3-D Design: Art 115

Arizona State University Fall 2009


Instructor:  Lynette Andreasen

SLN:  70456

Days and Times:  T/TH 10:40-1:30

Office Location: ARWH 130

Office Hours:  By Appointment


Studio Phone:  (480) 965-8866        

Cell Phone:  (480) 209-6574


Class Blog:


Course Description

This course concentrates on the basics of three-dimensional design with an emphasis on spatial awareness, problem-solving, and the many varieties of sculptural form. Consideration is given to the range of three-dimensional form as found in both contemporary art and design and in different cultural and historical contexts. Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials and processes, while expressing well developed concepts in their work.  Students will learn how to develop ideas and execute them through given projects and how to find their own emphasis and voice as an artist.  Sketches and in progress critiques will aid students with idea generation and refining of projects.  Projects will be based around the following units:


Unit 1-  Between 2-D and 3-D                        

Unit 2-  Low Relief vs. High Relief                               

Unit 3-  Points, Lines, Planes, Volumes            

Unit 4-  Mass and Form                                              

Unit 5-  Scale and Context                                           

Unit 6-  Modular Units and Repetition              

Unit 7-  Structures                                                       

Unit 8- Phenomena, Change, and Motion                     


Course Text

The required text is Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design, by Mary Stewart and is available at the campus bookstore.  Also, the core website is a good reference:



Assignments are given based on each unit as outlined above.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class the day of the specified due date, unless otherwise instructed.  The assignment due dates are listed on the schedule portion of this syllabus, as well as on the assignment sheets to be handed out during class.  Late assignments will be graded down significantly.  If your assignment is unfinished bring what you have to class.  All students are expected to participate in ALL critiques, even if their work is unfinished.  Also, a sketchbook must be kept with project ideas and notes, and will be collected periodically throughout the semester. 

Assigned readings will also be given.  Students will be responsible for and tested on material found in the required text. 



Criteria for grading is based on originality, quality of finished projects, creativity and design concepts, preparedness, craftsmanship, attitude, effort, work in class, work outside of class, attendance, critique participation, development and improvement of skills, and involvement with studio’s clean-up.  More specific grading guidelines will be outlined in assignment handouts.  Remember for a three hour course, the student is expected to do at least 6 hours of work outside of class a week.

* weight of project points is subject to change.

*Any extra credit opportunities will be announced in class.

*Grades may be reduced in the event of poor attendance (see below).

*Students may re-work any project for a better grade.  Re-worked projects must be turned in by the last day of class. 

The student will be asked to turn in his/her sketchbook and idea development with each project.

Each Project will be worth 100 points.  The breakdown is as follows:

1.         Technical                                                                      25 points

a. Technique (skill with materials)

b. Problem requirements satisfied

c. Overall level of craftsmanship

2.         Conceptual                                                                   25 points

a. Comprehension (Did you understand the idea of the project?)

b. Communication (Does your project show the idea of assignment?)

c. Intention (Does your project reflect your intentions?)

d. Invention, Originality, Deep Thinking

3.         Aesthetic                                                                      25 points

a. Composition (organization of formal elements)

b. Character (individual personality, style, quality)

c. Expression (non-verbal power, effective communication)

d. Gestalt (unity, impact, is the effect greater than the sum of the parts?)

4.         Participation/Attendance                                   15 points

5.         Sketchbook                                                                  10  points


Grading Structure

A-    An “A” project is excellent!  The project not only exceeds the stated criteria of the assignment, but also reflects a high degree of determination, thoughtfulness, resourcefulness, and hard work.  The craftsmanship is impeccable, and the concept is clear and well executed.  An “A” student has made full use of studio time and worked outside of class. 

B-    A “B” project is very well done.  It meets the stated criteria and demonstrates an understanding of the concepts and techniques involved, and shows careful attention to detail.  Craftsmanship is of a high quality.  Idea is well executed, but needs refining, and the student could have managed time more wisely. 

C-    A “C” project is satisfactory.  This project meets stated criteria but does not demonstrate ambition.  This idea has been executed poorly or awkwardly.  A “C” project needs much more refining.  Poor time management is also a factor. 

D-    A “D” project shows a lack of commitment, ambition, and understanding of stated criteria.  It attempts to fulfill the assignment, but does not demonstrate an understanding of concepts and techniques involved.  A “D” grade is assigned to a project that only considers the minimum requirements for the assignment.

F-   An “F” project is unacceptable.  This project has made no effort to address the stated criteria or assignment objectives.  The idea has not been well thought out, craftsmanship is sloppy, and a lack of care is evident.



Attendance and punctuality are mandatory and critical to academic success.  Most class periods will include vital information such as demonstrations, slide lectures, and project discussions.  Information will not be repeated for late or absent students.  Consequently, being absent or late will put you at a serious disadvantage in the class.  Your individual contribution to the class is absolutely necessary and active participation in class discussions is expected.  Three or more absences will result in a lowering of your final grade.  For each class period you miss after three absences, your grade will be lowered by ONE LETTER GRADE.  Please make every effort to attend class and to be there on time.      


Critiques are mandatory.  If you do not show up for these dates, you will not receive a passing grade for the project.  In other words, do not miss critique.


If for some reason you cannot attend a class, contact me via e-mail prior to class to make arrangements for making up what you have missed.  Contacting me in advance does not excuse the absence in terms of grading, but it will keep you on track. 



August 24, 2009  First Day of Classes 

August 24-28, 2009  Late Registration & Drop/Add Deadline - In Person

August 24-30, 2009  Late Registration & Drop/Add Deadline - Online 

Sept 6, 2009 Tuition & Fees 100% Refund Deadline 

September 7, 2009  Labor Day Observed 

September 21-28, 2009  Academic Status Report #1 

October 15, 2009  Graduation Filing Deadline 

October 26-November 2, 2009  Academic Status Report #2 

November 6, 2009  Course Withdrawal Deadline - In Person 

November 8, 2009  Course Withdrawal Deadline - Online 

November 11, 2009  Veterans Day Observed 

November 26-27, 2009  Thanksgiving Holiday Observed 

December 8, 2009  Complete Withdrawal Deadline - Online & In Person 

December 8, 2009  Last Day of Classes and Last Day to Process Transactions 

December 9, 2009  Reading Day 

December 10-16, 2009  Final Exams  

December 17, 2009  Commencement 

December 14-21, 2009  Final Grades Due 

December 22, 2009  End of Semester Processing (tentative)


Class Preparation

Students are expected to be ready to work when they come to class, at the beginning of the class period.  This means wearing appropriate attire, having required and necessary materials, and well developed sketches for each project.  If you are not prepared to work, you will be counted as absent. 



This is a studio class where safety comes first!  You should not use equipment with which you are unfamiliar.  If you have a question, please ask.  Unsafe behavior will not be tolerated, and may result in expulsion from the class.  Keeping the studio clean, putting away tools, and properly storing materials are important aspects of class safety.  Proper shop maintenance will be monitored and evaluated.  A complete list of safety policies and procedures can be found at



This is a shared classroom.  Shelves will be designated for supply materials.  Use only the designated storage areas unless instructed otherwise.  After a project has been graded, it must be removed within 24 hours.  Any projects or materials remaining after the time allotted will be disposed.  Lockers are available in the main Art Building.  Sign up in the art office and bring your own lock. 


Material and Supply Sources

Materials for each assignment vary, and you are expected to purchase material as the class progresses.  The following is a basic list of tools that you will use throughout the semester. 


Ex-acto knife and blades

            Cutting mat

            Heavy watercolor paper or drawing paper

            PVA Glue

            Bone folder

            Scoring tool

            Utility knife and blades

            Pencils, Pens, Sharpie

            Metal Ruler/Straight edge at least 18 inches long

            Masking tape



Wire Cutters

Metal Coat Hangers

Fish and Tackle spinners

Eye Hooks

            Tackle box or container to store and carry supplies


A list of places to buy supplies can be found at


Be on the look out for items or objects that interest you, as you will be using found objects for some assignments. 


ASU’s Honesty Policy

The highest standard of academic integrity is expected of all students.  The failure of any student to meet these standards may result in suspension or expulsion from the university and/or other sanctions as specified in the academic integrity policies of the individual colleges.  Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, cheating, fabrication, tampering, plagiarism, or facilitating such activities.  The university and college academic integrity policies are available online at


Special Accomodations

Any student needing a special course-related accommodation due to a physical and/or learning impairment must bring this to the attention of the instructor with appropriate documentation within the first week of class so that learning needs can be addressed effectively. Students must contact the ASU Disability Resource Center ( ) to document a disability.  Accommodations cannot be made retroactively.





►The instructor reserves the right to change, delete, or add to the course requirements and schedule at any time.

Lynette Andreasen,
Aug 22, 2009, 1:52 PM