Ceramics II

Syllabus


Class Objectives                                                                                                                                                         

Ceramics II is the art of creating functional and nonfunctional objects from clay.  This class is an advanced level of the art of ceramics.  By the end of this term students should have met the following objectives/Learning Targets:

  1. Know and understand 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. Know and understanding of the tools necessary to manipulate clay.
  5. Use the Elements and Principles of Design effectively in clay.
  6. Know vocabulary of ceramic terms.
  7. Be able to have written and verbal critiques about their own and others artwork.
  8. Create a personal voice in clay.

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 research. You will be asked at various times to reference your research.

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 II.  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 participate in verbal and written critiques.

Class Projects                                                                                                                                                 

  1. Continuous Curve Bowl

Learning Targets: Continuous Curve Bowl

–          I can make a bowl with a smooth, continuous curve.

–          I can trim a foot on a bowl.

–          I know how to use the Elements and Principles of Design effectively in clay.

–          Be able to have written and verbal critiques about artwork.

–          I know how to respect the art room and its materials.

  1. 6 Contrasting Cups

Learning Targets: 6 Contrasting Cups

–          I can create different (contrasting) forms using clay.

–          I can create meaning through functional ceramics.

–          I know how to alter forms using my hands or ceramics tools.

–          I know how to use the Elements and Principles of Design effectively in clay.

–          Be able to have written and verbal critiques about artwork.

–          I know how to respect the art room and its materials

  1. Bottleneck Vase

Learning Targets: Bottleneck Vase

–          I know how to create a pot that is part of a series.

–          I can use multiple pieces to create complex forms.

–          I can create a dynamic form (visual movement).

–          I know how to use the Elements and Principles of Design effectively in clay.

–          Be able to have written and verbal critiques about artwork.

–          I know how to respect the art room and its materials

  1. Lidded Jars

Learning Targets: Lidded Jars

–          I can create a lidded form.

–          I can create visual unity between multiple pieces.

–          I know how to create a pot with a personal voice.

–          I know how to use the Elements and Principles of Design effectively in clay.

–          Be able to have written and verbal critiques about artwork.

–          I know how to respect the art room and its materials

  1. Pouring Forms and Set

Learning Targets: Pouring Forms

–          I can create a functional pouring form (teapot, pitcher or ewer).

–          I can create a functional spout.

–          I know how to use the Elements and Principles of Design effectively in clay.

–          Be able to have written and verbal critiques about artwork.

–          I know how to respect the art room and its materials

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