Art 10 B Project List Spring 2009 Rekedal

Art 10 B Project List
Spring 2009
Glaze Tests: Make 5 simple pieces using the following techniques to use as tests for glazes: pinch,
coil, wheel, slab, mold. Burnish one of these for a primitive firing. Apply classroom glazes in various
combinations to the other four, fire, and write comments and observations in your glaze notebook or
sketchbook. Keep accurate records and show the notes as part of your grade. (15 points)
Wheel projects:
Bowl with trimmed foot
Mug or pitcher with handle
Vase or covered jar
Plate with trimmed foot
Two or more of each form. Decorate one of each form. Try texture, slips, and overglaze painting. (Best one
of each form is graded, 5 points each, 20 points total.)
Hand building projects: Four projects of sculptural or vessel forms, constructed with any hand
building techniques (pinch, coil, slab, extruder, etc.). Abstract or representational, functional or not, express
a thought, an emotion, a political statement, or something from within yourself. Consider adding nonceramic material to create a mixed-media piece. May be wall mounted, hanging, or free-standing. (Each
project worth 5 points, 20 points total)
(Please note that you also have the option to use a combination of hand building and wheel work to
produce projects totaling 20 points.)
Student Showcase Piece: Create a unique piece to exhibit during Gavfest, May 2nd. Make it special,
because we’re inviting the public! This may be sculptural or a vessel form, made with hand and/or wheel
techniques. Utilize texture, form, color, and line to infuse your work with character. May be collaborative.
This project must be finished by May 2nd. (10 points)
Series of three: Create a “family” of related pieces that go together that demonstrate a progression
of your creative thought. These will illustrate how your idea of form was refined through repetition, and how
a decorating idea evolved. Choose a basic form (for example, the pitcher) and make several to develop your
ideas, then select the three you will use. Oral critique on this project. (15 points)
Maiolica project: Make a test tile for maiolica with five labeled overglaze colors. Record your
results in your sketchbook or glaze notebook. Using your findings, glaze a project with maiolica. (5 points)
Sketchbook: Keep a sketchbook to formulate and record ideas for projects, notes on glazes, doodling, and
information from the class. (5 points)
Participation in Student Display: Submit your best completed piece for a display of Gavilan Student Art.
(5 points)
Studio Management: Complete five activities from the list on following page. (Each activity worth 1
point, 5 points total) Extra credit may be earned.
Oral or written self critique: We will hold oral critiques but you may opt for a written self critique. (5 points)
Review of a Show: After visiting a gallery or museum, write a description and criticism of 1-3 works in
clay. Minimum 250 words. (5 points)
Effort and participation (10 points)
Recommendations: Before starting a project, sketch or make a prototype of the planned work. If
formulating glazes, allow time for repeated firings to adjust recipes as needed. Keep notebooks accurate and
up to date! Grades are based on assigned projects. Additional work should be of equal or superior quality or
should not be considered for firing.
Notes for written assignments: All papers should be presented in standard college form, with title, thesis,
introduction, body, examples, conclusion. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage all count.
Papers not turned in on time will lose grade points. Due dates are on syllabus.
The optional written self critique is a self evaluation of your own clay work during the semester. Minimum
250 words. This is in lieu of an oral critique.
Studio Management includes a variety of hands-on learning options. After completing five items from the
following list (items may be repeated), extra credit may be granted for each additional item. More ideas for
studio management and extra credit may be posted in classroom, or you may propose your own. Inform
instructor when you have done a studio job (20 minutes = 1 point).
1. Tutor other students
2. Load a bisque kiln
3. Assist in loading a glaze kiln
4. Unload a kiln
5. Mix slips or glazes as the class needs dictate
6. Prepare kiln shelves for use in the kilns
7. Remove abandoned work from storage shelves
8. Maintain inventory and stock raw materials in glaze room
9. Recycle clay
10. Perform minor repairs or make improvements to the studio and its equipment
11. Make new glaze sample boards
12. Make and donate pots for Gav fest sale
13. Help organize and staff events for Gav fest
14. Help install student show/display
15. Scan images for classroom use