Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
ART 45ABEGINNING CERAMICS HANDBUILDINGFall 2012
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 1/12/9;12/2/9;12/13/10

1. Description -
An introduction to basic ceramic hand-building techniques, and its historical and contemporary significance. This class will introduce ceramic hand-building techniques including pinching, coil, and slab construction, as well as examine various high and low-fire glazing techniques. In addition to sculpting and constructing hand built vessels students will examine, critically discuss, analyze and write about clay, glaze and hand-building techniques, tools, ceramic terminology and processes of historical and contemporary clay hand-built vessels. Students will learn ceramic vocabulary, and participate in verbal and written class critiques.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Ceramic Construction family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate technical competency and understand the process in hand-building construction and clay materials
  2. Demonstrate competency and understand the process of glazing and various surface treatments.
  3. Use a variety of hand-building ceramic tools and equipment skillfully
  4. Solve technical construction issues such as slumping and cracking that arise with hand-building processes.
  5. Integrate diverse cultural, historical, and contemporary styles and iconography effectively when applying carving, slip, and glaze decoration and patterns
  6. Integrate diverse cultural, historical and contemporary clay forms as ideas for ceramic projects
  7. Discuss and be exposed to contemporary guest ceramic artist from various diverse cultural backgrounds
  8. Communicate, discuss, identify, critically think about and write about the personal and cultural differences in a class critique
  9. Discuss and write about the tools, processes and content of "great works" from diverse cultures, historical, and contemporary ceramic sculpture and hand building
  10. Write a one to two page paper about a ceramic sculpture or hand-build ceramic vessel from a art gallery or museum
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clay, ceramic extruder, slab roller, kilns, glaze materials, sculpting tools, banding wheels, spray booth.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Demonstrate technical competency and understand the process in hand-building construction and clay materials
    1. Pinch pots
    2. Coil construction
    3. Slab construction
  2. Demonstrate competency and understand the process of glazing and various surface treatments.
    1. Pouring, spraying, dipping, brushing
    2. Wax and latex resist
    3. Mishima and sgrafitto
    4. High and low firing
    5. Raku and pit firing
    6. Under-glazes and slip painting
    7. Stains
  3. Use a variety of hand-builiding ceramic tools and equipment skillfully
    1. The different kinds of clay
      1. Stoneware clay
      2. Porcelain clay
      3. Raku and sculpture clays
    2. Ceramic extruder
    3. Slab roller
    4. Applying glaze and slip
    5. Clay sculpting tools
      1. Carving tools
      2. Wooden and rubber rib tools
      3. Plaster hump molds
      4. Slump molds
      5. Needle and sgraffito tools
      6. Wire tools
      7. Sponges
    6. Banding wheels
    7. Spray booth
  4. Solve technical construction issues
    1. Slumping clay
    2. Cracking that arise with hand-building processes.
    3. Drying and firing process, greenware
      1. Wet
      2. Leather-hard
      3. Attaching clay, scoring and slipping
      4. Bone-dry
      5. Bisque-ware
      6. Glaze applied to bisque-ware
  5. Integrate diverse cultural, historical, and contemporary styles and iconography effectively when applying carving, slip, and glaze decoration and patterns
    1. Greek or Roman decorative patterns
    2. Asian or Eastern decorative patterns
    3. African decorative patterns
    4. Mesoamerican decorative patterns
    5. Egyptian decorative patterns
    6. Native American decorative patterns
    7. American decorative patterns
    8. European decorative patterns
    9. Contemporary and abstract decorative patterns
    10. Contemporary decorative patterns from our culture
  6. Integrate diverse cultural and historical clay forms as ideas for ceramic projects
    1. Greek or roman vessel forms
    2. Asian or eastern vessel forms
    3. Mesoamerican vessel forms
    4. Contemporary vessel forms from our culture
    5. Egyptian decorative patterns
    6. Native American decorative patterns
    7. American decorative patterns
    8. European decorative patterns
  7. Discuss and be exposed to contemporary guest ceramic artists from various diverse cultural backgrounds
    1. Artist that use a variety of different slab construction
    2. Artist that use a variety of different coil construction
    3. Artist that use a variety of different surface treatments, slip painting and glaze applications
    4. Artist from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
    5. Artist that make ceramics that is abstract or uses new trends in ceramics arts
  8. Communicate, discuss, identify and write about the personal and cultural differences in a class critique
    1. Using ceramic terminology in the class critique
      1. Leather hard
      2. Bone-dry
      3. Bisque-ware
      4. Stone-ware
      5. Glaze
      6. Slip
      7. High-fire
      8. Kiln
      9. Molds
    2. Discussing the cultural and personal difference of work present in a critique
    3. Critically discussing construction issues during the process of creating the ceramic piece
  9. Discussing and writing about the tools, processes and content of "great works" from diverse cultures, historical, and contemporary ceramic sculpture and hand building
    1. Lectures and discussions related to historical styles and techniques of classical ceramic vessels.
    2. Lectures and discussions related to contemporary styles, trends and techniques in ceramic hand- building and vessel
    3. Lecture and discussion showing a brief overview of the history to the present of great works of ceramics from various cultures
    4. Lecture and discussion about the human relevance of hand-building as it applies to our early cultures. Slide lectures will look at early archeological artifacts.
    5. Lecture and discussion about functional and non-functional hand-build ceramics
  10. Writing a one page paper about a ceramic sculpture or hand-build ceramic vessel from a gallery art or museum
    1. Writing and discussing the ceramic tools, stylized textured line applications, cultural decorations or applied patterns, surface treatment, glaze or slip treatment, ceramic form or shape, the cultural symbolism or content and the subject matter in the ceramic piece.
    2. Writing and discussing the personal point of view from examining the ceramic piece.
    3. Writing the éâ˛first impressioné⨠the student gets from viewing the piece
    4. Writing about the content in a design
      1. Understanding the expressive meaning in a design
      2. The hidden metaphors, symbols and meaning in a ceramic vessel
      3. The artist intention in ceramic vessel
      4. The cultural meaning, function, or symbolism in a ceramic vessel
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Each project will be judged on its success in fulfilling the stated goals of the assignment.
  2. Demonstration of involvement and understanding of the course material through self-critiques written or verbal by the student about projects and assignments.
  3. Verbal or written participation during discussion and class critiques demonstrating knowledge of and ability to use ceramic terminology.
  4. Written or verbal responses about images, methods, techniques as assigned in class.
  5. Portfolio of hand built ceramic projects completed during the course and submitted at requested intervals or at the end of each quarter
  6. Weekly verbal or written participation in class discussions about historical or contemporary hand-built ceramics.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Chavarria, Joaquim, The big book of Ceramics, A guide to history, materials and techniques of handbuilding, throwing, molding, kiln-firing, glazing pottery and other ceramic objects, Watson-Guptill, 1994.
Cooper, Emanual, Contemporary Ceramics, Thames and Hudson, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
Art
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips.
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Sketchbook notations, generating ideas and problem solving sketches, thumbnail sketches for ceramic forms from diverse cultures, historical time periods and contemporary ceramics.
  2. Ceramic projects focused on varied ways to use diverse cultural symbols, iconography and pattern
  3. Ceramic projects focused on varied ways to create visual or actual texture.
  4. Ceramic projects that focus on using a variety of ways to apply slip and glaze with a brush, dipping, pouring, and spraying.
  5. Ceramic projects that focus on the forms influenced by looking at ceramic vessels from different cultures.
  6. Ceramic projects that focus on pinch pots.
  7. Ceramic projects that focus on coil pots
  8. Ceramic projects that focus on slab construction.
  9. Ceramic projects that deal with learning various ways to attach clay
  10. Ceramic projects that deal with creating a personal approach to a project
  11. Research historic and contemporary ceramic forms through in-class video and text library.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments from the selected contemporary ceramic magazines.
  2. Weekly reading assignments from the ceramic historical and contemporary textbook
  3. A one to two page paper written about a historic or contemporary ceramic object at a local museum
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degrees and Certificate of Achievements in Art Survey and Studio Arts.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-25 14:49:55


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