Instructor: Ms Sue Maurer
610 691 1600 ex 415
Location: Couch Fine Arts Building C2
This course is designed for students to explore a wide array of techniques, processes and styles while building the necessary skills to create non-functional and functional forms using medium and high temperature firing clays. Students will begin the year hand building forms using the basic pinch, slab and coil methods. Students will also gain experience prepping clay, throwing objects on the potter’s wheel and trimming the forms for bisque fire.
The final stage in both hand and wheel created forms will be solving for their surfaces, primarily using firing and room temperature glazes with less traditional options made available as well.
Hand built forms
Wheel thrown forms
Surface treatments using a variety of traditional glazes and non-traditional options
Students will keep a notebook to record ideas primarily through sketches, collect examples, store handouts, take notes and record glaze combinations / outcomes.
Students will be asked to research areas within ceramics, such as: techniques, artists, style movements/schools/cultures.
Each major project will be graded. There will be at least 4 projects semester. In addition, taking care of the studio space, homework, assigned reading, note taking, preparedness for class, class participation and general contributions will be evaluated and averaged into the quarterly grade.
*Instructor reserves the right to make alterations to the syllabus and coursework at anytime throughout the year.
A) COUCH ART IS A RESPECTFUL SPACE
It is vitally important that in the art spaces there be trust and respect in order to openly and honestly share our ideas, feelings, thoughts, fears and dreams.
Without it, the work to go on there will most likely be compromised. It is the hope of the instructors that each of us remain as open minded and supportive of each other in our growth as an artist and human being. We are not expected to like or agree with all others' ideas, but we do expect that everyone is respectful of those ideas, thoughts and feelings. You will be asked to leave the area or class if you cannot act respectfully and will only be allowed to return when you are.
B) BE ON TIME
You are to attend each of your regularly scheduled classes.
You must come to class on time. “Walking with purpose” will ensure you will be on time.
A pattern of lateness to class will be noted and a detention will be assigned.
Habitual lateness after several detentions will involve the Dean of Students.
Being detained by a teacher needs to be identified as such with an accompanying note.
Finishing up a test in your previous class is not acceptable for being late to art class.
Most likely your teacher assumes you do not have a class to attend and that is why you are not
on your way to it.
You are to leave your art class after the bell signaling the end of class, rings.
If you do not come to class or leave early without being dismissed it will be identified as cutting class and you will be then sent on to the Dean of Students.
C) REMAIN FOCUSED AND PRODUCTIVE
The art space is to be conducive to all students' learning. Talking is an everyday behavior involved in a critique, discussion or conversation. Conversation needs to be regulated and adjusted if it becomes too loud for others to concentrate. If you are talking too loud and you are asked to lower the tone of your voice every effort needs to be made to do so. If multiple times you were told you were not within usual conversational levels, you will be given a detention. If you are belligerent, the Dean of Students will be contacted. Occasionally and when appropriate to studio work, you may have music playing during your studio work. You need to ask your teacher about listening to it and in what format. Asking students or teachers to turn it off may happen at any time to ensure an optimal instructional environment.
D) CELL PHONES / SMART WATCHES
You are to not use your cell phones / smart watches during class, for making calls or for texting, unless you ask permission, first. If any sort of testing takes place, you are to make sure if you have a cell phone / smart watch that it is not on your person during the test time, but placed specifically designated place for the duration of the testing time. You are not to use even if your test is complete and handed in.
E) HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT/ PHYSICALLY SAFE SPACE
Unless asked in advance, please do not bring food or beverages to class other than enclosed water bottles. Trying to keep the work space as neat as possible with extra things kept out of the work space helps eliminate accidental spills and stains. And for those with food allergies it is best to refrain as well. Gum may be chewed without it impeding speech or distracting behavior otherwise this privilege will be revoked. Shoes/boots, etc., are to be worn while in the art building. Hair needs to be pulled back when using equipment like the drill, hydraulic paper or printing presses.
F) DRESS CODE
Dress code in the art building and art classes is to be in compliance with the school's rules. Smocks are offered to all students to keep as clean as possible. You are also welcome to bring to class your smock, over-sized shirt, etc., if you choose.
There may be specific and infrequent times when you will need to dress accordingly under messier circumstances. It is assumed that once you leave the activity you are to return to being back in school dress code compliance.
G) HOMEWORK & OUT OF CLASS WORK
You will be assigned work out of class in addition to major assignments. You will be informed when they are due - well in advance. Out of class work comes in many forms. Most times, it will be assigned and explained the week before it's due. The due date with a brief description of the work (to jog your memory) can be found on our Moodle course page.
Often times outside of class work comes in the form of rough sketches- working through possible ideas for your in-class work. Other types of assignments may be to bring in objects, found images and/or assigned reading Sometimes, you will be asked to apply something discussed in class to a portion of your outside of class work. Although the majority of this work will be assessed, sometimes elements of it will not receive a formal grade.
Lateness with handing in and completing work and being unprepared for class will be monitored.
Work not handed in on the day it is due will not receive full credit. It is likely after school study hall the day the work is due will be assigned with the goal being the work will be completed and handed in no later than the following day. If it becomes habitual that you are unable to hand in your work on time and are unable to change your behavior, the Dean of Students will be contacted.
The majority of your work must be completed in class or in the studio with an instructor present to support and observe. This policy helps to ensure that your work will not get lost, providing an opportunity for the instructor to assess and support your studio practice, and ensures academic integrity.
H) STUDIO WORK LATE WORK POLICY
IT IS TO BE ASSUMED THAT ALL WORK- ESPECIALLY MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE COMPLETED.
Major assignments will be marked down 1/3 of a grade each day they are late.
Patterns noted of habitual behavior of this kind will be forwarded to the Dean of Students.
I) TOOLS NOT TOYS / STUDIO COURSES & ART SUPPLIES
Art supplies, tools and equipment are to be used for making art for your art assignments.
It is not intended for them to be used on other assignments for other classes or take any of them for use
outside the art building. Special circumstances arise when art tools are needed for school related events such as borrowing paintbrushes for posters designed for activities such as bake sales and pep rallies. Most times the necessary supplies are happily offered in support of these activities. Please talk to an art teacher about tools you would like to use in or outside of the studio spaces.
Once the activity using the borrowed supplies is complete, please properly clean and return them back to Couch Art building. (As a courtesy it is asked that the art teachers not be made to retrieve the borrowed tools from other buildings on campus.) If any tools are not returned in the state in which they were loaned a discussion following the loan will resolve how to proceed.
Art supplies are bought from the art budget for the students enrolled in art courses for their assigned art projects. For projects assigned in other courses, any art supplies and materials needed for the project must be obtained elsewhere.
J) CRITIQUE / DISCUSSING ART IN A GROUP
It is typical that during the art making process you will intentionally pause your work to assess your progress. At the end of the assignment it is possible a critique will take place, too.
You are asked to involve yourself in these discussions and positively contribute to this part of the class.
K) COLLABORATIVE WORKING
Throughout the year, it is possible an assignment will afford you the opportunity to work with your peers. You are asked to work as collaboratively and cooperatively as possible keeping in mind that your group's work will be all the more stronger and your product all the more successful than any one of you could produce, working on your own.
L) FIELD TRIPS
When the instructor schedules a field trip that impacts the learning going on in the classroom, it is expected all students are to attend. These trips are not lightly considered. Attendance is assumed as part of the coursework. Failure to do so will negatively impact the student's grade. Extenuating circumstances for missing the trip need to be communicated, in writing, as soon as possible to
your instructor with a written note from your parent/guardian.
M) SCHOOL AS ART GALLERY
Several times, yearly, student artwork is proudly displayed throughout the school's common areas.
It is in making our art and sharing it with those in our school community that we offer them the opportunity for it to evoke their response(s) to it. It is part of the course to allow for your work to be displayed. Your work will be returned to you no later than the end of the school year. With your work and all other work on display throughout the school, please refrain from touching it, keeping a safe distance away from it. An arm's length is a good distance. If you see others touching artwork please remind them to keep a safe distance from it, too.
N) LAPTOPS & OTHER TECH
You are expected to abide by the Moravian Academy Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.
Taking pictures, film or video of your classmates or your instructor without their knowledge - is prohibited. It is preferred that unless it is part of the project that you refrain.
It is a good idea to always come to class with your lap top.
A) It is important that everyone understand that your safety is top priority.
Using tools such as x-acto knives, scissors, mat and paper cutters, chisels and other sharp objects must be used with care. Careless and dangerous use of these tools will result in your privilege is denied to use them until you prove to the instructor that you can be trusted, again, to resume using them, with care. More extreme disrespectful use of them by an individual or individuals will be forwarded to the Dean of Students.
B) The art building space, as well as its immediate surroundings, are to be used respectfully. It is expected you interact with the instructors and all other students, respectfully. The artwork made by other students, tools and supplies are to also be respected. A good rule of thumb is: If the work, tools and/or supplies are not yours, do not touch them. To you, a pile of empty tennis ball canisters might be trash but to another student, it may be supplies for an assemblage sculpture. "Hands off" also goes for equipment found throughout the building especially the printmaking press, paper-making equipment and photo equipment unless you are in a course which is using it for class.
C) If you would like to use something you find in the art studio space but are unsure whether you are allowed, it is always a good idea to first ask an instructor. Going into any art supply cabinet, cupboard, closet, desk, office or drawers without asking is unacceptable if you did not first obtain permission to do so. Taking things without asking could be perceived as stealing-
depending on the context. Looking in/at the teacher’s laptop(s)/ipad(s) is also unacceptable.
D) You are expected to clean all tools and supplies you used in each art period.
You are also expected to take care to work as neatly as possible in common areas such as the computer lab, studio spaces, sinks, counter tops, floors, paper cutter and desks. If something accidentally gets dirty or something spills, please take care to clean it up as soon as possible.
E) When you use art supplies and tools, you are expected to re-place them all, where they belong, either back in the box from where they came, the countertop they are set out on, back under the sink or the teacher's desk, for example.
F) AV equipment in the classrooms is there for use during class. Unless you have permission in advance of using any of it by an art instructor, it is off limits. That goes for the teachers' computers, printers, scanners, classroom smartboard, dvd/vcr and tv.
G) Using the 3 Dimensional scanner and printer for work other than for art class needs to be first discussed with Ms Maurer. Use of items in the photo/video area first needs to be discussed with Mrs Woodruff before assuming you are allowed to use them, if at all.
H) You are welcome (and encouraged) to work in the art building on your art assignments other than when you are in class during your open periods. However, the students scheduled in the class at any given time have first "dibs" for the spaces. As an extra courtesy and time saving measure
(so you don’t walk down to the art building unnecessarily) it would be a good idea to ask an instructor if the space you want to use is available at the proposed time you want to work in it.
I) It is necessary for an adult, preferably an art instructor or other MAUS teacher, to be present in the building when you are there. If you would like to work in a studio space outside of your regularly scheduled class, especially before or after school, you need to contact an instructor, preferably asking them the day before. If there is no adult in the building, you cannot work in it.
J) If at all possible do all fixing of artwork out of doors and leave outside or in the hallways to set as the fumes are very toxic to take back into the classroom working spaces. You are responsible for your work storing it properly once it is dry, as well as to return any used supplies where they are stored.
K) If you witness any dangerous or unsafe behavior happening, immediately inform your instructor or another adult in close proximity. Everyone’s safety is of the utmost importance.
- Teacher: Maurer Susan