Sculpture Option

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The sculpture program is focused on two primary goals: the development of solid technical skills and the exploration of artistic concepts. With a basic understanding of three-dimensional design in place, sculpture students gain experience with ceramics, carving, welding and general woodworking. The program explores both representational genres, such as figure modeling, and more abstract, metaphorical and impressionistic approaches.
Advanced students in sculpture work to develop their own styles and projects, and build a portfolio of pieces that use many different materials and techniques. The sculpture program is a hands-on, high-energy option for students who are interested in the relationship of artistic concepts and theories to concrete objects.
The sculpture facilities at PSU are top-notch, with the emphasis on interaction between faculty and students, between various media and between classical tradition and innovation.

Mission StatementFacility
The Plymouth State University 3D Program is a dynamic program that focuses on the foundations of concept and technique, which together form the backbone of successful art making. Because solid technical skills are necessary to make the most out of good artistic ideas, and innovative technologies offer new frontiers for three-dimensional artists, the program emphasizes both traditional methods and new media to develop well-informed artists. You’ll explore how history and theory inform art making, art criticism, and art appreciation, so you’ll be able to articulate your artistic vision within the context in which you live and work. And when you graduate, you’ll be prepared for the next step in life, whether it be graduate school, a career as an independent working artist, or a career in another profession.

Program Goals
Graduates of the Plymouth State University 3D Program will:

  • be able to use personal creative problem-solving to develop an artistic idea through multiple stages, from initial concept through finished art work;
  • be proficient in a wide variety of technical skills in both traditional and non-traditional media;
  • understand historical developments of three-dimensional studio practice;
  • be able to articulate how her/his own work relates to modern and contemporary art theory;
  • gain the professional and life skills necessary to launch and sustain a successful career, either as a studio artist or in another related field.