Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Textbook: The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson
Clay and Glaze Fee: Buy clay at the bookstore. Bring your receipt to class by the end of the first week. $50
Respirator: Buy at Lowes, Home Depot, or Granger – make sure it is good for dust (they usually have some magenta color on the filter)
Materials (not optional):
Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.
• save your work often
• back it up often (in two places)
• save it with a different name periodically (with the date in the name)
• email it to yourself after making large changes
You are expected to attend and participate in every class. If you miss two or more classes you may be dropped from the course, or by the discretion of the instructor, your final grade will be lowered one letter grade for each subsequent absence after the second absence. Two tardies or leaving early two times could count as an absence. Please speak to me about any extenuating circumstance.
You will have homework in this class . . . except you will be doing most of it in the studio. You should spend a minimum of 6 hours in the studio outside class time to be successful. The more time you spend in the studio the more successful you will be. If you make more . . . You will learn more!
Each assignment should be evaluated and graded as it is completed. It is your responsibility to show me each assignment as it is completed.
Since ceramic work has two stages of completion, you will be graded on turning your completed greenware in on time, and you will be graded on your glazed work at the end of the semester.
As art is subjective, I will be grading your assignments with the following criteria:
Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below:
Points earned divided by points possible (approximately 1125 points)
Assignments 900 points
Critique (4 critiques minimum) 60 points
Participation (clean-up, helping out) 40 points
Quizzes 75 points
Sketchbook 50 Points
Students will abide by all MSU rules, regulations including the “Student Honor Creed,” and will thereby earn all the student’s rights as noted in the MSU catalog.
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Student Handbook and the Dean of Students’ Office.
If you have a question/problem with the material or a technique, please see me as soon as possible. If you wait until the last week of the semester, I might not be able to help you.
If you have a documented disability, please speak directly to the Disability Resource Center and myself as early as possible so accommodations can be made.
It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the studio clean. Do not leave without making sure all materials, tools, and artwork are properly stored. Your grade will be lowered if you do not clean up after yourself.
• the last 12.498 minutes of class is devoted to cleaning up, with everyone assisting.
• the floors need to be mopped every class period and every time you throw on the wheel
• there will be one mandatory all studio clean-up in the middle of the semester and the final clean-up on May 6 (first day of finals)
• during the semester, everyone will be asked to help maintain the studio
If work is left in the studio longer than (1) one week after the end of the semester the department has the right to dispose of or use the unclaimed work for any purpose. The department also reserves the right to retain student work as desired for reference or exhibition purposes.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. This includes a student’ parents.
** This syllabus may be changed to best meet your needs, or for other reasons as I see fit. This includes the changing or deleting of assignments. If for some reason this syllabus is changed, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.
*** By staying enrolled in this course, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of ART 2613 and this syllabus