The Renaissance Art of Bronze Casting

Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

art history

In this interdisciplinary program we will study Italian Renaissance art while we create our own bronze sculptures inspired by that tradition.  Sculpture led the way to the realization of the artistic aims of the Renaissance, as artists concentrated on two major challenges:  the freestanding figure and the representation of three-dimensional space.  We will explore the social, economic, and historical forces that led artists to revive the ideals of classical antiquity and look with fresh eyes at the natural world.  In creating our sculpture we will work systematically from ideation to realization—drawing, design, and 3D sculpture—while exploring principles, materials, and techniques.  Metal casting will be the main studio vehicle and will incorporate many sequential steps to the finished artwork.  The art history portion of the class will present an overview of the Italian Renaissance through lectures, reading, writing, and seminaring.  

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

studio art and craft, art history, museum studies, education, sculpture, design

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: 5:30-9:30p Tue/Thu, 12-4p Sat


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$225 for metal casting materials and supplies

Registration Information

Credits: 12 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 34


Signature Required

prior metalworking and art history experience

Course Reference Number

(12 credits): 30212

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