The Preparatory Course in Sculpture provides students, especially students from other fields of study, with an opportunity to learn about the basics and main principles of sculpting.
The course is integrated into the entire study program of Sculpture, Object, Installation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In winter semester the first-year students attend two courses at different departments of their choice and in summer semester they study at their own department. Studying at different departments enables students to get a clearer picture of what the academy offers, and to experience various materials, creative processes, and teaching approaches.
In the teaching concept of the preparatory course, I strive to equip students with the latest knowledge and experience which might give them better them understanding of academy’s studios and help them successfully continue in studying in the studio of their choice.
The content of the preparatory course responds to what is going on in the contemporary art, and where interdisciplinary overlaps have become common. Students are given an opportunity to respond to these overlaps and to apply them in their own work.
The work in my course Sculpture I consists of two parts. In the first part, students model real objects with clay on the given theme. What they model, enlarge or use for creating spatial objects are mostly diverse objects and items which after casting into plaster, are shifted into a more stable position. During this process, I discuss the creation process, the possibility of using different materials and sculpting techniques with my students. They learn about the possibilities and use of plaster casting models for bronze casting, realization in stone or other finishing materials.
In the second part of the course, students create free spatial compositions on the given theme relying on their newly acquired experience. This part of the course offers plenty of space and freedom for choosing material and realization process. I put emphasize on the creativity of the student and his/her ability to master the given theme artistically in sculptural rendition.
Theoretical knowledge in history of art and especially in history of sculpture with which the students of the course are familiarized in the ongoing practical work, plays a notable part of the course. This basic practical and theoretical knowledge should deepen and enrich their knowledge and prepare them for further studies at AFAD.
The results of the creative work in the courses are presented at the end of each course. This presentation is important in the study process. They have an opportunity to confront the results of their creative work with their colleagues and the public, especially during the Survey (Prieskum) and at AFAD open days at the end of each semester.
My role as a teacher in the AFAD study process is mainly to encourage students to follow their own artistic path, to provide them with good foundations for their further studies and work. I want to give them self-confidence of creators and work discipline, passion and courage to create.