Introduction to Ceramics and Sculpture Scope and Sequence



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Introduction to Ceramics and Sculpture

Scope and Sequence


Geared to introducing students to a wide range of three-dimensional art, this course uses the elements and principles of 3-d art as its guide. Focusing on basic skills and a range of materials, projects will be based on stressing one or more of the elements and principles to fully learn how to create a sculpture. Basic clay construction skills will be introduces to prepare students for entry into Ceramics I. Likewise, this course also serves as a stepping stone into Sculpture I.
NATIONAL VISUAL ARTS STANDARDS: used to evaluate outcomes

  • 1-understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

  • 2- using knowledge of structures and functions

  • 3- choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

  • 4-understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

  • 5-reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

UNITS:


1.Discussion of what is art, what is craft, overview of the diversity in sculptural artwork (1 day)

a. View a PowerPoint of definitions of art and craft

b. Look at various artists throughout history and their work

Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin, Kenneth Snelson, Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Ursula VonRydsingsvard, Merret Oppenheim, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeoise, Michelangelo, Claus Oldenburg, Robert Smithson, James Terrell, Donald Judd

c. Define and understand developing one’s aesthetic

Outcomes: NA-VA: 3, 4,5,6


2. Elements and principles of three-dimensional design (1 day)

a. Identify vocabulary of elements and principles via power point

b. Illustrate vocabulary of elements and principles using clay or othe manipulative media.

Assessment: QUIZ over vocabulary

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2, 3, 4,5
3. Bi-monthly evaluation on sculptural artwork of choice (8 total possible)

a. Identify places to find contemporary artwork

b. Identify format for discussing works of art

c. Understand defining one’s aesthetic

d. Use critical thinking skills to critique art work

Outcomes: NA-VA 1,2,3

4. PROJECTS:

Second Day:

Folded animals (1 day as warm up to projects) or metal flowers

a. Make a flat study of an animal or flower, flattening 3 dimensions.

b. Cut trace study pattern to material such as thin copper, tag board or aluminum.

c. Cut and file edges, bend shape to reproduce an abstract

animal form.

d. Paint animal form in acrylic paint

Assessment: self assessment, group critique (introducing concept of critique)

Outcomes: Na-VA 1,2,3,4,5


Project 1 : From 2-d to 3-d: Abstract tile designs or Architectural Facades or typography letter ( 1 week)



  1. Demonstrate isometric drawing in 3 dimensions.

  2. Create isometric drawings of name, objects, etc

c. Look at work by Calder and Mondrian via Power point

d. Research via computer for given project and make “idea file”

e. Sketch ideas on paper 6x6”

f. Create a 6X6” cardboard square reflecting facade drawing in 3 dimensions

Assessment: Project rubric, self assessment, group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Project 2: Textiles: Basket, Needlework Picture, or Other *


  1. View work by textiles as an art form historically: Native American (PPoint)

  2. View Contemporary textile artists’work and brainstorm ideas

  3. Research ideas and make pattern

Create textile piece based on pattern and research Assessment: Project rubric, self assessment, group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

*This project may be ongoing through the semester

Project 3: Wire Portraits (2 weeks)

a. Look at work by Calder by DVD or other resource

b. Complete contour drawings of self or someone at their table

c. Create a wire bust based on their drawings.

Assessment: Project Rubric, Self-assessment, Group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2,3,4,5

Project 4: Non-representaion or Abstraction (2 weeks)



  1. Look at by Brancussi, Moore by Power point

  2. Demonstrate sfety handling of material and process

b. Cast a form in plaster using a plastic bottle and balloon,

c. Finish the surface by carving and/or polishing

Assessment: Project rubric, Self-assessment, Group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Project 5: Recycled Assemblage:Bugs,Sea Life and Various Creatures(3 weeks)

a. Look at art work of Dali, Horn via Power point.

b. Draw pictures of living things of their choice with a photo source on which to base their sculpture.

c. Construct a “creature” using wire, recycled pop cans, light bulbs and other found objecs.

Assessments: Project rubric, self assessment, Group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2, 3,4,5,6)


Project 6: Pinch pots (1 week)



  1. View power point introducing basic clay techniques and vocabulary

  2. Introduce pinching as an art form and examples both historic and contemporary of pinched technique clay works

  3. Students make pinch pot with instructor demonstrating

  4. Students make pinch pot on their own adding texture

  5. Pinching project incorporating pinch pot as base: tea bowl with foot or effigy pots for example

After firing experiment with different glaze/satin combinations

Assessments: Project rubric, self assessment, Group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2, 3,4,5,6)

Project 7: Relief Carving:Ceramic tile (2 weeks)

a. View a Power Point introducing relief and its various levels, basic ceramic vocabulary.

b. Complete sketches based on researched ideas

c. Choose best design and create a 5 x 7 tile in ceramic clay with 3 level of relief

d. After firing finish the surface with stain and/or glaze

Assessments: Project rubric, self assessment, Group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2, 3,4,5,6)

Project 8: Clay Rattles (1-2 weeks)


  1. View Power Point (or other visual source) of modeling technique

  2. Sketch ideas on paper using visual resources from life and computer

  3. Model form no more than 4” in solid clay following teacher directions for preparation and hollowing out

  4. After firing finish surface with stain or glaze

Assessments: Project rubric, self assessment, Group critique.

Outcomes: NA-VA 1, 2, 3,4,5,6)


Mid-term and Final: Students will write an essay addressing 2 of the pieces they produced during the semester in terms of critical art analysis and personal growth. Attendance at the semester Art Show is also mandatory.


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