• Course Title: Ceramics

    Course Description: Ceramics is a studio, project-oriented art class. The majority of class time is directed towards completing hands-on project constructions in clay. The emphasis for beginning students is to learn process; hand building with slab, coil construction and glazing. No prerequisite is required for Ceramics I. Those continuing in Ceramics II, III and IV will create more conceptually oriented assignments at an advanced ability level. Advanced students learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and the unusual firing technique of Raku. Evaluation is based on effort and progress.
    Enduring Understandings:
    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      Assessment Prompt: Support with evidence how form, content and context express and influence meaning.

    • How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the use of elements and principles in facilitating the creative process.

    • How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative process.

    • How do we use critique to inform our art?
      Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.

    Course Units/Topics of Study: 

    • Coiling
    • Decals
    • Decoration
    • Glazing
    • Molds
    • Lids, Handles
    • Lusters
    • Musical Instruments
    • Pinching
    • Resist Techniques
    • Sculpture
    • Slab Technique
    • Slump Molds
    • Sprigs
    • Stain
    • Trimming
    • Underglaze
    • Wedging
    • Wheel Throwing

    Student should also be familiar with the following:

    • Ceramic Hazards and The Ten Golden Rules of Ceramics (handouts)
    • Six different (responsible for listing five) construction methods -coil, slab, pinch, slump casting, slip casting and wheel throwing.
    • Tool identification -fettling knife, rib (metal and wood), large and small ribbon, needle, wire, wooden knife.
    • List the fundamental stages of proper preparation and use of the potters wheel. Be sure to include - wedging clay, using a bat, obtaining the proper tools, getting water, attaching the clay to the wheel-head, achieving a workable speed, body posture, hand position and technique, centering, using the proper amount of water, creating a pressure point and moving it up the side of the piece slowly, shaping, refining, removing the water from inside the piece, using a wooden knife at the base, using a wire tool to free the piece from the bat, labeling the piece properly, clean up.

    Course Academic Vocabulary:

  • BAT






  • CLAY



  • FIRE

  • FORM