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Art 2613 Ceramics I

Course Details

Course Number
Art 2613
Section Number
Art 2613
Semester
Fall 2017
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C119
Days & Times

Tuesday/Thursday: 9:30 AM to 12:20 PM

Professor
Steve Hilton (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of equipment safety and possible health hazards associated with ceramics
  2. Maintain a clean working environment
  3. Describe, recognize and utilize ceramic tools
  4. Use surface treatment and decoration on ceramic surfaces
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of kiln firings to include oxidation and reduction (atmospheric) methods
  6. Demonstrate skill on working select hand building techniques
  7. Demonstrate the procedure for loading kilns: glaze and bisque
  8. Demonstrate basic wheel techniques
  9. Demonstrate basic glazing and surface decorating methods
Course Expectations

Textbook: The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson

 

Clay and Glaze Fee: Process to be determined (approximately $50)

 

Respirator: Buy at Lowes, Home Depot, or Granger – make sure it is good for dust (they usually have some magenta color on the filter with a designation of P100)

 

Materials/Tools (not optional – 20 points for completion): Numbers 1 through 4 can be found (with a considerable MSU discount) online at http://www.brackers.com (all of the letters/numbers below are from Brackers . . . order together to save shipping cost) (KT means Kemper Tool):

  1. pottery tool kit (KTPTK - Kemper Pottery Tool Kit) (wire, needle tool, wooden rib, metal rib, trimming tool, sponge) available at the bookstore, local art store or online. (Due next Tuesday)
  2. rubber rib: available online (buy the yellow Sherrill Mudtool, soft yellow #3) (Due next Tuesday)
  3. loop tool kit (KTMRS Kemper - Mini Ribbon Set) (Due next Tuesday)
  4. metal scraper (KT S10 – steel scraper with serrations): (Due next Tuesday)
  5. small bucket: a gallon or less (Due next Tuesday)
  6. combination lock
  7. large tile sponge for clean-up (Due next Tuesday)
  8. assortment of inexpensive brushes (1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1 inch) (Due next Tuesday)
  9. respirator (Due next Tuesday)
  10. sketchbook (at least 8.5” by 11”) (Due next Tuesday)
Grading Standards

Grading Policy:

Each assignment should be evaluated and graded as it is completed.   It is your responsibility to make sure I know your work is ready to be graded.

 

Since ceramic work has two stages of completion, you will be graded on turning your completed leather hard work in on time, and you will be graded on your glazed work at the end of the semester.

 

As art is subjective, I will be grading your assignments with some of the following criteria (depending on the assignment). It is your responsibility to show me each assignment as it is completed:

  1. Is it innovative/experimental
  2. Does it accomplish the assignment
  3. Does it communicate your intention/content
  4. Is it aesthetically pleasing . . . and designed well
  5. Craftspersonship
  6. Attention to detail(s)
  7. Technical elements and mastery
  8. Growth of your work
  9. Sketchbook

Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below:

Points earned divided by points possible (approximately 2000 pts)

Assignments                                                        1500 points

Critique (4 critiques minimum)                              100 points

Participation (clean-up, helping out)                      100 points

Quizzes                                                                  150 points         

Sketchbook                                                            150 Points

Final Exam 12/12/2017 8:00 AM
Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.

Clay Work:

• ceramic work cannot be put off to the last moment . . . if you do, I will know

Electronic Work:

• save your work often

• back it up often (in two places)

• save it with a different name periodically (with the date in the name)

• email it to yourself after making large changes

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

  • Students arriving ten minutes after class begins will be considered late, and will be counted absent.
  • THREE late arrivals count as an absence.
  • Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.
  • If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.
  • If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.
  • Example: after your 4th absence, a 90% will become an 80%
  • Example: after your 4th absence and 3rd tardy, an 80% will become an F and you will be dropped
  • Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.
  • When you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact class members and learn what you missed.
Other Policies

Midwestern State University

ART 2613 – CERAMICS I

(Fall 2017)

 

Steve Hilton                                                                                                 (940) 397-4270 office

9:30 to 12:20 Tuesday/Thursday                                                                   Ceramics Studio/C119

steve.hilton@mwsu.edu                                                   

 

Office Hours - C119 and Legacy Hall Lobby:

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday/Wednesday (please check my office door for more hours)

 

Campus police: (940) 397-4239                                                 9-911 (call if any emergency occurs)

 

Course Description:

An introduction to ceramic materials and techniques of throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building, decorating, glazing, loading and firing of kilns.

 

Course Objectives:

1.     Demonstrate a basic understanding of equipment safety and possible health hazards associated with ceramics, while maintaining a clean working environment

2.     Describe, recognize and utilize ceramic tools

3.     Demonstrate rudimentary knowledge of kiln firings to include oxidation and reduction methods

4.     Demonstrate basic skill with select hand building techniques

5.     Demonstrate the procedure for loading kilns: glaze and bisque

6.     Demonstrate basic wheel techniques

7.     Demonstrate basic glazing and surface decorating methods

 

Textbook: The Craft and Art of Clay (Fourth Edition), by Susan Peterson (this book is a great book for ceramics majors.  If you are not a major, you do not need to buy the book. You may use a book in the reference section of the library, or several of you may buy the book together . . . but you will need to read the assigned sections.

                       

Other Expenses:

1.     Clay and Glaze Fee: You will need to call Trinity Ceramics on Tuesday of next week with a credit card and be prepared to pay $48.02 (with tax this will be $50)

2.     Respirator: Buy at Lowes, Home Depot, or Granger – make sure it is good for dust (they usually have a magenta (pink) color on the filter and are generally labeled P100 filters): Approximately $30

3.     Assorted ceramic tools: Approximately $25

 

Building Use Hours:

  1. Art building access will be discussed the first day of class
  2. The use of this and all art studios is considered a privilege, if this is abused, it will be revoked.
  3. The studio door code is 132. Please do not share it with anyone outside this class.

 

Locker:

Choose a locker that has nothing in it and put your lock on it. Put your name on the locker sign-up list

 

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

·       Students arriving ten minutes after class begins will be considered late, and will be counted absent.

·       THREE late arrivals count as an absence.

·       Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.

·       If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.

·       If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

·       Example: after your 4th absence, a 90% will become an 80%

·       Example: after your 4th absence and 3rd tardy, an 80% will become an F and you will be dropped

·       Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

·       When you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact class members and learn what you missed.

 

Homework:

You will have homework in this class . . . except you will be doing most of it in the studio. You should spend a minimum of 6 hours in the studio outside class time to be successful. Most will spend more.  The more time you spend in the studio the more successful you will be. If you make more . . . You will learn more!

 

Grading Policy:

Each assignment should be evaluated and graded as it is completed.   It is your responsibility to make sure I know your work is ready to be graded.

 

Since ceramic work has two stages of completion, you will be graded on turning your completed leather hard work in on time, and you will be graded on your glazed work at the end of the semester.

 

As art is subjective, I will be grading your assignments with some of the following criteria (depending on the assignment). It is your responsibility to show me each assignment as it is completed:

1.     Is it innovative/experimental

2.     Does it accomplish the assignment

3.     Does it communicate your intention/content

4.     Is it aesthetically pleasing . . . and designed well

5.     Craftspersonship

6.     Attention to detail(s)

7.     Technical elements and mastery

8.     Growth of your work

9.     Sketchbook

 

Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below:

Points earned divided by points possible (approximately 2000 pts)

Assignments                                           1500 points

Critique (4 critiques minimum)                             100 points

Participation (clean-up, helping out)                       100 points

Quizzes                                                 150 points         

Sketchbook                                            150 Points

 

Communication:

If you have a question/problem with the material or a technique, please see me as soon as possible. If you wait until the last week of the semester, I might not be able to help you.

 

Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.  Please contact Disability Support Services at 940.397.4140 in room 168 of the Clark Student Center to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

 

Studio Etiquette:

It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the studio clean. Do not leave without making sure all materials, tools, and artwork are properly stored. Your grade will be lowered if you do not clean up after yourself.

The last 12.498 minutes of class is devoted to cleaning up, with everyone assisting.

• The floors need to be mopped every class period and every time you throw on the wheel

• There will be one mandatory all studio clean-up in the middle of the semester and the final clean-up on Tuesday, December 12 at 8 AM . . . this is your final, if you miss the cleanup, you will lose one letter grade from your final grade!

 

• During the semester, everyone will be asked to help maintain the studio

• Please turn all cell phones to silent while in the ceramics studio . . . this includes texting ****

 

Decorum and Academic Dishonesty:

Students will abide by all MSU rules, regulations including the Student Honor Creed, and will thereby earn all the student’s rights as noted in the MSU Student Handbook. Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given) is academic dishonesty.

 

• Student Honor Creed: “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

• I reserve the right to drop any student with an F grade, or recommend other sanctions, if a student engages in any form of academic dishonesty.

 

• Smoking and other uses of tobacco products will not be allowed in accordance with the Student Handbook

 

The instructor reserves the right to initiate an instructor drop with a grade or W, WF, or F, as specified in the Student Handbook (see link above) for reasons to include attendance issues, academic performance in the class, indifferent attitude, or disruptive conduct.

 

Enrollment in this class constitutes an acceptance to adhere to the Student Honor Creed and all other student conduct policies outlined in the university Student Handbook.

 

Safety:

  1. Some materials in the studio are toxic. If you are uncertain of the nature of a material, PLEASE SEE ME and/or see the Material Safety Data Sheets in the folder by the front door.
  2. Students are expected to take the utmost care in working with kilns and all power equipment.  Do not use any equipment, including kilns, without being properly trained and signing a training document.
  3. Always wear a respirator and rubber gloves when working with any toxic materials.
  4. Always wear a respirator when sanding ceramic material and spraying glaze.
  5. Always sand ceramic material outside
  6. A list of all materials used in this studio is available in the yellow folder next to the front door.

7.     TAKING THIS COURSE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT AT MSU MEANS THAT YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY to use all equipment, tools, and materials related to the course in a safe and responsible manner.  If you have any health-related problems that would be adversely affected by taking the course, you should consult with me at the end of the first day of the class.

8.     Please tell me about any accidents, no matter how small.

 

Return and Retention Of Student Work

If work or tools are left in the studio longer than (1) one week after the end of the semester, the department has the right to dispose of or use the unclaimed work for any purpose.  The department also reserves the right to retain student work as desired for reference or exhibition purposes. 

 

Materials/Tools (not optional – 20 points for completion): Numbers 1 through 4 can be found (with a considerable MSU discount) online at http://www.brackers.com (all of the letters/numbers below are from Brackers . . . order together to save shipping cost) (KT means Kemper Tool):

1.     pottery tool kit (KTPTK - Kemper Pottery Tool Kit) (wire, needle tool, wooden rib, metal rib, trimming tool, sponge) available at the bookstore, local art store or online. (Due next Tuesday)

2.     rubber rib: available online (buy the yellow Sherrill Mudtool, soft yellow #3) (Due next Tuesday)

3.     loop tool kit (KTMRS Kemper - Mini Ribbon Set) (Due next Tuesday)

4.     metal scraper (KT S10 – steel scraper with serrations): (Due next Tuesday)

5.     small bucket: a gallon or less (Due next Tuesday)

6.     combination lock

7.     large tile sponge for clean-up (Due next Tuesday)

8.     assortment of inexpensive brushes (1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1 inch) (Due next Tuesday)

9.     respirator (Due next Tuesday)

10.   sketchbook (at least 8.5” by 11”) (Due next Tuesday)

 

Important Dates:           

Final Clean Up – Tuesday, December 12 at 9:30 AM (the last day of class)

NCECA – March 14 to March 17, Pittsburgh, PA

 

** This syllabus may be changed to best meet your needs, or for other reasons as I see fit. This includes the changing or deleting of assignments. If for some reason the assignments administered total something other than 2000 points, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.

 

*** By staying enrolled in this course, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of ART 2613 and this syllabus

 

**** Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.

 

 

 

 

QUIZ AND ASSIGNMENT TIMELINE

 

QUIZ Timeline and Ceramics Reading Assignments, Fall 2017

For each chapter, please write a paragraph or two in your sketchbook on what you thought were the most important points in the chapter.

 

• Quiz 1 – September 7 – Wheelthrowing

 

• Quiz 2 – September 26 – Chapters 1 and 2: Safety and Fabrication Methods (pgs. 10 to 101)

 

• Quiz 3 – October 12 – Handbuilding

 

• Quiz 4 – November 7 – Chapters 3 and 4:  Design, Decoration, and Glazes (pgs. 102 to 157)

 

• Quiz 5 – November 28 - Chapters 5 and 6 (pgs. 160 to 247)

 

ASSIGNMENT/QUIZ TIMELINE

 

ASSIGNMENTS Timeline

All deadlines are at 9:30 AM on due date.

 

• Assignment 1 - Wheel throwing tutoring session (Three on one tutorial)due date: before the end of the day on the September 1. You must sign up for a one-hour three-on-one wheel throwing session with me. Failure to do so will not only make it harder for you to accomplish the first assignment of cylinders, it will cause the loss of most of the benefit of doubt during final grading.

 

TENTATIVE CALENDAR:

 

Date

Activity

Demo/Due

TUESDAY August 29

Syllabus/ Introduction

Safety Tour/ Quiz

Handout: Cylinder Assignment

 

 

Throwing Demo

THURSDAY August 31

Pay Material Fee

Workday

Pinch pots

 

Pinch Pot Demo

2nd Throwing Demo

 

TUESDAY Sept 5

Work Day

Glaze Pinch Pots

Due: 1st 5 Cylinders

Due: Tools Check

Demo: Trimming

Demo: Glaze Pinch Pots

(Raku Glaze)

THURSDAY Sept 7

Work Day/WHEEL THROWING QUIZ (1)

Raku

Due: 2nd 5 Cylinders Trimmed

TUESDAY Sept 12

Work Day

“Critique” Glazed Pinch Pots

 

Due: Start Looking at Vessels

THURSDAY Sept 14

Short Critique

Sketches Due: 1st handbuilding assignment

 

Due: All 15 Cylinders trimmed

Demo: Coil Pot

TUESDAY Sept 19

Work Day

All Cylinders in Bisque Kiln

Due: First 10 inches of coil pot

Demo: Glaze Applications

THURSDAY Sept 21

GLAZE Day

Make slabs for Texture Squares

Due: All Cylinders Glazed

TUESDAY Sept 26

Work Day/QUIZ (2) Chapter 1 and 2

Make Texture Squares

Due: 18 inches of coil pot

THURSDAY Sept 28

 

Work Day

Due: Bisque Textures

TUESDAY October 3

Critique of Coil Pot

 

Due: Coil Pot

THURSDAY October 5

 Workday

Glaze Textures

Due: Sketches 2nd Handbuilding Assignment

Due: Glazed textures

 

TUESDAY October 10

Workday

 

THURSDAY October 12

Workday/QUIZ (3) Handbuilding

 

TUESDAY October 17

Critique of 2nd Assignment

Due: 2nd Handbuilding Assignment

Demo: Cups

THURSDAY October 19

Workday

Demo: Handles

TUESDAY THURSDAY

October 24/26

Steve in MN

Workday

Alberto Substitute

Due: 10 Cups Trimmed

TUESDAY October 31

Cup Work Day

 

Due: Glaze 5 Cups

Due: 3 Cups with handles

Due: 5 Cups in Bisque Kiln

THURSDAY Nov 2

Cup Work Day

 

 

TUESDAY Nov 7

Cup Critique

QUIZ (4) Chapter 3 and 4

 

Due: All 20 Cups

Demo: Bowls

THURSDAY Nov 9

Bowl Workday

Due: Sketches Bowls

Due: 10 cups glazed

TUESDAY Nov 14

Bowl Work Day

Due: 1ST 5 Bowls Trimmed

THURSDAY Nov 16

Bowl Work Day

Due: 2nd 5 Bowls Trimmed

Due: 5 Bowls in Bisque

TUESDAY Nov 21

Bowl Work Day

 

THURSDAY Nov 23

THANKSGIVING

 

TUESDAY NOV 28

Bowl Critique

QUIZ (5)

LAST DAY FOR WET CLAY

 

Due: 15 Bowls

LAST DAY FOR WET CLAY

THURSDAY

Nov 30

Glaze Day

LAST BISQUE KILN

Glaze Day

LAST BISQUE KILN

Tuesday

Dec 5

Glaze Day

Load Kilns

Glaze Day

Load Kilns

Thursday

Dec 7

LAST DAY OF CLASS

LAST GLAZE KILN

LAST GLAZE KILN

Tuesday

Dec 12

                      Clean up at 8 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIST OF REQUIRED ATTENDANCE FOR FALL 2017

 

Departmental Policy for Gallery Openings

·       Students enrolled in studio or art history courses must attend every gallery opening.

·       At every gallery opening, the student will receive a comment sheet.

·       During each opening, the student must fill out and submit the comment sheet.

·       If the student cannot attend the gallery opening, they must meet following requirements:         

1.     The student must write a paper on the artist exhibited in the Juanita Harvey gallery.

2.     The paper should emphasize the student’s reaction to the work.

3.     The paper must be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt font, and be double-spaced.

4.     The paper must consist of 500 words.

5.     The paper must be submitted to the art office one week after the exhibition opening.

6.     If the exhibition extends past the final class day of the semester, the paper will be due one week before the final class day of the semester.

·       If a student does not attend the show nor submit a paper, their final grade will be dropped 3.3% per gallery opening.

·       If a student misses all of the gallery openings and does not write a paper for each required exhibition, the student’s final grade will be dropped by 10%.

 

 

REQUIRED OPENINGS

 

Ghislaine Fremaux, Drawing

Reception - September 29

Workshop lecture

September 27, 28, 29

 

Hasan Elahi, Conceptual Artist

Reception - October 20

Lecture: October 19    

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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