Three-D Expressions

Course Description: 

3D Expressions is a foundation art course in which students will investigate a variety of media in the additive and subtractive sculptural and three-dimensional creative process. Students will explore various skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate ideas related to the themes, “Identity, Place and The Everyday.”  There will be many explorations of form an space from maquettes to large scale sculptures. Verbal and written critical analysis of students’ own work and others will also be an integral part of this course.

The Individual Approach: 

The 3D Expressions course offers the student an opportunity to experience an individual approach to learning. Each investigation (Identity, Place and The Everyday) is guided by essential questions. Students then brainstorm ideas and personal responses related to the material. In effect, students generate their own questions, which establishes the start of their investigative process. The culmination of each investigation is an artwork which visually represents individual students’ thought processes and opinions.

Course Syllabus: 

3D Expressions Syllabus

Example Assignments: 

  • Project Proposals: Graded By Rubric (15 Points Each)
  • Maquette: Graded By Rubric (10 points Each)
  • Studio Practice: On task art-making production in the art room (20 points per week)
  • Written Reflection: Graded By Rubric (50 Points Each)
  • Critique Participation (15 Points per Critique)
  • Sketchbook Work (20 points per exploration)
"Right After" by Eva Hesse
“Right After” by Eva Hesse, 1969

Units of Investigation:


Identity and The Additive Process:

Student Learning Objective:

Students will develop their own authentic visual language.


  • The principles of 3D design
  • Communicating ideas/concepts through form
  • The maquette
  • Relevant  art historical forms
  • Additive sculpture techniques
  • Traditional and non-traditional materials
  • The impact of the audience
  • Reflection of process
  • Abstraction
  • Communication via non-representational form
  • Surface treatment

Individual Lesson Modes of Engagement:

  • Recognize: identify and critique the positive and negative uses of signification within our lives
  • Recodify: deconstruct and recode the signs common to our cultural environment (especially those designed to oppress)
  • Render: create affective forms of expression that utilize historical or personal/idiosyncratic modes of signification to communicate their assertions or findings
  • Reconnect: contextualize their own work and that of the class within the frameworks of art history, cultural history, visual culture, etc
  • Reflect: assess their investigation relative to the fulfillment of assignment goals as well as to the degree and nature of personal growth


Open form, closed form, positive form, negative form, activated space, static form, dynamic form, natural texture, worked texture, local color, applied color, repetition, variety, rhythm, focal point, dominance, economy, scale, proportion, balance, symmetrical balance, asymmetrical balance, visual weight. 



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