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Ceramics (Section 1)

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Ceramics is a foundation course designed to introduce students to the principles and techniques of pottery.  This course will trace the history of ceramics and will introduce students to the many ways clay has been used across time and culture.  The course will move chronologically from prehistoric relief sculptures to contemporary teapots and vessels.  Students will study how these sculptures were created and will emulate the works in their own projects.  In doing so, students will develop ceramic skills and will utilize hand building and wheel throwing techniques to create both decorative and functional works. 


While Ceramics is designed to develop ceramic skill, it is also intended to promote creative thinking and critical looking. To aid the development of these skills, students will participate in both informal peer reviews and formal critiques that will enhance sensitivity of thought and idea.  Additionally, students will visit local museums and galleries to connect the work we are doing with contemporary artists and movements.




Students will investigate

§  What is pottery?

§  How can we develop ceramic skills and techniques?

§  How do we look at and evaluate ceramics?




Students will

§  Create: Conceive and develop new artistic ideas and work – NYS Artistic Process Standard 1

§  Present: Interpret and share artistic work – NYS Artistic Process Standard 2

§  Respond: Understand and evaluate how the arts convey meaning – NYS Artistic Process Standard 3

§  Connect: Relate artistic ideas or work with personal meaning and external context – NYS Artistic Process Standard 

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