Advanced Ceramics Grades 10-12

Fine Arts Advanced Ceramics*Grades 10-12. This course will cover three-dimensional design using clay as the medium. Clay preparation, construction, surface design, and firing will be developed at an advanced level.

Performing and Creating
1-61a. Use clay to develop skills in basic hand building and/or wheel throwing, using final finishes such as glazes, englobes, or stainsWork with others to create a mural or collaborative classroom project
b. Use appropriate tools and techniques to produce variations of basic pinch, coil, slab, and thrown, or sculptured formsDevelop a series of thematic pieces using advanced skills
1-615,7c. Acquire and apply a vocabulary of clay usage and propertiesDevelop a ceramic portfolio
1-7467d. Set, pursue, and readily adjust art-making goals by recognizing and judging new possibilities as they emergeThrough critique and discussion, demonstrate ability to process reasons for creating a piece of ceramics
Complete projects, including bisque and glazing
History and Culture
1-91,2a. Research and study ceramic techniques and firing methods used in the past and presentUse videos and technology to explore ceramic techniques and forms from other cultures
1-91,2,45,6b. Develop an appreciation of the rituals and traditions connected with ceramics and world culturesCreate a piece of work in response to a culture or time period
71-91,2,45,6c. Understand the relationships between the history of ceramic forms and mediaCreate a work influenced by Alaska Native traditions
Identify universal themes throughout various historical periods, and the influences on the creation of different pieces of ceramics

Research, study, and compare ceramic forms from different cultures or time periods

*Prerequisites: Credit in Ceramics with grade C or higher or instructor approval required

Evaluation and Analysis
41-81-51-7a. Evaluate pottery according to its craftsmanship, function, organization, and techniqueUse notebook to record process successes and failures (e.g., building, firing, and glazing)
43-81,21,2,6b. Use appropriate vocabulary to express and support opinions about a ceramic formEvaluate construction methods by cutting pots in half
1-94,52-7c. Recognize that personal opinions are a reflection of past experiences and culturesWrite a critique of own ceramic works or works of others
Accept and offer constructive criticism
Use sketchbook to record work for assessment
Aesthetic Perception
2,34,5,7,81-51-7a. Make a judgement about the success of a ceramic piece as art in terms of aesthetic qualitiesDiscuss how functional and nonfunctional ceramic forms are important to our everyday lives
24,5,83-51-8b. Respect the opinions of others concerning ceramics as artWrite a personal definition of art and beauty; find and share ceramic examples that support the definition
Discuss issues related to aesthetics, artists, values in art, and other related topics
Visit shows to view and discuss ceramic sculpture and functional pottery forms
Investigate careers in ceramic arts
Explore higher education institutions and scholarship opportunities in ceramics
Explore opportunities to exhibit work


  • Concept assimilation and demonstration
  • Creativity
  • Participation in class
  • Product marketing
  • Rubric
  • Safety habits
  • Skill growth and manipulatives
  • Time on task
  • Working to assignment parameter

*Prerequisites: Credit in Ceramics with grade C or higher or instructor approval required

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