Camden Hills Regional High School

Home of the Windjammers

Clay 1
Mr. Kahn
Room - Period
Course Description:

This is an introductory level course will focus on the basics of handbuilding and wheelthrowing.  Students will learn  how to work in three-dimensions using clay and adding glaze as a colorant to the surface.  There will be drawing and art history components to the course.



pinch pots, coil pots
Slab-built boxes with Sculptural lid


Cone shapes
Straight sided Cup

The art room is a place for all students to comfortably study, create and discuss artwork.

Guidelines for allowing this kind of an atmosphere to exist are as follows:
1. Work quietly and thoughtfully so others may do the same.
2. Be prompt, present and ready to work.
3. Listen carefully and be courteous when others are talking or demonstrating.
4. Always use your time productively.
5. Be sure language, comments and projects are appropriate for school and not
offensive to any individuals.
6. Demonstrate a positive approach to assignments and consider feedback.  
7. Pursue challenging solutions & strive for high standards of achievement.
8. Demonstrate personal initiative and problem solving ability.
9. Participate successfully in group activities and critiques.
10. The student will work outside of class time if it is recommended by the teacher.
Grading Policy:
Grading for the class is divided in the following percentages;

Large Projects - 60%
Small Projects - 20%
Art History - 10%
Tests/Exams - 10%

For large projects, Grading is based on the following rubric:(Example)

1Effort and Initiative- The amount of time and effort that you put into your project on a daily basis.
Final Presentation-The quality of the completed project.
Use of Studio and Tools-Make sure you give yourself enough time for clean-up of ALL your tools and area. (includes Set-Up)
The final 2 are closely related to the specific project, example for the Gargoyle project

4. Form and Shadow - How well did you use from and shadow to create your Gargoyle?
5.Handbuilding technique - Quality of the handbuliding technique, (did the gargoyle stay in one piece?

January 21 - 24

    Intro to course, still life drawing and shading 3 dimensional objects
  January 27 - 31

    Create pinch and coil pottery

  February 3 - 7

    Glaze pinch and coil pottery

  February 10 - 14

    Guest artist Tim Christensen will demonstrate his sgraffito method/     Complete Sgraffito on tiles.

  February 24 - 28

    Begin Slab-built box project, & wheelthrowing (centering and cones)

  March 3 - 7

    Continue Slab-built box project, & wheelthrowing (centering and     cones)

  March 10 -13

    Complete Slab-built box project/Art History - Pablo Picasso

  March 17 - 21

    Begin Shell project /continue wheelthrowing

  March 24 - 28

    Continue Shell project /continue wheelthrowing

  March 31 - April 4

    Begin Shoe Sculpture Project

  April 7 - April 11

    Continue Shoe Sculpture Project

 April 14 - 18

    Complete Shoe Sculpture Project

  April 28 - May 2

    Begin 1st wheel-thrown straight sided cup

 May 5 - May 9

    Complete 1st wheel-thrown straight sided cup

  May 12 - 15

    Begin Gargoyle project

  May 19 - 23

    Complete Gargoyle project

  May 27 - 30

    Begin and Complete a wheel thrown bowl

 June 2 - 6

    Begin Ind. Project

 June 9 - 13

    Complete Ind. Project

  June 17 - 19

    Final Exams