ARTS291 Beginning Sculpture, Alli Hoag, Summer I 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS291 Beginning Sculpture, Alli Hoag, Summer I 2019

The aim of this class is to gather inspiration from the visual wealth of Florence and express oneself through sculptural practices In the context of the extraordinary Italian art available in Florence, both historical and contemporary, each student will be encouraged to find his/her own preferences and develop his/her own sensibilities.

Course Assignments

Assignments will be rooted in technical development in various mold making processes and basic mixed media fabrication, while celebrating the vast wealth of inspiration that is Florence.

1st project: Collaboration with Chance, Time or Place – We will cover plaster, alginate, and rubber moldmaking processes and expand beyond traditional casting materials to investigate forms that change through time, environment, or use. Students will be encouraged to install work outside of the white wall gallery over a course of time to discover how one’s creation can be activated and affected by the world around us.

2nd Project : Surrealist Object – Looking to the Surrealists’ relationship to objects both exotic and mundane, we will scour the city for unique treasures, take field trips to the wonderful and bizarre La Specola, and utilize fabrication techniques and further our moldmaking knowledge to create strange objects that elicit an uncanny or visceral reaction and defy definition.

Assignments should be described with multiple sketches (i.e. quick drawings in charcoal, pencil or any other expressive 2D technique that allow for a fast execution of an intuitive process), including a few written lines about concept and materials. The instructor is not looking for an artist statement, but desires to know the personal expressive potentials of the student


Attendance is required, absences will affect your grade: two unexcused absences result in a lowering of the grade by 1/3 of a letter; two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence; refer to SACI Student Handbook.


1) Your grade will be affected by two unexplained absences.
2) Be on time for class: The assignment will often be explained at the beginning.
3) If you know that you will be absent on a given date you should notify the instructor ahead of time.

Studio Rules

It is essential that you leave your work space clean and functional for the next class. STORE your work on the shelves, NOT ON WORK TABLES. DO NOT POUR PLASTER DOWN THE DRAIN IN THE SINK OR DOWN THE TOILET. This will clog the plumbing.

Only sculpture students are allowed in the sculpture facilities. Tools are not allowed out of the studio without special permission. Return all tools to their appropriate place in the tool cabinets.

The sculpture studios have two air-exchange systems—one for ventilation of dust from plaster and the other for ventilation of dust from marble and stone. When working in the studios the air-exchange systems must be utilized for maintaining proper ventilation and extraction of undesirable fumes and odors. The control panels are located on the walls of the studios. Once the ventilation is turned on, it will run for 30 minutes. A timer will then shut it down.

Click here for a pdf of a more comprehensive list of Sculpture Studio Rules.

General Safety & Emergency Instructions

Click here for a pdf of SACI's General Safety & Emergency instructions.

Evaluation & Grading

Evaluation is determined by the commitment to quality in the completion of two assignments and attendance.

A: Two pieces finished and complete

A- to B: Two pieces with only one of them complete

B- to C(F): One (or none=F) assignment completed



Week 1

Studio use and materials
Introduce first Project: Collaboration/Intervention with Chance, Time or Place
Project Demo: Plaster Mold and Alginate mold
Meander Assignment

Related Field Trip:
Accademia gallery

Week 2

Project Demo: Rubber Mold and Non Traditional Casting materials
Individual Meetings

Related Field Trips:
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

Week 3

Working On Project 1
Introduce Project 2: Surrealist Object

Related Field Trips:
La Specola and Piazza Ciompi

Week 4

Working on Project 1 and Project 2

Field trip to be announced

Week 5

Finishing Work/ Documentation
Final Class Critique
Final Individual Critique

Packing work

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