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Materials of Sculpture: Wood (5 cr)

Code: 2021146-3006

General information


08.09.2023 - 23.10.2023


24.10.2023 - 21.12.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Arts Academy


Linnankatu Arts Campus

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


4 - 10

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Fine Arts


  • Eero Merimaa


  • PKUVAS22


The students will be able to:
• apply historical and modern techniques and modes of expression in sculpture.
• use the methods and materials of wood sculpture and develop their own three-dimensional expression from a wide and innovative perspective
• analyse and compare different technical and material choices and meanings of different material combinations
• work while observing occupational safety and environmental considerations
• plan and scale their work for the time frame allowed
• working as an active member of a group while developing its work


During the workshop, the students will learn the qualities and behaviour of wood as a sculpting material. The focus areas include the tools and safety in woodwork, the theory and practice of wooden sculpture and the development of individual expression in relation to the discussed methods and materials. The workshop may be held as a separate course or its content may be linked with projects that have already been started in other sculpture workshops.
The studies are completed according to the plan at workshops. Through these exercises, the students will learn how to use different methods, materials and their combinations as part of their expression. The students are expected to actively participate in instruction and feedback discussions.

Teaching methods

The learning methods emphasise task-based learning, project-based learning and face-to-face teaching. At the beginning of the course, the student defines, together with the supervising teacher, a goal for his/her/their work, which is approached through personal work, group and individual meetings and self-reflection.

Content scheduling

Schedule to be confirmed!
The joint meetings are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Wood as a material for sculpture is, as its name suggests, a material-based course. Wood as a material surrounds us in the form of buildings, furniture, objects of necessity and sometimes also art objects. Ikea's chipboard cabinets are made of wood, as are the Baroque cabinets that have been declared of cultural and historical value. Trees grow in forests, sometimes even through the asphalt on the sunny side of the pavement, and branches and leaves fall to the ground. Trees have a life cycle and research shows that they are also capable of communicating with each other (see The secret life of trees). Students will critically reflect on the relationship of the material to their work plan and their chosen working methods. How the nature of the material is revealed in the student's work and how it relates to debates in the field of contemporary art. Students will produce their own independent work or process exploring the qualities of the material within the given constraints.

Evaluation scale


Assessment methods and criteria

The learning task forms the basis of the assessment, which focuses on the appropriate scale of the work, control of the work process and artistic expression. All assignments given during the course must be completed and will contribute to the assessment. At the end of the course, there will be an individual assessment discussion, either common to all or alternatively between the student and the teacher. Self-assessment, peer and teacher assessment will be emphasised in the assessment discussion.

Assessment criteria, fail (0)

The tasks have not been completed or do not correspond to the assignment.

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1-2)

- can apply the given instructions to their own work
- can use key professional concepts and working methods and apply them to their own expression
- participates in dialogue in community interaction situations.

Assessment criteria, good (3-4)

In addition to the above, the student
- can plan their own work and identify the stages of their working process
- be able to estimate and measure the time required for study/work
- work and act in accordance with ethical and ecological principles
- be able to develop and deepen his/her personal expression
- can place their work in a broader context and in the field of contemporary art

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

In addition to the above, the student
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the critical intersection of their chosen materials, working methods and content with contemporary art discourses
- be able to analyse and develop the stages of their working process
- be able to critically analyse different approaches to problem-solving