student’s final grade will be dropped by 10%.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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