Sculpture Studio Practicum

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Sculpture Studio Practicum

Studio Practicum programs are opportunities that expand and enhance participants’ technical and conceptual skills and increase knowledge in the various mediums supported by the Visual Arts areas. The Sculpture Practicum program offers practical experience in the areas of tool maintenance and safety, woodworking with hand tools and heavy equipment (table saw, band saw, planer, jointer, miter saw), metalworking and metal casting (bronze and aluminum), and training in sculpture studio operation for support of artistic practice.

Practicum participants will receive regular mentorship and feedback from Studio Facilitators and staff in support of their professional development. Under the guidance of the Sculpture Facilitator, this practicum program will assist staff in the delivery of Visual Arts residency programs and events, learn maintenance and safe operation of the sculpture studio facilities, and provide assistance to artists-in-residence working in this area.

What does the program offer?

Practicum programs offer a dynamic combination of learning opportunities through workshops, demonstrations, and presentations; contact with professional staff, visiting artists, and faculty; and collaboration with facilitators in Visual Arts and other Banff Centre arts programs. Learning objectives are agreed in consultation with mentors at the start of the program. Although the primary focus of this Practicum is sculpture, learning opportunities may also be available in other Visual Arts disciplines.

Learning opportunities are primarily practical, hands-on experiences arising from the participant’s support of the Visual Arts residency programs. This provides participants with the opportunity to improve their technical and artistic knowledge, decision-making and problem-solving skills, communication, and teamwork. In addition to the everyday responsibilities, participants will have dedicated time to realize their individual learning objectives in consultation with their mentor.

Who should apply?

This program is ideal for recent graduates of studio-based programs with an emphasis on sculpture (undergraduate or graduate), wishing to gain professional experience in an institutional context. Candidates for the Sculpture Studio Practicum program must possess a solid foundation in various woodworking techniques including an intermediate level of experience in at least two of the following areas: use of heavy woodworking equipment, foundry techniques, metal fabrication (welding, cutting, etc.); digital fabrication, or mold making (plaster, rubber). As Visual Arts is a multi-disciplinary facility, it is an asset if candidates have foundational skills in another studio area (ceramics, photography, printmaking, and digital media).

Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: August 8, 2018
Program Dates: January 7 – December 13, 2019

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