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Ceramics II

Course Description

Students taking this course will develop skills and techniques of wheel-thrown pottery.  They will also further skills in hand-built pottery, glazing, and decorating that were fostered in Ceramics I.

Grade Level(s):  9th-12th grades

Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):   Missouri Grade Level Expectations for Visual Arts

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

The course study in Ceramics II includes curriculum strands that address:

  • The stimulation of individual creative expression.
  • Use of the elements and principles of art.
  • Vocabulary to explain perceptions about and evaluations of visual art.
  • The development of skills with media and techniques.
  • Visual arts in historical and cultural content.

Through this course...

  • Students will define ceramic terms and relationships of elements and principles to ceramics.
    • Use line expressively to communicate ideas
      • Use shapes expressively
      • Identify and create complex form in-the-round
      • Contrast textures within the same artwork
      • Design negative and positive space from all viewpoints in 3-D work from observation
    • Use elements to create compositional balance
    • Use emphasis to support the communication of any idea
    • Use contrast to support the communication of an idea
    • Identify and use elements to create a progressive rhythm
    • Identify and create unity through elements and principles
  • Students will demonstrate all steps of throwing a pot to finish.
    • Create a functional ceramic piece on the potter's wheel
    • Create a series of original, related, functional artworks that communicate a personal idea.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the process of making a pinch pot, coil, soft slab, and hard slab.
    • Select and apply ceramics media and tech that demonstrate sensitivity and subtlety in the use of media
  • Students will engage with experimentation or risk-taking in art.
    • Use informed decision making
  • Students will create an original, functional artwork that communicates a personal idea
  • Students will create an original artwork that communicates ideas through the following themes: cultural identity, social commentary, ceremony/ritual, myth/legend, reflection/transparency.
  • Students will describe artwork
    • Analyze the use of elements and principles in work
    • Interpret the meaning of the work and the message communicated
    • Judge work from various perspectives
  • Students will identify artworks from the following: German Expressionism, Surrealism, Photorealism, Post-Modern
  • Students will demonstrate proper glazing techniques on bisque ware

Date Last Revised/Approved:  2004