Oct 21, 2021
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.
6 Humanities/Fine Arts
- Historical/Cultural Overview unction vs. non-functional traditions Cultural context and world traditions Traditional and contemporary approaches and applications The evolution of pottery
- 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
- Traditional Construction Processes Wedging techniques Hand-building techniques (coil, slab, pinch) Slips Molds Wheel- throwing techniques (wheel types, centering, opening and pulling)
- 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)
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic skill with hand building and wheel techniques toward a creative and/or technical end.
- Apply the principles of 3-dimensional design toward an aesthetic and/or functional end.
- Analyze the diverse and vast cultural history of pottery and ceramic art.
- Apply safe and effective technical procedures related to glaze chemistry and kiln technology.
- Analyze traditional and contemporary applications of clay.
- Critique projects using terms and criteria common to art.
- Engage in creative problem solving (divergent and convergent strategies)
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