VAFA181 Introduction to Ceramics
Department of The Arts: Ceramics
Course Number and TitleVAFA181 Introduction to Ceramics
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester4050
Other Pertinent InformationSafe shop practices are emphasized. In addition to class studio time, students work 5 hours outside of class each week in the studio area under the supervision of a Lab Assistant or at home. It is required that all work be glazed fired by the date of the final. There is a material supply cost for this course.
Catalog Course DescriptionLectures, demonstrations, and practice introduce students to the historical, cultural, scientific, creative, and expressive basis of ceramics. Developing a personal viewpoint as an outgrowth of the ceramic process is encouraged by emphasizing historical perspectives, design, basic pottery skills, and exploration.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Learning Goals
- achieve the basic skills of working with the ceramic process;
- produce six thrown pots of varying sizes and shapes;
- produce several projects exploring coil and slab construction techniques; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
- Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
- create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium. [1,2]
Category I Creative Expression
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- ceramic wheel throwing techniques
- ceramic coil construction
- ceramic slab construction
- glaze firing ceramics
- Ppesentation, articulation, and critique of finished works
- ceramic historical developments and accomplishments
- safe shop practices
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.,/li>
- At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester to assess projects using the above criteria and to review student’s overall progress.
- Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
- Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
This course is in the Core Curriculum for Creative Expression and will be assessed in the context of one assigned project that is unique, personal, appropriate to the chosen medium, and brought to completion. That work of art will be photographed and submitted with a written description of the assignment for Core Assessment.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format. Slides, video, and digital technology by instructor are incorporated.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012