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. Number of Instructional Minutes
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.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.

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. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. achieve the basic skills of working with the ceramic process;
    2. produce six thrown pots of varying sizes and shapes [Arts/Humanities];
    3. produce several projects exploring coil and slab construction techniques [Arts/Humanities]; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  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. Presentation, articulation, and critique of finished works
    6. ceramic historical developments and accomplishments
    7. safe shop practices
  3. 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.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Slides, video, and digital technology by instructor are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015