Art Studio: Sculpture
Humboldt State's sculpture program gives students the tools to transform ideas into tangible three-dimensional form. From small, intimate objects to large, public sculptures, students develop the skills necessary to fabricate, carve, model and cast their own artistic vision.
We take an object-oriented approach to teaching sculpture, which combines discussions of contemporary sculptural issues with slide lectures, critiques and hands-on studio work. Our introductory coursework lays the foundation for three dimensional thinking and vocabulary. The intermediate-level courses introduce the technical side of working with metals and mixed media. Finally, our advanced courses encourage students to pursue a unique artistic vision with the skills developed throughout the program.
Our 6,132-square foot facility includes a well-developed metal casting program using ceramic shell, catalyzed sand, petro-bond and standard investment for casting metal. The foundry casts between 4,000 and 6,000 pounds of bronze and aluminum per year. We are also home to an outstanding metal fabrication program with oxy-acetylene, MIG, TIG and electric welding capability, a plasma arc cutter, CNC plasma cutter, and other metal working equipment.
In addition to metal casting and fabrication, the sculpture lab also supports a large mixed media area with equipment for advanced mold making in urethane and silicone rubbers, body casting, water based resins with fiber glass reinforcement, fabrics, and experimental processes.
In addition to providing extensive studio experience and space, our program also offers several venues for students to exhibit their work, such as the annual Sculpture Walk on the campus grounds and the HSU Sculpture Courtyard located in downtown Arcata.