Susan Harmon

Module 8- Syllabus for Ceramics 1 (online course)



College Name:XXXXX

Instructor:Susan Harmon

Course Syllabus

ART 110-Ceramics 1

Fall 1 -2018



Instructor: Susan Harmon


Mobile: xxx-xxx-xxx

Office hours by appointment only

Contact instructor M-F, 9am-5pm through email first then mobile


Course Information

Class Meets- THIS CLASS IS AN ONLINE COURSE. Specific times to meet online in live Zoom presentations will be forthcoming.

Textbook- None

Recommended Books

The Craft and Art of Clay (3rd Edition) .Susan Petersen. ISBN 13:978-1585674763

Centering in Pottery, Poetry and Person. M.C. Richards, Middletown, CT., Wesleyan University Press, 1989.ISBN 13: 978-0819562005


Virtual Exhibits

"WWW: The Ceramics Web - Web page devoted to ceramics.


Course Description:

As an introduction to ceramics, the course explores the various possibilities of ceramic form. With an emphasis on basic manipulations of clay, the course includes experiences in hand building. Ceramic history and cultural traditions studio time (beyond the scheduled time) is usually necessary for each student to complete, aesthetics, and many processes and techniques of pottery and sculptural ceramic forms are examined. Students are expected to research ideas, practice techniques, and create original forms. Projects and concepts are introduced through online, Zoom live demonstrations and live lectures. Additional certain projects. The main goal of the course is to develop a creative understanding of ceramic forms and processes. The study of ceramics involves both theory and practice, and can relate in many ways to other aspects of life. The hands-on “shaping of earth” and the analytical thought in creating artistic form often produce a gratifying enlightenment, sharpened perception, and long-remembered experience of human spirit. As a creative art, Ceramics is widely practiced and many variables exist in clay bodies, manipulation, and procedures which account for uniquely individualistic pieces of art.


Course Introduction:

This is a studio art course, taught 100 percent online that explores the possibilities of the materials and methods of ceramics for the production of functional and nonfunctional pottery and sculpture. The emphasis of the course is the understanding and manipulation of clay through hand building techniques. This is an online course taught over a period of six weeks. We use a variety of online tools both synchronous as in Zoom and asynchronous as in the Blackboard Discussion Board (DB).All projects and assignments will be posted at the DB. We will have live demonstrations and live class project critiques and lectures using ZOOM.

Instructional Hours per week (Online work) 10:

Laboratory Hours (hours working on the projects per week: 10

Prerequisite: None

TEXTBOOK: No textbook purchase is required.

Reading and research assignments will be given in the following text references on reserve in the library: Cosentino, Peter The Encyclopedia of Pottery Techniques Fournier, Robert Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Form Recommended as supplemental reference: Ceramics Monthly magazine. Other references will be given relating to individual student projects and research papers.


Course Objectives:

This course is designed for the beginning ceramics student who may not have prior art-making experience with clay as an art medium. Students will gain experience in various hand- building techniques (including pinch, coil and slab construction, modeling and decorating) and produce several finished pieces to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of ceramics as an art form and means of expression. The main goal of this course is that you will be able to create as well as appreciate expressive, beautiful three-dimensional clay forms. You will have an understanding of other cultures and periods of human expression in clay and finally you will begin to be proficient at forming clay objects yourself.  Students will gain knowledge about ceramic art and artists through today. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills, otherwise referred to as “craftsmanship”. In order to express ideas or feelings with some degree of sophistication, craftsmanship is required, much as vocabulary and grammar are to the writing process. Kiln fired and glazed pottery and wheel-thrown pottery is not included in this course as this is an introductory course to clay. This is a 6 week course and taught totally online.


Course Goals

  •  Students will effectively apply the correct vocabulary, tools and techniques to be successful with each unit.
  • Students will develop an aesthetic awareness as it pertains to ceramics through viewing work from many cultures, artists and movements, which will be demonstrated in their projects.
  • Students will create functional works of art/clay using a wide variety of new and recycled materials.
  • Students will identify and use the Elements of Art / Principles of Design as they apply to ceramics.
  • Students will critique their work and their peers’ work both in process and at the end of each unit using the guidelines provided.

 Expectations of Student Behavior

  •  Students must be respectful of the instructor, their peers, and all artwork posted in the online classroom on blackboard.
  • Students must properly use all tools and materials
  • Students must use appropriate language and behavior when responding on Blackboard.
  • Students must follow all announcements and course content posted on Black board and uses their time wisely.
  • Students must refrain from eating, drinking, or using cell phones/mp3 players during online live class demonstrations and lectures through ZOOM class time.

 Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. However, sharing of artistic ideas and technical skills is permitted and encouraged. This process is time honored.


Grading System

 A= 90-100

 B= 80-89

 C= 70-79

 D= 60-69

 F= 0-59

 A-Clearly stands out as excellent performance. Has unusually sharp insights into material and initiates thoughtful questions realizing multiple view points Articulates well and writes logically and clearly. Integrates ideas previously learned from this and other disciplines. Anticipates next steps in progression of ideas. Example "A" work should be of such nature that it could be put on reserve for all cohort members to review and emulate. The "A" cohort member is, in fact, an example for others to follow.

B-Demonstrates a solid comprehension of the subject matter and always accomplishes all course requirements. Serves as an active participant and listener. Communicates orally and in writing at an acceptable level for the degree program. Work shows intuition and creativity. Example "B" work indicates good quality of performance and is given in recognition for solid work; a "B" should be considered a good grade and awarded to those who submit assignments of quality less than the exemplary work described above.

C-Quality and quantity of work in and out of class is average. Has marginal comprehension, communication skills, or initiative. Requirements of the assignments are addressed at least minimally.

D-Quality and quantity of work is below average. Has minimal comprehension, communication skills, or initiative. Requirements of the assignments are addressed at below acceptable levels.

F-Quality and quantity of work is unacceptable and does not qualify the student to progress to a more advanced level of work.


Each project will be critiqued and graded using the following grading criteria:


  • Attendance and Active of live Zoom classroom participation which may include; note taking, attentiveness and providing responsive and reflective answers and participation in live Zoom class critiques.
  • A Positive Attitude is a must! Overall preparedness for each session. Purchase the art supplies you require to create your projects.  Use this time wisely and it will benefit you for the greater good!  

 Class Assignments: Total 100 points

 Due at Midterm: Week 3: Saturday September 29, 2018 (45points total points)

  • Creation of a Pinterest page including ONE ceramic artist (needs approval), (5 different art works of artist and one paragraph discussing the artist) (10 points total) Posted at the Discussion Board and presented live on September 29 through ZOOM.
  • Introduction PowerPoint (5points)posted at the Discussion Board.(15% at midterm) 30 total points

 Midterm Projects:

 Includes completed ceramics projects ,all posted at the discussion Board(25% at midterm), 25 total points

  • Self-portrait (part 1) clay slab self-portrait incised/knee self-portrait Additive, (Part 2), Andy Warhol pop transfer on three small slabs,10 points
  • 1Pinch pot cup with handles, one coil bowl with feet 10 points
  • 1 slab box with pressed decorations,10 points



DUE AT FINALS: WEEK 6: Saturday, October 20 (55 total points)

 Art Projects for FINAL:


  • ROLLY POLLY MARBLE PLATTER with hump mold,15 points
  • SCULPTURE,25 points
  • Blog of your final sculpture with artist statement,5 images of your process,15 points

Class Attendance

The correlation between regular online attendance, being on time for live presentations through zoom (and not tardy) and successfully meeting course objectives cannot be overstated. Even though this is an online class, time is so important in absorbing necessary course content, including announcements usually given at the beginning of each of the 6 weeks through blackboard (bb). Students are expected to be present and attend live presentations on time. As per college policy, attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session (online). If you are involved in sports, all assignments must be turned in to the Instructor before you leave for a game or event. Your attention must always be academic oriented first and sports/events second. A maximum of 4 absences will be allowed. 4 tardies equal 1 class absence. A tardy is defined as being 5-10 minutes late. If you are late beyond 10 minutes, barring an emergency, the tardy will be counted as a full class absence. Additional absences may justify withdrawing from the class or failure. In short, be proactive in your class attendance.  Students must be present for all formally scheduled final critiques (studio) and /or final exams. This Instructor will honor the school’s published final exam schedule.


Failure to attend the live zoom midterm presentation/ Zoom final presentation on the day/time slot can result in failing the course. Please honor the scheduled final exam day/time slot for the semester.


Supply List, Buy at Hobby Lobby and buy for each class ,not all at once,you will need no supplies for day one

  •  Flash drive(to put all presentations on)
  • Plastic Tackle box to keep supplies in
  • Inexpensive markers, primary colors
  • Sketch book
  • Clay and tools
  • Gray Clay, air dray
  • Red Mexican clay ,air dry
  • Specific tools
  • Plastic bowl
  • Water and water bottle
  • Rolling pins
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Wipes
  • Piece of canvas size
  • Piece of wood size
  • Glue
  • Transfer paper
  • Black gel pen
  • Acrylic paint ,brushes, water bottle.
  • All materials may be ordered at or purchased at Hobby Lobby in Abilene, Texas at 4654 S 14th St, (325) 698-1181.Wal-Mart in Brownwood is another option.

Weekly Schedule:   This may be subject to change as per class pace.

Week 1:September 1:Introduction to the course format and learning about clay:

Introduction to course; live presentation of introductions through ZOOM.

  • Syllabus reviewed, materials reviewed and projects reviewed.
  • Review supplies as needed.
  • Demonstrations on making canvas boards.
  • Review online BB class format and assignment due dates.
  • Student Introduction power points presented through zoom (5points)
  • Topic 1,Getting Started
  • Topic 2,Basic materials
  • Topic 3,Clay Theory
  • Topic 4,Clay terms

 Week 2: September 8: MODULE 2: Worksheets about Clay Theory and Vocabulary

 Self portrait: (part 1) clay slab self Portrait/knee self portrait, (Part 2), Andy Warhol pop slab art project, crit

 Live lecture on Andy Warhol and live demonstration on rolling slabs and our first live crit.

  • Topics1,Rubrics
  • Topic, Critique Guidelines
  • Topic3,Syllabus


 Live demonstration of making PINCH CUP W HANDLES, COIL BOWL WITH FEET, Slab Box. Live demonstrations on mixing paint and  painting projects one.

 Paint pinch cups, coil bowls, slab boxes.

  •  Live MIDTERMS presentations through Zoom: Live Critique presentations and self portrait incised, self portrait additive.
  • Andy Warhol pop star/pinch cup, coil bowl, slab box
  • TOPIC 1,Examples of Pinch pot Sketch
  • TOPIC 2,Example of Coil Bowl Sketch
  • TOPIC 3,Example of Slab Vase Sketch

  Week 4: September 22

  Live presentations and demonstrations on ROLLY POLLY PLATTERS  .

  • Demonstrate how to make and use Molds
  • Remind students to post all projects at the Discussion Board
  • Review finals and How to make a Blog
  • Approve artist choices for Final sculpture
  • Review Grading procedures
  • Critique and Rubric review

WEEK 5: September 29:Making Sculptures

  •  Review guidelines
  • Students present their sketches
  • Demonstrations live on Zoom about making sculptures
  • Group discussion on the class format and projects assigned as feedback for offering other studio art courses on line

Week 6: October 6-Finals presentations:

  • Live student presentations at Zoom
  • Present Blogs and final projects
  • Remind students to post projects at the disvcussion Board for grading
  • Remind students to do evaluations and feedback forms and submit through Assignments
  • Remind students to write comments on all Blogs


ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY: Cell phone, tablet and laptop

Please do not text or use your cell phone during online live zoom class lectures. Place your phone in off mode. The use of tablets or laptops is restricted to note taking, not web surfing or other non-classroom activity during live zoom presentations.

Other important Information:

It is the policy and practice to make reasonable accommodations for students with properly documented disabilities. If you are eligible to receive an accommodation and would like to request it for this course, please contact the Office of Learning Assistance.  Students who have questions about receiving accommodations, or those who have, or think they may have, a disability (mobility, sensory, health, psychological, learning, etc.) are invited to contact the Office of Learning Assistance for a confidential discussion.The Learning Assistance Coordinator, can be reached by email,; phone (xxx) xxx-xxx or by scheduling an appointment in TAC ( Academic Complex) room 307.


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