CCOG for ART 291A Summer 2024

Course Number:
ART 291A
Course Title:
Sculpture: Carving
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Course Description

Introduces processes, techniques, and concepts related to carving in wood and stone. Develops creative problem-solving skills and personal expression through sculpture making and aesthetic choices. Introduces the skills necessary to evaluate sculpture through critiques and by addressing historical and contemporary issues in sculpture and its relationship to culture. Recommended: ART 117. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Solve aesthetic and material problems in a creative fashion through appropriate use of sculptural standards, practices, tools and carving techniques.
  • Express connections to personal experience through reductive sculpture making.
  • Assess the value and quality of personal work in relation to the practices and standards of sculpture making.
  • Communicate through sculptural vocabulary in order to engage in critical conversations about art and sculpture.
  • Manage time and production processes efficiently and with consideration for the environment and community impact.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

The study of Visual Arts is essential to the development of the individual and one’s meaningful participation in society. At the heart of artistic practice is the ability to organize experience and recognize its meaning. The creation of artwork and appreciation of aesthetics is a source of great pleasure and also a valuable means to effective visual communication. Participating in Visual Arts is an important way for individuals to connect to the past and respond to the present with a stronger sense of engagement with culture and society.

Aspirational Goals

  • Cultivate a relationship with sculpture making and its connection to audience, ideas and culture(s) of the past and present.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Create appropriately crafted, challenging sculptural solutions to assigned projects.
  • Develop ideas through creative research, preparatory studies and written responses to artwork.
  • Demonstrate consideration for responsible making (i.e. respect for the classroom community, studio and environment.)
  • Participate in class critiques and discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Visual communication
  • Contextual Awareness


  • Form and Aesthetic considerations
  • Content and Meaning
  • Craft, Technique and Material choices


  • Process and material limitations and possibilities
  • Personal expression
  • Audience


  • Wood carving techniques and considerations
  • Stone carving techniques and considerations
  • Tools (e.g. mallets, chisels, gouges, saws, power tools, etc.)
  • Finishing techniques
  • Mounting and display strategies.
  • Understanding of aesthetic choices
  • Critique and self-reflection strategies