Approved by Faculty Senate

University Studies Proposal: Arts and Sciences Core

FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS: ART 120 Introduction to Ceramics

The course develops students’ perceptual, creative, technical, and problem-solving skills in a ceramic arts context. Elements and principles of design are identified and employed. Aesthetic judgment and good studio practice are cultivated.

Students will:

  1. Explore the language, skills and materials of visual art

A series of projects are assigned which are completed during class and outside of class. Class critiques of finished work are an integral part of each project. Students are introduced to ceramic materials and techniques (selected from handbuilding, wheelthrowing, modeling, mold-making, casting, glazing, firing). Projects address the elements and principles of ceramic art as outlined below. Consideration is also given to concept, craftsmanship, originality, and expression. This is essentially a problem-solving class — there are many possible solutions to any given problem. A major objective of the class is that the participants learn the vocabulary of the ceramic arts and employ that vocabulary during class critiques.

  1. use art studio methods to actively engage in the creative process

Students:

  1. Learn selected basic world histories of ceramics and become aware of some contemporary ceramic arts ideas.
  2. Learn basic concepts of the ceramic arts.

3. Explore a range of basic studio processes.

4. Learn the technical application of a variety of tools and materials.

5. Develop perceptual skills through analyzing and identifying visual components.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of and skills with visual elements and principles through projects and oral and written communication.

7. Develop understanding of the relationships between form, content, and function in the ceramic arts

  1. understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression

Instruction in Ceramics is based on the contemporary Western approach to studio practice and artistic expression. However, students are introduced ceramics of the past and of other cultures, including examples by women ceramists and potters, past and present, of the West and elsewhere. Students learn from slide images, textbook reproductions and readings, and through their oral reports. They respond to cultural and gender questions in their journals and through subsequent class discussion.

 

d. engage in reflective analysis of their own work and respond to the work of others

Students analyze their own work and the work of other students through critiques written in journals and subsequent classroom critique discussion. Students analyze the work of professional artists through class discussion and the writing of a paper critiquing a current exhibition or performance.

 

 

 

 

Intro to Ceramics (Art 120)

Prof. Anne S. Plummer

CREDITS: 3 PREREQUISITES: None FREQUENCY OF OFFERING: Every spring GRADING TYPE: P/NC Option non-majors APPLICATION: A course designed for non-art majors introducing students to some of the basic techniques in ceramics and application of elements and principles of design. This course fulfills 3 credits of the Arts and Sciences Core Requirements in the Fine and Performing Arts area of the University Studies Program

COURSE SYLLABUS

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to basic ceramic techniques. No prerequisite. P/NC Option non-majors.

MAJOR FOCUS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

This course develops students' perceptual, creative, technical, and problem-solving skills in the context of working with the ceramic media. Elements and principles of design are identified and employed. Aesthetic judgment and good studio practice are also cultivated.

The following objectives address the learning outcomes for Fine and Performing Arts courses in the University Studies program:

Students will:

  1. Explore the language, skills and materials of visual art
  2. A series of projects are assigned which are completed during class and outside of class. Class critiques of finished work are an integral part of each project. Students are introduced to ceramic materials and techniques (selected from handbuilding, wheelthrowing, modeling, mold-making, casting, glazing, firing). Projects address the elements and principles of ceramic art as outlined below. Consideration is also given to concept, craftsmanship, originality, and expression. This is essentially a problem-solving class — there are many possible solutions to any given problem. A major objective of the class is that the participants learn the vocabulary of the ceramic arts and employ that vocabulary during class critiques.

  3. use art studio methods to actively engage in the creative process

Students:

  1. Learn selected basic world histories of ceramics and become aware of some contemporary ceramic arts ideas.
  2. Learn basic concepts of the ceramic arts.

3. Explore a range of basic studio processes.

4. Learn the technical application of a variety of tools and materials.

5. Develop perceptual skills through analyzing and identifying visual components.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of and skills with visual elements and principles through projects and oral and written communication.

7. Develop understanding of the relationships between form, content, and function in the ceramic arts

  1. understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression

Instruction in Ceramics is based on the contemporary Western approach to studio practice and artistic expression. However, students are introduced ceramics of the past and of other cultures, including examples by women ceramists and potters, past and present, of the West and elsewhere. Students learn from slide images, textbook reproductions and readings, and through their oral reports. They respond to cultural and gender questions in their journals and through subsequent class discussion.

 

d. .engage in reflective analysis of their own work and respond to the work of others

Students analyze their own work and the work of other students through critiques written in journals and subsequent classroom critique discussion. Students analyze the work of professional artists through class discussion and the writing of a paper critiquing a current exhibition or performance.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

A. Introduction and Course Overview

1. Purpose, scope and sequence, competencies and expectancies

2. Discussion of perception and observation

3. Historical and contemporary materials, techniques, styles, functions

4. Examples and illustrations (artwork)

B. Material, Tools, and Equipment

1. Clay bodies (clay mixer and pugmill)

2. Handbuilding methods (including slab roller)

3. Casting techniques

4. Glazing techniques

5. Kiln firing; loading and unloading electric and gas kilns

C. Creative Processes

1. Nature and abstraction

2. Imitation and expression

3. Function: the vessel form

4. Problem solving

5. Pre-conceived outcomes

6. Influence of process and material

7. Artist and craftsman and artisan

D. Elements

1. Mass, shape, and form

2. Space (including negative space)

3. Planes and surfaces

4. Line and silhouette

5. Texture

6. Light

7. Color

8. Gravity

9. Time

E. Principles

1. Proportion

2. Balance

3. Movement

4. Rhythm and repetition

5. Emphasis and dominance

6. Function of vessels

7. Variety

8. Size and scale

F. Criticism and Analysis

1. Individual and group critiques

2. Verbal and written analysis

  1. Relationship of form and content

 

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN AND METHODS UTILIZED

Introductory instruction for each project is through lecture, slide lecture, demonstration, assigned reading, student oral reports, and assigned visual study (gallery and museum viewing). Primary mode of instruction is through studio practice – manipulation of tools and materials to produce three-dimensional ceramic solutions to problems. Peer consultation, individual critique, group critique, sketches, and journal-writing enable students to assess and evaluate their work.

We are a community of learners in this class. Co-operation and exchange of ideas among us all is encouraged. The completion of many projects is enhanced through co-operation.

Studio safety is emphasized. Learn to use tools properly. Use appropriate safety equipment (face masks, dust masks, gloves,). Keep your work area clean and organized and be aware of what others are doing around you. Become familiar with equipment before using it. After working, replace all tools, clean your area, and store your projects.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

A. Completion of all assigned projects

B. Participation in group and individual critiques

C. Sketches, journal writing, and oral reports

D. Consistent class attendance

METHODS OF EVALUATION

Course evaluation based on:

A. PROJECTS: Satisfactory completion of projects and their requirements

B. PROJECTS: Originality, appropriate craftsmanship, content, and dynamic visual impact of solutions

C. PARTICIPATION IN CRITIQUES: Quality and quantity of participation in individual and group critiques

D. PERFORMANCE IN SKETCHBOOK/JOURNALS (SKETCHALS) AND ORAL REPORTS SKETCHALS are reviewed throughout the semester. Use your sketchal to record information from exhibitions, slides, ceramics and other 3-D forms you see around you, your projects and other students’ projects. Journalize after each class on what you experienced and/or learned. Use your journal to outline reading assignments.

 

ORAL REPORTS based on library research in conjunction with a project are presented several times throughout the semester.

E. CONSISTENT CLASS ATTENDANCE Attendance to each entire class is essential to understand projects, see demonstrations, view slides, take advantage of work time, participate in class discussions, and get the professor’s help with your projects. Expect to work outside of class as well. Bring written proof of legitimate absence (i.e. a note from your doctor or the campus health service). More than three unexcused absences may result in a lowered grade. You are responsible for learning the information presented in class from other students or from the instructor during office hours.

F. OBSERVANCE OF SAFETY AND CLEAN-UP PRACTICES Be sure you know how to use tools properly and use the appropriate safety equipment. Allow time for returning tools, cleaning up debris, and storing work in progress. A different team of two people will have a clean-up assignment after each class. Sign up for your days (three times during the semester) and get your assignment from the instructor that day.

TEXTBOOK

Speight, Charlotte F. Hands in Clay. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co; 1989, 4th ed.

 

LOCKERS

Use grey lockers on wheels (stored under the tables) to store clay in plastic bags. Label with your name and the semester. You may need to share a locker. You may also get a lock for a locker under the work tables to store your tools. Please keep coats and backpacks in a locker in the hallway, either on the second floor or in the basement.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

suitable shoes and clothing or apron

lock for locker

plastic trash bag for clay storage and work-in-progress

tool kit which includes:

small sponge, needle tool, cut-off wire, wooden rib, metal

scraper, wooden modeling tool, loop tool, ribbon trimming

tool

fork

fettling knife (optional)

two or more brushes, one 1" flat, one pointed

piece of canvas for slab roller (optional)

respirator for mixing clay (optional)

WORK-IN-PROGRESS should be stored, covered when necessary, on the shelves labeled for ceramic work.

FINISHED WORK After critiques, finished work should be taken home or secured in your locker. At the end of the semester remove all your work, including greenware, bisque, and glazed pieces, by taking them home, recycling, or discarding.

TOOLS Be aware of keeping hand and power tools secure. Return all hand tools to their places. Check out power tools and lock them in your locker when not in use. Do not leave tools on tables.

OFFICE HOURS Monday -Thursday: 1:00 — 2:45 pm, and by appointment.

I will either be in the Art office (204D), or in the studio (109 or 212.) You may also talk to me during class after any group activities, or you may make an appointment to see me at some other time. If you have any questions not answered in class or are experiencing any difficulties, be sure to talk to me about it as soon as possible.

E-MAIL and Phone aplummer@winona.edu PH 457-5393

Please use e-mail or the telephone (with voicemail) to ask questions, notify me of an emergency absence, set up an office appointment time, etc.

STUDIO HOURS The building and 109 and 212 studios are open to students taking sculpture, 3-D, and Ceramics classes:

Mon.- Thu 7:30 am — 9:00 pm

Fri 7:30 am — 5:00 pm

Sat 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Sun 12:00 noon — 4:00 pm

If you are in the building when it is locked by Security, you may stay as long as you like. Your name will appear on a list on the studio door. However, you cannot then leave and re-enter. The building is closed over breaks and holidays.