ART 151 - Ceramics I

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the complexities of working with clay. Students will be introduced to the pottery wheel and will explore the wheel as a tool to make functional and sculptural objects. This class will also explore a variety of hand-building techniques as well as various firing processes. Group 2 course.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the ceramic process from start to finish.
  • Apply the principles and elements of design to their ceramic artwork.
  • Apply ceramic design techniques and strategies in project construction.
  • Demonstrate how to create complex artwork by combining basic molds and simple shapes.
  • Synthesize design elements and principles to create innovative, original artwork.
  • Assimilate skill sets to create 3-dimensional clay objects; both functional and nonfunctional.
  • Increase their understanding of the ceramic process by comparing and contrasting other artwork to their own.
Human Dimension:
  • Critique ceramic projects with peers and others.
  • Use the content in this course to inform and help others and themselves.
  • Articulate ideas and resolve issues in their artwork through self-reflection and feedback from others.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Recognize the unique qualities their hand-building methods create in one of a kind designs.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Blend mastery of hand-building methods with their own imagination to develop unique art objects.