ARTS 2346
Ceramics

Western Texas College

Course Description: This course is an introduction to clay as a material for making art. We will explore the techniques for both hand-building with clay and throwing on the wheel. We will look at ceramics historically and contemporarily as a medium for exploring three  - dimensional form. 

Any required prerequisites:  no

  1. Student Learning Outcomes.  Upon successful completion of this course students will:
    1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in creating with ceramics.
    2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the design principles and elements in critiques of projects and in the aesthetic of their work.
    3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the vernacular specific to ceramics through participation in discussion, research and critiques.
  2. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement 1: Satisfactorily complete all assigned preparatory work, research, and quizzes (20% of grade)
    2. Major Requirement 2: Complete all assignments staying within specific parameters and submit within the deadlines (60% of grade)
    3. Major Requirement 3: Participate in class discussions and critiques (20% of final grade)
  3. Books and Materials
    1. Required Books:  No Textbook is required for this course.
    2. Required Materials: Required Materials are listed in the first day hand out.
  4. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/ Academic Integrity
    6. Student with disabilities
  5. Weekly Calendar

WEEK 1

Introductions, syllabus, buy supplies, Facility tour, safety.
Making Clay

WEEK 2

Making Clay- animal sculptures
Slab, coil & decorative techniques/ begin Tile Design sketches.

WEEK 3

Tile design project- Finish
Kiln loading demonstration
Geometric Sculpture- sketches

WEEK 4

Begin Geometric Sculpture project
Research Assignment #1- Artist Discovery HB

WEEK 5

Continue Geometric Sculpture- Hollowing forms- connection

WEEK 6

Continue Geometric Sculpture/ Fire Decorative slab structure

WEEK 7

Finish Geometric Sculpture/ fire & glaze Tile Design Project

WEEK 8

Begin Wheel/ Research Assignment #2- Artist Discovery pottery
30# Ceramic variation sketch assignment

WEEK 9

Bowls #5
Lab –Glaze experimentation

WEEK 10

Continue Bowls #5
Trimming
Lab- Glaze experimentation

WEEK 11

Cups/Vases #5

WEEK 12

Continue Cups/Vases #5
Handle
Ceramic Artist- Research Project

WEEK 13

Continue Cups/Vases #5
Post wheel alteration

WEEK 14

Finish Trimming/Alteration- NO THROWING THIS WEEK
Research Project – Presentation/discussion
Glaze – fired works

WEEK 15

Glaze fired works- All works must be finished and glazed by THURSDAY, April 28
Begin individual critiques/ clean up workspace

WEEK 16

Final: Continue Critiques
All work must be cleared out of the room. *Bring cardboard box/ shoebox & newspaper.

Disclaimer:  Schedule is subject to change.

 

Last Modified: October 3, 2017