01N:264:001 Graduate Sculpture Workshop

Semester: Spring 2014
Course Credit Hours: 4
Professor: Anthony Castronovo
Website: www.acastronovo.com
Office Loc: SA 1417
Office Hours: T/TH 3:00PM-5:00PM and by appointment
Office Phone: (319) 335-1789
Contact: anthony-castronovo@uiowa.edu
Class Time, Location: M 6:30-10:00PM, 1421 SA
DEO: John Beldon Scott, jb-scott@uiowa.edu

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Graduate Sculpture Workshop is a unique opportunity for graduate students to create work and get in-depth feedback from peers. The class will be structured mostly as a critique-oriented dialogue punctuated with readings and discussions of the contemporary field of art. Our goal is to work together as a team, to provide constructive feedback to our peers, and to move everyone forward to their unique goals.


You will be evaluated on the work you produce and on participation in critiques and discussions. Students should give thoughtful and constructive feedback to peers, and should be open to their suggestions. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the workshop, there will be a wide range of techniques and goals determined by each student. Fluency is a major goal for the course and this will be different for each student, but relates to the student's understanding of their own work, it's place in a contemporary and historical context, and their ability to be productive. Attendance is very important since we meet once a week.


Official Breakdown:

FINAL SEMESTER EVALUATIONS will be averaged as follows:


ATTENDANCE: Students must be in class every day. Your presence is critical for your own education but also for the group as a whole. Attendance is a major factor in your participation grade. Each absence lowers your grade by 5pts. Excused absences are exceptionss, but students should self-report illnesses using the form on the Registrar's website: (http://www.registrar.uiowa.edu/Student/FormsforStudents/tabid/79/Default.aspx).

This attendance policy is in accordance with the CLAS guidelines:

CRITIQUE DATES will be determined by students. Critiques are expected to present finished work, and this should be work completed within the last three months.

FIELD TRIP: A field trip is possible during the semester and may require an extra fee to be paid by students.


SAFETY PROCEDURE: The goal of the School of Art and Art History is to create a safe working environment. You are required to take the appropriate ICON safety training for your area of course work. You will not be allowed access to certain areas in the studios until you have completed the appropriate ICON course for that area. Once you have completed the ICON course and provided the documentation to your primary instructor, you will then be given access. ICON

ADMINISTRATIVE HOME: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the administrative home of this course and governs matters such as the add/drop deadlines, the second-grade-only option, and other related issues. Different colleges may have different policies. Questions may be addressed to 120 Schaeffer Hall, or see the CLAS Student Academic Handbook.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION: University policy specifies that students are responsible for all official correspondences sent to their University of Iowa e-mail address (@uiowa.edu). Faculty and students should use this account for correspondences. (Operations Manual, III.15.2. Scroll down to k.11.)

HOMEWORK EXPECTATION: For each semester hour of credit that an Art and Art History course carries, students should expect to spend approximately two hours per week outside of class preparing for class sessions. That is, in a three-credit-hour course, instructors design course assignments on the assumption that students will spend six hours per week in out-of-class preparation.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: Your responsibilities to this class -- and to your education as a whole -- include attendance and participation. This syllabus details specific expectations the instructor may have about attendance and participation. You have a responsibility to help create a classroom environment where all may learn. At the most basic level, this means you will respect the other members of the class and the instructor and treat them with the courtesy you hope to receive in return.

STUDENT CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: The ability to learn is lessened when students engage in inappropriate classroom behavior, distracting others; such behaviors are a violation of the Code of Student Life. When disruptive activity occurs, a University instructor has the authority to determine classroom seating patterns and to request that a student exit the classroom, laboratory, or other area used for instruction immediately for the remainder of the period. One-day suspensions are reported to appropriate departmental, collegiate, and Student Services personnel (Office of the Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students).

ACADEMIC FRAUD: Plagiarism and any other activities when students present work that is not their own are academic fraud. Academic fraud is a serious matter and is reported to the departmental DEO and to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum. Instructors and DEOs decide on appropriate consequences at the departmental level while the Associate Dean enforces additional consequences at the collegiate level. See the CLAS Academic Fraud section of the Student Academic Handbook. www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/handbook/x/#2

MAKING A SUGGESTION OR COMPLAINT: Students with a suggestion or complaint should first visit the instructor, then the course supervisor, and then the departmental DEO. Complaints must be made within six months of the incident. See the CLAS Student Academic Handbook.

ACCOMODATION FOR DISABILITIES: A student seeking academic accommodations should first register with Student Disability Services and then meet privately with the course instructor to make particular arrangements. For more information see Student Disability Services 

UNDERSATNDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. All members of the UI community have a responsibility to uphold this mission and to contribute to a safe environment that enhances learning. Incidents of sexual harassment should be reported immediately. See the UI Comprehensive Guide on Sexual Harassment for assistance, definitions, and the full University policy at http://www.uiowa.edu/~eod/policies/sexual-harassment-guide/index.html.

REACTING SAFELY TO SEVERE WEATHER: In severe weather, class members should seek appropriate shelter immediately, leaving the classroom if necessary. The class will continue if possible when the event is over. For more information on Hawk Alert and the siren warning system, visit the Public Safety web site.



Writing Center 110 English-Philosophy Building, 335-0188,

Speaking Center 12 English-Philosophy Building, 335-0205,

Mathematics Tutorial Laboratory 314 MacLean Hall, 335-0810, 

Referral Service Campus Information Center, Iowa Memorial Union, 335-3055


CLAS FINAL EXAM POLICIES: Final exams may be offered only during finals week. No exams of any kind are allowed during the last week of classes. Students should not ask their instructor to reschedule a final exam since the College does not permit rescheduling of a final exam once the semester has begun. Questions should be addressed to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum.

MISSED EXAM POLICY: University policy requires that students be permitted to make up examinations missed because of illness, mandatory religious obligations, certain University activities, or unavoidable circumstances. Excused absence forms are required and are available at the Registrar web site:www.registrar.uiowa.edu/forms/absence.pdf

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION POLICY FINAL EXAMINATIONS: An undergraduate student who has two final examinations scheduled for the same period or more than three examinations scheduled for the same day may file a request for a change of schedule before the published deadline at the Registrar's Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall, 8-4:30 M-F, (384- 4300).

PLUS-MINUS GRADING: All the department's instructors can append plus or minus grades to the letter grades they assign for the course. If the instructor does not specifically indicate in the syllabus that he or she will not assign plusses or minuses, students should assume that this form of grading will be used.

WOODSHOP USE AND FEES: The School of Art and Art History Woodshop Is a common use facility for any student enrolled in a studio art class. The woodshop has a $25 per student per semester buy-back fee. All students who use the woodshop must pay this fee, which goes towards the replacement of consumables as well as equipment repairs, replacements and other shop related expenses. Students can opt to pay a one-time use fee of $5 to work for one day only. However if they come back in for further use they must pay the $25 lab fee at that time. This will mean that in total they will be charged $30.  The students will be U-Billed by the lab coordinator before they begin working. Students must also complete safety training and fill out a woodshop safety release form every semester to work in the shop. To do this they must see the Woodshop Lab Specialist, Adam Krueger. Woodshop open hours and schedules are posted on the door of the woodshop.  

Students enrolled in classes that require the use of woodshop as part of their class instruction will be U-billed at the time of use.


Critique Schedule:

3/3 Jason(G), Kyle, Amanda(sv)
3/10 Erin, Robert, Alex(G)
3/24 Mary, Amanda (Yelena has (G)
3/31 Kelly, Barber, Brian
4/7 Ross, Alex(G), Sam
4/14 Matt, Barber(G), Dan
4/21 Kyle(G), Jason, Amanda
4/28 Justin, Robert(G)
5/5 Mary, Erin(G), Kyle(sv)
5/12 Kelly, Sam, Dan (Justin has (G)