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        Studio In Ceramics

    Mr. Martin

    email: tmartin@newpaltz.k12.ny.us

    voicemail: 845.256.4000 ext. ext. 69520

    availability: daily 2:20-2:45 Art Wing

     

    The word Ceramics comes from the Greek keramos, and refers to the art of making both useful and beautiful objects and artifacts such as bowls, sculpture, cooking and serving utensils, tiles, electric insulators, components of spaceships, bricks, and many other objects used by humans.

     

    COURSE OBJECTIVE:

    In Ceramics, students will extend the study of the visual arts through a ceramic medium using introductory pottery skills. In doing so, students will expand their artistic skills analytically, conceptually, and technically and will further develop their visual arts vocabulary. Students will be using hand-building and throwing techniques, and/or a combination of these methods to produce works in clay. Students will learn to create ceramic works as both functional pieces and as aesthetic sculptural forms. The material learned in the foundation classes and other art courses should be applied to all works in regards to the elements and principles of design.

     

    Areas of study and exploration in this course will include but not limited to:

    -The nature of clay

    -Glazing and finishing techniques

    -Firing techniques – electric and primitive

    -Studio equipment

    -The history of ceramics

     

    Ceramic construction including:

                -Three-dimensional design

                -Wedging

                -Decoration and texture techniques

                -Pinch and Modeling Methods

                -Coil Building

                -Slab Construction

                -Drape and Press molds

                -Throwing on the wheel

                -Sculptural Construction

     

     

     

     

    REQUIREMENTS/EXPECTATIONS:

    -You will be required to be present for class with your sketchbook and a pencil, participate in class discussions and critiques, and make efficient use of class time. I expect you to complete all assignments, homework, and class projects.

    -Be on time. Being tardy is disrespectful and a disruption in most cases.

    -You will be required to be safe and responsible as outlined under “Class Rules.” Also, pay special attention to the “Safety” portion of this syllabus.

    -You will be required to assist in loading and unloading the kiln on a regular basis.

    -You will be required to assist with cleaning the art room daily.

     

    SUPPLIES NEEDED:

    - 9” x 12” sketchbook. Spiral books hold up better, but any type is allowed.  This will be your sketchbook/journal. Please email or see me if it is a problem for you to get one.

    - Potter’s apron or an old shirt – optional

    - Two-pocketed folder for handouts and class work - optional

     

    CLASS RULES:

    1. Be respectful to everyone at all times. Be quiet and listen during lessons, presentations and while anyone is speaking.
    2. Use tools as intended. Clean them up when done and put them in their proper place.
    3. Be on time and be prepared.
    4. We will work the entire class period. No wandering or sleeping.
    5. Do your best at all times. Be positive always.

     

    SAFETY:

    -Notify me immediately of any accidents or injuries.

    -Notify me immediately of any allergies you may have.

    -No eating or drinking in the art room. Wash your hands at the end of every class.

    -Use tools only for their intended purpose.

    -You should always wear an apron and wash clay off your clothes regularly.

    -When working on the wheel, students must keep their hair pulled back. Dangling jewelry and rings are not allowed.

    -Keep loose, dry clay off the floor if possible.

    -Never sweep clay or blow clay dust; rather, clean with damp sponges and mops.

    -Stay away from the kiln unless you have permission to assist in loading and unloading it. Always stay away from the kiln when it is on. All students should help in keeping the area around the kiln free of papers and combustibles.

     

    “The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock

     

    PARENTS & GUARDIANS

     

    Course information and assignments can be found on my teacher website at newpaltz.k12.ny.us

     

    Student grades will be posted online in Grade Book

     

    The best way to contact me is via e-mail at tmartin@newpaltz.k12.ny.us with any questions or concerns.

     

    You may also reach me by leaving a message at (845) 256-4000 ext. 69520

     

    I encourage a strong parent/teacher relationship and thank you in advance for your support and cooperation and look forward to meeting you at OPEN HOUSE, on Monday, September 24th at 7:00PM.

     

    CELL PHONE USE

    A CELL PHONE OR ANY OF ITS FUNCTIONS MAY NOT BE USED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. IN ADDITION, NO COMMUNICATION DEVICES CAN BE USED AT ANY TIME DURING AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNLESS

    SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED TO DO SO BY A DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR.

    (2018-2019 New Paltz Central High School Student Handbook, page 10-11)

     

     

     

     

    I have read and understand Mr. Martin’s course outline for Studio in Ceramics.

     

     


     

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