Ceramics' Syllabus

Ceramics I -  Syllabus  -Why Ceramics?

-Best of both worlds (2-D & 3-D), even though the material is predominately clay, this medium still allows for drawing and painting (while planning & surface treatment)

- Many experiments take place in ceramics (a surprise after firing)

-It’s very tactile

- Material that has allowed civilization to progress – from as early as 6,000-4000 BC & even today –

1. Basic Drawing Exercises ·   Vase/ Face drawing, upside down drawing, negative space drawing, contour line drawing, etc. ·         A 9 step value scale (paint). Recreate the scale on a 3” scale (pencil).

·        Become familiar with terms such as: Highlight, Light, Shadow, Core of Shadow, Shadow, Reflected Light and Cast Shadow -  the 7 basic parts of a shadow (hard edged division)

·        Drawing of at lease three different shapes: sphere, cube, cone, pyramid, etc.

2. Become Familiar with Basic Ceramic Vocabulary

- Origins of Clay

- Clay stages

 3. Recycle & Wedge Clay

4. Make Clay Stamps (at least three)

- one with your name

- one with a Monogram you designed to represent your name

- one must be recessed  and the other one must stick out.

- one rolling stamp

 5. Pinch Pot, Perfect Hollow Egg & Place Holder of Egg 
6.  Bas- Relief

- Also go over decorating techniques especially for relief.

- Color wheel  

 7. Review Elements of Art & Principles of Design 
8. Asymmetrical Vase or Bird House 
9. Research Project Based on Ceramic Artist

-Create a piece similar in style as ceramic artist


10. Greek Narrative Vase

- made by coils and cardboard template

 11. Ceramic Mold  

12. Pottery’s Wheel  

13. Social Issue Tea Set