Ceramics and Sculpture

Course Description: What Is This Class About?

Ceramics and Sculpture is a Marking Period course worth 1.25 credits. We will be creating three-dimensional artwork out of clay and other materials.

Rationale: Why is it Important To Learn This?

Humans have been making sculpture since pre-history. Learning about the objects that people have constructed, helps us to understand their experiences in the world. Learning to express our identities in the objects that we make; helps us to understand who we are as individuals.

Course Goals:What Are We Going To Do In This Class?

Over the duration of the Marking Period we will be: building a clay vessel, modeling a clay bust, making a plaster mold and a latex cast, and sewing a soft sculpture. In addition to making art: we will be looking at exemplary artworks from around the globe: analyzing the common themes. The study of technical processes will include: coil pottery, firing ceramic sculpture, glazing, making plaster molds, casting, and sewing.

Course Concepts: What Will I Learn In This class?

Unit Major Concepts
Clay Vessel How clay has been used by human cultures from around the globe.
How to use coils and slabs to construct vessels.
How to add handles using the score and slip method.
How to glaze ceramic bisque ware.
Clay Bust How to make a clay bust (a bust is a 3-D portrait).
How the features of the face can be constructed out of simple forms (pyramids, spheres, cylinders).
Mold Making and Casting Molds allow more than one identical object to be created.
How to make a mold (mold is a negative impression of an original).
How a cast is made (a cast is a positive impression taken from the mold).
How a mask reveals the psychological characteristics of the person wearing it.
Soft Sculpture How to make a soft sculpture (a soft sculpture is a sculpture made from fabric).
How to use a sewing machine.



Students will be expected to turn in 4 completed projects by the end of the Marking Period. As part of the learning process, students are given a self-evaluation rubric for each project. Criteria for getting an “A” are listed on the rubric. Students are expected to assess their own artwork based on these criteria. This process allows students the opportunity to continue to refine their artwork until they feel it meets the standard set out in the rubric. Writing about their artwork allows students the opportunity to earn extra-credit.