Syllabus for Art 126
- Ceramics I
1. Catalog Description
Art 126 – Ceramics (2) 6 hours class time per week
The principles of ceramic materials and ceramic design with
emphasis on aesthetic and skill development.
2. Course Objectives
Art 126 is a beginning course in ceramics. The student is
expected to develop skills in various forming methods.
Sensitivity to the materials, to aesthetic design, and to
individual and imaginative use of the materials is expected.
3. Course Content
Each student is expected to develop skills in the following
specific areas and is responsible for a given minimum number of
Specific Class Requirements
Class number and last name on the bottom of each pot.
Notebook including a drawing of each pot and how it is
glazed and records of your glaze test tiles and how each is
1 Vocabulary test = 10% of grade.
3 Gallery reports on approved galleries each report one
typed page, double spaced, = 10% of grade.
Clay work projects (problems), 80% approximately.
Clay work projects (problems)
1 pinch pot (suggest you make 3)
1 soft slab pot (suggest you make 2)
1 stiff slab pot (suggest you make 2)
1 24 test tiles (count as one project) (suggest you make 28)
3 thrown cups w/handles (suggest you make 6)
1 pitchers (suggest you make 2)
2 goblets (suggest you make 4)
2 bowls (suggest you make 4)
Total 12 = C for Minimum Clay Requirements
To receive a final grade of:
C Minimum Clay Requirements + additional work to total
12-22 Non Clay Requirements
B Minimum Clay Requirements + additional work to total
23-32 Non Clay Requirements
A* Minimum Clay Requirements + additional work to total33+
Non Clay Requirements
*To achieve an A grade, you must complete successfully all
D Minimum Clay Requirements + additional work to total
7-11 Non Clay Requirements
F Less Than D Requirements
Less than minimum clay works—see above
Failing vocabulary test—10%
Missing or incomplete Gallery Reports—10% each
Attendance, tardy, leaving class early—varies
4. Method of Instruction
Instruction is by lecture, critiques, demonstrations of all
procedures and skills, student observation of instructor,
individual help in perfecting skills of each student.
5. Extra Work Time
Beyond the class time it is expected that additional time
will be spent by each student (at least two hours per week) in
the studio. The studio and its facilities are kept open and
available for this purpose. Check posted schedule for times.
Please observe posted extra work time schedule. Do not attempt
to work during another class time without obtaining the
instructor's permission. Basic courtesy and common sense will
serve as a guideline to working during other classes.
6. Method of Evaluation
Skills: (throwing or other construction tech.: use of
tools, attachment, etc.)
Concepts: (your ideas and their relationship to the
problem as well as ceramics aesthetics)
Design: (relationship of foot to rim to body)
Proportion of form, glaze selection, etc.
Craftsmanship: Finishing of clay surfaces
7. Recommended Reading and Viewing: Available in the LRC
8. Policies, Procedures, and Other Information
A project completion due date will be announced in advance. Work
will be presented at that time for either individual critique or
group critique. Late work will not be accepted for full credit.
9. Purpose of Grading
Grading is done for the purpose of pointing out strength as
well as weakness so that the student can positively benefit from
10. Attendance Policy
You are required to attend all class meetings and remain in
class the full class meeting time.
Over three unexcused absences is considered excessive and
the instructor has the prerogative of dropping the student from
the class for excessive absences. Automatic drop can occur after
Four tardies will be considered excessive, can result in
A complete attendance record is kept by the instructor and
roll call will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting
and at the end of class at the discretion of the instructor.
11. Maintenance Procedure
Clean-up of the area is absolutely essential. Please allow
sufficient time (but not excessive) at the end of the class
meeting to clean up your area (wheels, floor, tables, sinks,
etc.) 15 minutes should be sufficient.
Please talk to instructor if you see any potential safety
12. Safety Rules
See enclosed "Safety Rules Ceramics" sheet. These rules are
to be followed exactly.
No visitors allowed during class time. The scheduled class
time belongs to the enrolled student only. Visitors cut into
this work time.
14. Radios--NONE please! Turn off all cell phones and
pagers. (No Walkmans.)
15. Student Materials
Work clothes and towel.
Shoes--(required), rubber soles. Tennis shoes suggested.
Tie for long hair.
Notebook and pen or pencil (82" x 11").
Board 12" x 12" x 2" thick (approx.)
Rolling pin (optional)
Container with lid
Plastic bucket--1 gallon (available in Bookstore)
Ceramic Kit 126 from Bookstore or the following tools.
Elephant ear sponge.
Kitchen paring knife.
Toggle cutting wire or a small roll of fine wire.
Large bamboo brush.
Half moon shape spring steel flexible scraper or wooden
Box wood modeling tool.
Ribbon trimming or modeling tool.
Plastic bags (a good supply) Garbage bags or dry cleaning
bags are best.
Combination lock:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . *Only one
needed per locker.
16. Lockers are located outside on the patio, and are of
sufficient size to accommodate two (2) students. All student-owned
materials should be stored in the lockers. Lockers are assigned.
Instructions will be given.
17. For accommodations due to a disability, please see
your instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.
18. To leave a voice mail message for your instructor:
Jeff Irwin: Office 202C; 644-7252 e-mail
Les Lawrence: Office 202B; 644-7250 e-mail
Calls cannot always be returned so messages of information