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Course Syllabus
Ceramics 1 Spring 2014

Academic Discipline:
Course Title:Course
Rubric and #:
Semester / (CRN):
Campus
ART
Ceramics I
ARTS 2346
Spring 2014 0004 (74215)
Central Campus
Room
Time
Credit Hours
Contact Hours
Course Length
Instruction Type:
FAC 109
F from 9:00pm-3:00pm
3 credits
96
Regular Term
Lecture/Lab 2/4

Instructor
Office Hours
Location
Kelley Eggert
Friday by Appointment only
TBA

Instructors Contact
Learning web

Class Site
kelley.eggert@hccs.edu
http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/
Kelley.eggert
hccblog-o-dirt.blogspot.com

Communication
Disclaimer

I will be contacting you through the e-mail you provided to HCCS e-mail only. If you have not set
up an account it is urgent that you do so. If you are having problems with this see me. You are
responsible for the information I send via e-mail. Check your HCCS e-mail at least once a week.

Course Description

ARTS 2346 Ceramics I: Exploration of ideas using basic ceramic processes As defined in the
Academic Course Guide Manual (AGCM) produced by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, 2009 (THECB)
ARTS 2346 Ceramics I: This studio course is an introduction to arts using the clay medium.
Sculptural approaches to clay (slab, pinch, coil wheel) as well as surface treatment will be
investigated. Glaze making and kiln technology will be introduced. Ceramics I is a
prerequisite for Ceramics II. The role of ceramics in art history and contemporary art
will be explored. This course satisfies the fine arts component of the HCC core. (As listed in
the 2009-2011 HCC Catalog.)

Prerequisites None

Course Goal This course provides an introduction to the tools, techniques, and vocabulary of clay as an art
medium. The emphasis is on problem solving in clay as investigated through traditional and non-
traditional techniques. This course will examine the interdependence of medium and image (or
form).

Course Student
Learning Outcomes
Identify, define and understand the formal elements of art and the principles of design. (Level
2)
Demonstrate the ability to produce and present finished works of exhibition quality. (Level 3)
Produce and critique projects that coordinate descriptive and expressive possibilities of course
media. (Level 5)
Select and verify course media and techniques in completed projects. (Level 6)

Ceramics One Student
Learning Objectives ~
related to each
Learning Outcome

Learning Outcome One: Identify, define and understand the formal elements of art and the
principles of design. (Level 2)
The Supporting Learning Objectives:
1.1. Identify the formal elements and principles of design.
1.2. Compare formal elements.
1.3. Compare principles of design.
1.4. Contrast formal elements.
1.5. Contrast principles of design.
1.6. Comprehend all the sub-categories of all the formal elements and principles of
design. (for example, analytic or expressive line or symmetrical, radial or asymmetrical
balance, etc.)
1.7. Express sub-categories of all the formal elements.

Learning Outcome Two: Demonstrate the ability to produce and present finished works of
exhibition quality. (Level 3)
The Supporting Learning Objectives:
2.1. Produce exhibition-ready artworks.
2.2. Prepare entry labels.
2.3. Present completed exhibit entries before the entry deadline expires.
2.4. Select an artwork (made during the course) to be included in the student art
exhibition.
2.5. Participate in the student exhibition.

Learning Outcome Three: Produce and critique projects that coordinate descriptive and
expressive possibilities of course media. (Level 5)
The Supporting Learning Objectives:
3.1. Safely participate in the necessary practical tasks (safety and proficiency of handling
of tools, supplies and equipment, etc.) involved with the course media.
3.2. Organize the formal elements and principles of design in course projects.
3.3. Establish artistic roles for course projects.
3.4. Summarize artistic themes for course projects.
3.5. Judge course projects.
3.6. Write 1000 words in a combination of writing assignments such as critiques, essays,
research papers and/or journals.
3.7. Cultivate form and content in ceramics projects
3.8. Synthesize ceramics problems.


Learning Outcome Four: Select and verify course media and techniques in completed projects.
(Level 6)
The Supporting Learning Objectives:
4.1. Summarize the formal elements.
4.2. Select principles of design
4.3. Critique the work of peers.
4.4. Self-critique artistic output.
4.6. Verify form and content

Core Curriculum
Statement

This course fulfills the following core intellectual competencies: reading, writing, speaking,
listening, critical thinking and computer literacy. A variety of teaching and testing methods are
used to assess these competencies.

This course fulfills the core competencies:
Reading: Reading at the college level means having the ability to understand, analyze and
interpret a variety of printed materials: books, articles, and documents.
Writing: Writing at the college level means having the ability to produce clear, correct, and
coherent prose adapted to a specific purpose, occasion, and audience. In addition to knowing how
to use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, students should also become adept with the
writing process, including how to determine a topic, how to organize and develop it, and how to
phrase it effectively for their audience. These abilities are acquired through practice and
reflection.
Speaking: Effective speaking is the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and
persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Listening: Listening at the college level means having the ability to understand, analyze, and
interpret various forms of spoken communication
Critical Thinking: Critical thinking embraces methods for applying both qualitative and
quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate arguments and
to construct alternative strategies. Problem solving is one of the applications of critical thinking
used to address an identified task.
Computer Literacy: Computer literacy at the college level means having the ability to use
computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information.
Core-educated students should have an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities
associated with the use of technology and should have the tools necessary to evaluate and learn
new technologies as they become available.

HCC Ceramic Calendar



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LOAD LAST
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SHOW WORK
DUE
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SHOW OPENING

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B0E: Pioposal 2
Feb 14 S TEST: Clay anu Time anu Tempeiatuie
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INTR0: Abstiact coil
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B0E: S images foi coil abstiaction

B0E: Pioject 1
Feb 21 6 BEN0: template, coil
BW: Sketches foi abstiact coil
BW: Pioposal S

Feb 28 7 B0E: Sketches foi abstiact coil

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INTR0: Soft slab plantei
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Instructionl
Methods
explanations, demonstrations, hands-on art studio work time, in-class critiques, slide presentations,
video/film presentations, lectures, and/or readings (from textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, books, original
source seminal texts). Class time may include demonstrations, field trips, assignments, introductions, studio
time for projects, and critiques.

Student
Assignments
Assignments/Activities may include: individual creative projects, written critical responses, group projects,
critiques, exams or quizzes, hands-on studio workdays/times, occasional gallery visits, various assigned
readings from textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, books, original source seminal texts; mandatory discussions
based on various topics related to the major areas of study in Art and Design; writing papers including
critiques, essays, analyses, reviews, research, comparing and contrasting artistic or design theories and
perspectives; service learning projects; This course requires a minimum of 1000 words in a combination of
writing assignments and/or projects.

Instructiona
l Materials

No text book required
You will receive a 10-point deduction of your grade if you do not have tools by due date.
See me BEFORE that date if you have a problem
The supply list and a map to the Ceramic Store can be printed separately under class info supply list,
approved clays form the class site.
LABEL all tools with your initials using a permanent marker.
Each BAG (not just the box) of clay must be labeled with your name, the name of the clay and the cone
it fires too.

Required:
Clay (details below)
Folder w/ middle prongs
Fettling knife
Fork or other scoring tool
4 sheets Plastic soft trash, dry
cleaning - not grocery
Shop towel (1 bath, 2 hand towels or
rags)
Cut up sheets
Assorted brushes 1x1 flat, round
bamboo, detail
Rubber gloves to elbow

Sm. Bucket, Milk / coffee
Rubber rib (sm. red or
blue)
Shoe box or small box
Large Sponge
Pottery tool kit
includes:
sm. sponge
needle tool
cut-off wire
ribbon tool
large ribbon tool
metal rib
wood rib
wooden modeling tool



Optional but strongly
suggested:
Apron or large shirt
Sure-form rasp
Small containers with lids
Toolbox or caddie (name)
Spray bottle
Lock for locker
Serrated rib
Clay: -CONE 9/10 CLAY ONLY do not get cone 04/05 or cone 5/6. I must approve clay.
-See Approved Clay List. If you get a clay that is not on the list you will have to take it back.
-DO NOT get clays from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They are terrible and will leave you in tears, Ive seen
it happen

The Ceramic Store carries many cone 9/10 clays. If in doubt get the Balcones, Balcones White or Balcones
Dark.
-All ceramic tools found here. It is in The Heights north of Downtown Houston.
-1002 West 11
th
St. Houston 77008. 713-864-6442 or 800 290-8991
M-TH 8:30-5:30 F-S 9:30-4:00 Sunday closed



HCC Policy
Statement:
Americans
With
Disabilities
Act (ADA)



Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who
needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Services Office at the respective
college at the beginning of each semester. Faculty is authorized to provide only the accommodations
requested by the Disability Support Services Office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Disability Counselor at your college, Jamie Torres at 713-718-
6164, or the District Disability Office at 713-718-5165.

To visit the ADA Web site, log on to www.hccs.edu,
Click Future Students
Scroll down the page and click on the words Disability Information. http://www.hccs.edu/hccs/future-
students/disability-services


HCC Policy
Statement:
Academic
Honesty

You are expected to be familiar with the College's Policy on Academic Honesty, found in the catalog and
student handbook. Students are responsible for conducting themselves with honor and integrity in fulfilling
course requirements. Penalties and/or disciplinary proceedings may be initiated by College System officials
against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.

Cheating on a test includes:
Copying from another students test paper;
Using materials during a test that are not authorized by the person giving the test;
Collaborating with another student during a test without authority;
Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents
of a test that has not bee administered;
Bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered.

Plagiarism means the appropriation of anothers work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in
ones own written work offered for credit.

Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered for
credit.

Violations: Possible punishments for academic dishonesty may include a grade of 0 or F on the
particular assignment, failure in the course, and/or recommendation for probation or dismissal from the
College System. A recommendation for suspension or expulsion will be referred to the College Dean of
Student Development for disciplinary disposition.

Students who wish to appeal a grade penalty should notify the instructional supervisor within 30 working
days of the incident. A standing committee appointed by the College Dean of Instruction (Academic or
Workforce) will convene to sustain, reduce, or reverse the grade penalty. The committee will be composed of
two students, two faculty members, and one instructional administrator. A majority vote will decide the grade
appeal and is final.

Official
HCC
Attendance
Policy
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Students are responsible for material covered during
their absences, and it is the students responsibility to consult with instructors for makeup assignments.
Class attendance is checked daily by instructors.

Although it is the responsibility of the student to drop a course for non-attendance, the instructor
has the authority to drop a student for excessive absences.

A student may be dropped from a course for absenteeism after the student has accumulated absences in
excess of 12.5 percent of the hours of instruction (including lecture and laboratory time).
For example:
For a three credit-hour lecture class meeting three hours per week (96 hours of instruction), a student
may be dropped after 12 hours of absences (or three classes for this second start

Administrative drops are at the discretion of the instructor. If you are doing poorly in the class, but
you have not contacted your professor to ask for help, and you have not withdrawn by the official
withdrawal date, it will result in you receiving a grade of F in the course

NOTE: LAST DAY FOR STUDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE DROP THIS SEMESTER:
Mar. 31st at 4:30 pm
Class
Attendance
Policy
In addition to the above Official HCC Policy:

Absences: Students are expected to attend all classes. Unexcused absences will be cause for a lowered
grade via progress reports. Houston Community College requires students to miss no more than 12.5
hours per class per semester, therefore, Your third absence will result in an F. Absences will be
counted from the first class meeting onward. I recommend that you do not schedule appointments
during this class time. I will not excuse your absences. If you have an emergency contact me and I will
discuss your options. Your attendance grade is part of your participation grade and is evaluated by your
daily progress. Full participation by being present and active in class, completing all homework and
projects, and showing up for all scheduled critiques and studio cleaning is required along with active
participation through shared ideas and commentary.
Tardiness:
You will be considered tardy if arriving after class begins and leaving prior to the class ending. Tardies
affect your participation grade and is evaluated by your daily progress.
***If you miss role call, it is your responsibility to sign in. The sign in sheet is the only
documentation of your presence in class for that day. Failure to sign in will result in an
absence for the day.


Course
Withdrawal
s-First Time
Freshmen
Students-
Fall 2007
and Later


Effective 2007, section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code applies to first-time in college freshman students
who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education in the fall semester of 2007 or thereafter. High
school students currently enrolled in HCC Dual Credit and Early College are waived from this requirement
until they graduate from high school.

Based on this law, HCC or any other Texas Public institution of higher education may not permit
students to drop after the official day of record more than six college level credit courses for
unacceptable reasons during their entire undergraduate career.

Course Withdrawals:
Be sure you understand HCC policies about dropping a course. It is the students responsibility to withdraw
officially from a course and prevent an F from appearing on the transcript. If you feel that you cannot
complete this course, you will need to withdraw from the course prior to the final date of withdrawal. Mar.
31st at 4:30 pm Before, you withdraw from your course; please take the time to meet with the instructor to
discuss why you feel it is necessary to do so. The instructor may be able to provide you with suggestions that
would enable you to complete the course. Your success is very important

If you plan on withdrawing from your class, you MUST contact a HCC counselor or your professor prior to
withdrawing (dropping) the class for approval and this must be done PRIOR to the withdrawal deadline to
receive a W on your transcript. **Final withdrawal deadlines vary each semester and/or depending on
class length, please visit the online registration calendars, HCC schedule of classes and catalog, any HCC
Registration Office, or any HCC counselor to determine class withdrawal deadlines. Remember to allow a
24-hour response time when communicating via email and/or telephone with a professor and/or
counselor. Do not submit a request to discuss withdrawal options less than a day before the deadline. If
you do not withdraw before the deadline, you will receive the grade that you are making in the class as your
final grade or you may be dropped by the instructor.

EGLS
3
-- Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System
At Houston Community College, professors believe that thoughtful student feedback is necessary to improve
teaching and learning. During a designated time, you will be asked to answer a short online survey of
research-based questions related to instruction. The anonymous results of the survey will be made available
to your professors and division chairs for continual improvement of instruction. Look for the survey as part
of the Houston Community College Student System online near the end of the term.

Early Alert
Program
To help students avoid having to drop/withdraw from any class, HCC has instituted an Early Alert process by
which your professor may alert you and HCC counselors that you might fail a class because of excessive
absences and/or poor academic performance. It is your responsibility to visit with your professor or a
counselor to learn about what, if any, HCC interventions might be available to assist you online tutoring,
child care, financial aid, job placement, etc. to stay in class and improve your academic performance.

Repeat
Course Fee

The State of Texas encourages students to complete college without having to repeat failed classes. To
increase student success, students who repeat the same course more than twice, are required to pay extra
tuition. The purpose of this extra tuition fee is to encourage students to pass their courses and to graduate.
Effective fall 2006, HCC will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time
for a course. If you are considering course withdrawal because you are not earning passing grades, confer
with your instructor/counselor as early as possible about your study habits, reading and writing homework,
test taking skills, attendance, course participation, and opportunities for tutoring or other assistance that
might be available.

Individual
Instructors
Requiremen
ts Statement
As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to:
Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula explaining how student grades are to be derived
Facilitate an effective learning environment through class studio activities, discussions, and critiques
Provide a clear description of any special projects or assignments
Inform students of policies such as attendance, withdrawal, tardiness and make up work
Provide the course outline and class calendar which will include a description of any special projects or
assignments
Arrange to meet with individual students before and after class as required

To be successful in this class, it is the students responsibility to:
Attend class, be on time, and be prepared with the proper materials for each session.
Use class studio time wisely by focusing on assigned projects
Keep copies of all paperwork, including the syllabus, articles, and handouts.
Respect the space and materials of other class members.
Clean up thoroughly after each studio session
Be prepared for critique sessions: have complete assignments ready for display and be prepared to
participate in the verbal critique process
Assume personal initiative in maintaining the sketch and written journal.

HCC Art
Discipline
Requiremen
ts

By the end of the semester the student who passes with a final grade of C or above will have demonstrated
the ability to:
Complete and comprehend the objectives of all graded assignments
Attend class regularly, missing no more than 12.5% of instruction (12 hours)
Arrive at class promptly and with the required supplies for that days session
Participate in the shared responsibilities for studio clean-up
Exhibit safe studio habits
Be prepared for and participate in class critiques
Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language
Demonstrate the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and
acquiring information
Complete a minimum of 1000 words in a combination of writing assignments and/or projects
Demonstrate the ability to present works of exhibition quality
Build a clay form using the pinch technique
Build a clay form using the coil technique
Build a clay form using the slab technique
Build a clay form using the wheel-throwing technique
Build a clay form using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building technique
Explore a variety of slip application techniques
Explore a variety of glazes and application
Explore a variety of surfaces: low-fired, raku-fired, smoked, and painted
Assist in loading and unloading a kiln

HCC
Grading
Information
:

Grading percentile: the official HCC grading rubric is as follows:

90100 percent A Exceptionally fine work; superior in presentation, visual
observation, comprehension and participation
8089 percent B Above average work; superior in one or two areas
7079 percent C Average work; good, unexceptional participation
6069 percent D Below average work; noticeably weak with minimal
Below 60
percent
F Clearly deficient in presentation, style and content with a lack of
participation

The grade of "I" (Incomplete) is conditional. It will only be assigned if at least 80% of the course work is
complete .Students receiving an "I," must make an arrangement with the instructor in writing to complete the
course work within six months. After the deadline, the "I" becomes an "F." All "I" designations must be
changed to grades prior to graduation. Changed grades will appear on student record as "I"/Grade (example:
"I/A").

The grade of "W" (Withdrawal) appears on grade reports when students withdraw from a class by the drop
deadline. Instructors have the option of dropping students up to the deadline. After the deadline, instructors
do not have that option not even when entering final grades.

Instructor
Grading
Criteria
Homework, assignments and projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Adherence to all specific assignment guidelines/content requirements.
Adherence to deadlines.
Level of technical difficulty attempted and achieved. More sophisticated work may receive
higher scores.
Creativity and Originality: Solving the assignments in an imaginative and unique way may lead
to a higher score.
Effort
Honesty: Submit your own work

Instructors
Final
Grading
Legend

I grade on a point system. All projects and assignments are accompanied by a rubric so you know exactly
what I expect and will be graded accordingly. See grade breakdown sheet and project sheets for more
detailed project criteria. These are available to you 24/7 on the class site.

Possible Points =

Project 1: Pinch Pot
Project 2: Soft Slab
Project 3: Coil
Project 4: Wheel
Test/quizzes
Participation
Written assignments / Other


650

110
50
130
130
100
90
40

%

16.9%
7.7%
20%
20%
15.4%
13.8%
6.2%
Projects:

Projects will be evaluated for fulfillment of the assignment requirements; fulfilling design problems, concept
development, craftsmanship and meeting building, firing and glazing deadlines.
It is the students responsibility to turn in all work, on time. Work that is late will receive a 10- point drop
in grade for that project. In ceramics, the process requires that green ware be completely fabricated and
detailed, then dried over a period of days, depending upon scale and complexity. The domino effect of being
late is something that will cause you great problems with bisque and glaze firing dates. Please finish building
all wet work on time for green ware due dates and manage the careful drying of your work so that you can
meet all deadlines.

This is an art class. You will not be permitted to copy another artists work, utilize kitschy symbols or make
home dcor items such as ash trays, lamps, tissue boxes etc.

Homework:

Studio time is limited. While in the studio you must be working on your projects. In addition to working with
clay in the studio, you will have homework. You may not work on your homework during studio time.
All sketches and maquettes for a project must be finished before class. If you fail to do so, you will receive
none of the points for that portion of the project. All homework is due at the beginning of class unless
otherwise noted. I must approve all sketches before you begin a project. Students who continuously turn in
homework late cannot possibly receive higher than a C for the class even if you get an A on all the
projects.

Ceramics can be a fussy material. If one of your projects does not make it through the kiln firing, save all the
pieces that you can. Most times you can glue it back together. If the work is broken beyond repair then
you will need to make a 5 maquette to present for critique.

Classroom
Behavior

Disruptive activity that hinders other students learning or deters an instructor from effective teaching will
not be tolerated under any circumstances.


Studio
Rules:

Health Policies:
The following safety and health policies must be followed:
1. Students must follow all safety rules
2. Students are responsible for prompt cleaning of all their work areas
3. No food or drink in the studio
4. No children in studio or courtyard
5. Due to the toxic nature of some ceramic materials, the following groups should
consult with the instructor before taking ceramics:
a. persons with a chronic disease of lung, liver, etc.
b. pregnant women c. women trying to conceived.
c. nursing mothers

Studio Limitations:
1. A college ceramic studio is meant to handle the volume of work typically done by beginning and
intermediate students. When kiln space is limited, preference will be given to students who have had
fewer pieces fired.
2. Kilns and ceramic studio are reserved for:
a. Students currently enrolled in Central College ceramics classes
b. Other Central College Art students when their teacher accompanies them
c. Current Central College Art faculty
3. These items are NOT allowed in our Central College ceramic studio:
a. clay that is not on the approved list
b. pieces that have been bisque-fired elsewhere (they can not go in our kilns)
c. slips, glazes, or overglazes that contain lead or cadmium

Open Studio:
Like all college courses, work outside of class time will be necessary. Class time is for that class only.
Open Studio hours are for all HCC/Central ceramics students. See attachment: Open Studio Hours.

Room Keys:
To enter a locked studio, you need to present your key card to the fine arts office secretary. Please
return the key immediately after unlocking the room. However, if you want to pick up or drop off the
room key, you must get to the fine arts office 1/2 hour before the above closing times. See attachment:
Use of Art Studios.

Studio Lockers:
You will need a lock. Please give me the combination or an extra key.

Security:
Please keep all valuables (purses, backpacks, cell phones, etc) in your locker. Thieves passing in the
hallway will stop to look for items. For your personal security, please keep the door locked when you
are working alone. Also note the location of the room phone, and the number for the campus police. For
emergencies, have people call 713-718-6600 and the office staff will bring you the message.

Broken pieces: Because ceramics is a fragile medium it is expected that some pieces might break
during drying, loading, or firing. Please save the broken parts to show me. Oftentimes, they can be
glued together. If you break someones piece, leave an apologetic note with your name signed!

Cell Phones:
Please turn off your cell phones upon entering class. Do not take or send calls during class time. Do not
leave class in order to use your phone. Texting has become a problem in class. There will be NO
TEXTING allowed during class time. If I see you use your phone I will ask you to leave and mark you
as absent or tardy depending on your participation in class for that day.

For emergencies, have people call 713-718-6600 and the office staff will bring you the message.

Music:
You may listen to music with headphones. The volume must be low enough that I can get your attention
at any time. Headphones must be taken off when I am talking to you or the class as a whole. Failure to
follow these rules will result in the loss of this privilege.

Computers:
You may not use your computer in class. You should come to class prepared with all you need to create
your project.

Guests: During class time, guests are not allowed. However, at other times you are encouraged to show
the ceramics studio to friends who might be interested in seeing your work. However, these guests are
not allowed to make work or use the studio themselves. For that, they need to sign up for a class. Please
note that you may not bring friends, family and children into the studio while you. In this instance you
will be asked to leave.

Recording Devices:
The following restrictions apply to camera phones, cameras, audio/tape recorders, video recorders, and any
other electronic device that is capable of recording the human voice or image.
Use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders, is
prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other locations where instruction, tutoring
or testing occurs.
Exceptions: Exceptions can be made for students performing official business on
behalf of HCC (investigatory, archival, educational, and journalism purposes). Please seek approval
from your instructor.) Other exceptions include disabilities. In the Central Art Dept, a release form
(signed by you) allows you and your work to be photographed for college purposes.

Other:
Sexual Harrassment: Do not use profanity or any behavior considered as sexual harassment. This includes
dirty or racist jokes.

Reduce Reuse Recycle: This is a green classroom. I frown upon paper towel use. You must have your own
towels and rags at all times.

No valentine hearts, butterflies, crucifixes, smiley faces, rainbows, other artists work (cartoon characters etc)
and any other kitschy symbol. Personal expression and beliefs can be articulated more creatively.
No ash trays, lamps, tissue boxes. This is a three-dimensional ART class, your projects will be created
accordingly.


Tutoring Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring services offered by the English
Department located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center next to the English office. Tutors will
assist writing assignments and are especially helpful for students when English is a second
language. In addition, online tutoring is available 24/7 at www.askonline.net. Submissions are
returned within 24 hours or less.

Medical
Insurance
Information regarding low-cost health insurance for students is available in the Fine Arts office.
Such insurance covers both injury and illness, both on and off campus.

Academic
Advisement
Academic advisement with full-time faculty in ARTS is available by appointment through the Fine
Arts Office in FAC 101.