Course

Art 3603 Ceramics II

Course Details

Course Number
Art 3603
Section Number
Art 3603
Semester
Spring 2018
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C119
Days & Times

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 AM to 12:20 PM


 

Professor
Steve Hilton (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Description

A continuing introduction to ceramic materials and techniques of Hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel, surface decoration, glazing and loading and firing of kilns. Includes an introduction to glaze formulation.

Course Objectives
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of equipment safety and possible health hazards associated with ceramics
  2. Maintain a clean working environment
  3. Describe, recognize and utilize ceramic tools
  4. Use surface treatment and decoration on ceramic surfaces
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of kiln firings to include oxidation and reduction (atmospheric) methods
  6. Demonstrate the procedure for loading and firing kilns: glaze and bisque
  7. Demonstrate intermediate wheel techniques
  8. Demonstrate basic glazing and surface decorating methods
  9. Demonstrate glaze mixing by mixing one class glaze

Grading Standards

Grading Policy:

Each assignment should be evaluated and graded as it is completed.   It is your responsibility to make sure I know your work is ready to be graded.

 

Since ceramic work has two stages of completion, you will be graded on turning your completed leather hard work in on time, and you will be graded on your glazed work at the end of the semester.

 

As art is subjective, I will be grading your assignments with some of the following criteria (depending on the assignment). It is your responsibility to show me each assignment as it is completed:

  1. Is it innovative/experimental
  2. Does it accomplish the assignment
  3. Does it communicate your intention/content
  4. Is it aesthetically pleasing . . . and designed well
  5. Craftspersonship
  6. Attention to detail(s)
  7. Technical elements and mastery
  8. Growth of your work
  9. Sketchbook

 

Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below:

Points earned divided by points possible (approximately 2000 pts)

Assignments                                                      1500 points

Critique (4 critiques minimum)                             100 points

Participation (clean-up, helping out)                    100 points

Quizzes                                                                150 points         

Sketchbook                                                           150 Points

Final Exam

05/03/2018 8:00 AM

Submission Format Policy



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.

For Electronic work:

• save your work often

• back it up often (in two places)

• save it with a different name periodically (with the date in the name)

• email it to yourself after making large changes

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

  • Students arriving ten minutes after class begins will be considered late, and will be counted absent.
  • THREE late arrivals count as an absence.
  • Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.
  • If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.
  • If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.
  • Example: after your 4th absence, a 90% will become an 80%
  • Example: after your 4th absence and 3rd tardy, an 80% will become an F and you will be dropped
  • Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.
  • When you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact class members and learn what you missed.

Other Policies

Other Expenses:

1.     Clay and Glaze Fee: You will need to call Trinity Ceramics on Tuesday of next week with a credit card and be prepared to pay $48.02 (with tax this will be $50)

2.     Respirator: Buy at Lowes, Home Depot, or Granger – make sure it is good for dust (they usually have a magenta (pink) color on the filter and are generally labeled P100 filters): Approximately $30

3.     Assorted ceramic tools: Approximately $25

 

Building Use Hours:

  1. Art building access will be discussed the first day of class
  2. The use of this and all art studios is considered a privilege, if this is abused, it will be revoked.
  3. The studio door code is 132. Please do not share it with anyone outside this class.

 

Locker:

Choose a locker that has nothing in it and put your lock on it. Put your name on the locker sign-up list

 

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

·       Students arriving ten minutes after class begins will be considered late, and will be counted absent.

·       THREE late arrivals count as an absence.

·       Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.

·       If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.

·       If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

·       Example: after your 4th absence, a 90% will become an 80%

·       Example: after your 4th absence and 3rd tardy, an 80% will become an F and you will be dropped

·       Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

·       When you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact class members and learn what you missed.

 

Homework:

You will have homework in this class . . . except you will be doing most of it in the studio. You should spend a minimum of 6 hours in the studio outside class time to be successful. Most will spend more.  The more time you spend in the studio the more successful you will be. If you make more . . . You will learn more!

 

Grading Policy:

Each assignment should be evaluated and graded as it is completed.   It is your responsibility to make sure I know your work is ready to be graded.

 

Since ceramic work has two stages of completion, you will be graded on turning your completed green or leather hard work in on time, and you will be graded on your glazed work at the end of the semester.

 

As art is subjective, I will be grading your assignments with some of the following criteria (depending on the assignment). It is your responsibility to show me each assignment as it is completed:

1.     Is it innovative/experimental

2.     Does it accomplish the assignment

3.     Does it communicate your intention/content

4.     Is it aesthetically pleasing . . . and designed well

5.     Craftspersonship

6.     Attention to detail(s)

7.     Technical elements and mastery

8.     Growth of your work

9.     Sketchbook

 

Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below:

Points earned divided by points possible (approximately 2000 pts)

Assignments                                           1500 points

Critique (4 critiques minimum)                  100 points

Participation (clean-up, helping out)            100 points

Wood Fire Participation                              40 points

Quizzes                                                  150 points        

Sketchbook                                            150 Points

 

Communication:

If you have a question/problem with the material or a technique, please see me as soon as possible. If you wait until the last week of the semester, I might not be able to help you.

 

Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.  Please contact Disability Support Services at 940.397.4140 in room 168 of the Clark Student Center to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

 

Studio Etiquette:

It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the studio clean. Do not leave without making sure all materials, tools, and artwork are properly stored. Your grade will be lowered if you do not clean up after yourself.

The last 12.498 minutes of class is devoted to cleaning up, with everyone assisting.

• The floors need to be mopped every class period and every time you throw on the wheel

• There will be one mandatory all studio clean-up in the middle of the semester and the final clean-up on Tuesday, May 3 at 9:30 AM . . . this is the final cleanup, if you miss the cleanup, you will lose one letter grade from your final grade!

• During the semester, everyone will be asked to help maintain the studio

• Please turn all cell phones to silent while in the ceramics studio . . . this includes texting ****

 

Decorum and Academic Dishonesty:

Students will abide by all MSU rules, regulations including the Student Honor Creed, and will thereby earn all the student’s rights as noted in the MSU Student Handbook. Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given) is academic dishonesty.

 

• Student Honor Creed: “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

• I reserve the right to drop any student with an F grade, or recommend other sanctions, if a student engages in any form of academic dishonesty.

 

• Smoking and other uses of tobacco products will not be allowed in accordance with the Student Handbook

 

The instructor reserves the right to initiate an instructor drop with a grade or W, WF, or F, as specified in the Student Handbook (see link above) for reasons to include attendance issues, academic performance in the class, indifferent attitude, or disruptive conduct.

 

Enrollment in this class constitutes an acceptance to adhere to the Student Honor Creed and all other student conduct policies outlined in the university Student Handbook.

 

Safety:

  1. Some materials in the studio are toxic. If you are uncertain of the nature of a material, PLEASE SEE ME and/or see the Material Safety Data Sheets in the folder by the front door.
  2. Students are expected to take the utmost care in working with kilns and all power equipment.  Do not use any equipment, including kilns, without being properly trained and signing a training document.
  3. Always wear a respirator and rubber gloves when working with any toxic materials.
  4. Always wear a respirator when sanding ceramic material and spraying glaze.
  5. Always sand ceramic material outside
  6. A list of all materials used in this studio is available in the yellow folder next to the front door.

7.     TAKING THIS COURSE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT AT MSU MEANS THAT YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY to use all equipment, tools, and materials related to the course in a safe and responsible manner.  If you have any health-related problems that would be adversely affected by taking the course, you should consult with me at the end of the first day of the class.

8.     Please tell me about any accidents, no matter how small.

 

Return and Retention Of Student Work

If work or tools are left in the studio longer than (1) one week after the end of the semester, the department has the right to dispose of or use the unclaimed work for any purpose.  The department also reserves the right to retain student work as desired for reference or exhibition purposes. 

 

Materials/Tools (not optional – 20 points for completion): Numbers 1 through 4 can be found (with a considerable MSU discount) online at http://www.brackers.com (all of the letters/numbers below are from Brackers . . . order together to save shipping cost) (KT means Kemper Tool):

1.     pottery tool kit (KTPTK - Kemper Pottery Tool Kit) (wire, needle tool, wooden rib, metal rib, trimming tool, sponge) available at the bookstore, local art store or online. (Due next Tuesday)

2.     rubber rib: available online (buy the yellow Sherrill Mudtool, soft yellow #3) (Due next Tuesday)

3.     loop tool kit (KTMRS Kemper - Mini Ribbon Set) (Due next Tuesday)

4.     metal scraper (KT S10 – steel scraper with serrations): (Due next Tuesday)

5.     small bucket: a gallon or less (Due next Tuesday)

6.     combination lock

7.     large tile sponge for clean-up (Due next Tuesday)

8.     assortment of inexpensive brushes (1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1 inch) (Due next Tuesday)

9.     respirator (Due next Tuesday)

10.   sketchbook (at least 8.5” by 11”) (Due next Tuesday)

 

 

 

Important Dates:           

Final Clean Up – Thursday May 3 at 9:30 AM (the last day of class)

NCECA – March 14 to March 17, Pittsburgh, PA

 

** This syllabus may be changed to best meet your needs, or for other reasons as I see fit. This includes the changing or deleting of assignments. If for some reason the assignments administered total something other than 2000 points, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.

 

*** By staying enrolled in this course, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of ART 2613 and this syllabus

 

**** Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.