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CERAMICS

Mrs. Fredriksen
Website: http://pchsfred.weebly.com/
Email:
fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com

Room #118

WELCOME TO CERAMICS !!

Please share this syllabus with your parent/guardian. It is important


that everyone understands the expectations for the class.
**PLEASE HAVE PARENT/GUARDIAN READ AND SIGN THE LASTPAGE
This is worth a HOMEWORK grade of 20pts!

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Ceramics is an advanced level course that focuses on the properties of clay and methods to make 3D art. Students will explore the
various hand building techniques to create 3-D artworks that are both craft and fine art. Students will also experiment with various glazing
techniques to create a variety of effects on their artworks. Students will create artists statements and participate in peer critiques about their
work and the work of others. This is a studio class and students will be expected to assist in maintaining a working ceramics studio.
Students must have received a C or above average in all previous art courses.

As a studio art class, there are three general components to this class based on Ohios
Visual Art Standards (OVAS). All lessons and activities are planned around the following
areas as outlined by OVAS:
Personal Choice and Vision: Students construct and solve problems of personal relevance and
interest when expressing themselves through visual art.

Critical and Creative Thinking: Students combine and apply artistic and reasoning skills to
imagine, create, realize and refine artworks in conventional and innovative ways.

Authentic Application and Collaboration: Students work individually and in groups to focus
ideas and create artworks that address genuine local and global community needs.

Literacy: As consumers, critics and creators, students evaluate and understand artworks and other
texts produced in the media forms of the day.

THE STATE STANDARDS: (**And what they look like in this class)
PERCEIVING/KNOWING (PE) -Observe, listen, attend to, discriminate
**Talking about and viewing art and art ideas. The benefits to the student include:
Awareness, observational skills, improved critical thinking, visual literacy, PERSONAL
CHOICE AND VISION!!
PRODUCING/PERFORMING (PR) Generate, create, realize, use and master skills.
**Learning new skills and techniques, practice in planning projects and CREATING THE
PROJECT!!
RESPONDING AND REFLECTING (RE) Make connections, reconsider, question, self
assess
**Evaluating/critiquing your own work and the work of others, revising when
possible/necessary, learning from famous artists and styles (ART HISTORY).

CERAMICS
Mrs. Fredriksen
Website: http://pchsfred.weebly.com/
Email:
fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com

Room #118

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THIS CLASS:

An environment that is SAFE, FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS AND FAIR.


An atmosphere that rewards positive behaviors.
Lessons that are appropriate, interesting and relevant for you.

GOALS: By the end of the semester you will be able to:


-Identify and explain the unique properties of clay
-Create artwork using various handbuilding techniques including: Pinch, Slab and Coil.
-Understand and develop craftsmanship in the medium of ceramics.
-Understand and appropriately apply different glazes
-Create a Series of ceramics work that have a unifying concept.
-Create a subtractive sculpture out of clay.
-Identify and describe at least one period/style of ceramics.
-Discuss works of ceramic art using appropriate vocabulary.

GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS


While in the art room, we will conduct ourselves in the following manner:
We will
Put forth EFFORT. TRY. Do our BEST.
Think before we act or speak. (is this helpful/necessary/kind?)
Be responsible for our own behavior.
Be respectful.
Use materials wisely.
I will model BEHAVIOR that I expect in this class and that I believe will be expected
from you in your future career/work. This includes the following:
Art Room Rules:
1. ON-TIME ATTENDANCE EVERYDAY
2. CELL PHONES ARE OFF and AWAY
3. LISTENING TO THE SPEAKER
4. STAY ON TASK

Consequences for Art Room Rule Violations:

If you break a rule the following consequences will be met1. Verbal warning, lose a behavior point, documentation
2. Student/Teacher conference
3. Seat change/Recovery Time
4. Time owed after class/during lunch
5. Detention/Contact home

**Behavior Grade:

Each week you will begin with 16 points out of 20 (a low B). You may earn additional
points or lose them based on following/ going above and beyond or breaking the art
room rules. This total grade is worth 10% of your Nine Weeks POINTS.

CERAMICS
Mrs. Fredriksen
Website: http://pchsfred.weebly.com/
Email:
fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com

Room #118

GRADING

Learning will be assessed in this class using a variety of methods:

-Tests/Projects/Quizzes (Weighted at 50%)


-Classwork/Participation (Weighted at 25%)
-*Homework (Weighted at 25%)

Because this is a studio class, most work will be in either the Project or
Classwork categories
Overall grade will be based the schools established GRADING SCALE as follows:

A=90-100
or below

B=80-89

C=70-79

D=60-69

F=59

Assignments:

Vocabulary Packets=100 points


Glaze samples- 20 points/each (5) =100pts
Week One notes/syllabus = 40 points
Studio maintenance = 100 points/9 weeks

Projects- Rubrics will be given/explained at the beginning of each project. I will provide
a SELF-ASSESSMENT RUBRIC at the beginning of each project so that all students
understand how to get an A on each assignment.
Each project will be worth 200 points.
For each project you will be responsible for the following assignments:
Handouts = 25 points
Notes/Exit Slips = 25 points (5 pts each)
1st Nine Weeks: Name Tag (Sculpey), Chop Stamp, Texture Stamps, Pinch Pot Series, Glaze
Samples, Textured Trivet Series, Coil Pot
2nd Nine Weeks: Textured Slab Vessel, Additive Sculpture Slab House, Subtractive Sculpture
Projects turned in on time, will be graded in a timely fashion. Late projects will be
graded as time allows.
I will maintain accurate and current records of your progress in the online software
available for you or your parent/guardian to view at any time. There is a computer available
for use in checking grades during appropriate class time.

CERAMICS
Mrs. Fredriksen
Website: http://pchsfred.weebly.com/
Email:
fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com

Room #118

ART ROOM PROCEDURES


ENTERING THE CLASSROOM/BEGINNING CLASS:

Read whiteboard upon entering the room for needed supplies.


Pick up your folder/any handouts/supplies on the way to your seat.
Once at your seat, complete the bell work as assigned.
Work quietly until Mrs. Fred begins class. (Non-essentials can wait a few
minutes)

STORING AND WORKING ON ARTWORK:

Art projects should NOT LEAVE THE ART ROOM! If you need more time, come see
me!
I will allow a one-week grace period after the class has moved on if you need
additional time and werent absent.
Students may work on in the art room during lunch ONLY if they are behind. Get a
pass from me in advance!
Be sure to use your chop stamp ON EVERY PIECE.
Follow special instructions on how to store and turn in ceramics. This will
be provided on a separate sheet.

IF TARDY

If you arrive after class starts (check the clock by the door/door is closed), enter the room
and sign in at the Tardy Binder, paperclip your pass to the page. You will lose 1 point for
every unexcused tardy. ASK FOR A PASS IF YOU WERE SPEAKING TO AN ADULT

When you have been ABSENT


YOU are responsible to make up any instruction you may have missed. Check the ABSENCE
BINDER. There will be any handouts, web addresses, directions you may have missed. You
will have the same amount of days you missed, as you were absent to make up any work.
You are also responsible for 40 Artist a Day entries whether you are absent or not each nine
weeks. You can look it up on a PC in the room or check the ABSENCE BINDER for print outs
of the days you missed.
Art projects should NOT LEAVE THE ART ROOM! If you need more time, come see me! I will
allow a one-week grace period after the class has moved on if you need additional time and
werent absent.
Students may work on in the art room during lunch ONLY if they are behind.

At the end of class:

I will let you know when we have 5 minutes to clean up. Please do NOT clean up early! Our
time is valuable.

CERAMICS
Mrs. Fredriksen
Website: http://pchsfred.weebly.com/
Email:
fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com

Room #118
CLAY DUST IS TOXIC AND MUST BE CLEANED UP AS DIRECTED EVERY CLASS PERIOD!!
Do NOT leave a mess for me or other students, INCLUDING THE SINK AREA. In addition to
cleaning their own area and tools, students will be responsible for helping maintaining order
in the studio (see Studio Maintenance in grading section)
Stay seated at your seat until dismissed so Mrs. Fredriksen can check the room

Hello Parents and Guardians!


I am excited to be teaching art to high school students at Parma Community. I have
been teaching art for over seven years to students of all ages. At Parma Community I
will be teaching Digital Imaging, Ceramics, Art 1 and Drawing. I look forward to
having your student in my art class! Please review this syllabus and the rules and
expectations of Parma Community with your student so that we can focus on learning!
Please feel free to contact me at fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com
Sincerely,
Michelle Fredriksen

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for your records.

I have read, understand, and agree to all terms outlined


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CERAMICS
Mrs. Fredriksen
Website: http://pchsfred.weebly.com/
Email:
fredriksen.michelle@constellationschools.com

Room #118
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