Ceramics — Grades 6-8

Ceramics — Grades 6-8

Course Description

Ceramics develops basic skills in the creation of three dimensional forms and pottery from clays. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

The ceramics program creates a balance between structure and freedom of exploration as a method of encouraging artistic expression. Students are invited to participate as fully as possible and to learn in an environment where all viewpoints and styles are welcome and respected. Critical thinking and the development of problem-solving strategies are encouraged. Students get to use a raw material, create something of great value with their own hands, and nurture it through each step in the process of completion.

Units of Study

Students utilize hand-building techniques, molds, sculpting, and a variety of decorative techniques. They create multi-pieced forms, explore history and art history to add ideas to assignments, and employ realism, fantasy, joy, humor, and satire to the creative process.

Students explore processes and techniques, and develop sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity to manifest their artworks.  

Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the medium, processes, and techniques they use.

Students learn to identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works.