VAFA181 Introduction to Ceramics

Department of The Arts: Ceramics

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA181 Introduction to Ceramics
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe 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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Lectures, 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will

      1. achieve the basic skills of working with the ceramic process;
      2. produce six thrown pots of varying sizes and shapes;
      3. produce several projects exploring coil and slab construction techniques; and
      4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. Category I Creative Expression
      Students will

      1. create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium. [1,2]
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. ceramic wheel throwing techniques
    2. ceramic coil construction
    3. ceramic slab construction
    4. glaze firing ceramics
    5. Ppesentation, articulation, and critique of finished works
    6. ceramic historical developments and accomplishments
    7. safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
      1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.,/li>
      2. 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.
      3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.

    2. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    3. 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.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format. Slides, video, and digital technology by instructor are incorporated.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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