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Ceramics

Mrs. Stacey Paulsen Woodward-Granger Phone: 515.438.4263 Email- spaulsen@woodward-granger.k12.ia.us Class webpage: wg-artdept.weebly.com

Course Overview
This course serves as an introduction to ceramics. The student will be engaged in projects using traditional construction methods in ceramics with an emphasis on elements of art and principles of design. Students will be engaged in lecture, individual and small group projects. This course requires a high commitment to the safe and responsible use of materials, tools, and equipment. Students will be engaged in daily clean up activities and should be willing to get their hands dirty.

Course Content
The following is the content framework for this course. Students should expect various art projects, written assignments, and tests throughout the year. Due to the unpredictable time element in studio projects the due dates for projects will vary. Every effort will be made to accomplish the goals and objectives in a timely and efficient manner that will allow the student the optimum opportunity to excel in their work. First 8-weeks - Craftsmanship and Exploring the Medium Clay: Origins and Make Up, Stages of Clay, Preparing and Recycling The Studio: Space, Tools, and Clean Up Process Methods and Technique: Pinching, Coiling, Slab Construction, and Wheel Throwing Sculpture: Representation and Abstraction Develop Methods and Technique: Combining hand building methods. Second 8-weeks Introduction to Surface Decoration Texture Glazing and the firing process Painting and Staining Final Project

Classroom Rules and Procedures


Along with the rules and policies in the Student Handbook, students are expected to:

Be Prompt and Prepared for Class Students must come to class ready with their materials and assignments. Students that are tardy will not be allowed to enter the art studio without a pass. Be Respectful of Others and the Art Room A courteous studio environment maximizes the opportunity for learning art. Work Everyday There is always something that can be accomplished in the studio, and idle time will not be tolerated. Clean Up Students are responsible for returning their materials, storing work, and wiping down work surfaces. Not following these rules will result in the following disciplinary action: 1st offense Student/Teacher conference 2nd offense Parent/Teacher communication 3rd offense Detention and referral to the administration.

Passes out of class The administration at Woodward-Granger does not want students in the hallways after the bell. This includes students with passes out to use the restroom. I will allow students with emergency situations to use the restroom. Please do not ask to use the restroom except for emergencies. Attendance Since most work for this class is done in the studio, missed work can be extremely difficult to make up. Excessive absences will affect your performance. It is the students responsibility to check with the teacher to see what work needs to be made up. Grading Criteria

Grading Scale A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF 94-100 90-93 87-89 84-86 80-83 77-79 74-76 70-73 67-69 64-66 60-63 59-0

Grading Criteria Project grades will be determined based on the following. Preparation * Do you enter class on time with your materials ready? * Do you hand in projects on time? Quality * Do you complete projects to the best of your creative and technical abilities? Time on Task * Do you use all the time available for the assigned project? Clean-up * Do you clean up tools you got dirty? * Do you put away materials you got out? * Do you leave your work area cleaner that you found it?