Syllabus for Art 127 - Ceramics II
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The objective of this course is to broaden the knowledge,
skills and sensibilities in working with the ceramic medium. The
course will introduce the second semester student to the various
advanced techniques and concepts of using clay for creative
expression. The student is expected to further develop their
skills in various advanced forming methods. Increase their
sensitivity to the materials, to aesthetic design, and to
further develop individual and imaginative use of the materials.
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
Lectures, demonstrations, slides, critiques and individual
discussions will be the major forms of instruction. Thus,
participation is extremely important and will effect your grade.
You participate less when you are absent so make sure you attend
each class session and stay the entire period. Roll will be
taken at the beginning and end of each class. Instructor may
drop a student if they have more than three unexcused absences.
Academic integrity and honesty is demanded. Civility and mutual
respect of student to teachers and teachers to students is
required. Student conduct that infringes on academic integrity
or creates any hostile environment will be dealt with in
accordance to standard college policies and procedures.
BEYOND CLASS TIME
The student is expected to spend at least six hours a week
working on their ceramics out side of regularly scheduled class
time. Do not attempt to work during another class time without
obtaining the instructors permission. Lab Hours to be
determined. Raku Firing 9-4 Mon. -Thurs. only. All gas kilns
must be turned off by 5pm
Completed number of projects which will be evaluated and
graded A,B,C,D,F (See project sheet for specifics)
Notebook including drawings of pieces and coloring methods.
3-accepted 1 full page Gallery reports. Typed double spaced.
(See Gallery Report Form)
15 Glazed Test Tiles. (See glaze problem in handout)
Adequate participation in class (See attendance policy)
SPECIFIC CLASS REQUIREMENTS and %'s FOR
10 thrown or bowls, 8" min.
Two Teapots-1 Handbuilt, 1 Thrown or
Handbuilt, 8" min.
Shrine or Alter 15" min.
17.5% Time, Action Mold piece, 5 castings
3 Gallery reports, or minus 10% for each one which
is not completed
15 Test tiles
90% and above A, 80% and above B, 70% and above C, 60% and above
Less than minimum clay works-see above
Missing or incomplete Gallery Reports, for each gallery
report missing or incomplete [10% is deducted from final %)
Excessive non-attendance, tardys, leaving early-will vary
Development of ideas,
Technical mastery of material or skills
Concepts (your ideas and their relationship to the problem
as well as ceramics aesthetics
All finished projects are due at final critique You must complete
all projects, gallery reports and test tiles to receive an A but
this completion does not guarantee you and A
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
COMPLETION OF WORK
Critique: A project competition due date will be announced in
advance, Work will be presented at that time for either
individual critique of group critique. Late work will not be
accepted for full credit.
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 absence's. Automatic drop can occur
after three absences.
Four tardies will be considered excessive and 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 the instructor.
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,
Please talk to instructor if you see and potential safety
hazards. 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.
No Radios, walkmans, beepers, or cell phones can be turned on
in class room
CHEATING IN ANY FORM
The ceramics department feels very strongly that cheating in
any form is unacceptable. Consequence include an F on the
project up to a recommendation to the dean for expulsion from
RECOMMENDED READING AND VIEWING:
(available in Library)
Various Ceramic Videos
work clothes and towel
Shoes required, rubber soles, Tennis shoes suggested
Tie for long hair
Notebook and pen or pencil 81/2 x 11
Container with lid
Plastic bucket- 1 gallon available in Bookstore
Ceramic Kit which is available in Bookstore
Plastic for covering work. soft and clear is best
Lock for exterior lockers, interior and exterior locker
spaces will be assigned
ALL STUDENTS must have or purchase a respirator before
entering the glaze room. NO EXCEPTIONS May be obtained at bookstore
approx. $23, "Harbor Freight" $20.00, 1196 E. MAIN, EL CAJON
441-3771, "Parsons Welding Supply" $30.1192 Pioneer Way El Cajon
442-6605 Must have Hepa or and P100 filters
STUDENT CONDUCT Basic courtesy, respect to one another,
and common sense serve as a guideline to studio conduct.
FOR ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY; please see your
instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.
PROJECTS OR PROBLEMS
10 bowls either thrown or handbuilt that are at least 8"
wide or tall. The bowls can be utilitarian or sculptural . They
could have a narrative or be about pure form and balance.
Suggest you make more than 10 for unknown disasters. 17.5%
Two Teapots, 1 Handbuilt, 1 thrown or handbuilt; Make two
teapots with the body no less than 8" in one direction. If you
choose to make a thrown teapot throw the body, spout and lid,
the handle can be hand built in any manner. When making the hand
built teapot use any hand building method you choose. Pinch,
Coil, Soft Slab, Stiff Slab or Carved. Work at making these
pieces, interesting, unique and well crafted. Sketch some ideas
first. We are looking for quality here so spend some time on
Shrine or Alter; 15" min. Make a shrine or alter about
something, someone, some place, or some idea. It could be
motivated by a political persuasion, an issue, a dream, a
memory, an ordeal, anything. You just need to make this read as
a shrine. The piece could hang on the wall, sit on the table, it
could be the table with objects, hang from the ceiling, attach
to the ceiling, or sit on the floor with a decent and
interesting presentation. It could be abstract or realistic.
Time Action Mold Piece; Make a two piece mold of a non Art
object and cast or press it five separate times. Assemble and
manipulate the five pieces to communicate a character of motion,
action or passage of time. The final piece should be displayed
on a pedestal, the wall, or hanging from the ceiling. Just
placed on the table is not acceptable. Think of an interesting
3 Gallery reports; See gallery report form
15 Glaze Tiles; See glaze report hand out.