MHS Art II – Sculpture

Marcus High School

Visual Arts Department

Sculpture II Curriculum

Drafted: Spring 2014

Mediums & Tools

Sculpture II primarily deals with the construction of objects in a variety of media and achieving quality design in three dimensions. The work should be primarily formal in nature.  Each experience with a different material should end with the production of a finished piece. Through the artistic process the students should get multiple opportunities to use the material and its associated tools. Safety and learning how to properly maintain and operate tool associated with the construction methods is imperative.



  • Wire
  • Foam Core
  • Plaster
  • Chip board
  • Wood
  • Found object
  • Fiber



  • Various hand tools (ie.. Pliers)
  • Various Power tools (Jigsaw, Chop Saw, Drill)
  • Xacto Blades
  • Sewing machine

Techniques and Skills

Each of these techniques and skills must be covered in the Sculpture II experience. Keep in mind that some techniques and skills work better with different construction methods (for example: Foam core with Planner Sculptures). Demonstration and understanding of these techniques and skills will be reflected in the student’s portfolio. The students will also understand the appropriate artistic process from drawing, to maquette, to finished product.





Skills and Knowledge

Linear Sculpture

  • Using line in 3 dimensions
  • Integration of a Base/ Plinth
  • Line quality/ weight
  • Curves/ Parabolic
  • Straitening and bending wire

Planer Sculpture

  • Using Plans in 3 dimensions
  • Intersection/ bisection
  • Cutting and using Foam Core

Geometric Forms/ Mass/ Additive Process

  • Using Geometric Solid Forms in three dimensions
  • Proportional Relationships: Dominate, Sub Dominate, Subordinate
  • Creating hollow forms with chip board w/ plaster coating

Organic Forms /  Negative VS. Positive Space/ Subtractive process

  • Using geometric forms the quantify space
  • Remove material from the block of material
  • Laminating Wood

Soft Sculpture/ Armature/ Volume

  • Creating an internal structure
  • Empty VS. Full
  • Sewing

Found Object / Pattern/ Repetition/ Installation

  • Designing with easily attainable object
  • Designing with the environment





The portfolio in sculpture II is designed to show a student’s experience with the media, techniques and skills stated above. All of the specific projects below must be represented in the portfolio. Any medium or technique may be use to complete these projects. The students need to build a physical, digital or e-portfolio to represent the work completed in Sculpture II.


  • One Linear Sculpture
  • One Planer Sculpture
  • One Geometric Form Sculpture
  • One Organic Form Sculpture
  • One Soft Sculpture
  • One Found Objects Sculpture