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(ART 255) Beginning Ceramics

Basics in ceramics are introduced: preparation of clay, forming, trimming, decorating,
glazing, and firing of pottery. Fee required. (Due to limited availability, only admitted art majors may register online)

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites None
Offered Winter
Programs Minor in Sculpture, Visual Arts (BA), Visual Arts (BFA)

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate through finished ceramic objects a basic understanding of wheel throwing techniques.
  2. Comprehend and sensitively apply the visual elements of line, shape, color, texture, volume and mass and the design principles of balance, rhythm, dominance, contrast variation and unity to the execution of ceramic objects.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of color and color theory as it relates to the use of glazes.
  4. Complete the creative problem-solving process from planning and discovery to implementation and evaluation.
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of drawing as a means of notation, conceptualization and visual organization.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of historic and contemporary examples of ceramics.
  7. Begin to use the ceramic process to express personal imagery.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to articulate the concepts and intent of a finished ceramic piece.