Ceramics II - Studio

Course Number: ART 258
Transcript Title: Ceramics II - 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 255. Encourages the development of individual style, character and self-identity while strengthening the ability to self-critique. Builds independence and self-creativity. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 255. 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. Create personal works of art which that demonstrate an independent and self-actualized application of ideas, processes, materials, and techniques associated with hand building and wheel throwing processes.
  3. 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.
  4. Express individual style, character and self-identity, embracing the vision to be, do, feel, think and own a distinctive way of constructing ceramic form.
  5. Develop a cohesive, pre-professional body of artwork that is presentable to galleries, school programs, art organizations and to professional artists.

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 255 as well as:

  • Independent research, development, and completion of ceramic works
  • Development of a 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.
  • Self-expression, individual style, character and self-identity


  1. Work should clearly show the existence and evidence of professional proficiency in the completion of a final body of work in Ceramics II.
  2. Demonstrate ability to successfully create personally directed ceramic artwork
  3. Investigate process and alternative solutions for creating complex forms
  4. Demonstrate sound glazing techniques such as dip, dunk, pouring, sponging, brushing and spraying that is appropriate for the body of work.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with historical styles by comparing ceramic works to those of other periods.
  6. Assembly of a cohesive, pre-professional portfolio of artwork.
  7. Introductory knowledge of entry in gallery shows and sale of ceramics.

Department Notes

This is a lab course in which students practice and reinforce skills and knowledge learned in ART 255. Students are required to do little or no work outside of class.