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: 12/09;12/10;9/10

1. Description -
Provides intermediate level instruction in clay processes covering intermediate wheel-throwing methods, glazing, decorating, and firing procedures. Explores technical problem solving, and creative design.
Prerequisite: ART 45B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ART 45L; this course is included in the Ceramic Construction family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate intermediate clay processes using the potters' wheel.
  2. Manipulate thrown forms on and off the wheel.
  3. Demonstrate competency in various glazing and finish firing techniques.
  4. Grasp basic understanding of material management from plastic wet to finished fired.
  5. Solve technical construction problems that involve forming clay on the wheel.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Potters' wheel, cone 10 clay, glaze materials, high fire gas kiln, and basic ceramic tool kit.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Altered wheel-thrown forms
    1. faceting
    2. darting
    3. low-relief carving
    4. paddling (squaring)
    5. surface pattern design, texture, and erosion techniques.
  2. Pouring vessels
    1. teapots with hand-built, pulled, and thrown spouts
    2. pitchers with hand-built, thrown, and pulled handles
  3. Lidded jars
    1. inset-lid (flange on the jar)
    2. flange-lid (flange on the lid)
    3. thrown and hand-built finials, knobs, and handles
  4. Vases
    1. historical recreation
    2. textured and stretched
    3. smooth / clean-line
    4. sectional (two or more pieces combined to create a larger form)
    5. coil-thrown, coil rim additions
  5. Bowls
    1. mixing bowl
    2. batter bowl
    3. soup bowl
    4. tea bowl (Winter and Summer design)
    5. shallow / flared bowl
  6. Glazing
    1. wax resist pattern techniques
    2. taping / masking
    3. glaze spraying / layering
  7. Firing
    1. high fire reduction
    2. raku firing
    3. soda/vapor glazing
    4. saggar firing
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation will be by critique of finished pieces based on principles presented in class. All pieces to be graded by instructor.
Additional evaluation criteria:
  1. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, and problem solving ability.
  2. On-time completion of the projects
  3. Participation in class activities, discussions, and demonstrations
  4. Museum report
  5. Studio responsibilities and maintenance
7. Representative Text(s) -
There is no required text for this class. The in classroom library will provide a variety of historical, contemporary, and technical ceramic books for student use.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Supervised studio practice in ceramic processes, related to assignments, skills, and materials presented in class. 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 -
Depending on regional museum or gallery exhibitions applicable to course content given in Art 46B, students will have to write a gallery report on a specific art work in the show or a series of art works of their choice. Students will write on form, surface, finishing techniques, perceived conceptual content, and their overall feeling of the chosen work(s).
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Studio Arts.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 14:31:12

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines