Ceramics/3-D Design II

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  • Prerequisite: Ceramics/3-D Design I,
  • Studio Art I or II and/or teacher approval
  • Open to: Grades 10-12
  • Length/Credit: Semester / .5 credit
  • Satisfies: .5 Fine Arts or .5 Elective

This class is a continuation of Ceramics/3-D Design I.  Art elements and design principles will be applied to more complicated projects using a wider range of conceptual approaches to 3-D design. Students will explore construction and finish methods through 3-D form. Emphasis will be on concept, composition, individual expression and execution.  Students will be expected to work more independently than in the introductory class.

Ceramics/3-D Design II Syllabus

Mr. Rader, Art Instructor, Hanford High School

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class is a continuation of Ceramics/3-D Design I. Art elements and design principles will be applied to more complicated projects using a wider range of conceptual approaches to 3-D design. Students will explore construction and finish methods through 3-D form. Emphasis will be on concept, composition, individual expression and execution. Students will be expected to work more independently than in the introductory class.

In this class you will continue your study of ceramics and 3-D design by exploring new media, techniques, artists, styles and time periods that build upon your learning experiences in Ceramics/3-D Design I. A solid understanding of art elements and principles as they pertain to 3-Design is essential as we further explore physical space through a range of conceptual approaches to 3-D design. During the first quarter of the class you will learn complex ceramic techniques such as: wheel throwing, armature building, installation work along with various unique “finish” techniques. In the second quarter you will continue your exploration of sculptural materials that may include; wood, metal, glass, plaster, cardboard, cast paper, foam, found objects and plastics, etc…as we explore form in space.

You will produce a variety of 3-D pieces that will provide you with a strong understanding of the challenges of creating art in three dimensions. This is a one-semester class and cannot be repeated.

Power Standards:

Students will understand:

  • How to use specific art elements and principles when developing forms to express an idea clearly and creatively in a sophisticated manner.
  • How to utilize the complex interaction of the elements of design with the principles of design when dealing with form and 3-D mediums.
  • How to skillfully use space and form with dynamic lighting, taking into consideration where and how the work will be displayed.
  • Make skillful and informed use of observational and expressive skills using a 3-D medium.
  • Improve skills to use clay for a variety of purposes and unique circumstances.
  • Continue to explore role of the human form throughout the history of art-especially more contemporary work.
  • Further gain an understanding of how artists throughout history have reflected their society and influenced the art of today.
  • The power of art to educate, persuade and influence.
  • The role of art in society past and present.
  • Further develop skills in working within the limitations of art materials.
  • Further develop use of proper art terminology in discussing and critiquing ceramic and sculptural art works.
  • Understand how to use ceramic/sculptural studio equipment properly and safely.

Students will be able to:

  • Work with a variety of tools and finish materials unique to a ceramic/sculpture studio
  • Apply skills unique to considering a work of art from all directions
  • Apply skills unique to using the pottery wheel including trimming a pottery wheel vessel
  • Combine basic hand building techniques; pinch, coil, slab, sculpture in a more expressive way
  • Apply construction methods that ensure structural integrity
  • Develop works of personal expression to communicate ideas, emotion and information
  • Work independently and be self-directed
  • Participate in constructive class critiques
  • Know and follow studio safety and clean-up procedures
  • Develop craftsmanship skills that embody       “show-quality” pieces
  • Select a work/works to include in their electronic portfolio
  • Consistently apply the research, develop, realize and analyze model to assignments.

COURSE OUTLINE:  Throughout this course you will produce a variety of completed vessels and sculptures utilizing basic and more complex hand-building techniques. These include: pinch, coil, slab construction, modeling, and fabrication, as well as other additive and subtractive sculpture techniques. We will explore a variety of finishes that include: textural decoration, stains, glazing, underglazing, acrylic finishes and wax. Please keep in mind that this is a fine arts class-not a crafts class. The difference between the two comes from making something ordinary into something extraordinary. Works of art are expressive and invite us to see the world and ourselves anew, or inspire us in some way. Art begins with a plan or idea. Meaning…art requires thought.

With each new project comes the acquisition of new skills. All projects will require some preliminary work or “thumbnail” sketches to better help you develop your original and imaginative thoughts. You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas with your fellow students and to discuss works after they have been completed. Art cannot be created in a vacuum—our class is one of our greatest resources.

In all your work you will strive to accomplish three critical components. You will accomplish this through research, development realization and analysis.

  1. CONTENT – Content is the creative component of your work. It is the BIG IDEA, the thought and message of your work.       Without it there is no art, only a demonstration of technical skill at best.
  2. COMPOSITION – this is simply orderly design. Composition utilizes the art elements and principles. The rules of composition can also be used to enhance the content aspect of your work.
  3. TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY – This is the mechanical component of your work. How well you utilize your skills to convey your idea with a particular media.

Additionally, brief reviews of the major milestones in contemporary art history will be presented through videos, reading assignments, and presentations and slides. Peer critiquing sessions will accompany many projects.

COURSE MATERIALS:  Classroom materials aside from items used for projects include educational videos that pertain to the life and works of major artists or on technique methods. They are from the RSD approved curriculum, and MPAA rating is not applicable for any of them.

Other course materials include teacher demonstrations, slide lecture/discussions, web sites, monthly art publications and a variety of art books. Images are from major art history sources, from current professional art publications, or of actual student work samples. Prints of major artists and samples of outstanding student work will be displayed regularly. Students will be expected to use resources from classroom, library and the internet on a regular basis.


  1. Participation, Behavior and Productivity Points: (5pts. per day with a possible 200-225 points available per quarter)
    • Prompt, regular attendance (absence -5, tardy -3)
    • On task participation in class
    • Proper use and cleanup of materials
    • Following class guidelines
    • Bringing me Starbucks at regular intervals (just kidding)

Points will be deducted for tardiness, absenteeism, off-task behavior/insubordination, and lack of participation in clean-up responsibilities.

  1. Project Points are earned by: (50 points per project and tests / 25 points for weekly quizzes)
    • Content—what is the idea? Is it original? Creative? Expressive?
    • Technical skill and use of medium—can you effectively manipulate the materials?
    • Fulfilling the criteria—did you follow directions to meet expectations?
    • Good craftsmanship? Clean and neat presentation?
    • Demonstration of personal growth—are you taking risks? Pushing yourself?

You can see the importance of the participation, behavior and productivity points to your overall grade- roughly 230 points per quarter. You may be asking yourself why this is such a big part of your grade? Well, if you think about it, this class is very similar to a lab class. Technically you don’t have a textbook and the instruction happens in the classroom. If you are not here, you are not listening and doing, and if you are not doing and listening, you are not learning. You are in class to learn. If you are not in class, then you are not learning. No learning=no points. Absences result in total loss of daily points whether they are excused or not-not here and not learning-not learning = no points. Repeated absences will severely hurt your grade. If you miss more than 12 classes it may result in failure of the course.

**One last note on cheating: the copying of others work, be it professional or fellow classmates, will not be tolerated. Copying does not simply include the copying of an image, but also includes the copying of a concept or idea. Others peoples work can be used as a resource to move your own ideas along, but ever claim them as your own. Cheating =a failing grade.**


4.0 – 3.8 = A              3.7 – 3.4 = A-

3.3 – 3.2 = B+            3.0 – 2.8 = B

2.7 – 2.4 = B-             2.3 – 2.1 = C+

2.0 – 1.8 = C              1.7 – 1.4 = C-

1.3 – 1.1 = D+            1.0 – 0.9 = D

0.8– 0.7 = D-              0.6 –0.0 = F

General Power Standards: Advanced Proficiency Art

Applicable courses: Jewelry/Metals II, Ceramics II/3-D Design, Photography II, Advanced Jewelry/Metals, Advanced Art, Independent Study Ceramics/3 D-Design, AP Studio Art.

  • Selects, uses, and produces a variety of types and qualities of line for artistic purposes in two- and three-dimensional artworks in a variety of media to demonstrate and portray the features and functions of line, and uses qualities of line in combination with other elements to create a series of artworks around a specific theme.
  • Selects and produces shapes and forms in a variety of styles, and media in a variety of two- and three-dimensional artworks for a specific purpose.
  • Examines, selects, and produces an extensive range of values in various environments and works of art in a variety of media, in two and three-dimensional artworks in a variety of styles, art forms, media, and subject matter and themes.
  • Differentiates between, selects, and produces a variety of textures in various environments, in works of two- and three dimensional art in a variety of media, styles and subject matter to demonstrate and develop textures realistically, imaginatively, expressively, and abstractly.
  • Examines, selects, and uses the element of space and spatial devices in various environments, in the production of works of two- and three-dimensional art to demonstrate the illusion of depth by developing space realistically, expressively, abstractly, and subjectively in a variety of media around a theme.
  • Uses the color wheel to examine relationships between color schemes, such as primary, secondary, tertiary/intermediate, and complementary color schemes.
  • Intentionally uses color in a variety of artistic styles, art forms, genres, media, and subject matter realistically and expressively to produce works of art in a variety of two- and three dimensional media to achieve a specific purpose and address a theme that he/she selects and evaluates.
  • Explores and creates patterns, movement, and rhythm by using the repetition of lines, shapes, and colors.
  • Uses patterns to enhance the surfaces of shapes and forms in a variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art.
  • Identifies, examines, classifies, and uses the patterns and types of balance found in nature, in man-made environments, and in works of art.
  • Examines and discusses how artists use the principles of design to develop artistic compositions while using visual thinking strategies to discuss and interpret a variety of artworks.
  • Critiques and justifies the use of art elements and principles, skills and techniques in a series of artworks in a variety of media, styles, and subject matter that were designed around a theme.
  • Uses perceptual skills (to create imagery from observation), imagination, and forming skills to achieve specific purposes in drawing and painting.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the role of the artist and the impact of visual arts on global economic, political, and environmental choices.
  • Examines, selects, and uses specific attributes in artworks to reflect a specific culture, place, or time, and examines how specific artworks or designs have shaped culture or history over time and justifies his/her interpretation.
  • Analyzes and evaluates how the knowledge, skills, and work habits of visual arts are vital and transferable to the world of work, including careers in visual arts.
  • Analyzes, understands and applies the conventions and responsibilities of “audience” in visual art.
  • Reflects upon and refines artworks for the purpose of self-evaluation and improvement.
  • Develop a portfolio of original work using a wide variety of art mediums and techniques that demonstrate technical skill, originality, composition and expression.
  • Participates in self-assessment activities.
  • Select a work/works to include in their culminating project.




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