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COURSE NUMBER: ARTS125
COURSE TITLE:Ceramics I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of the ceramic process.  Through the planning and execution of a variety of projects, students will be introduced to the basics of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques, the relationship between form and function, and the essentials of decoration and glazes. The history and styles of ceramics from other cultures will be explored. Class meets 6 hours per week.

PREREQUISITES:
College-level reading skills required.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The objective of this course is to provide the beginning ceramic students opportunities to learn and develop the skills needed to competently complete the various tasks necessary in the ideation, formation, production, completion and finishing of a variety of clay projects; to prepare the art student for successful completion of their portfolio; to prepare the student for more advanced study in specific art forms such as sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, architecture, and other crafts; to enable the student to design and create object in clay for functional as well as aesthetic purposes; enable the student to discern and appreciate fork structure, volume, mass and function in Nature and Man-Made Environments; instill an awareness of Historical and Contemporary
Ceramics.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Handbuilding (e.g. coils-slabs-pinch pots press molds-hump molds)
Wheelthrowing (cylinders, hemispheres, plates, spheres, cones)
Basic glaze mixing
Clay bodies
Colored slips
Surface decoration
Low-fire electric bisque and glaze
Raku
Sawdust and Pit Fire
Kiln loading
Health and safety issues
Historical and contemporary Ceramics
Instruction in use of hand and power tools

Due to the nature of the material it is necessary for work time on projects to overlap to allow for clay drying time, glazing, and kiln firings.


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Richeson, Jack. Pottery Tool Kit (8 Piece). SAX.

EVALUATION:
A = Excellent B = Good C = Average D = Minimum Effort F = Failure

Students are graded on their ability to complete assignments on time; degree of craftsmanship' ability to incorporate their ideas into the final product; degree of experimentation; overall effort; makes good use of studio time; spending time outside of class in completion of work; maintaining a sketchbook with ideas, drawings, and notes; Contributing to the cooperative maintenance of a healthy studio environment.
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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2010

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