SRJC Course Outlines

6/13/2024 4:49:43 PMART 131 Course Outline as of Spring 2013

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ART 131Title:  RAKU/LOW FIRE CERAMICS  
Full Title:  Raku/Low Fire Ceramics
Last Reviewed:11/21/2005

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled2.006 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 87.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
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Catalog Description:
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This course focuses on the art of Raku and low fire ceramics to develop wheel, hand-building, glaze decoration and firing skills.  


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course focuses on the art of Raku and low fire ceramics to develop wheel, hand-building, glaze decoration and firing skills.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

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 student will be able to:
1. Identify and evaluate visual elements of ceramics.
2. Use clay, glaze, tools, materials and equipment for Raku and low fire
3. Employ basic wheel and hand-building techniques.
4. Apply both glaze application and decoration techniques for both Raku
and low fire ceramics.
5. Employ a vocabulary of Raku and low fire ceramics to describe ceramic
forms and firing processes.
6. Demonstrate a creative process for both disciplined work habits and
risk-taking experimentation.
7. Examine and analyze examples of historical and contemporary Raku and
low fire ceramics to arrive at aesthetic and technical judgments.
8. Describe health and safety issues that arise from the use of materials
and equipment.
9. Repeating students will apply techniques to:
  a. Create new Raku glazes.
  b. Complex and larger ceramics objects.
  c. Organize firing.
  d. Complex decoration and firing issues.  

Topics and Scope
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I.   Visual Elements of Ceramics
    A. Scale
    B. Positive/negative shape
    C. Volume
    D. Texture
    E. Color
II.  Basic Throwing Forms on the Potter's Wheel
    A. Cylinder
    B. Bowl
    C. Cup
III. Hand-built Ceramic Forms
    A. Pinching technique
    B. Coiling technique
    C. Slab technique
IV.  Decoration
    A. Raku glaze
    B. Low fire glazes
    C. Color slip
V.   Glaze Application
    A. Dip/pour
    B. Spray
    C. Brush
VI.  Use and Care of Materials, Tools and Equipment
    A. Clay and glaze formulation
    B. Color slip and terra-sigillata formulation
    C. Hand tools
    D. Potter's wheel
    E. Slab roller
    F. Safety
VII. Fire Processes
    A. Raku fire
    B. Pit fire
    C. Post reduction
    D. Safety
VIII. Aesthetics
    A. History of Raku
    B. Low fire ceramics
    C. Sculptural ceramics
    D. Functional ceramics
IX.  Techniques with Subsequent Repeat
    A. Mixing Raku glaze
    B. Base terra-sigillata with color stains
    C. Loading and unloading kiln
    D. Contemporary Raku decoration
    E. Contemporary Raku firing  

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1. Use the potter's wheel to make cylinders, bowls, and cups.
2. Utilize soft slabs and firm slabs to make geometric shapes.
3. Utilize coils and pinched clay to make organic shapes.
4. Decorate ceramic forms with inlay, sgraffito, and polishing technique.
5. Examine books and magazines devoted to Raku and low fire ceramics
techniques. Utilize terminology and concepts in in-class critiques of
student work.
6. Basic terminology quiz.
7. Final project: Exhibit of completed work.
8. Repeating students will accomplish the above assignments applying the
following criteria:
  a. Make Raku glazes
  b. Make larger and complex objects
  c. More complex Raku decoration and firing
  d. Terra-sigillata decoration  

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%
Ceramics assignments; final exhibit.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 15%
Terminology quiz.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance, participation in critiques, effort and artistic growth.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Nelson, Glen C. and Richard Burkett. Ceramics, 6th edition. Wordsworth
Thomson Learning Inc., 2002.  

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