CLAY I Syllabus

Spring 2010


Clay I is a FIne Arts course. Students develop skills hand building with clay. This class will teach the elements of design as they relate to the making of 3D art, as well as the vocabulary specific to clay arts. Students will learn to appreciate and assess the clay arts and craftsmanship of other peoples and cultures.

Essential Question:
How does learning about the visual arts change the way in which you view the world?

Content Standards:
This is what you should know or be able to do in clay by the end of the semester.

TECHNICAL SKILLS
• Understand the properties of clay and the need to recycle
• Understand basic construction techniques
• Demonstrate technical skills in decorating and glazing clay work
• Create clay work that exhibits quality craftsmanship

CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS
• Identify and use the elements of design
• Demonstrate and describe how to solve problems creatively to create attractive forms in clay
• Demonstrate how to decorate 3-dimensional forms

REASONING/THINKING SKILLS
• Develop goals for the semester in terms of creative and technical skills
• Revisit your goals as you become more proficient working the clay, add to and/or check progress and record evidence along the way
• Become proficient at discussing and explaining your work, using the vocabulary of the clay arts in oral and written critiques/presentations.

ART HISTORY
• Acquire knowledge and increase your understanding of how and why various peoples of the world create with clay.

Process Standards (Work Habits)

The following are skills students will develop to enhance the process of learning.
Students will:
1. Use time wisely and productively.
2. Attend class on a regular basis.
3. Come to class on time, prepared, with necessary materials.
4. Keep a sketchbook, documenting progress/improvement throughout the semester.
5. Show responsible care of materials and contribute to clean-up duties in the classroom.
6. Provide constructive (thoughtful & specific) criticism when discussing artwork.
7. Participate in small group discussions and work effectively with others.
8. Maintain a positive attitude and put forth best possible effort.

Materials / Lab Fee
Pencil: please bring to every class and/or leave one on your shelf
Sketchbook: this will be provided for you by Ms. Houston
Lab fee: $15 to help share the cost of clay, underglazes, and glazes If you cannot afford to pay the lab fee, please speak to me privately.

Grades / Evaluation
All assignments/projects are based on meeting the standards or essential learning for the course and are graded on a 4 point scale. 4 is at the top , 1 is at the bottom. Specific criteria and rubrics are given to students for all major assignments, so they are clear how to be successful. When entered into the on-line grade book, the 4 point system is “translated” into the following 100 point scale:

Exceptional, Extraordinary Work (when merited) 4++=100
Exceeds the Standard 4=97
3.5=94
Meets the Standard 3=90
2.5=87
Approaching the Standard 2=83
1.5=79
Does Not Meet the Standard 1=76


This translation scale is borrowed and adapted from Robert Marzano, author of several educational text books.

Assignments passed in one week after the due date will earn 70% of the assignment's grades .
Assignments passed in more than two weeks after the due date will earn 50% of the assignment's grades.

Communication with the teacher is essential.

Your final grade will reflect your demonstration and growth in meeting the Content Standards. Each area may be weighted differently.

Make-up Policy
If you are sick and not in school the day an assignment is due, it is due the first day you return to school. Remember it is your responsibility to make arrangements with me, concerning what you missed when you were not in school. Under extraordinary circumstances, please contact me asap, so that together, we can make a plan to get caught up and turn in or modify missing work.