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Visual Arts: Sculpture

Sculpture

This page provides a range of information and links to resources on various materials and techniques in sculpture. Jump to a particular category using the contents list below, or scroll down to browse.

Sculpture

A three-dimensional work of art made by a variety of means, including carving wood, chiseling stone, casting or welding metal, molding clay or wax, or assembling materials. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

CCC Library Resources

Search the library catalog for books on sculpture at HWC Library

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Other Resources

Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Image result for fair use logoImage result for creative commonsImage result for copyright imagesCopyright "is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works." Learn more here

Fair Use allows "the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." Learn more here.

Creative Commons licenses make creative works "freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing" by "any member of the public." The CC Search search engine lets you "search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here."

More information:

The MLA, Chicago, and Turabian citation styles may be used in writing about art. Check your syllabus or contact your professor to find out which style they prefer.

Quick guides to citing images: 

ARTSTOR's guides to Using Images and Copyright, including Citing Sources

College Art Association Guidelines regarding Fair Use and Copyright:

Fair Use Evaluator

Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association

Metalsmithing

Search: Metal sculpture in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Mixed media

1. A technique involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition; 2. A designation for an artist who works with a number of different artistic media. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

SearchMixed media in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Search: Joseph Cornell at the Art Institute of Chicago

Soft sculpture

Stone carving

Search: Stone carving in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Woodworking

Search: Wood sculpture in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Image Search Tools

  • CC Search: Search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here.
  • Some major institutions provide free access to images of works in the public domain, for non-commercial use: 

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