The sculpture programs at UNM offer an exciting and diverse choice of approaches toward working three-dimensionally. Options include techniques in woodworking, metal fabrication and casting. Additive and subtractive processes in hard and soft materials as well as innovative approaches to installations and site-specific works are also included in our curriculum.
The 3-D Area is composed of two separate but related labs—sculpture and small-scale metals. The sculpture lab has an extensive wood shop fully equipped with a variety of stationery equipment dedicated to wood. The metal shop includes M.I.G., T.I.G., Oxy Acetylene, and Heli Arc Welding as well as a full complement of sheet metal tools. Although primarily set up for construction techniques, carving, modeling, mold making, bronze casting, installation are all included as part of our curriculum.
The small-scale metals lab is primarily focused on non-ferrous metal construction and casting technologies. The lab is set up with over twenty workstations for wax, soldering, cutting, assembly, and finishing work as well as a casting room with burnout kilns, vacuum investment, and centrifugal casting machine. There is also a room for patina, forging, and raising. Investigations of scale, the language of detail, form, and surface are central to this lab.
Small-Scale Metal Construction and Casting is offered at all undergraduate levels each semester. Levels II and I are devoted primarily to fabrication/construction processes in silver, copper, and brass. Included are such techniques as soldering, forming, coloring, and various finishing processes. Level III concentrates on lost wax casting in bronze. Lectures and demonstrations on brazing may also be offered. At the advanced level, the student essentially writes his/her own program through discussions with the instructor. Emphasis is on form generation as it relates to intimate scale.
Sculpture courses introduce students to varieties of topics that range from functional sculpture and design to political and public engagement to the purely aesthetic. Advanced sculpture focuses on thesis and the development of individual projects.