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The study of sculpture at Marlboro proceeds out of the basic assumption that students need to learn in three intertwined areas: the language of three-dimensional form, the character and possibility of invention and the development of technique. Students learn this in introductory courses through solving problems (both representational and nonrepresentational) given by the teacher. The history of sculpture is approached both through lectures and by in-class presentations of student research. As students develop in their understanding and ability, they increasingly follow their own choices of material, subject matter and means. Working mostly with hand tools, beginning students execute projects in such easily manipulated materials as clay, plaster, wood and cardboard. As they progress students are taught to use our wood shop, welding facility and other power tools. There is considerable emphasis placed on the relationship between sculpture and drawing along with various other two-dimensional media.

Students of art need enough technique and process to act on their ideas. They also need to be inspired by the example of other artists—both historical and contemporary. They equally need permission to follow their own impulses and designs in order to test their work against the range of work they come to know. In the end, the balance of technique, inspiration and permission is a matter of paying attention to individuals and helping them find their own way.

In my own studio I continue to work on the interaction of work in two and three dimensions. My drawings and paintings feed directly off of my sculpture and vice versa. Materials that interest me currently include steel, wood, wire mesh, and waxed cloth. A recent series of sculpture was inspired by the workings and appearance of machines.

Areas of Interest for Plan-level Work:

  • Traditional sculpture
  • Kinetic sculpture
  • Woodworking
  • Digital 3-D imaging
  • Installation art
  • Set design in theater
  • Architectural design
  • Landscape design

Good Foundation for Plan

A student wishing to do a Plan in sculpture should consult the general degree requirements in the visual arts to see what kind of background is required. Several courses involving three-dimensional work are expected as preparation for Plan. These along with a demonstrated interest in drawing are ideal. We welcome both students who wish to do the majority of their Plan work in sculpture, and those for whom it is a support for other work. All students on Plan in sculpture are required to take two semesters of Art Seminar Critique.

Sample Tutorial Topics

  • Projects in Installation Sculpture
  • Relief Sculpture: Natural and Artificial
  • Scene Design and Construction
  • Sculptural Elements of Architecture
  • Welding Tutorial
  • Constructing an Alien Experience
  • Installation Techniques and Production
  • Joinery and Drafting
  • Kinetic Constructions
  • Machine as Medium: An Exploration of Mechanics and Interactivity in Art
  • Prosthesis and Process
  • Sculpture and Sound
  • The Deconstructed Projector: Generating Images with Sculpture
  • Woodcarving in Sculpture


(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)