Sculpture Grades 8-12

This course will introduce the student to the three dimensional elements and principles of art. These will be explored through the use of varied media and reference resources.

Performing and Creating
1-6a. Develop and define artistic skills using self-expression and the elements and principles of design.• Collaborate in creating sculpture as a group.
1-61-815,6b. Use and explore new and traditional techniques in sculpture.• Create sculptures using additive and/or subtractive processes.
1-66,7c. Develop creativity and problem solving skills while making sculptural forms.• Design and create relief and three-dimensional sculptural forms.
1-61-8d. Integrate a variety of sculptural materials and techniques.
1-71-81,66,7e. Set, pursue, and readily adjust art-making goals by recognizing and judging new possibilities as they emerge.
History and Culture
71-81-53-6a. Research and discuss the varied roles of ritual and tradition in sculpture.• Research and compare sculptures from a variety of Alaskan cultures.
1-91-53-7b. Identify relationships between artists, historical periods, and the creation of different pieces of sculpture.• Compare other cultural work with student’s work.
71-83-61-7c. Recognize that personal opinions are a reflection of the student’s own past experiences and cultures.• Carry out universal themes in developing sculptures.
• Compare and contrast different sculptures from around the world.
• View sculptural work at school or through field trips.
Evaluation and Analysis
11-7a. Use elements of craftsmanship, function, originality, technique, and theme as criteria to evaluate sculpture.• Make an assessment about the success of sculpture in terms of individual beliefs and artistic expression.
1-51,2, 6,7b. Make a judgment about the success of a sculpture in terms of aesthetics and techniques.• Invite a professional sculptor to critique student work.
83-52-6c. Learn to accept and offer constructive criticism for own work and the work of others.
Aesthetic Perception
1-91-8a. Recognize the significance of sculpture.• Consider the cultural functions of sculpture.
11-7b. Discuss what makes a sculpture a work of art.• Discuss issues related to aesthetics, artists, values in art, and other related topics.
83-51-7c. Be able to listen to another’s opinion about a sculpture and consider the reasoning behind that choice.• Investigate careers and functions of sculpture in fine arts and the environment.
791-8d. Understand that sculpture is an intricate part of our lives.• Visit galleries, museums, shops, shows, artist studios, or virtual galleries to view sculptures.


  • Concept assimilation and demonstration
  • Creativity
  • Participation in class
  • Peer collaboration
  • Portfolio
  • Public exhibit of work
  • Recycling
  • Rubric
  • Safety habits
  • Skill growth manipulatives
  • Time on task
  • Working to assignment parameter

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