ARTS-186: Ceramics I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTS-186 Ceramics I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 studio hours

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

Learning the use of the potter’s wheel. Handbuilding techniques and an introduction to glazing and kiln operation. Development of individual strengths through critiques with the instructor, slide presentations, and group discussions.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students learn introductory methods of clay handling and using various construction techniques to create functional or artistic 3D pottery forms, including construction, decoration and readying for kiln firing.  Students will familiarize themselves with appropriate vocabulary in the ceramics medium and skills necessary to work in a ceramics studio.

  2. Students will learn to work with basic techniques in clay modeling and building; pinch, coil, slab and/or throw.  Students will learn decorative technique including incising, stenciling, slips and glazing.

  3. Students will create well-crafted objects.  Regardless of their experiences with clay, they can all work with focused attention:  from the marks they make, to how they join seams, or the thought they put into how they finish a piece.

  4. They will begin thinking about clay as a valuable way of communicating an idea. 

  5. They will form a growing knowledge of contemporary and historical ceramics.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a progressive understanding of the various elements and basic interrelated processes of creation, interpretation, and execution within their discipline

  2. Form and defend fundamental value judgments about works of art within the area of concentration

  3. Integrate personal observation and objective criticism in the evolution of their artistic work

  4. Use aesthetic judgment to make design decisions by balancing the historical, theoretical and practical concerns to create works that reveal visual literacy

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Individual projects, skills will build progressively.  Midterm and final critique.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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