Camden Hills Regional High School

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Clay 2
Mr. Kahn
Room - Period

This is an advanced level course that will review the basics of handbuilding and wheelthrowing.  Students will learn how to combine clay techniques for projects.  Learn how to use different glaze firings and


Students will be creating a number of projects in clay including, but not limited to the following:

Skull Sculpture
Trompe L'oiel Cup                                                                                                          Architecture (using extruded forms)

Cups,Vases, & Pitchers
Tea cups and matching saucers


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?


(Subject to change)

January 21 - 24

    Intro to course, still life drawing and beginning clay projects

  January 27 - 31

    Review throwing techniques (centering, and cone shapes)
    Handbuild a Teapot from slabs and other handbuilding techniques

  February 3 - 7

    Create cups and bowls to sgraffito/Art History(ceramic women artists)

  February 10 - 14

    Guest artist Tim Christensen will demonstrate his sgraffito method/ Complete     Sgraffito on cups and bowls.

  February 24 - 28

    Continue to handbuild a Teapot from slabs and other handbuilding techniques

  March 3 - 7

    Complete a Teapot from slabs and other handbuilding techniques

  March 10 -13

    Begin vase on the wheel/mugs w handle and Self Portrait in clay

  March 17 - 21

    Continue vases/mugs w handle and portraits, and begin pitchers

  March 24 - 28

    Complete vases/mugs w handle and portraits, and continue pitchers

  March 31 - April 4

    Complete pitchers, begin figurative sculptures/Art History-Henry Moore

  April 7 - April 11

    Complete figurative sculptures, begin matching tea cup and saucer

 April 14 - 18

    Complete matching tea cup and saucer.

  April 28 - May 2

    Begin 1st wheel-thrown Teapot, Begin extruded Architecture/ Art History-Frank Gehry

 May 5 - May 9

    Continue 1st Teapot and extruded Architecture

  May 12 - 15

    Complete 1st Teapot and extruded Architecture

  May 19 - 23

    Begin 2nd wheel-thrown Teapot (with one other technique)

  May 27 - 30

    Complete 2nd wheel-thrown Teapot (with one other technique)

 June 2 - 6

    Begin Ind. Project

 June 9 - 13

    Complete Ind. Project

  June 17 - 19

    Final Exams