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ARTS 2618

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Special Topics/Ceramic Design   
Prerequisite(s)   ARTS 2615 or ARTS 2617, with a    
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course offers an exploration of clay beyond what is learned in beginning classes thus promoting further knowledge of ceramic design, firing and glazing.
Expected Educational Results   
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
  1. Throw or hand build forms with lids
  2. Make pieces which involve more complex parts. (Tea pots, Casseroles)
  3. Learn what is required to run a pottery studio successfully.
  4. Learn to mix glaze.
  5. Assist with loading of a kiln.
  6. Participate in a beginning class for one session to interact with beginning students.
General Education Outcomes   
  1. To present knowledge of intermediate wheel/hand building techniques
  2. To introduce the student to glaze formulas and to show the student how to mix a glaze.
  3. To introduce the student to the techniques of loading and firing a ceramic kiln.
  4. To develop communication and interaction between intermediate students and beginning students.
  5. To strengthen the students’ skills and command of design composition in clay.
Course Content   
  1. Creating more complex forms through the exploration of shaping and expanding on techniques in beginning classes
  2. Specific forms will be required while allowing the student personal expression.
  3. Carving and decoration of pottery will be explored.
  4. The students will be required to keep a sketchbook of notes, drawings, terms and formulas as well as information on loading kilns and firing techniques.
  5. A gallery visit will be required. The students will write a paper on this visit and critique the pottery.
  6. All work will be discussed in full by means of critique and the student work will be shown to beginning students as possibilities of what might be achieved at the intermediate level.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Assessment will be determined by the timely completion of works, quality of the works, and the student’s ability to verbalize concepts. Grades will be assessed by:
  1. Competence in technical skills and processes
  2. Aesthetic value of the work produced
  3. Participation and cooperation in class critiques and projects Individual responsibilities and mandatory attendance are important to assessment.
  4. Completion of assigned work both in and out of class

Exact percentage values of each assignment will be determined by the individual instructor. The students will be given this information the first week of class.

Staff, faculty, student and the departmental chair are encouraged to visit and view the students’ studio progress as it evolves. Furthermore, each spring, the entire art faculty will review select works submitted by the students for inclusion in the annual Student Art Exhibition. An important part of this process is that all the members of the art faculty (full- and part-time) see some work produced during this class and 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 both faculty and students. Photographic documentation of students work will be kept for departmental reference.

Another method of assessment results from the large percentage of students who pursue further studies in ceramics. A student’s preparation in Ceramics Design may be clearly observed when she/he takes any further courses 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 community at large. During this exhibit exhibit, and at any other time deemed necessary, the considered modifications in the course content or needed improvements in the teaching of various components or the course. All such recommendations shall be documented and filed for further use in strengthening the course.

As another means of objective assessment, art students frequently use works done in this class as part of their application material for four year institutions. In some instances, works done in this class at Georgia Perimeter College are included in the senior portfolio required for graduation from many four-year institutions.

The photographic documentation of student works 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: Sep. 23, 2011
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