BFA Art: Concentration in Sculpture

Emphasizing historical and contemporary practices in the building of three-dimensional forms.

The sculpture program at KSU is a broad based program designed to educate students in the concepts, process, materials, tools, and techniques involved in the conception, creation and completion of three-dimensional forms. It is a program that bridges traditional approaches and media with contemporary materials and technology.

Students who enjoy using their hands and don’t want to spend the majority of their life behind a desk, find meaning in making and a valuable career path in a field that is in need of those with tool competency, understanding of materials, creativity and craftsmanship. Students learn about the history of traditional and contemporary sculpture as well as the elements and principles of design as they apply to three-dimensional work.

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Students are exposed to processes such as:

  • woodcarving
  • stone carving
  • mold making
  • figure sculpture
  • casting metal
  • welding
  • wood fabrication
  • 3-D modeling software
  • 3-D printing and more!

Tools and equipment used to fabricate three-dimensional work are introduced in the 3-D courses and this information is expanded on in lower to upper level classes.

Sculpture Facilities
The sculpture room has space for 20 students and is where much of the 3-D Design and the various sculpture courses are taught. The sculpture facility offers a state of the art welding studio, a foundry for casting metal, carving and plaster/wax casting areas as well as a fully equipped wood studio.

Art and Design  Sculpture Classstudents work on clay figure sculpture

Sculptures and students in Odeleye's steel welding class

    • Built-in ventilation system
    • Built-in compressed air system
    • 6,600 lb. capacity electric/ pneumatic hoist
    • Large central door for trucks
    • 10” Craftsmen radial arm saw
    • Delta DC-580 planer
    • Delta DJ-20 jointer
    • Delta drill press
    • Jet belt sander/ disc grinder
    • Delta miter saw
    • Delta Unisaw/10” arbor saw
    • Scroll saw
    • Delta model 20 vertical band saw and a smaller Delta band saw
    • Delta 12” x 5.7” portable planer
    • Delta 4” belt 6” disc grinder
    • Bench grinder/buffer
    • Jig saw
    • Reciprocating saw
    • Circular saw
    • Screw gun
    • Two drills
    • Three staplers
    • Black & Decker 7” angle grinder
    • Two 4 1/2” angle grinders
    • Two Makita 4” angle grinders fitted with Arbortech wood grinding attachments
    • Porter Cable 4” x 24” belt sander
    • Makita orbital sander
    • One Black & Decker
    • Seven Makita finishing sanders
    • Pneumatic orbital sander
    • Finishing sander
    • All basic hand tools, including hammers, saws, screwdrivers, pliers, files, rasps, allen and socket wrenches and other tools are organized and located with the small power tools in locking cabinets and drawers. Additionally, eight Lignum Vitae mallets, three trays of various sizes of top-quality German chisels and gauges, and a wide selection of steel C-clamps, wood clamps, and aluminum bar clamps are locked in cabinets. Drill bits, screws, nails, and other minute supplies are organized in drawers.
    • Built-in Car-mon 3/4 H.P. ventilation system
    • Emergency shower/eye wash station
    • Wood and metal worktables
    • Storage shelves, and lockers
    • Three heavy-duty freestanding vises
    • Kellog American 5 H.P. air compressor
    • Milwaukee 14” cop saw
    • Bench grinder
    • Snap-on mig welder
    • Tig welding attachment
    • Snap-on plasma cutter
    • Miller arc welder
    • Lincon AC 225 arc welder
    • Craftsmen 35230 arc welder
    • Welding helmets and face shields
    • Oxygen/acetylene attachments, hoses, welding torches, and cutting torches
    • Patio workspace protected by an overhang
    • Wood and steel tables
    • Barrels filled with sand
    • Large hoist
    • Foundry enclosed by a chain-link fence
    • Foundry equipment includes a 2751b., #80 crucible sized capacity furnace
    • #60 crucible
    • Five small one-man crucibles with shanks and tongs

Key Courses

  • >Download Curriculum Checksheet BFA Studio Arts

    ART 3120: Ceramics I
    In this introductory course, students learn the basics of building forms, decorating, glazing and firing ceramic works. Projects are based on technical skills in handbuilding (pinch, coil, slab, joining) and wheel throwing. A brief exploration of historical and contemporary ceramics is built into the course.

    ART 3360: Wheelthrowing 
    A full semester dedicated to wheelthrowing, trimming, and joining parts is necessary to gain proficiency in this challenging process. Projects are open-ended interpretations of pottery form, function, and decoration. Students gain experience with oxidation/reduction, soda, and low-fire majolica glazing techniques. This course includes an intro to mixing glaze tests.

    ART 3380: Mold Making and Slipcasting
    Slipcasting is a process in which liquid clay is poured into plaster molds. As the plaster absorbs the moisture, the clay forms a lining in the mold. Once a desired thickness has accumulated, the slip is poured out, leaving a perfect copy. This course is dedicated to the making of plaster molds to achieve various results from concept-based sculpture to pottery production. An introduction to Computer Aided Design(CAD) is included, and 3D printing using our Formlabs SLA 3D printer.

    Special Topics: Technical Ceramics
    This course, offered every fourth semester, focuses on the science behind ceramic art. A combination of geology, geography, minerology, and chemistry, this course combines lectures and hands-on experiments in clay and glaze formulation. Additionally, kiln design, kiln building, and firing theory is covered through the designing, building, and firing of a new kiln for the studio.

    ART 4310 : Advanced Study in Sculpture
    This course is taken 3 times with increasing levels of independence and self-direction each semester. By mixing students just beginning to find their artistic voice in clay with those preparing to graduate, a dynamic atmosphere is created. Students are free to choose the formats and processes they are interested in and design their own projects. Group critiques are held a few times throughout the semester.

Community Engagement Opportunities for Students

  • By taking on real-life professional projects, the Master Craftsman Program allows students to bring forth their creativity and skills to meet the needs of clients. Specifically, under the guidance of School of Art and Design studio technician Page Burch, the program gave students Thomas Daniel, Tiffany Hoff, and Megan Pace the opportunity to design and fabricate artful benches for the City of Kennesaw's historic downtown district. 

    • student proposal design of public bench
    • student-welded and -designed public bench
    • student proposal design of public bench
    • student-welded and -designed public bench
    • side-view of student-welded and -designed public bench
    • Thomas Daniel welded steel bench design, graphite on paper
    • Thomas Daniel welded steel public bench
    • triangle; student; bench; color; public art
  • Renown for his large scale public sculptures for cities across the United States from Atlanta to Alaska, KSU Professor Odeleye frequently hires student apprentices to assist with the fabrication of his sculptures at his studio in Stone Mountain, Ga.

    • Students help with fabrication of a concrete and steel sculpture for the Norfolk Public Art Project
    • Steel sculpture for Norfolk Public Art Project by Ayokunle Odeleye
    • Steel Sculpture in progress by Ayokunle Odeleye for Norfolk Public Art Project
    • Steel Sculpture in progress by Ayokunle Odeleye for Norfolk Public Art Project
    • Steel Sculpture in progress by Ayokunle Odeleye for Norfolk Public Art Project
    • Partial Installation of a concrete and steel series of sculptures for the Norfolk Public Art Project
    • Partial Installation of a concrete and steel series of sculptures for the Norfolk Public Art Project. Inscription reads, "The Attucks Theater was one of the few venus where African American Artists could perform in the South."
    • Kennesaw State University studio technician Chris Dziejowski assists in the fabrication of a concrete and steel series of sculptures for the Norfolk Public Art Project



Admission to Concentration

  • It is important that students interested in applying to the Sculpture Concentration talk to the faculty advisors in these areas of ceramics courses. The office hours are posted on the faculty web page.

    Ayokunle Odeleye
    Professor of Art
    Office: VA101D1

    Keith Smith
    Assistant Professor of Art

    Office: VA234

    Each application to the concentration in sculpture must include the following:

    1. A typed statement in a MS Word format of no more that 300 words indicating why the student is interested in becoming a sculpture major and what the student plans to do with a studio background in sculpture.

    2. Six examples of works of sculpture. Two of these should be identified as completed outside of a formal class. Images of functional ceramic vessels are not acceptable.

    • A minimum of three different media should be represented among the six examples.
    • Two views of each image are required. An additional “detail” image may be submitted where particular details are not seen in the other full-view images.

      Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.) Sculpture works should be photographed with good lighting and a clean background -- preferably black from the top fading to gray at the bottom.

    3. An image inventory list in MS Word that includes the following information for each work:

    • Title (titles are italicized, not put in quotation marks)
    • Dimensions (height, width, and depth for 3-D works)
    • Medium
    • Year work was made

    If an artwork was created for a class assignment, applicants should indicate for which class it was created and write a brief description of the assignment; if it was not for a class, indicate it as an, “original work.”

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