Westwood High School Fine Arts Department
Ceramics Two & Three
This class addresses the following school-wide academic expectations:
· Communicate effectively
· Define, analyze, and solve problems
· Access and interpret information from a variety of sources
In this class students learn how to communicate effectively, using the elements of art and principles of design: line, space, form, value, shape, color, texture, and pattern. We learn how to define, analyze, and solve visual problems, in three dimensions. We access and interpret information from a variety of sources as we create and explore with hand-building techniques, wheel throwing techniques, glazing techniques, and maintenance of the ceramic studio. Students draw inspiration from the world around them, the works of other artists, and from their own imaginations. Students also learn how to critically analyze a work of art, in order to achieve creative results.
Wheel Thrown Vessels: Students practice their wheel throwing skills until they are able to make a vase, a bowl, and mug, and a tea pot.
Abstraction of Nature: Looking at the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, students learn how to abstract natural objects.
Figures in Motion: Realistic portraits and figure drawings result from careful study of the human form. Self-expression through facial expression and gesture are emphasized.
Defying Gravity: The paintings of Wassily Kandinsky are used as inspiration.
Extraordinary Tea Pot: Students make a thrown tea-pot body and hand-built spout, handle, and lid.
Self-Portrait Bust: The work of ceramic artists Patti Warashina and Roxanne Swentzell serves as inspiration as students explore character and caricature.
Sketchbooks: Students keep a sketchbook for homework assignments, recording sketches as a project progresses, and practicing skills.
Evaluations: Written exam, oral presentation, class critique, and portfolio.
A variety of assessments allows students with differing learning styles to shine.