SRJC Course Outlines

7/19/2024 5:06:19 AMART 31A Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

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
Also Listed As: 

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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Create a variety of fundamental forms using a pottery wheel and hand-building construction
2.  Employ basic decoration techniques for functional ceramic forms and hand-built objects.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should 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 equipment.
3. Employ basic wheel and hand building techniques.
4. Develop basic glaze application and decoration techniques for both functional and sculptural
5. Describe ceramic forms using specialized vocabulary.
6. Demonstrate a creative process that includes disciplined work habits, risk-taking and
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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I. Basic Throwing Forms on the Potter's Wheel
    A. Cylinders
    B. Bowls
    C. Cups
    D. Simple lidded containers.
II. Hand-Building Ceramics Techniques
    A. Pinching
    B. Coiling
    C. Soft/Hard Slab
III. Application and Decoration of Ceramic Forms with Pre-Mixed Glazes
IV. 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
V. Aesthetic and Technical Judgments of Both Functional and Sculptural
    Forms in Ceramics
VI. The Concepts and Elements of Historical and Contemporary Ceramics
All topics and scope are addressed in both lecture and lab components of this course.

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Complete ceramics terminology quiz
Lab-Related Assignments:
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 size
3. Decorate ceramics wheel throwing forms with inlay, sgraffitto, and glazes
4. Decorate ceramics sculptural objects by using engobe (under glaze)
5. Final exhibition of completed glazed work

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, artistic growth and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter's Hand Book. 5th ed. Peterson, Jan and Peterson, Susan. Laurence King Publishing. 2012 (classic)

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