Ceramics II

Course Number: ART 255
Transcript Title: Ceramics II
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2019
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


ART 253C or three terms of ART 253 or two terms of ART 254

Course Description

Continues the exploration of ceramics processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues as they relate to artistic expression. Provides training in and encourages creative problem solving. Builds kinetic skills with clay forming and finishing techniques, including: hand-building, wheel throwing, use of molds, and surface treatments. Includes critiques, discussions, and presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramic works, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions and expand perceptual awareness. Prerequisites: ART 253C or 3 terms of ART 253 or two terms of ART 254. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Apply creative processes to solve problems using a progressive variety of strategies.
  2. Create personal works of art that demonstrate an advancing level of ideas, processes, materials, and techniques associated with hand building, wheel throwing, molds, and surface treatments.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about the ceramics process as well as the current trends and culture of the medium.
  4. Understand, interpret, and appreciate ceramics from different cultures and times, facilitating a lifelong engagement with the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.
  5. Employ self-critiquing skills to demonstrate autonomous expression in ceramics, while recognizing the standards and definitions already established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different cultures.
  6. Develop a cohesive body of artwork.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Major 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)

Not addressed

3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)

Not addressed

5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

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)


  • Visual awareness and ability to see
  • Methodologies for designing and creating a ceramic work, which may include hand building and wheel throwing techniques, and the use of plaster molds.
  • Challenges to translating vision to form specific to ceramics
  • Language of ceramics and the qualities that distinguish it from other three-dimensional media
  • Historical and cultural contexts
  • Options and possibilities for original work – personal expression and creative freedom
  • Evaluating ceramics
  • Studio safety, including environmental concerns related to proper recycling or disposal of waste.


  • Conduct research to develop ideas, perspectives, and influences from a variety of sources
  • Make historical and cultural connections in determining meaning and understanding of ceramics.
  • Understand and apply vocabulary necessary to discuss the formal, conceptual and technical aspects of ceramics
  • Incorporate resources, materials, and tools used in making ceramics
  • Employ a variety of problem solving strategies in the realization of idea and ceramic form
  • Use a variety of conceptual strategies to create ceramic forms from practical and effective use of models, sketches, maquettes, material tests, glaze chemistry, etc.
  • Make interesting, challenging, appropriately crafted ceramics that are personally, serious, with a useful quality of purpose.
  • Demonstrate sound glazing techniques such as dip, dunk, pouring, sponging, brushing and spraying that is appropriate for the body of work and materials.
  • Analyze and enjoy the formal and perceptual concerns of ceramics
  • Communicate with others on a variety of levels on the subjects of formal and conceptual ceramics
  • Assess the ways in which art objects are affected by personal perspectives and experience
  • Begin development of a portfolio of ceramic work.
  • Make practical and effective use of proper safety and health equipment and procedures in working with ceramics

Department Notes

A minimum of 3 hours of homework per week in the form of private exploration of the concepts and processes introduced in class will be required.