Visual Art Courses: Ceramics

  • Ceramics
    This course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while exploring basic clay construction methods: pinch, slab, coil and surface decoration techniques. Students will explore the basic processes of pottery while exposed to artifacts from many times, places, and cultures. Weekly projects will be assigned each week with an emphasis given to design, craftsmanship, and surface decoration techniques. Each student will complete a historical research and career exploration project.

    Ceramics Advanced
    Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ceramics
    This course builds upon prior knowledge with an emphasis on developing a greater understanding of art and application of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Specific projects will be assigned with an emphasis given to design and craftsmanship. In the spring, each student develops an area of
    concentration and a Webfolio to showcase their work online. This course may be repeated.

    AP Studio Art: 3D Design (Ceramics)
    Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ceramics Advanced and/or instructor consent
    AP Art and Design portfolio exams contain two sections. The Selected Works section requires students to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas. These selected works will be physically and digitally submitted to the AP Board (3-D work will submit 2 photographic views of each piece). This is the student’s best 5 works and is 40% of the total score. The Sustained Investigation section requires students to conduct a sustained investigation based on an inquiry question, through practice, experimentation and revision. This section will be submitted digitally and consists of 15 slides. The sustained investigation is 60% of the total score. Both sections of the portfolios require students to articulate information about their work in writing.