SRJC Course Outlines

5/22/2024 8:19:57 PMART 34A Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ART 34ATitle:  CERAMIC SCULPTURE  
Full Title:  Ceramic Sculpture
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled4.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled70.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  22 - 4 Times in any Comb of Levels
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Catalog Description:
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An introductory course in ceramic sculpture to develop hand-building, glaze application and decoration technique.  


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introductory course in ceramic sculpture to develop hand-building, glaze application and decoration technique.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:22 - 4 Times in any Comb of Levels


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify and evaluate visual elements of ceramic sculpture to present
  the work in class critiques.
2. Use clay, glaze, tools and materials for ceramic sculpture.
3. Employ basic hand-building techniques to make ceramic sculpture.
4. Apply both basic glaze application and decoration techniques for
  ceramic sculpture.
5. Employ the vocabulary of ceramics and sculpture to describe ceramic
  sculpture and firing process.
6. Demonstrate a creative process with both disciplined work habits and
  risk-taking experimentation.
7. Examine and analyze examples of historical and contemporary ceramic
  sculpture to arrive at aesthetic and technical judgments.
8. Define health and safety issues that arise from the use of materials
  and equipment to maintain a ceramic studio.
9. Repeating students will be able to:
   A. Employ "throwing technique" to make sculpture
   B. Develop hand-building skill for a large sculpture
   C. Demonstrate multi-firing decoration  

Topics and Scope
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1.  Hand-building techniques
    A. Coil
    B. Pinched slab
    C. Soft slab
    D. Firm slab
2.  Hand built forms
    A. Geometric shapes
    B. Organic shapes
3.  Sculptural elements and principles
    A. Form and shape
    B. Space and volume
    C. Texture
    D. Positive and negative shapes
4.  Decoration
    A. Low fire glaze
    B. Color slip
    C. High fire glaze
5.  Glaze application
    A. Spray
    B. Brush
6.  Aesthetics
    A. History of ceramic sculpture
    B. Ceramic sculpture and non-ceramic sculpture
7.  Firing process
    A. Raku firing
    B. Gas and electric firing
    C. Safety
8.  Subsequent repeat:
    A. Sculpture with altered throwing parts
    B. Hand-building technique for a large and light-weight sculpture.
    C. Multi-firing decoration  

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1. Use soft clay slabs to make a geometric form.
2. Use firm clay slabs to create an architectural form.
3. Use coil methods to make an organic form.
4. Use pinched clay slab to make a human body part - head, hand or foot.
5. Decorate sculpture with color slip and glaze.
6. Decorate surface of sculpture by scraping, incising and carving.
7. Examine books and magazines devoted to ceramic sculpture and
8. Complete basic terminology quiz.
9. Create final project: exhibit of completed work.
10.Repeating students will accomplish the above assignment applying the
following criteria:
A. Make a sculpture with altered throwing parts
B. Make a large and light-weight sculpture
C. Develop surface decoration technique by multi-firing  

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
65 - 80%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 15%
True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Ceramics (6th ed).  Burkett, Richard and Nelson, Glen C. Wadsworth Publishing: 2002.  

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