Ceramics I

Class Objectives

Ceramics is the art of creating functional objects from clay. This class is an introduction to the art of ceramics. By the end of this term students should have met the following objectives:

  1. Gain a thorough understanding of the physical properties of clay in each of its stages.
  2. Experiment with both hand building and the potter’s wheel to produce original artworks.
  3. Use a variety of finishing techniques to decorate the surface of their pottery.
  4. Gain a thorough understanding of the tools necessary to manipulate clay.
  5. Use clay to explore the Elements and Principles of Design.
  6. Gain a proper vocabulary of ceramic terms.

Originality and Plagiarism

Originality and creativity are important components of this course. Students will not make direct use of another artist’s work and call it their own; this violates copyright laws and is plagiarism, and will result in an automatic failure for the project, and possibly the class. Students are encouraged to work only from personal photographs that they themselves have taken. Other artist’s work may be used as reference for personal artwork, but the work being referenced should be altered to such a degree that the original artist’s intent is in no way recognizable in the student’s work. Copying and/or duplicating of another artist work and calling it your own is cheating and fraudulent, and is not permissible in this course.

Grading

If you receive a “C” or lower on your project you may try to redo the project for a “B”.

You will need to complete and keep track of your ceramic packet. You will be asked at various times to turn your packet to be graded.

You may use your packet on the final exam.

Final grades are broken down as follows:

Daily Points 35%

Students are awarded 3 points for each day they come to class on time and prepared, use their work time appropriately, and cleaning.

Projects 50%

Projects are expected to be worked on both in and out of the classroom. Students are required to critique each of their works in Ceramics I. Due-dates will be given at the onset of each project; due-dates can be pushed back per a Deadline Extension Contract.

Formal Assessments/Essay 15%

Students are required to take three quizzes and 1 test throughout the duration of the term: two vocabulary quizzes, one quiz covering the Elements and Principles of Design, 1 Essay and a cumulative Final Test

Class Projects                                                                                                                                                        

  1. 6 in. Cylinder

Learning Targets: 6 in. Cylinder

-I know and understand the stages of clay

-I will understand, recognize the importance of the safety rules and cleaning in the ceramics room.

-I can identify, recognize and understand the use of various tools used on the pottery wheel.

-Be able to have written and verbal critiques about their own and others artwork.

-I can make a six in. cylinder on the wheel. My cylinder will have ¼ in. walls (consistent thickness), even lip and undercut foot.

-I can and will record how much my instructor helps me.

-I can identify and distinguish between the elements and principles of design.

  1. Matching Cups

Learning Targets: Matching Cups

-I can create 4 sketches of cup designs.

-I can identify, recognize and understand the use of various tools used on the pottery wheel and with hand building.

-I can make two matching cups with texture and or pattern. My cups will have ¼ walls, even lip and undercut foot.

-I can distinguish and identify the elements of design: shape, form, value, unity, color and line

-I can distinguish and identify the principles of design: contrast, proportion, texture, emphasis, pattern, movement and rhythm

-I will understand, recognize the importance of the safety rules in the ceramics room.

-Be able to have written and verbal critiques about their own and others artwork.

-I can and will record how much my instructor helps me.

  1. Bottleneck Form

Learning Targets: Bottleneck Form
-I can create 4 sketches of my bottleneck designs.

-I can make an eight inch bottleneck form with the pottery wheel or hand building.

-I can create a design a painted or carved texture on my bottleneck.

-I will understand, recognize the importance of the safety rules in the ceramics room.

-I can identify, recognize and understand the use of various tools used on the pottery wheel and with hand building.

-I understand how to use the extruder, slab roller, wheel and trimming techniques.

-I can distinguish and identify the elements of design: shape, form, value, unity, color and line

-I can distinguish and identify the principles of design: contrast, proportion, texture, emphasis, pattern, movement and rhythm

-Be able to have written and verbal critiques about their own and others artwork.

-I can and will record how much my instructor helps me.

  1. Ethnic Jar

Learning Targets: Ethnic Slab Pot

-I can make a slab pot with a lid.

-I can and will be able to analyze how visual artworks influenced and are influence by personal, social, cultural or historical contexts, including the contributions of Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities.

-I can research cultures and synthesize their design or patterns into my slab pot. I will understand, recognize the importance of the safety rules in the ceramics room.

-I understand how to use slab roller.

-I can distinguish and identify the elements of design: shape, form, value, unity, color and line

-I can distinguish and identify the principles of design: contrast, proportion, texture, emphasis, pattern, movement and rhythm

-Be able to have written and verbal critiques about their own and others artwork.

-I can and will record how much my instructor helps me.

Materials List

-A work shirt or apron
– Two rolls of paper towels
-Lotion – optional
-Two large plastic bags
-A bucket with a lid
-$15.00 or a check made out to St. Michael – Albertville Schools.

Classroom Guidelines/Expectations

Tardies – If a student is late to class, he/she will be given a tardy. If a student receives four tardies, he/she will receive an after school detention.

Absent – If you are absent from my class you will need to make up your cleaning points either during snap or in the Morning before school starts.

Clean Up –

-If you choose to horse around during clean up you will automatically lose your daily points.
-Wash and replace all equipment used this includes everything.
-DO NOT in any way shape or form handle or touch someone else pot either green, bisque, or glazed.
-Do not throw or remove any clay from the clay room. If you do, you will be out of class for three days with a possible failure of the assignment.
-Be responsible and helpful to others.

Appropriate dress is required at all times in the Ceramics room; you will be required to work no matter what you are dressed in. We will be working with wet clay, slip, and glazes. Students have the option of wearing work aprons but are not required to do so. It is advised that long sleeves are avoided in the Ceramics room. Guys: keep your pants pulled up, please. Girls: no spaghetti straps or low cut tops.

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