Ceramics Grades 8-12

This course will cover three-dimensional design using clay as the medium. Clay preparation, construction, surface design, and firing will be explored.

Performing and Creating
a. 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
1-6b. Use appropriate tools and techniques to produce variations of basic pinch, coil, slab, thrown, or sculptured formsComplete projects, including bisque and glazing
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 emerge
History and Culture
Evaluation and Analysis
41-81-51-7a. Evaluate pottery according to its craftsmanship, function, organization, and techniqueAccept and offer constructive criticism
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 culturesUse sketchbook to record work for assessment
Use notebook to record process successes and failures (e.g., building, firing, glazing)
Aesthetic Perception
2,34,5,7,81-51-7a. Make a judgment 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


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

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