AR320 Ceramics I

for SP 2010

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AR 320 Ceramics I


SP 2010 HO


Rinkel, Andrea



Office Location

Ceramics Lab

Office Hours

after class sessions or by appointment

Daytime Phone

ceramics lab (816) 584-6370


Semester Dates

Janunary 11- May 7, 2010

Class Days

Tuesday - Thursday

Class Time

8:45 - 11:25



Credit Hours


There is no textbook for this class

Additional Resources:
Handouts will be handed out periodically.  There is also reference material available in the studio

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Course Description:
AR320 Ceramics I: An introduction to clay processes emphasizing hand building techniques, glazing and firing. 1:5:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe in promoting a positive and encouraging classroom environment so that students will challenge themselves to give their best effort to produce creative will designed ceramic works.  I will provide instruction in ceramic skills and techniques to assist students in developing a new awareness of the possibilities of the clay medium.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Conceptualize and create original work in clay.
  2. Produce work using hand-building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab construction.
  3. Describe various attributes of ceramics with the appropriate vocabulary.
  4. Use various glaze techniques.
  5. Develop ideas through the use of a sketchbook.
  6. Critically examine finished work.
  7. Operate and care for permanent equipment in the ceramics lab.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Student assessment is based on the quality of work produced in this ceramics class, which is based on:
*Attendance and participation
* keeping a sketchbook with ideas and lecture notes
*Time and effort put into each project
*Participation in mid-term and final critiques
*Participation in studio clean up sessions (one at mid-term and one at the end of the semester)
*Respecting classroom rules of conduct (listed below)


This semester we will work on pinch pots, coil building techniques, sculpture and stiff and wet slab construction .
Each of these projects will be evaluated on the following scale:
Development of form:
this is based on the ability to develop the assigned form using the techniques that were demonstrated in class.
5 4 3 2 1             
utilizing techniques demonstrated in class (mishima, inlay, stencil,etc)
5 4 3 2 1
Overall craftsmanship


5 4 3 2 1
Grading Plan
Assignments (4) 60%
Final project (core assessment project) 20%
Sketchbook (keep lecture notes, sketches,etc.) 10%
Attendance, participation, prepared for each class 10%
                                                                                                                = 100%
Grade Scale
100-90 = A
89-80 = B
79-70 = C
69-60 = D
Below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless special arrangements are made with me beforehand, late work will be graded down 5%.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

*Students are expected to arrive to class on time and be prepared to work.  Arriving late to class is disruptive.
*Demonstrations typically start at the beginning of class.  It is crucial that you arrive on time so you do not miss out on any information.
*Clean up your work space at the end of each class session.
*sponge off your area thoroughly, wash tools, clean up any spills.
*put dry clay scraps in the slop bucket and any reusable clay back in the clay bucket.  Please be sure that the lid is on tight, so the clay won't dry out.
*Don't bring food to the studio...use the outside picnic area for eating.  You can bring beverages as long as they have a lid or cap.
*The radio can be played in the studio only during class work times...please do not bring in your ipods.  I occassionly have to interuppt the class to say something...and I want everyone to be able to hear me.
*Turn cell phones off!!!  Please no phone conversations during's rude.
*You are allowed to use the studio outside of class time.  Call security ahead of time and they will come to open the studio for you.  Call 6444 from any campus phone, or (816) 584-6444 from an outside phone. 
*Only students registered in this class can have access to the studio and materials...that means no friends, significant others coming to the studio with you.
*If you are the last person to leave the classroom, be sure that the lights are turned off, radio turned off and the door locks behind you.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Important dates this semester..some subject to change.
Tuesday,  January 12th- 1st day of class, Introductions
Thursday, March 4th- Mid-term critique and class clean up (attendance is mandatory)
March 7-14- Spring break
Tuesday, May 4th- Class clean up (attendance is mandatory)
Thursday, May 6th- Last day of class and final critique
 ***missing a critique is the equivalent to missing an exam...your grade final grade will be affected.
**work must be picked up by May 6th, or you will risk having them thrown away!

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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Additional Information:

Supply List:

1. Wheel Throwing tool kit (best price is from Utrecht Art Supply

2. Old towel

3. Various sizes of old paint brushes

4. Two (2) newer sponges

5. Old plastic container (some with lids for slip, glaze and water)

6. Sketchbook (old or new)


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