Ceramics 1: Beginning
Ceramics blends design ideas and studio experience in clay to provide an introductory experience in the Visual Arts. Elements and principles of design are emphasized as foundational ideas in ceramic media. Students will learn how to create, critique, evaluate, and appreciate works of art through beginning hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, slab and mould work; introductory forms on the potter’s wheel; and exploration of decorative techniques. This course is required for Advanced Ceramics. There is a fee for materials the student takes home.
Ceramics 2: Advanced
Ceramics 2 Advanced Ceramics expands on the ideas and skills gained in Beginning Ceramics. As in other art courses, studio work will develop and reinforce student understandings of the elements and principles of art, which is an integral part of a strong portfolio. Students are encouraged to develop creative thinking and personal expression as well as skills, techniques and understanding needed to create quality work. Students will explore and expand on a variety of ceramic techniques, including more complex hand-building, sculptural ceramics, and a variety of wheel-throwing. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore a variety of alternative firing techniques such as Raku, Salt/ Soda firing, wood firing, and pit firing. Student’s interest in the subject strongly influences the curriculum. There is a fee for materials the student takes home. Course may be repeated for credit.
Ceramics 3: Sculpture
Sculpture is a studio experience designed to broaden the student’s concept of art media and creativity. Sculpture is recommended for the art student who intends on applying for the AP-3D studio art class and/ or is serious about pursuing art in college and beyond. A wide range of less familiar materials and techniques will be explored and utilized in the sculpture processes to encourage creative problem solving. Media will include clay/ceramics, wood, metal, plaster, foam and mold making. Emphasis is placed on individual idea development and inventive use of media. As in other art courses, studio work will develop and reinforce student understandings of the elements and principles of art and design, which is an integral part of a strong portfolio. There is an emphasis on developing creative thinking and personal expression as well as skills, techniques and understanding needed to create quality work. Course may be repeated for credit.
A.P. Studio Art / 3-D Design
AP 3-D Design is designed to allow the experienced art student to investigate specific areas of three dimensional form in depth. Students will choose from a variety of art areas from self-directed and designed art experiences. Students who elect to take this course must be self-motivated and self-directed as well as cooperative, responsible art students. This course is especially directed toward those preparing art portfolios for college entrance. Written analyses, sketchbooks, a written artist statement, out-of-class work, and an artist’s portfolio will be required. Ongoing critiques and self-evaluations will be an integral part of this class. There is a fee for materials the student takes home. Course may be repeated for credit.