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Studio: Sculpture

Discover the exciting and adaptable sculpture arts in this course designed for K-12 art educators, from beginner to advanced.

The vast potential for three-dimensional artworks can make teaching sculpture exciting. Through demonstration and hands-on learning, participants will select methods and materials that are best for them and their students. Whether participants are teaching elementary art or high school sculpture, this course will expose them to new and innovative methods to incorporate sculpture into their art curriculum in a practical and engaging way. The focus is on the unique safety precautions and best practices in classroom management, the organization of materials, conceptual planning, and the installation of three-dimensional artworks.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Sculpture Materials List

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 9 Sun
Dec 5 Weeks Feb 5
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Dec 5 Feb 5
Mar 6 Apr 30
Jun 5 Jul 30
Jul 3 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE033

Course Objectives

  • Experiment with a wide variety of sculpture media and methods while also recognizing the unique safety precautions of sculpture supplies.
  • Assess the challenges of teaching sculpture to students.
  • Create resources, tools, and hands-on sculpture examples to use directly in the classroom.
  • Research best practices in the management and organization of sculpture media.
  • Demonstrate conceptual planning and installation of three-dimensional artworks.
  • Push personal practice to the next level while revamping the current sculpture art curriculum.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
History, Vocabulary, and Safety
  1. Learn about the historical evolution of sculpture methods and curriculum.
  2. Explore new sculpture curriculum ideas in K-12 classrooms.
Week 2
Additive Sculpture
  1. Explore assemblage, construction, and armatures with paper or cardboard and wire.
  2. Create a sculpture using additive methods.
Week 3
Relief Carving, Molds, Casts, and Plaster Wraps
  1. Experiment with your own creative investigation of subtractive sculpture, molds, casts, and/or plaster wraps.
  2. Create a process board that showcases your learning.
Week 4
Light and Movement in Sculpture
  1. Gain greater insight into the possibilities of kinetic sculpture such as mobiles or simple machines in your classroom.
  2. Create maquettes for using movement and light or shadow in your sculpture.
Week 5
Ephemeral, Environmental, and Installation Sculptures
  1. Explore resources from art teachers who are using nontraditional sculpture methods.
  2. Create a sculpture that is site-specific or uses nontraditional methods.
Week 6
Sculpture Management and Organization
  1. Refine the organization and management of sculpture materials and activities.
  2. Compile visual ideas to assist with the management of sculpture in the art room.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series
  1. Begin to create a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Reflect on using critiques in your classroom and give peer feedback on artistic work.
Week 8
  1. Refine a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course, reflecting on your own work as you refine and improve your sculpture curriculum.

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class Studio: Sculpture

1. Research

Watch tutorials demonstrating various additive sculpture techniques for the classroom.

2. Discussion

Write a 3-4 paragraph action plan outlining how you plan to use additive sculpture in your classroom. Your plan should include at least three takeaways from the videos and handouts.

3. Creation

Create a small sculpture using one or several construction materials (wire, cardboard, chipboard, paper, found objects, PVC, etc.).

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Studio: Sculpture. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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