|Sculpture is one of the oldest forms of art,
and as sculptors, we are heirs to a tradition that forms an invaluable record
of past civilizations. Although we can learn a great deal from this heritage,
we must observe our present society through the eyes of a contemporary artist
and express our vision in an appropriate manner. After all, even though
we may think that the clothes of a century ago were very elegant, we would
never dream of wearing them today. Modern industry produces many new types
of materials, such as steel, cement, plastics, glass, and aluminum. These
new materials not only bring significant changes to our lifestyles, but
also affect our notion of what sculpture is and can be. It is imperative
that we use new materials and technology to create new and bold sculptural
images for our present-day society.
Students in the Department of Sculpture acquire basic skills by working with shapes observed in nature and undergo instruction in various practical techniques. They then proceed to more personal areas of self-expression. Close student-faculty relations are essential for the exchange of ideas and the development of sculptural concepts; however, although the faculty is always ready to give advice and guidance to students, it is important for each student to develop an independent and self-sufficient attitude towards sculptural practice.
After building a foundation of basic skills through studies of natural forms during the first two years, the third-year student proceeds to creative self-expression. On the basis of interchange between the students and faculty, the student trains in and explores sculptural art through project work and the mutual exchange of ideas with the faculty. For students in every scholastic year, this department offers seminars held in the mountains, invites guest lecturers for special seminars, studio classes for different sculptural materials, and other courses. Moreover, a field trip to study classical art in Nara and Kyoto is also arranged.
Years 1 and 2
Years 3 and 4
General Education Program