Ceramics Syllabus



Essential Questions
(that we have to ask ourselves again and again and again):

Why are ceramic objects art?
Are all ceramic objects art?
What choices can I make to express myself with the ceramic object?
Technically, how do I create a ceramic object?

Content (what are we going to learn?)

  • About types of clay and ceramic objects
  • How to form and manipulate clay through handbuilding
  • How to form and manipulate clay on the wheel
  • Firing steps and process
  • Surface decoration steps and process
  • History of ceramics
  • Composition two and three dimensional
  • Architectural forms
  • Function and design
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Ceramic sculpture
  • Ceramics and personal expression
  • A step further installations and other art forms
  • How to participate in a critique

Outcomes (what will we be able to do?)

  • Consciously make choices that communicate ideas in our ceramic objects
  • Demonstrate proficiency in working with clay and surface decoration
  • Use and maintain ceramic equipment
  • Solve visual problems creatively
  • Reflect on artwork of one's own and of others
  • Participate constructively in critiques

Assessments (what things will be graded?)

  • Ceramic objects
  • Written Assignments
  • Art History Project
  • Final Project
  • In-class projects
  • Critiques
  • Participation


Grading Criteria (what is our grade based on?)

  • Level of Self-Challenge
  • Content and communication of work
  • Rubric of each assignment
  • Effort and Attitude




































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