Ceramics 1

Ceramics 1

This is a studio based course providing the beginning art student with an in depth study and experience in clay as a fine arts medium. The course includes basic drawing and layout skills as well as color theory and culturally and historically references the “ Northern California Ceramic Fine Art Movement” through connections with Robert Arneson, Peter Volkos and the U. C. Davis T.B.9 Alumni.  Local resources include Sierra College Ceramics Department, UC Davis Ceramics Department The John Natsoulas Gallery, the Penryn Workshop and local Auburn Art Gallerys.

Instruction moves with assigned projects and themes, each accompanied by a teacher demonstration as well as examples of both previous student work and contemporary artist work. Individual instruction, evaluation and critique will be given in the development of each students project. Ceramic forms will be a blend of traditional building techniques with contemporary fine arts flair. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the school Dungeon Gallery. Slides, portfolios, videos, local galleries and student written critiques will also be explored. At the conclusion of this course students will be inducted into the “ Kiln Man Lifers Club”, and receive their official Lifers Club t-shirt

Course Goals and Outcomes 

As a result of this course, students will -    
1.    Demonstrate basic skill building in ceramics fine art production, applying the fundamentals of the elements and principals of fine art and design.
2.    Experience not only art production, but also artistic philosophy, art criticism, and art history.
3.    Analyze and make critical assessments about art works.
4.    Respond appropriately to inquiries related to curriculum.
5.    Produce artwork that shows individual creativity and problem solving skills

Course Objectives 

1.    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and principals of good design applicable to ceramic art.
2.    Create original ceramic forms using basic building methods such as slab, coil, pinch, and mold.
3.    Demonstrate knowledge of surface treatment and decoration of ceramic art.
4.    Began to understand, cultural and ethnic significance of ceramics as a fine arts medium.
Observe general directions in contemporary ceramic design through in class slide shows, videos, web surfing, guest lectures and galley field trips

Textbook: Artforms, Duane and Sarah Preble Third Edition 1985 
Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc.

Grades are done by individual student and teacher conference, a project and studio management rubric which includes accomplished projects, attitude and attendance.

   As visual arts teachers in Placer High Schools fine arts department we provide our students with a strong foundation of studio skills in a variety of mediums and also allow them freedom to explore and grow with their individual styles.
   We agree with the National Arts Education Association assessment that strong arts programs are important in every school in order to:

1.     Provide aesthetic and creative experiences of breadth and depth for all students;
2.     Identify and develop the artistic talents possessed by the students;
3.     Enhance the students’ sense of personal worth and self-esteem;
4.     Provide an opportunity for success for students who routinely face disappointment and failure in school;
5.     Bring joy and beauty into the lives of students and teachers and thereby make the schools more enjoyable and stimulating places in which to learn.



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