Ceramics III

Class Objectives

Ceramics III 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 III. 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. Three related pieces

Learning Targets: Three Related Pieces

-I can make three related pieces of ceramic that may be made on the wheel, slab, coil or a combination of the three.

-I know the difference between functional and nonfunctional ceramics.

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

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

-I know how to respect the art room and it’s materials

  1. A piece that has movement

Learning Targets: Movement

-I know how to create movement in a piece of ceramics.

-I know the difference between functional and nonfunctional ceramics.

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

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

-I know how to respect the art room and it’s materials

  1. A piece that is organic

Learning Targets: Organic

-I know how to create a pot that has organic principles.

-I know the difference between functional and nonfunctional ceramics.

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

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

– I know how to respect the art room and it’s materials

  1. Personal Voice.

Learning Targets: Personal Voice

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

-I know the difference between functional and nonfunctional ceramics.

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

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

-I know how to respect the art room and it’s materials

  1. Futurist Artifact

Learning Targets: Futurist Artifact

-I know how to create a futurist artifact.

-I know the difference between functional and nonfunctional ceramics.

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

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

-I know how to respect the art room and it’s materials

  1. Five piece that have a common relation. (Shape and form)

Learning Targets: Futurist Artifact

-I know how to create a series of pots that are related.

-I know the difference between functional and nonfunctional ceramics.

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

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

-I know how to respect the art room and it’s materials

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 –

-Please use a wet paper towel followed by a dry paper towel.
-Only use a sponge for the initial cleaning of your wheel, then follow with a towel.
-If you choose to horse around during clean up you will automatically lose your daily points.
-Unloading and Loading bisque and glaze kilns.
-Keep the kiln room organized and clean.
-Pug clay as needed
-After wedge your clay clean the wedging table with the scraper and wipe the cutting wire with a damp sponge.
-When you are finished throwing -Take a tool check, clean the wheel head, and any area round the wheel.
-Wash and replace all equipment used this includes everything.
-Clean all bats after use
-Pug all used clay – unless to runny please place in the slurry bucket.
-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 Ceramics III; 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 shirts.

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