Instructor: Amy Hargrave
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 11640
Course title: Ceramics
Subject: Fine and Performing Arts
Grade level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1
Course description:
Students will be introduced to many aspects of ceramics including glaze-making, hand building and wheel throwing. Students explore the vast possibilities of glazing techniques by producing original pottery and sculptures. Students will be inspired from visiting artists and through readings about contemporary and historical ceramicists.
Priority standards:
Schedule of topics/units covered:
• Contemporary Ceramic Artists
• History of Ceramics
• Guest artists
• Introduction to hand-building Slab, Coil and Pinch
• Various Projects using hand building techniques
• Introduction to Wheel Throwing
• Community based art
• Introduction to Ceramic Sculptural Techniques.
• Plaster mold making
• Glaze making
• Create an independent project
• Glazing techniques including airbrushing and silk-screening.
• Review the Elements of Design-color, texture, space, value, line
• Review the Principles of Design
• Students will learn to describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate art
• Students will develop an artist statement
Academic vocabulary:
District adopted materials:
Supplemental resources:
Scholastic Arts Magazines, Visual Arts Textbook, Art News, Juxtapoz, art related films, internet resources and more
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
All students will be expected to complete the "core" curriculum. Highly-abled students will be expected to complete independent projects in their extra time. Teacher will work with individual students to support student success and differentiate individual assignments to meet the needs of every student.
Final proficiencies:
Students must produce artwork that meets specific criteria given to them in rubric form. Students will practice writing about art through the "art critiquing process," producing formal written critiques. Students will produce an artist statement that reflects careful investigation of Art History and Aesthetics. Students will be expected to master a final and mid term exam on learned art concepts and vocabulary.
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Apply mathematics
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Use technology
  • Civic and Community Engagement
  • Global Literacy
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Use technology
  • Civic and Community Engagement
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
25% Sketchbook/Visual Journal
25% Completed artwork (will be graded on specific criteria and craftsmanship.)
25% Participation (students receive 5 points daily.)
15% Independent project
10% Mid term, final and pop quizzes.

The standard grading scale will be used.
Behavioral expectations:
1. Come to class on time and prepared with a pencil.
2. No food or drink is allowed in the art room except for water.
3. No cell phones please.
4. Treat me, your fellow students and any visitors with respect at all times.
5. Follow Jefferson High School Behavior Guidelines, attendance policies, and procedures particular to the Art Studio. Disruptive behavior will result in a verbal warning, hallway conference between the student and teacher, call home, after school cleaning duty in the Art Studio, conference including parent, teacher, student, counselor and/or Dean, request for administrative action. I will also call or write home at my discretion, about behavior attendance and or performance.
Safety issues and requirements:
Follow teacher instruction regarding safety issues for individual projects.

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/15/2008.