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Timea Tihanyi
ART 201
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Ceramics: Handbuilding

Introduces a variety of ceramic handbuilding and surface processes with an emphasis on problem solving and self-expression. Includes examination of contemporary sculpture in clay.

Class description

Art201 introduces a variety of ceramic handbuilding techniques and surface finishing processes. Each assignment will emphasize experimentation, creative problem solving, and self-expression. Through manipulation of clay and glazes; forms, structures and textures, we will be testing diverse approaches in order to fully explore the potential of this material. We will also look at examples of contemporary ceramic sculpture and challenge preconceived ideas about art by constantly redefining the forms, roles, and functions it can take. Bring your curiosity! In the next 9 weeks you will expand the scope of your skills and concepts while working on a variety of individual or collaborative assignments.

Student learning goals

• Basic understanding of ceramic materials and processes.

• Attaining a skill set for manipulating clay with confidence.

Basic understanding of sculptural concepts, formal elements of 3D constructions, and their relationship in space and time.

• Basic familiarity with contemporary ceramic sculpture and major representatives.

• Attain a vocabulary of art appreciation and criticism.

• Most importantly: Challenge yourself! Strive to fresh ideas! Be creative.

General method of instruction

Studio class: In class demonstrations of techniques, in class work time, presentations, critiques.

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

Expand the scope of your skills and concepts while working on a variety of individual or collaborative assignments.

Evaluation You will receive grades during the quarter for each projects completed. Your final grade will be determined by the following: • Participation (critiques, in-class projects, class discussions) • Professional manner (turning in projects on time, individual effort, commitment, progress) • Quality of projects (thought process, design, experimentation, development, craft)

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Timea Tihanyi
Date: 04/15/2012