Art 3603 Ceramics II

Course Details

Course Number: Art 3603  Section Number: 1

Fall 2010

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C119

Days & Times:

Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 11:50 AM


 



Course Attachments

Textbooks

Working in Clay
by Susan Peterson
MSU Faculty Member
Steve Hilton   
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Course Objectives

Course Description

A continuing introduction to ceramic materials and techniques of throwing on the potter’s wheel, surface decoration, glazing and loading and firing of kilns. Includes an introduction to glaze formulation.

 

Course Objectives
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of equipment safety and possible health hazards associated with ceramics
  2. Maintain a clean working environment
  3. Describe, recognize and utilize ceramic tools
  4. Use surface treatment and decoration on ceramic surfaces
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of kiln firings to include oxidation and reduction (atmospheric) methods
  6. Demonstrate the procedure for loading and firing kilns: glaze and bisque
  7. Demonstrate intermediate wheel techniques
  8. Demonstrate basic glazing and surface decorating methods
  9. Demonstrate glaze mixing by mixing one class glaze

Course Expectations

Tentative Calendar  (1st half of semester)

1. Assignment 1: cylinders – 6 inches tall(15) 150 pts

• Lecture on ceramic material and safety

• Introduction to the wheel (demo)

2. Assignment 1 continued:

• wheel demonstration

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Lecture on kilns and firing

3. Assignment 2: cups (20 required: 5 with handles, 10 with surface decoration) 200 pts

cup demonstration

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• make test tiles/demo

4. Assignment 3: bowls (20 required) 200 pts

bowl demonstration

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critique leather hard/ dry cups

5. Assignment 4: glaze tests – test 5 new glazes 50 pts

glaze lecture

• Finish/catch up on all prior assignments

critique leather hard/ dry bowls

6. Assignment 5: plates on the wheel (15 required/make 15) 150 pts

plate demonstration

7. Assignment 6: lidded forms (10 required) 100 pts

lid demo

critique leather hard/dry plates


Grading Standards

Final Exam5/6/2010  9:00 AM

Submission Format Policy


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

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.

For Electronic work:

• 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


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:

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 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!


Other Policies

Grading Policy:

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 near the end of the semester.

As art is subjective, I will be grading your assignments with the following criteria:

  1. Is it innovative/experimental
  2. Does it communicate your intention/content
  3. Does it accomplish the assignment
  4. Is it aesthetically pleasing . . . and is it designed well
  5. Craftspersonship
  6. Attention to detail(s)
  7. Technical elements and mastery
  8. Growth of your work
  9. Time spent on assignment(s)
  10. Sketchbook

Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below:

Points earned divided by points possible (1450 pts)

Assignments 1250 points

Critique (4 critiques minimum)  60 points

Participation (clean-up, helping out)  40 points

Quizzes  50 points

Sketchbook 50 Points

 

Decorum and Academic Dishonesty:

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 Student Handbook. 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) is academic dishonesty.

• I reserve the right to drop any student with an F grade, or recommend other sanctions, if she/he engages in any form of academic dishonesty.

• Student Honor Creed:“As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

 

Communication:

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.

 

Studio Etiquette:

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 all studio clean-up during the semester and the final clean-up on December 6.

• during the semester, everyone will be asked to help maintain the studio

 

Decorum:

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.

 

Safety:

  1. Some materials in the studio are toxic. If you are uncertain of the nature of a material, PLEASE SEE ME and or see the Material Data Safety Sheets in the folder by the front door.
  2. Students are expected to take the utmost care in working with kilns and all power equipment.  Do not use any equipment, including kilns, without being properly trained and signing a training document.
  3. Always wear a facemask and rubber gloves when working with any toxic materials.
  4. A list of hazardous materials is available next to the front door.
  5. TAKING THIS COURSE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT AT MSU MEANS THAT YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITYto use all equipment, tools, and materials related to the course in a safe manner.  If you have any health-related problems that would be adversely affected by taking the course, you should consult with the instructor at the end of the first day of the class.  (Also see MSU policy #4.123 on accompanying page)
  6. Please tell me about any accidents, no matter how small.

 

Return and Retention Of Student Work:

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.

 

** 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 3603 and this syllabus


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