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"Introduction to Sculpture - From Model to Full Scale"
Professor Ron Klein

The creation of art as an expressive means is a certainly positive addition to these students’ routine course loads, as most are not art majors themselves. For most students this appropriated art course was a slight deviation from their chosen academic pursuance, inconsistent yet no less meaningful, as this course provided not only a creative outlet but a lesson in abstract problem solving that is both transitional and applicable outside the art room.
Aside from introducing basic conceptual knowledge as to what sculpture is, Professor Klein aimed to mature student’s problem solving abilities in a nonlinear manner through the process of upscaling a small object; put simply, taking a small object and enlarging it to a size greater than its creator. As students relayed, this was neither a quick nor simple task, as it required mathematical precision, accuracy, and the patience necessary of blind experimentation. The finalized pieces prove to be a testament to the power of hard work and dedication, as each has an overwhelming presence that is both striking and awe provoking due to the grand dimensionality.

~ Toni-Marie Colella '17
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant


Name: Alexandra Herrera

Major: Pharmaceutical Marketing

Title: R2-D2

Medium: Foam core

Star Wars is a favorite in my household, I grew up watching the films with my siblings.  R2D2 is my favorite sassy robot and I knew I would dedicate myself to the work if I had a connection to my object. With the new releases this past year, I was inspired to create my favorite character large scale.
This piece was difficult to create because of the detail, and mathematical precision needed to scale up a small object.  Most of my technique was trial and error and absolute precision where I could manage to do so. I went into this project knowing it would be a challenge but not realizing the time commitment I'd need to make to complete the sculpture. I had to break down the project into small sections, allowing patience when the medium disagreed with my pocket knife. I started with a paper model and had to make adjustments to upscale and create the sculpture. The work took approximately 2 and a half months to complete. Art is my true passion and I hope people see that even though it is not my major, if you put your mind to something you can do anything. I hope to inspire those that want to try an artistic project to go for it!

~ Toni-Marie Colella '17
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant


Name: Julian Smith

Major: Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics

Title: Lighter and Cigarette

Medium: Foam core

I wanted to make something very large and thought these would be good objects to do so with. The large lighter and cigarette express the overbearing feeling of addiction to nicotine. It is a large and looming struggle that towers over our very existence, permeating every part of our lives. The scale is intended to make the viewer feel small as one feels when facing the task of breaking the addiction to nicotine.

I used pretty standard 3-D building techniques. I would measure the object I was going to build, scale up the dimensions, and break those dimensions into sections that I could cut out of the 40x60 in. foam core boards. For curved sections I would corrugate the board so it could bend to shape. I started from the bottom up and assembled each section as I built it. They took me about three weeks to complete. I would love for people to look at it and think, "How did he do that?” If someone takes a message away from their experience with it that would be fantastic. I think the most important part of art is the viewer making their own meaning of what they see and importing that into their life.

~ Toni-Marie Colella, '17
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

This exhibit is in Boland Hall Gallery on Lapsley Lane.  Hours: Mon - Thurs 8am - 8pm, Friday 8am - 5pm
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