VAFA282 Ceramics II

Department of The Arts: Ceramics

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA282 Ceramics II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA181 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work five (5) hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a lab assistant. It is required that all work be glazed fired by the date of the final. There is a material supply cost for this course. Safe shop practices are emphasized.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Emphasis is placed on developing a consistent body of work stressing wheel work and hand building. Laboratory and practical study of clays and glazes are explored. Slide presentations, lecture, and demonstrations expose students to the history of world ceramics and current techniques used by today's ceramic artists and industry.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate a mastery of the skills acquired in the prerequisite course, Introduction to Ceramics;
    2. evaluate ceramic art by applying their sense of aesthetics;
    3. apply their technical knowledge of working with clays and glazes to design projects;
    4. complete a series of projects on the wheel and use hand-building techniques;
    5. apply safe studio practices; and
    6. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. drawing of projects will be emphasized
    2. development of a sense of form
    3. glazing techniques
      1. laboratory study
      2. practical knowledge
      3. methods to formulate and alter
    4. knowledge of ceramic raw material
    5. advanced wheel throwing
    6. advanced hand building
    7. hump pots and a line blend
    8. safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all assignments, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of specific projects, and on the appropriate use of tools and shop safety practices.
    2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students’ overall progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

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

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