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  • Ceramics 9th Grade

    Course Syllabus


    Love to work with clay? In this class you will design a variety of fun projects using a multitude of clay techniques: pinch and coil building, slab construction, and a variety of glazing techniques. Basic clay concepts, terminology, history of clay, and ceramic design will be covered. This is a hand building class, however, students may get an initial experience on the pottery wheel as well. Successful completion of this class gives students a better understanding of the ceramic process and techniques, leading to a more advanced study of ceramics in future course work.


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      Introduction to Ceramics

      Welcome to Ceramics! To get the semester started, we will begin with basic building techniques, go over the tools and materials, the clay process and create small scale pieces to experience the process ourselves! 

           

      Formative Assessments:

      • Vocabulary
      • Mini Owl
      • Kathy Jeffers Worksheet
      • Pinch Pot Sketches

      Summative:

      Final Two Pinch Pots 

      Summative Criteria:

      • One pot must focus on applied art (function).
      • One must focus on fine art (beauty/sculpture).  
      • Include textures, designs, etc.  Be creative, original, and take your time.  Smooth all cracks and creases.


      Resources:

      Mini Owl Tutorial

      Pinch Pot Presentation

      Kathy Jeffers Article

      Kathy Jeffers Worksheet

      Ceramics Vocabulary



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        Story/Dream Tile


        In this lesson you will learn how to throw slabs, create foreground, middle ground, background, patterning, relief (subtractive + additive methods), and how to carve in the leather hard stage.



        Resources:

        Directions: 

        1. First, write down a story from your summer or in the last couple years (or a dream).
        2. Brainstorm objects you may need to look at in order to draw these tiles.
        3. Draw two thumbnail images (get checked off) and then you are allowed to go onto your final design
        4. In class I will demonstrate how to create a slab, punching holes through design to transfer image onto slab, and add a slab by slipping and scoring.
        5. I will also show you how to carve in the leather hard stage. A main goal is to have you add as much as you take away – TIP – no needle point carvings (unless texture) but carve away SHAPES or thick lines
        6. Using under glaze, we will be adding color to our tiles. It is optional and the clear glaze after the bisque firing is too.

        Criteria:
        - Include foreground, middle ground and background
        - Have large, medium and small shapes
        - Shapes overlap
        - Areas that are built up
        - Added objects that extend off the edge
        - Finish Techniques 
        - Craftsmanship

        Inquiry Questions
        ​Factual: 
        What are the elements and design principles used to organize and express ideas?
        Conceptual: How do artists care for and maintain materials, tools and equipment?
        Debatable: Does responsibility come with the freedom to create?


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          Maria Martinez/Pueblo Coil Vessels

                  


          Criteria:

          • Final coil pot must have some sort of curve to it and must match your paper drawing in both shape and design.
          • Your design can change as you move around, or it can repeat.  
          • Smooth the outside, and CARVE IN a design or theme (75% design, 25% can be smooth) that covers the entire pot on all sides and surfaces.
          • Designs need to be inspired by geometric patterns, angular shapes, floral, animal, bird patterns, mother earth designs, weather, etc.  They need to be well thought out!

          Resources:

          Maria Presentation

          Presentation

          Coil Rolling Formative

          Coil Vessel Examples

          Maria Martinez Article

          Maria Martinez Worksheet




          Inquiry Questions
          ​Factual: ·What is the definition of a functional piece?  What purposes have clay artworks served in different cultures?
          Conceptual: Why is the relationship between form and function important?
          Debatable: Is there a specific style of building that works best for each specific assignment? 

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            David Stabley Slab Building House

            The task is to create a unique whimsical house that tells a story or suggests a time or place.  

                    

            Resources:

            David Stabley Presentation

            House Examples

            Formative Box Design:

            • Attach and smooth together sides and bottom aligning everything.
            • 2 Sides: Attach multiple additive features taken directly from your house design.
            • 2 Sides:  Take away multiple subtractive features taken directly from your house design.  
            • All box walls need to be covered.  Use these as practices for adding and subtracting your final house design textures, elements, and themes.  

            Summative House Criteria:

            • Develop a unique/original shape
            • Have a theme/story/time or place to your house
            • Have large, medium, and small shapes
            • Additive features (areas that come off your house)
            • Subtractive features (areas that are carved out)
            • Various textures
            • 90% covered in textures, additive/subtractive features.
            Inquiry Questions
            ​Factual: 
            ·What is the definition of a functional piece?  What purposes have clay artworks served in different cultures?
            Conceptual: Why is the relationship between form and function important?
            Debatable: Is there a specific style of building that works best for each specific assignment? 

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              Sgraffito Bowl & Empty Bowls



              Formative Assessments: 

              Two empty bowls using slab building techniques

              One exploratory slab using sgraffito design

              Summative Assessment:

              Final Art Nouveau or Art Deco Inspired Sgraffito Bowl (Building technique is up to you!)


              Resources:

              Art Nouveau & Art Deco Presentation

              Art Nouveau vs. Art Deco Handout

              Empty Bowls Presentation

              More Assignment Information

              Inquiry Questions
              Factual: 
               How do artists determine what resources and criteria are needed to formulate artistic investigations?
              Conceptual:How does knowing the context, history, and tradition of art forms help us create works of art?
              How do artists and designers create works of art or design that effectively communicate?
              Debatable: Why do artists follow or break from established traditions?

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                Functional Set


                 

                Formative Assessments:
                • Process Journal Work
                • Theme Development
                Summative Assessment:
                Final Coaster Set

                Criteria:
                • Create four functional coasters using clay
                • Create a container to hold or store these coasters
                • The coasters and container must have some corresponding theme 
                • The process journal should have clear plans/sketches and demonstrate creative-thinking behaviors
                • Coasters must be clear glazed or low-fire glazed (have a glossy appearance) This will allow them to be functional.
                • Coasters may be no larger than 4"x4"

                Inquiry Questions
                Factual: 
                 How do artists determine what resources and criteria are needed to formulate artistic investigations?
                Conceptual:How does knowing the context, history, and tradition of art forms help us create works of art?
                How do artists and designers create works of art or design that effectively communicate?
                Debatable: Why do artists follow or break from established traditions?