• Beginning Ceramics

    Course Syllabus

    Higley High School 2020-2021


    Mrs. Cami McClellan
    (480) 279-7369
    Room 212

    Teacher Page

    Office Hours: by appointment


    Introduction of Course

    Course Description: Students will explore the nature of clay and glazes, hand building methods, throwing on the potter’s wheel, decorative process and glaze application.

    Course Objectives: Students will be…

    CREATING – Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work

    PRESENTING – Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation

    RESPONDING – Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning

    CONNECTING – Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context

    District Curriculum: We will cover the following topics and techniques throughout the year


    Ceramic Process
                    Pinch Method
                    Coil Method
                    Slab Method
                    Surface Enrichment
                    Art Criticism
                    Art History

    AZ State Standards: The Arizona State Standards will be used in planning and preparing lesson plans and assessments throughout the semester.

    Course Fee:

    A course fee for the entire year is $50, or $25 per semester. Please pay this fee in the bookstore as soon as possible.  This money is used to purchase Ceramic supplies and tools for the class. Without your fees being paid, we will not be able to purchase supplies for this course.

    Course Materials:

    All students are required to provide the following for the course:

    • Spiral Bound Sketchbook or Notebook (No sketch pads!! (they fall apart))
    • Project Tracker (this will be provided by the teacher)
    • Eraser, Pen, Regular Pencil (used for writing and using with clay)
    • Plastic Grocery Bags
    • Combination lock (when we return to school)
    • Colored Pencils (12-24 pack)
    • Spray bottle (Small)
    • Large sponge (may cut in half)
    • Small plastic bowl/Tupperware
    • Plastic pencil box

    Other optional items:

    • Apron/Old T-shirt
    • Small, Old hand Towel
    • Hand Lotion
    • Hand soap
    • Small paintbrush

    Donations: If you would like to make a donation to the Ceramics Program through Tax Credit, click here for the link. Please remember to write in that you would like your tax credit money to go toward the HHS Ceramics program. This money can be used to help purchase supplies, equipment, and other materials to use in the Ceramics classroom.
    Donors Choose: You can check this website frequently to see if Mrs. McClellan has a new project you can help fund.
    For any other donations, feel free to contact Mrs. McClellan. Thank you for your support of the Arts.


    Grading Policy:

    Students will be evaluated by their participation, class work, objectives, completion of projects and written examinations/evaluations, throughout the year. Grades will only be rounded up if the percentage is equal to or greater than .59 for semester grades only.

    Grades scale:
                    100-90% - A        89-80% - B           79-70% - C           69-60% - D          59-0% - F

    Grades will be weighted as follows:
                    80%        Assessments & Daily Performance
                    20%        Finals

    Assessments & Daily Performance Grades

    Project Benchmarks
    Most projects will be graded and entered in the gradebook four times as follows:

    • Sketches (20 points)
    • Greenware (50 points)
    • Glazeware (10 points)
    • Completion (100 points)

    Performance Points
    These points will be given through online class assignments including participation in online discussions, critiques or research projects etc.


    Department Level Policies:

    Attendance Policy:

    Absences in Ceramics: Because projects cannot be taken home, please make it a priority to be in class every day to work on your artwork.

    Make-up work: If you need more time to work on a project, please arrange a time to come in after school with Mrs. McClellan.

    Tardy: Be on time to class. Consequences for tardiness:

    1st tardy – warning
    2nd tardy – contact parent(s)
    3rd tardy – ASD
    4th tardy - Referral


    Classroom Particulars

    Classroom Expectations/Rules:

    1. Clean-up
    2. Appropriate Language
    3. Respect (of others & the materials/equipment in class).
    4. Work hard, every day.

    Cell Phones: Cell phones are not to be seen in class during instruction time (along with ear buds). Put it in your backpack or pocket and keep it there. The only reason you should have your cell phone out, is if you have received permission from the teacher for research during work time. If you cell phone is being used for non-educational purposes, you will be asked to turn it in. Each class will get three strikes to use your cell phones appropriately. After the third stroke, no cell phones will be allowed to be used in class for one week.

    If you are listening to music in class, please only use one ear bud or turn your music way down to ensure you can hear the teacher in the classroom.   

    Class Dismissal: Class is not dismissed until the Ceramics Lab has been cleaned, chairs are pushed in or stacked, and the teacher has dismissed you.

    **All students are expected to abide by all school rules and policies found in the
    Student Code of Conduct.**

    This includes:

    NO food, drink, or gum allowed in the classroom

    Discipline: All of the policies and procedures will be followed; misbehavior, disrespect, foul or inappropriate language/conversation will not be tolerated in the classroom. The Ceramics lab will be a safe environment for the benefit of learning.

    If the policies and procedures are not followed in the Ceramics lab the following actions will be taken:

                    1st infraction: Warning/Conversation with Teacher (often with assigned cleaning job)
                    2nd infraction: Contact Parent
                    3rd infraction: Extra cleaning job assigned or ASD
                    4th infraction: Referral

    After School Detention (ASD):

    After School Detention (ASD) will be assigned to a student for excessive tardiness, and misbehavior in class. ASD will take place in my classroom right after school from 2:20 – 2:50. If these issues do no improve, further discipline will be made by an administrator. If you are late, you will be marked as a no-show and You will need to serve ASD two times. 

    Restroom Use:  The best time to ask is during a break in the instruction period or during your personal work time. Do not interrupt the learning environment to ask to use the restroom; the answer will always be, no. You may not use the restroom in the first 10 minutes of class or last 10 minutes of class. Be sure to use the restroom in the 300 building.

    **This syllabus is subject to change per teacher’s request.