Ceramics I - Studio

Course Number: ART 254
Transcript Title: Ceramics I - Studio
Created: June 13, 2016
Updated: July 10, 2019
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 60
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 1


Course Description

Provides semi-directed studio time to deepen understanding of basic ceramics processes, techniques and concepts introduced in ART 252. Encourages the development of individual style, character and self-identity while strengthening the ability to self-critique. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 252. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Research and develop strategies for creatively solving ceramic processes.
  2. Apply new processes, materials and techniques associated with hand building and wheel throwing to build personal expression.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify topical issues, and employ an expanding vocabulary in critical dialogue about ceramics with others.
  4. Implement expanded self-critiquing skills, supporting autonomous creative expression.
  5. Express individual style, character and self-identity, embracing the vision to be, do, feel, think and own a distinctive way of constructing ceramic form.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Presentations of individual works, peer and instructor critiques, observation of studio habits, use of vocabulary when communicating within the studio environment, sketch books, journals, maquettes, models, writing assignments, and tests.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Continue to master themes and concepts introduced in ART 252
  • Independent research and development
  • Self-expression, individual style, character and self-identity
  • Develop conceptual philosophical strategy through the practice of creative research and preparatory studies from sketch books, periodicals, UTube, journals, models, writing assignments, demos, and technical practice and tests, etc.
  • Utilization of physical and historical composition, traits and their preparation
  • Creation and alteration of form


  1. Create ceramics that incorporate a variety of technical skills with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of different ceramic processes.
  2. Begin to generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the produced work.
  3. Build upon current skill sets with the intent of working towards technical proficiency.
  4. Safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals and machinery within a communal studio space.
  5. Further expand and utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to ceramics when participating in peer critiques and discussions.
  6. Begin to assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
  7. Begin to develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in ceramics. 

Department Notes

This is a lab course in which students practice and reinforce skills and knowledge learned in ART 252. Students are required to do little or no work outside of class.