Whether it’s the elegant, smooth line of Michelangelo, or the abstract forms of Henry Moore, Sculpture has been an integral part of the fine arts throughout history. Artists have used and continue to use Sculpture as a medium through which they can represent their own perceptions and understanding of the world. Majors in Sculpture learn a variety of skills, which can include welding, glassblowing, ceramics, and woodworking. Beginning sculptors experiment with materials and techniques. As the artist’s goals and skills develop, independent long-term projects will most likely dominate the curriculum. Students will also gain exposure to a wide array of arts and humanities courses to develop critical thinking skills.
Classes in art history and fine arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, dance, and ceramics are a great way to begin to develop your ability to think critically about art and actually create it yourself. Keep a sketchbook to document your ideas, especially those that are too grand in scope to accomplish at present. This will prove especially important at admissions interviews and portfolio reviews. Most schools value strong observational skills, so draw from life as often as you can. To get feedback on your portfolio, or to get your portfolio reviewed by several schools in one day, visit a National Portfolio Day. In addition, a continued personal engagement with art through frequent museum visits, reading art history books, and studying your favorite artists and their works will help prepare you for Sculpture.