In Ceramics I, students will advance their skills with clay. Each students will b introduced to the pottery wheel and advance their hand building skills. Ceramics I students will also gain knowledge about glazes and the beginnings of firing processes. Intrinsic motivation and time management skills are a must in this class. Numerous projects are due by the end of the semester; however, there are no real time deadlines throughout the semester. This is why time management skills are so very important.
Homework: In Ceramics I, there is not a great deal of out of class homework, unless the in class deadlines are not being met. Sketchbooks, however, are almost entirely out of class assignments.
Grading: All ceramic projects are worth 50-100 points. These points are divided among the following categories: quality, time management, effort, originality, and glazing. Ceramic I students have several projects due over a grading period, which allows for a large accumulation of points. Other ways students may gain points are through sketchbooks, daily participation.
Late Grade Policy: Ceramics I is set up very differently than many of the other art classes. Time management skills are a must. Late grades for projects will not necessarily be known until the end of the semester.
Sketchbooks = 10 points (100%)
ONE class period late = 7 points (70%)
After one class period late, sketchbooks will no longer be accepted.
Quarter Grades: Quarter grades are based on the percentage earned through an accumulation of points from projects, quizzes, written assignments, and sketchbooks. (Examples: 223/250 = 89%)
Semester Test: Semester tests are worth 1/5 of the overall grade.
(Example: (1st Quarter x 2) + (2nd Quarter x 2) + (Semester Test)/5