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Studio: Sculpture

Create with your classroom in mind in this highly exploratory 3D media course while you learn practical methods to boost student autonomy, bolster innovation, and enhance 3D artmaking skills.

Explore the vast potential of 3D media for all ages. This highly exploratory course is designed to expand both the personal and professional practice of K-12 art teachers. Participants will explore methods and media that best suit them and their students. Teachers will create with their classroom in mind; exploring display and storage solutions, investigating 3D supply options, and tackling classroom management. Regardless of grade level, this course will expose art educators to practical classroom methods that will boost student autonomy, bolster innovation, and enhance 3D artmaking skills.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Sculpture Materials List

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition. ISBN 978-1-4338-3216-1

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 8 Sun
Mar 6 Weeks Apr 30
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Mar 6 Apr 30
Jun 5 Jul 30
Jul 3 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE033

Course Objectives

  • Develop, enhance, and extend comprehensive sculpture curriculum.
  • Investigate contemporary and historical perspectives related to sculpture.
  • Utilize concept, process, instructional best practice, and media-specific techniques to create authentic artworks.
  • Critique both artistic and instructional practice.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Types of Sculpture and Sculpting Materials
  1. Explore non-traditional sculpting materials that best suit you or your student population.
  2. Develop a sculpture planning guide for your students.
Week 2
The Power of Planning
  1. Examine best practices for sculpture demonstration methods.
  2. Utilize your sculpture planning guide to create a small cardboard sculpture.
Week 3
Additive Methods
  1. Develop solutions to additive media challenges in the art classroom.
  2. Create an additive sculptural methods tool for classroom use.
Week 4
Additive Media Exploration
  1. Explore sculptural methods for plaster, molds, and casts for all ages.
  2. Create a small sculpture using the additive media of your choice.
Week 5
Subtractive Methods
  1. Critique 3D sculptural works of art.
  2. Construct a subtractive sculpture using the media of your choice.
Week 6
Kinetic Sculpture
  1. Learn to use basic kinetic sculpture machines for classroom use.
  2. Construct a kinetic, in-the-round, sculptural work of art.
Week 7
Conceptual Construction
  1. Examine contemporary artists and sculptures for K–12 learners.
  2. Develop methods to foster student idea generation, autonomy, and artistic voice.
  3. Design and create a small sculpture with conceptual relevance.
Week 8
Conceptual Construction Presentation
  1. Create a visual presentation highlighting your conceptual sculpture process.
  2. Utilize photography, timelapse, and/or video to share your creative journey.

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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