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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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ART 2071 - Ceramics

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 1 Lab 4
Course Description: This course is an expansion of concepts covered in Introduction to Ceramics. Topics and lessons are designed to expand technical skills and design concepts in levels of greater complexity. Coursework includes functional and nonfunctional applications, glazing techniques, effects and functions of various clay bodies, firing procedures, and studio safety. In addition, the course includes the diverse history of ceramic art and pottery, including contemporary trends and movements.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ART 1071  with a grade of C or higher
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ART 1025  

Major Content
  1. Historical/cultural movements of ceramic art throughout art history
    1. Non-western ceramic traditions and influences on contemporary ceramics practice
  2. Overview of major artists past and present from diverse cultures
  3. Contemporary applications
    1. Innovation in Ceramics
    2. Non-traditional application and processes
  4. Functional applications (vessel orientation)
  5. Nonfunctional applications (vessel and sculptural)
  6. Combining vessel and sculptural approaches
  7. Techniques common to commercial production of functional ware
  8. Studio safety
  9. Glaze chemistry (effects and functions)
  10. Firing procedures (effects and functions)
  11. Clay bodies (effects and functions)
  12. Development and refinement of hand built construction techniques
  13. Development and refinement of wheel thrown construction techniques
  14. 3D design principles applied to ceramic art
  15. Elements of art applied to ceramic art
  16. Preliminary processes (sketching and clay models)
  17. Visual problem-solving (convergent and divergent strategies)

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

  1. apply 3D design principles in both functional and nonfunctional projects.
  2. apply the elements of art toward an aesthetic, conceptual, and/or technical end.
  3. demonstrate safe studio practices.
  4. construct technically sound hand-built and wheel-thrown projects.
  5. manage glaze chemistry as it relates to visual effects and function.
  6. select clay bodies that best suit the visual impact and function of their project.
  7. explore traditional and contemporary approaches to ceramics from diverse cultural perspectives.
  8. recognize major historical/cultural ceramic movements and artists.
  9. solve visual problems using convergent and divergent strategies.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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