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- ART 253C
- Course Title:
- Ceramics I
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Introduces intermediate level ceramic processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develop an intermediate level of creative problem solving and kinetic skills with clay forming and finishing techniques, including hand building, wheel throwing, use of plaster molds, and surface treatments. Includes critiques, discussions, and presentations to exercise critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramic works, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. Employs creative problem solving through implementing a variety of strategies. This is the third course of a three-course sequence for first year ceramics. Prerequisite: Two terms of ART 253 or ART 253B or instructor permission. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Students will be able to:
? Research and develop intermediate level creative ways to solve ceramic
process problems using a variety of strategies for making ceramics.
? Create personal ceramic artwork, which demonstrates an intermediate level
of ideas, processes, materials, and techniques associated with hand
building and wheel throwing processes.
? Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and be able to actively
participate in a critical dialogue about ceramics with others using
intermediate level vocabulary.
? Understand, interpret, and appreciate ceramics of the past and the present
from different cultures to initiate a lifelong process of expanding knowledge
on the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.
? Develop, through the experience of making and studying ceramics, an
awareness of the relationship of human beings to the physical world, and
our positive and negative impact.
? Employ self-critiquing skills to demonstrate autonomous expression in
ceramics, while recognizing the standards and definitions already
established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different
Course Activities and Design
1) Create ceramic works that demonstrate the experienced of a variety of
technical skills, coupled with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of
different ceramic processes.
2) Build upon current skill sets with the intent of working towards technical
3) Practice safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals
and machinery within a communal studio space.
4) Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to ceramics when participating in
class critiques and discussions.
5) Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
6) Develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary
artists working in ceramics.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Complete and present individual work within a professional studio critique.
Understand the vocabulary and concepts necessary to engage within a studio
Demonstrate appropriate techniques in intermediate ceramics and studio habits
beyond the classroom studio.
Demonstrate ability to meet deadlines with proper time management and
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
1. Visual awareness and ability to see.
2. Methodologies for designing and creating a ceramic work, which may
include hand building and wheel throwing techniques, and the use of
3. Challenges of translating vision to form specific to ceramics.
4. Language of ceramics and the qualities that distinguish it from other three-dimensional media.
5. Ceramics in history.
6. Options and possibilities for original work.
7. Evaluating ceramics.
9. Environmental concerns related to proper recycling or disposal of
10. Non-traditional media and combined techniques (e.g., paint, metal,
SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES
1. Pinch Pot: effectively create works using the pinch method. Address
issues concerning dexterity and moisture control.
2. Coiling: effectively create works using the coiling method. Address
issues concerning gravity in relation to moist clay.
3. Wet Slab Construction: demonstrate various techniques for making
moist clay slabs; become familiar with the different qualities of surfaces
(rough, smooth, stamped, impressed, inclusions); exercise safe and
effective use of tools (knives, pin tools, slab roller, etc.) and maintain
tools; successfully demonstrate various wet slab techniques such as
slump and hump molds, etc.
4. Stiff Slab Construction: demonstrate sound techniques for stiff slab
construction; properly prepare the clay (wedging); demonstrate sound
procedures for rolling out slabs; demonstrate knowledge of the stages of
clay by knowing when to cut and connect.
5. Demonstrate ability to successfully create a variety of thrown forms on
the potter's wheel.
6. Investigate process and alternative solutions for creating complex
7. Demonstrate sound glazing techniques such as dip, dunk, pouring,
sponging, brushing and spraying.
8. Demonstrate familiarity with historical styles by comparing ceramic
works to those of other periods.