Art 3101: 3D Modeling and Sculpture

The Ohio State University, Department of Art
Art & Technology Course Syllabus Autumn Semester 2013

Location: Hopkins Hall, Room 180A primary location and Hopkins 180B and C & the Dimensional Imaging Research Lab, Room 167 as secondary locations.

Days and Time: (TuTh 8:10PM - 10:55PM)
*1 Semester sequence; 2- 3 hr. labs per week; 3 credit hrs; Repeatable to a max of 6 cr hrs.

Prerequisites: - Art 2500: Digital Imaging or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Doo Sung Yoo

Email: Doo Sung Yoo (best way to contact me)
Phone: (614) 292-5072, Art Department Phone.
Mailbox: Room 258 Hopkins Hall (Art Department Main Office)
Office Hours / Availability Outside of Class Time: before or after class or by appointment.

Course Description

Study of concepts, aesthetics, procedures and practice of sculpting on the computer with 3D modeling tools for generation of form, environment and character. Includes output to 2D and 3D rapid prototyping printers, laser cutters and CNC mill.


Produce conceptually interesting and formally compelling artwork.
Understand the principles of 3D computer modeling and sculpture.
Have fun and accept learning and creativity as your primary asset.
Relate traditional sculpture principles of form, material and site and utilize 3D modeling to virtually give rise to an installation or sculpture
Offer intelligent and informed critiques.
Develop original ideas and concepts.
Develop an awareness of artist working in the field.
Develop and understand methods of rapid prototyping output from your models.

Learning outcomes

Students demonstrate the ability to work with numerous 3D software packages
Students demonstrate an understanding of output methods and file formats for various approaches
Students develop and display an ability to critically analyze and discuss approaches to 3D modeling and artists working to advance the field
Students develop a unique creative voice and a personal approach to using 3D software as an expressive tool
Students will create original artworks and display these artworks in the end of the semester Art & Technology exhibition.


This course will focus on conceptualization and research as a driving force for realization of 3D modeled-environments, installations, objects, sculpture and characters in the virtual spaces of the computer. Pencil sketches will serve as guides to translating designs into 3D and all will be used for visualization, reification and further research for final output. Our focus will be on appropriate techniques for using and thinking about 3D software in preparation for constructing environments, objects and for animation studies and this course explore outputing 3D models and physicalizing our virtual forms.

Various file formats will permit access to the CNC mill and other rapid prototyping systems including the laser cutter in the Dimensional Imaging Research Laboratory. Class content will include software demos, discussions of artists working in the field, development of concept, aesthetics and the techniques and processes used in creating virtual 3D installation and physical sculptural objects. Instruction will include lectures and video as well as in and out of class reading assignments.

For this semesters course we will be using Cinema 4D R13 and Sculptris for generating normal maps and Adobe Illustrator for creating splines as well as Adobe Photoshop for compositing when necessary.

The primary goal of this course will be for you to understand the concepts and practice of utilizing 3D software as a tool of ideation, workflow production and for testing and visualizing conceptually driven works of art and invention.

A secondary goal will be to learn techniques of rapid prototyping of your 3D forms and to learn about artists who are creating and pushing the boundaries of how to utilize 3D software in a fine arts context.

Final 3D designs may be printed out on ink jet printers and at least one of your 3D models will be output utilizing the Dimensional Imaging Lab and/or off campus facilities such as Laser Reproductions in Columbus Ohio.

This class will also take a field trip to Laser Reproductions.

Course Book

I believe in the power of the software manual. We will be using these along with online learning resources.

Supplies and Materials

One sketchbook 8.5 x 11 acid free paper. Your sketchbooks will be looked at during our in class critiques to observe your conceptual development and how your sketches relate to your models.

Bring a thumbdrive to upload assignments to the class folder on professors desktop.

3 sketching pencils and smudge sticks and eraser


Attendance is a must. A student may only be absent from 3 classes without a letter of excuse. On the 4th absence the class grade will be lowered by one full letter grade. No exceptions.

Out of class reading and writing assignments will also be required and graded throughout the semester.

Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Please do not believe you can come to class and quickly render your assignments and turn them in as this will constitute a late assignment.

NOTE: Please back up all work. It is not an excuse to come to class and say my computer crashed as in the digital age you are expected to back all up.

Name your assignments with this convention. John_Doe_1, or John_Doe_2 for each assignment.

Evaluation will be based on

1. The conceptual elegance of your ideas and the excellent 3D craft you use to express them.
2. The quality of class participation, including contribution to critiques, discussions and in class presentations.
3. The quality of your completed assignments which demonstrates the comprehension of class concepts, demonstration of your effort in achieving your goals and the exploration of new ideas in support of your personal artistic development.
4. Students must demonstrate satisfactory achievement of course objectives through fulfillment of course projects and by contributing to class discussions and critiques.
5. All projects will require students to work both inside and outside of class. Assignments turned in late will be decreased by 1/2 points for each day the assignment is late. Example: 20 points will equal 10 after 1 day. 20 points will be 5 points after 2 days late.
6. Participation in the End of semester Exhibition and Final Critiques.

End of semester Show:

There is an end of the semester exhibition at the Hopkins Hall Gallery and the hallway for all students in Art and Tech classes.

It is scheduled for Dec 3rd, 2013and is a requirement for all students.

Tear down of show is TBA

"Art & Tech Exhibition name Stochastic Ressonance" : Opening Dec 3rd, 2013- Video screenings at 7 pm. Animation screenings in Collaboratory. Location: Hopkins Hall Gallery at The Ohio State University. Open hours Wed 12-4.

"Art & Tech Exhibition"  is the semester juried showcase of Art + Technology, which displays, undergraduate and graduate students works in new media, hybrid forms, video, holography, 2D/3D modeling/animation, interactive robotics and algorithmic composition, sound, digital imaging and web-based artworks.

For more information:

One week before finals: bring $4 to contribute to the refreshments fund.

For the final exhibition of your work the work must be professionally presented - framed, performed and/or put on a pedestal. No exceptions.

For any other installation needs, please check with the professor at least two weeks before the end of the semester exhibition.

You will be responsible for bringing what you will need for the installation of your work including extension cords, gaffers tape and special hardware. There are some pedistals available but you should think about this in advance.

Expect to be appointed to the set up crew, food crew or breakdown and clean up crew.

All work should be removed by finals week or it will be discarded.


All OSU Offices closed:

Class participation = 10 points

Reading and Writing Assignments / Homework = 10 points

Assignment 1 = 5 points

Assignment 2 = 10 points

Assignment 3 = 15 points

Assignment 4 = 20 points

Assignment 5 and participation in Final Show = 30 points

Total possible points = 100 points
Grading scale:
 A = 94 - 100 A- = 90 - 93
 B+ = 88 - 89 B = 83 - 87 B- = 80 - 82
 C+ = 78 - 79 C = 73 - 77 C- = 71 - 72 D+ = 69 - 70 D = 64 - 68 E = 0 - 63

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Academic Misconduct

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