SRJC Course Outlines

7/15/2024 2:27:57 AMART 31A Course Outline as of Fall 2013

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Discipline and Nbr:  ART 31ATitle:  BEGINNING CERAMICS  
Full Title:  Beginning Ceramics
Last Reviewed:10/22/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled4.005 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:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introductory course in ceramics to develop wheel, hand-building, glaze application and decoration techniques.  


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

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

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


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:
 CID Descriptor: ARTS 230 Introduction to Ceramics SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ART31A

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, the students will be able to:
1. Identify visual elements of ceramics such as scale, positive/
negative shape, volume, texture and color.
2. Apply basic techniques in using clay, glaze, tools, materials and
3. Employ basic wheel and hand building techniques.
4. Develop basic glaze application and decoration techniques for both
functional and sculptural ceramics.
5. Describe ceramic forms using specialized vocabulary.
6. Demonstrate a creative process that includes disciplined work
habits, risk-taking and experimentation.
7. Exercise ability to make aesthetic and technical judgments through
class critiques.
8. Examine and analyze examples of historical and contemporary ceramics.
9. Define health and safety issues that arise from the use of ceramic
materials and equipment.

Topics and Scope
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1. Basic throwing forms on the potter's wheel.
  A. Cylinders
  B. Bowls
  C. Cups
  D. Simple lidded containers.
2. Hand-building ceramics techniques.
  A. Pinching
  B. Coiling
  C. Soft/Hard Slab
3. Application and decoration of ceramic forms with pre-mixed glazes.
4. The use, care and safety for materials, tools and equipment.
  A. Clay
  B. Glaze
  C. Color slip
  D. Hand tools
  E. Potter's wheel
  F. Slab Roller
  G. Kiln
5. Aesthetic and technical judgments of both functional and sculptural
forms in ceramics.
6. The concepts and elements of historical and contemporary ceramics.  

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1. Use the potter's wheel to create 10-20 total pieces in a combination of
the following:
  A. Cylinders
  B. Bowls
  C. Cups
  D. Simple lidded jars
2. Utilize slab, coils and pinched clay to make sculptural objects.
The total number of objects will be determined by complexity and
3. Decorate ceramic forms with inlay, sgraffitto, dipping, pouring,
spraying and by brushing.
4.Complete ceramics terminology quiz.

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 - 75%
Class performances, Final exhibition of completed glazed work.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 15%
Ceramics terminology quiz
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 20%
Attendance, effort, artistic growth and participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter's Hand Book, Jan Peterson, Susan Peterson, 5th edition, Laurence King Publisher, 2012.

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