Ayokunle Odeleye is a professional sculptor who has specialized in the creation of three-dimensional art for thirty years. He was trained at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He received a BFA Degree from Howard University in 1973 and the MFA Degree in 1975.
Mr. Odeleye has consistently been teaching art since 1973. He has held teaching positions at Dunbar High School, The Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Howard University, Spelman College, Woodland Middle School, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.
His personal work involves the creation of large-scale sculpture for public environments. He works both abstractly and figuratively. He maintains two separate state-of-the-art studio facilities: one for woodworking, and another for metal fabrication. He is represented nationally by several galleries.
I assume students who enroll in art courses at Kennesaw State University are seriously interested in becoming professional artists, or are artists currently working in the field who wish to upgrade their skills. Therefore, courses I teach are designed to enhance the students' cognitive, creative and physical abilities as they pursue the path that can lead to professional development in the field of art. Students are assigned projects appropriate for the course level, which are designed to move the student through basic information in the subject area to more advanced exercises which promote skill development and creative thinking. I place particular emphasis on formal and informal approaches to idea conceptualization as they relate to the creation of art. In-depth attention is also given to the utilization of design concepts in the creation of shapes and three-dimensional form.
Additionally, I believe it is imperative that art students learn to talk about and evaluate art intelligently. Structured critiques are a part of all my courses and are designed to promote critical thinking and language development to equip students to participate in art-related discourse.
All students are provided with an abundance of information and clear and concise instruction for them to have successful experiences in my classes.