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ART 1071 - Ceramics 1

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course introduces basic hand-building and wheel techniques with clay. Students will examine the diverse cultural history of ceramic art and its continued relevance as a form of creative expression. The principles of 3 dimensional design, along with functional and non-functional applications, will be explored through a series of hands-on exercises and projects.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Historical/Cultural Overview unction vs. non-functional traditions Cultural context and world traditions Traditional and contemporary approaches and applications The evolution of pottery
  2. Characteristics of Clay and Materials Types of clay bodies Preparation of clay Storage of materials Studio and materials safety Tools (traditional and non traditional) Kiln technology: stacking, types, terms safety, cones, firing of Glazing: chemistry, mixing, types, effects, limitations, tests, under/over glazes, terms
  3. Traditional Construction Processes Wedging techniques Hand-building techniques (coil, slab, pinch) Slips Molds Wheel- throwing techniques (wheel types, centering, opening and pulling)
  4. Visual communication/Visual relationships Construction using 3 imensional design principles: Proportional relationships/scale and aesthetics Hidden geometry (merging volumes and shapes) Mass vs, volume (sculpture vs. vessel) Application of 3 dimensional art elements and design principles Color and surface Form and function Creative problem solving (divergent and convergent strategies)

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic skill with hand building and wheel techniques toward a creative and/or technical end.
  2. Apply the principles of 3-dimensional design toward an aesthetic and/or functional end.
  3. Analyze the diverse and vast cultural history of pottery and ceramic art.
  4. Apply safe and effective technical procedures related to glaze chemistry and kiln technology.
  5. Analyze traditional and contemporary applications of clay.
  6. Critique projects using terms and criteria common to art.
  7. Engage in creative problem solving (divergent and convergent strategies)

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