Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 253C
Course Title:
Ceramics I
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Course Description

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. Prerequisites: 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 ceramicprocess problems using a variety of strategies for making ceramics.? Create personal ceramic artwork, which demonstrates an intermediate levelof ideas, processes, materials, and techniques associated with handbuilding and wheel throwing processes.? Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and be able to activelyparticipate in a critical dialogue about ceramics with others usingintermediate level vocabulary.? Understand, interpret, and appreciate ceramics of the past and the presentfrom different cultures to initiate a lifelong process of expanding knowledgeon the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.? Develop, through the experience of making and studying ceramics, anawareness of the relationship of human beings to the physical world, andour positive and negative impact.? Employ self-critiquing skills to demonstrate autonomous expression inceramics, while recognizing the standards and definitions alreadyestablished by both contemporary and historical works of art from differentcultures.

Course Activities and Design

1) Create ceramic works that demonstrate the experienced of a variety oftechnical skills, coupled with an awareness of the inherent characteristics ofdifferent ceramic processes.2) Build upon current skill sets with the intent of working towards technicalproficiency.3) Practice safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicalsand machinery within a communal studio space.4) Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to ceramics when participating inclass critiques and discussions.5) Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.6) Develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporaryartists 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 studioenvironment.Demonstrate appropriate techniques in intermediate ceramics and studio habitsbeyond the classroom studio.Demonstrate ability to meet deadlines with proper time management andcraftsmanship.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Visual awareness and ability to see.2. Methodologies for designing and creating a ceramic work, which mayinclude hand building and wheel throwing techniques, and the use ofplaster molds.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.8. Safety.9. Environmental concerns related to proper recycling or disposal ofwaste.10. Non-traditional media and combined techniques (e.g., paint, metal,wood, glass).SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES1. Pinch Pot: effectively create works using the pinch method. Addressissues concerning dexterity and moisture control.2. Coiling: effectively create works using the coiling method. Addressissues concerning gravity in relation to moist clay.3. Wet Slab Construction: demonstrate various techniques for makingmoist clay slabs; become familiar with the different qualities of surfaces(rough, smooth, stamped, impressed, inclusions); exercise safe andeffective use of tools (knives, pin tools, slab roller, etc.) and maintaintools; successfully demonstrate various wet slab techniques such asslump and hump molds, etc.4. Stiff Slab Construction: demonstrate sound techniques for stiff slabconstruction; properly prepare the clay (wedging); demonstrate soundprocedures for rolling out slabs; demonstrate knowledge of the stages ofclay by knowing when to cut and connect.5. Demonstrate ability to successfully create a variety of thrown forms onthe potter's wheel.6. Investigate process and alternative solutions for creating complexforms.7. Demonstrate sound glazing techniques such as dip, dunk, pouring,sponging, brushing and spraying.8. Demonstrate familiarity with historical styles by comparing ceramicworks to those of other periods.