Colorado Mesa University
Course Syllabus Spring 2013
Course name: Low fire technique
Course number: ARTS 346 Room: CMU Ceramics Lab
Hours: 9:00-11:15 MW Semester credit hours: 3
Textbook: Colorado Mesa University Shop Notes (Required)
Hands in Clay by John Toki (Optional, but recommended)
MSC Shop Notes are available for purchase for $5.00 from the Art Desk on the 2nd floor of the Art Building
Hands in Clay can be purchased at the MSC Book Store at Amazon.com
Course description: Fine art course designed to give you a general introduction to the media, techniques, and history of firing low temperature ceramic art and create a deeper appreciation of the creative ceramic process and unlock YOUR own potential for innovative thinking.
Instructor name: Jake Allee
Office Telephone number: (970) 248-1797
Office number: Art Building 112
Office Hours : 8:00-9:00 a.m Monday Wednesday
8:00-9:00 a.m Tuesday Thursday
Please contact me with any questions, comments or concerns you may have. I welcome your input.
Student Learning Objectives:
1. Learn a working vocabulary of basic low fire ceramic terms and processes associated with creating ceramic objects.
2. Demonstrate application of tools, materials, techniques, and proper use and care for equipment through quality craftsmanship.
3. Understand multiple firing processes associated with finishing low fire work: Multiple glaze firings with successively lower temperatures.
4. Learn the firing techniques of earthenware ceramics: slip decoration, low fire glaze, terrasig, majolica, low fire salt, and saggar
5. Learn the techniques of surface decoration in various stages of the ceramic process: (slip and engobe decoration, relief decoration, basic brush decoration)
6. Utilize basic design principals and expression of personal aesthetic through hand-made objects.
7. Learn techniques of glaze application for multiple fired ceramics.
8. Documentation of personal hands on process through written explanation and photography geared towards personal artistic focus and development in ceramics.
9. Develop practical skills for entry into a professional career in art and design.
You are required to attend each class meeting and to stay for the duration of each class. Most lectures, demonstrations and explanations of class projects will occur at the beginning of class periods and will not be repeated for students who arrive late. A written test over the vocabulary covered in class may be presented at any time. You must consult with me when an absence occurs. Make-up assignments are given ONLY for excused absences and at the discretion of the instructor and must be turned in promptly. Incomplete or late work will not be accepted. Make-up tests will only be given with an excused absence. I reserve the right to have make-up tests be all essay or practical demonstration. People not registered in the course are not allowed to be in the classroom. Absolutely no cell phone use, text messaging or otherwise disruptive behavior allowed during class. Your full attention is required when the instructor is addressing the class.
An undergraduate student should expect to spend on this course a minimum of two hours outside the classroom for every hour in the classroom. The outside hours may vary depending on the number of credit hours or type of course. More details are available from the faculty member or department office and in CMU’s Curriculum Policies and Procedures Manual.
Projects and assignments have strict deadlines. If a project is submitted late, the grade will drop by one letter grade per class period. Projects will be marked down after the numeric evaluation on the rubric is totaled. Hence, if you turn in “C” work one day late, it will be marked down to a “D”.
Dedication towards course work is displayed by coming to class on time and prepared with supplies that are needed for that day’s activities. All projects are due completed at the beginning of class period that they are due. All students are expected to clean up their working area at the end of class. These points are directly related to the participation and attitude aspect of your final grade.
If at any point you consider dropping the course please consult with me. Alternative options or help may be available. I will make every reasonable effort to assist you in completing this course within the parameters of the established class meeting times and my office hours. Students wishing to drop should consult an academic advisor. If you stop attending class after the CMU established last day to drop with a ‘W’, you will receive a performance grade most likely an ‘F’.
Please notify the instructor if you have a disability that requires accommodation. It is recommended you register with the Educational Access Services office (EAS) for Disability Accommodation. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified students with disabilities. The EAS office is located in Houston Hall Suite 108. The telephone number is 248-1826. The Please meet with the instructor the first week of class to discuss accommodations for your educational needs.
Please get the name and phone number from at least one other person in class in an effort to communicate should you miss class.
Grading and Evaluation:
Course grade: 100 point scale 90 and above = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 59 or below = F. Grades will be determined from the average of 5 to 6 projects given throughout the semester.
Methods of evaluation: Evaluation is based on your ability to demonstrate learned topics, terminology and aspects from the course through hands on projects, class participation and discussions. Tests may be given at any time and will count as a full project grade.
Methods of instruction: Topics will be covered by a variety of demonstrations, presentations, lectures, and reading assignments from handouts geared towards student production of assigned projects. Suggested books and internet websites, videos, class discussions and trips to media related sites will be used to reinforce instruction.
Some materials are provided, but student purchased materials will be needed for exploration of ideas and different creative projects throughout the semester (example: basic tools for specific media, etc.).
1 Attendance is mandatory. On the 4th absence your grade will be dropped one letter. Every 3 late arrivals to class constitute one absence.
2 10% of grading is based on attendance/participation in the class and 90% of grading is based on tests and completion of required assignments (all projects and tests/quizzes weighted equally).
3 Attention to “housekeeping” and or cleaning of studio spaces
4 The class final will consist of your efforts during the prescribed clean up day. Attendance is mandatory during the cleanup day as determined by the finals schedule. If you do not attend and participate in the clean up day, you will receive an ‘F’ as a final grade. If you do not hand in the final portfolio by the time and date prescribed by the class schedule, you will receive an ‘F’ as a final grade.
As a student enrolled in this course you must understand your performance and final grade are your responsibility. Please recognize the course objectives and comprehend the commitment the course will demand. Address any questions or concerns to me promptly and be aware that all aesthetic grade decisions are at the instructor’s discretion. No assignment will be accepted late. Final grades will be available only when the registrar posts them. Work completed for this course may not be used for credit in any other course and work completed for other courses may not be used for credit in this course. If at any point you are unsure of your progress or need to know what your course grade is consult with your instructor immediately. Concluding course grades are final and will not be reconsidered. No Exceptions.
Your Final project in this class will be assembly of a portfolio that represents all of the projects assigned during the course. This portfolio is a project that focuses on the professional documentation of your material projects. This portfolio project will be weighted equally with the other assignments in the course and must be completed and handed in by 4:00 PM on May 13th. Failure to hand the portfolio in at this time will result in an “F” as a letter grade for the entire course.
All portfolios are due formatted as j-pegs and burnt to a compact disc.
All photos must be shot as demonstrated in class and all projects must be represented as prescribed by the final portfolio requirement list.
PORTFOLIOS ARE DUE BY 4:00 PM ON MONDAY MAY 13. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
ANYTHING LEFT IN THE STUDIO WILL BE THROWN OUT ON MAY 17th!!!
April 25th Last Wet Clay Day
May 2nd Last Bisque Firings Loaded
May 6th Last Glaze Firings Loaded
May 13th All Portfolios Due
May 17th All items left in the studio thrown out