Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
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: 1/12/09;12/2/09;12/13/10

1. Description -
Studio practice in the glazing and firing of ceramic pieces using four low-temperature methods: electric kiln oxidation firing, luster firing, raku firing and pit firing.
Prerequisites: ART 45A or 45B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ART 45FL; this course is included in the Ceramic Surface family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate technical ability in using the four types of firing techniques.
  2. demonstrate the ability to glaze appropriately for each of the types of firing.
  3. understand basic glaze properties, and how to formulate and alter these properties to fit their artistic purposes.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Raku kiln, electric kiln, glaze mixing room, an off campus pit-firing location.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The instructor will lecture, demonstrate, use audio-visual aids, and present projects for students to do. Topics to be covered are:
  1. Pre-firing preparation: burnishing, bisque-firing, and glazing.
  2. Firing: oxidation, luster, raku, pit.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation will be by critique of fired pieces by using criteria presented in class. Pieces to be graded by instructor.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Chavarria, Joaquim, The big book of Ceramics, A guide to history, materials and techniques of hand-building, throwing, molding, kiln-firing, glazing pottery and other ceramic objects, Watson-Guptill

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips.
10. Lab Content -
Supervised studio practice in ceramic processes, related to assignments, skills, and materials. Students work independently, with individual guidance from an instructor on a need or request basis.
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 -
Not applicable.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Art Survey.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 14:30:07

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines