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ARTS 2617

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Ceramic Design: Wheel
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course offers a solid foundation for "throwing" or forming clay on the potter's wheel. A variety of issues in ceramic design, history, decorative techniques, and expressive potential are explored.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Center clay on the potters' wheel
2. Pull up clay on the potters' wheel to form sides of a vessel
3. Manipulate clay into a variety of shapes on the potters wheel
4. Form and attach handles on ceramic vessels
5. Carve clay forms on the potters' wheel
6. Apply glaze to a pot and present it for firing
7. Identify a local gallery that features ceramic art
8. Discuss and write about contemporary ceramic art
9. Demonstrate through presentation of their sketchbook an awareness of the history of ceramic art
10. Pursue advanced study in wheel thrown ceramics.

General Education Outcomes
1. To introduce the student to the fundamental skills and philosophical thought involved with making pottery on the wheel.
2. To present basic information and a basic working knowledge of a variety of glazing techniques commonly used to finish wheel "thrown" (formed) wares.
3. To develop an awareness of and appreciation for ceramic artworks and forming processes, both contemporary and historical, from many world-wide cultural perspectives. The contemporary focus will be on wheel-thrown works made for both utilitarian and artistically expressive purposes.
4. To strengthen the students command of visual design composition in three dimensions.
5. To develop and foster clarity of communication, both verbal and written, and expose students to the benefits of inter-personal cooperation.
6. To instill and support a sense of personal self-discipline, and the value of perseverance.

Course Content
The development of skills in wheel-thrown pottery will include:
1. Coning and centering clay, developing a cylinder (drinking glasses),
2. Short and shallow forms (bowls and plates),
3. Tall forms (coffee mugs and pitchers),
4. Repetitive throwing from one large mass of clay (test cups),
5. "Choking in" clay on the wheel (small-necked bottles),
6. The technique of "pulling" handles for pottery forms,
7. Finishing or "trimming" wheel thrown pieces for a fine, detailed appearance.
8. The portfolio produced by the students will consist of functional wares. Personal expression in clay will be explored, with specific design objectives included in each assigned project.
9. A variety of methods of glazing pottery will be explored, including high temperature reduction, low temperature oxidation and at least one other, to be decided on by the individual instructor as s/he sees fit.
10. Excellence, that is, the student's determination to do their very best work, will be stressed. Visual stimuli (slides, films, examples of completed work, etc.) and technical demonstrations will be presented, both by the instructor and, when possible, by visiting artists.
11. The students will maintain a sketchbook, to contain drawings and designs as assigned by the instructor. In addition, the world-wide multi-cultural history and development of the field of ceramics will be explored through students' drawings from the historical section of the text and at least one other source.
12. Written work will also be assigned, such as gallery visit reports, and/or topical research.
13. Extensive discussions will occur during critiques of each assigned project, in a positive, supportive atmosphere.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Assessment will be determined by the quality and completion of all work assigned to the student. The ability to verbalize concepts will be assessed during critiques. Grades will be assessed by:
a. competence in technical skills and processes,
b. aesthetic value of the work produced,
c. participation and cooperation in class (critiques, group projects, individual responsibilities, and mandatory attendance)
d. completion of assigned work both in and out of class
Exact percentage values of each assignment will be determined by the individual instructor. The instructor will give to the class during the first week of the quarter written information as to the weight assigned to each assignment toward the final grade.


Staff, faculty, students and the Departmental Chair are encouraged to visit and view students' studio progress as it evolves. Furthermore, each spring, the entire art faculty will review select works submitted by students for inclusion in the annual Student Art Exhibition. An important part of this process is that all members of the art faculty (full- and part-time) see some work produced during this class on an annual basis and can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the work coming from this course.
A departmental file will be maintained containing syllabi from all instructors. The condition of the ceramics studio will reflect the development of responsible work habits maintained by both the faculty and students. Photographic documentation of student works will be kept for departmental reference.
Another method of assessment results from the large percentage of students who take further studies in ceramics. A student's knowledge and understanding of this material gained in this course may be clearly observed when s/he takes any further course in ceramics. As to the latter half of the general expected educational results, any progress made in this regard becomes readily apparent in other areas of study.
Every opportunity to display the work produced by the students will be made. The annual Student Art Exhibition presents an opportunity for exposure to the work being produced in this course both campus-wide and to the community at large. During this exhibit, and at any other time deemed necessary, the Departmental Chair will meet individually and as a group with all instructors who taught sections of this course during the year to review the results and consider modifications in the course content or needed improvements in the teaching of various components of the course. All such recommendations shall be documented and filed for future use in strengthening the course.
As another means of objective assessment, art students frequently use works done in this class as a part of their application material for four-year institutions. In some instances, works done in this class at Georgia Perimeter College are even included in the senior portfolio required for graduation from many four-year institutions.
The photographic documentation of student works produced in this class will be used as instructional support for future classes. They may also be used for general public relations and recruitment purposes to present the quality of instruction at Georgia Perimeter College.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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