Intermediate Ceramics

  • Higley High School 2019-202

    Mrs Cami McClellan
    (480) 279-7369
    Room 212
    Open Lab Hours:  2:20-2:50 PM or by appointment

    Course Syllabus Acknowledgement Forms: 

    Student Acknowledgement Form

    Parent Acknowledgement Form


    Section I: Introduction

    Course Description: Students will continue to explore the nature of clay and glazes, hand forming methods and throwing on the potter’s wheel. More advanced projects will be explored.

    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
    • Throwing
    • 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 bring to class with them EVERYDAY the following materials:

    • Spiral Bound Sketchbook (No sketch pads!! (they fall apart))
    • Project Tracker (this will be given out in class)
    • Eraser, Pen, Regular Pencil (used for writing and using with clay)
    • 10 Plastic grocery Bags, dry cleaner plastic or 2 white trash bags
    • Combination lock
    • Colored Pencils (12-24 pack)
    • Spray Bottle, small to fit in locker

    Other optional items:

    • Apron/Old T-shirt
    • Old Towel
    • Hand Lotion

    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. For any other donations, feel free to contact Mrs. McClellan. Thank you for your support of the Arts.

    Section 2: Grades

    Grading Policy:

    Students will be evaluated by their participation, written examinations/evaluations, objectives, completion of projects and class work 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:
                60%     Projects/Quizzes/Critiques
                20%     Daily Performance
                20%     Final Portfolio

    Projects/Quizzes/Critiques: (60%)

    The Project Tracker will be given for specific project due dates and will be expected to be followed. This is a great way to track the progress of your grade. *No late work will be accepted.

    Projects will be graded and entered into the gradebook four  times: Sketches, Greenware, Glazeware & Completion. At each step, you will need to get Mrs. McClellan’s initials on your Project Tracker. Here is the breakdown of each step in the process:

    Sketches: (10 - 25 points/project)   Sketches will be based off of completion, effort and creativity of ideas. Sketches will usually require brainstorming sketches and then five sketches of the final design from the following viewpoints: front, back, right side, left side & top.

    Greenware: (50 points/project)  The first step in the Process of Clay, once a project has been constructed and is ready to dry out for its first firing in the kiln. This stage will be graded using the following: requirements met, craftsmanship, effort/perseverance and clean-up.

    Glazeware: (10 - 20 points/project)  At the third step in the Process of Clay, once a project has been bisque fired, a layer of glaze will be applied to the artwork. This grade will be graded on completion/requirements, creativity and clean-up.

    Completion: (100 points/project)  Once a project has been completed in its entirety, a grade will be given based on the use of elements of art & principles of design, activation of physical space, creativity & originality, effort & perseverance, craftsmanship & skill and technical competence, clean-up and skill with materials.

    Quizzes will be given periodically throughout the semester in testing skills, techniques, vocabulary and other objectives taught in the course. Some will be pass/fail; others will be graded on the point system. 

    Critiques will be conducted throughout the year. These critiques will range from a class discussion, individual self-reflection, peer critiques, art walks and many other formats.

    Daily Performance: (20%)

    Weekly Performance Points: Each day a student will earn ten points performance points by completing the assignments and projects as assigned including cleaning-up. If a student is not working on the assignment(s) given, it is up to the teacher’s discretion how many points will be deducted.

    Classroom Assignments might include a worksheet, essay, handout, sketches or cleaning assignment for that day. 

    Final Portfolio: (20%)

    Final Portfolio: (20%) Students will create an electronic portfolio of their artworks they have created throughout the semester/year. The electronic portfolio must be presented in class during the last few weeks of the semester including photographs of their progress of their work. These photographs are to be taken throughout each semester and compiled at the end of each semester into a digital presentation.

    ParentVue/StudentVue: Grades will be updated weekly.

    Curriculum: All Intermediate Ceramics students will be required to throw on the wheel for a part of the year and handbuild for the remainder of the school year.

    Section 3: 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 a student is absent with an excused absence though the attendance office they will have as many days absent to make up the work without penalty.

    If a student is absent and it is unexcused a penalty up to and including no credit for the work missed may be enforced.  

    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

    Tardy: Tardiness will not be tolerated. If you are tardy to class, you will lose 5 points of participation for that day for bell work. Once a student has been tardy 3 times, After School Detention (ASD) will be assigned. On the 4th tardy, the student’s name will be given to administration for further discipline.

    Section 4: 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 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.

    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. Be sure to sign out on the clipboard at Mrs. McClellan’s desk with your name, where you are going, the date, the time you left and when you return back to class. 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 200 building, it’s unacceptable to use the restroom in another building.

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