Our Ceramics Syllabus 

    Ceramics –Course Syllabus

    Instructor: Liz Cooper

    Email: elizabeth.cooper@washoeschools.net

    Website: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/8216


    Ceramics 1/2: Students will create artwork focusing on various hand-building techniques. Various glazing and finishing techniques will be explored throughout the course. All projects will incorporate decoration, glazing, and the aesthetics of the elements and principles of design. Students will be required to sketch ideas, research inspiration, and to engage in class critiques and discussions.  Original ideas only in this classroom.  Plagiarism and intellectual property will be discussed and students will be continually reminded to create their own ideas, not to recreate artwork that already exists in the world.  Students will participate in critiques of their own work and the work of others based on the elements and principles as well as the evaluation of the craftsmanship of the work. Art history and research of various ceramic artists and/or periods of time will be part of the course curriculum along with contemporary artists and processes.


    Ceramics 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, AP: These classes are for intermediate and advanced students who want to learn advanced ceramics techniques. Ceramics 3/4 is for students who excelled in Ceramics 1/2 with a strong desire to further develop skill and technique. Advanced projects will be assigned. Individual improvement and the ability to work independently will be emphasized. Students will use hand-building techniques and the potter’s wheel to complete both the instructor’s assignments and the student’s own ideas. Advanced and AP students will be required to create a portfolio of work as well as to submit artwork to the Scholastic Art Awards.



    Please Come Prepared: All students will need to bring a pencil and eraser to class each day as well as a willingness to participate, engage with the content, and learn.

    Lab Fee: There is a mandatory $40 lab fee for this class.  The money is used to purchase all the materials students will use in this class.

    Assignments & Grades: Each student will be required to complete the assignments to the best of his or her ability. The students will be given specific grading criteria for each assignment.

    Participation Points: Each student will daily rate their participation level from a 0-10 scale depending on how much they participated daily.  Students are expected to accurately represent their level of participation.  Coming in to class on time, getting to work and focusing for the entire class would be 10 points.  Arriving late, spending excessive time on phones, distracting others, causing disruptions or not working will all decrease your points. 


    Participation: 20%

    Projects/Assessments: 60%

    Final Exam: 20%


    Cell Phone Policy: In our modern world, as human beings, we all need to understand when and where cell phone use is and is not appropriate.  If you choose to spend your entire class staring at your phone, you must learn the consequences of this action.  In my classroom, you are welcome to have your electronic device available to listen to music as long as one headphone is left out so that I can communicate with you.  You are prohibited from taking photographs or videos in the classroom of yourself or other students. Please respect the classroom and when direct instruction is happening or we are having class critiques, refrain from using your cell phones so that you may be fully engaged in the content.


    Classroom Procedures/Expectations: Personal discipline is vital to the success of the ceramics room.  Students should maintain self-control, be ready to learn, be respectful and empathetic to others, and care for materials.


    • Be Respectful of each other, the classroom, and the teacher
    • Be Responsible with classroom materials and for your own education
    • Be Safe with clay, tools, and each other
    • Be Kind to each other and empathetic towards others in the classroom.


    Absences: It is the responsibility of the student to make up all work missed due to being absent.  It is also the student’s responsibility to obtain any notes, handouts, directions, or other information from the teacher, and request extra time if necessary. Students are wholly responsible for taking ownership and making up any missed class time due to absences.


    Late Work: Late work will be accepted until the end of each 9 week period. Late work will automatically lose 25% of the possible points. Students who are failing and need to bring their grade up can work with the teacher to make up late assignments after the deadline, but will only be able to earn up to 60% credit.


    *If a student needs extra help or time to work on a project outside of the regular class time, the student needs to schedule with the teacher a time to come in to class and work. 








    Please take this syllabus home with you to share with your parent(s)/guardian(s), have it signed, and bring it back. The top portion of this form is for you to keep.


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