Welcome to the Ceramic Studio

I am excited to share my knowledge and ideas with my students throughout school year.

Ceramic Syllabus

Instructor: Ms. Langlais Building: 2E Room: 106

School Email: [email protected] Other Email: [email protected]

Remind101: #: 81010 Text ceramic01, ceramic02, or ceramic03

“Clay could be the most common, though the most complex material. It has a wider range of uses and greater potentialities than any other natural substance. It has no definite form in itself. It is the ground on which we stand, but it can be pressed, coiled, pinched, and thrown on the wheel into any form imaginable. It can be made to look smooth as butter or gritty as coarse gravel. It can be polished to a glossy sheen, or remain dull and earthy. It can be liquid, viscose, malleable, plastic, or hard as a rock. It can be translucent and delicately fragile, or be refractory and withstand extreme pressure and heat. It can be made to look like almost any other material that exists.”-Marguerite Wildenhain (Pottery: Form and Expression

Course Description:

This is a semester long 3D art course designed to introduce and expand your knowledge on the foundation and fundamental of 3D art and ceramics. We will be focusing on clay, but we may also use alternate materials and processes. You will be learning the following concepts; pinch pots, coil and slab construction, wheel throwing, stains, oxides, trimming, footing, templates, glazing, sgraffito, Elements and Principals of Art, ceramic processes, kiln loading and unloading, evaluating artwork, to name a few.

Ms. Langlais’ Teaching Style:

When there is a new assignment, I will instruct and demo. Followed by several student work days; sketching, written work, peer critiques, and artist reports. You will want to pay attention to Remind101 for posts and anything posted on the board. You are responsible for managing your time efficiently and completing your work on time. I understand that sometimes projects can get delayed. Students that I see working consistently will receive NO penalty for late work, but know that I will be moving forward with the assignments. Any students that have been OFF TASK will have a letter grade reduction for every TWO days that work is late past the due date. You will get FRUSTRATED at times. No one said that creativity came easy. Remember, I am here to HELP, ASK QUESTIONS!! Please be patient, for there is ONE of me and a lot of students. I am a big believer in ASK YOUR PEERS for help, but do not have them do it for you.

What you are going to NEED for class:

• Notebook/Binder to keep notes, ideas, plans, written assignments, ect..

• Drawing pad. (standard notebook size)

• Old shirt or Apron (Optional)

• Studio FEE: $20.00 ( covers first bag clay, glazes, tools, and other supplies)

• Extra bags of clay: $5.00

• Ceramic studio contract: sign and dated

• CLOSE TOE shoes (MANDATORY for safety at all times)


• Is the work conceptually inventive? Have you demonstrated a solid grasp of problem content? Did you grapple with the ideas presented in each assignment?

• Is the composition visually compelling? Is every square inch fully engaged? Is the image unified? Energized? Balanced? Well-crafted? Etc.

• What was the nature of your learning process? Did you use the class time effectively and come prepared to learn and participate? Did you take risks? How many solutions did you invent for each problem? How substantial were your contributions to level meetings and critiques?

Ceramic Studio Rules:

Come into the studio prepared to work every day.

Equipment may only be used after instructions.

Restroom/ hall passes should be used minimally.10/10

Always treat other people and their possessions with RESPECT.

Make the most of every class – work bell to bell.

I will not tolerate horseplay, throwing materials, or unsafe behavior.

Clean up your area, tools, and artwork before leaving.

Safety issue: NO OPEN TOE SHOES/ NO FOOD OR DRINKS in the studio. EVER!!

Grading System:

Each assignment will have a point system. They will range 5 points and up depending on the skill. You will be given a packet at the beginning if the semester, that you are responsible for. If you lose it, you will have to find a way to copy a new one. I only made enough for each student. 40% Formative: planning, progress checks, studio and equipment use, written assignments, daily / weekly grades. 60% Summative: Final Projects, reports, tests, self-reflection and critique essays.


All artists borrow, combine, dissect, and reassemble things they have seen before. It is near impossible to create something that is completely new. Despite this, PLAGIARISM in art does exist. Being inspired by someone else’s work is great, copying their work is ILLEGAL. Any work that is found to be directly plagiarized will be DESTROYED and assigned a ZERO.

Habits of Work:

Students are to be in the classroom at ALL TIMES unless they have permission from the instructor to be somewhere else. If at any time a student is not in the designated place, it will be considered an unexcused absence. The following guidelines are the basics of classroom responsibilities.

• Clean up during and at the end of class.

• Mandatory close toed shoes at all time in the studio (this is a BIG safety demand)

• Respect for fellow classmates and their work.

* NEWSFLASH! UHS IS A SCHOOL! Please keep in mind that all work that you are creating MUST be school appropriate. Questionable work will     result in parent notification and administration involvement.

• Take notes during lectures, demos, and glazing.

• Time in class is to be spent working, if you have tons of free time you are not challenging yourself.

• BE ON TIME or apologize sincerely when you come in late... or take a tardy. By the 3RD one you will receive a TARDY REFERAL.

• You are responsible for all materials and work time missed due to any absences and tardies.

• Don’t give up on your work, all work goes through an ugly stage.

• Don’t text or talk on the phones in the classroom.

• Come to open labs if you fall behind. Second half of lunchtime and Thursday until 4PM.

• PLAY PRACTICE PROCESS. Don’t settle for close enough when it comes to craftsmanship.

• Sketch every idea multiple times and retain photo references.

• Maintain a build blog and digital portfolio. If your work blows up in the kiln you have evidence.

• Sketching is not about drawing, it’s about thinking so don’t tell me you can’t draw. PLAN WORK.

• Find an aspect of ceramics that you like, become obsessed with it, learn it, know it, live it.

Possible Projects:

Animals Figurines Portraits Beads Fountains Sculpture Frames Spice Shakers Gargoyles Tea Cups Bowls Lidded Jars Tiles Candle Holder Trays Vases Lamps Vessels Cups Teapots Wind Chime Pitchers Plates...and many more!

Talent is not a prerequisite...only hard work and determination can make a difference. Ceramics is all about repetition and you.

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