I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 134
Course Name: Ceramics I
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Student will develop, employ and create functional and/or non-functional works of art in clay.
- Student will demonstrate understanding and technical knowledge of various hand building techniques.
- Student will demonstrate knowledge of clay preparations, construction, development, firing, and glazing of original ceramic works from concept to finish pieces.
- Student art work created will reflect and implement uses of construction techniques, glaze and firing methods, surface texture, pattern, form, color, size, utility, non-functionality, and positive and negative space.
- Student will evaluate and discuss through class critique his/her own as well as others’ artwork.
- Student will be introduced to wheel-throwing technique.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Methods of Construction: coil, pinch, slab, mold and potters wheel.
- Methods of applying glaze: dip, pour, paint, spray, resists and oxides with glaze.
- Methods of firing: stoneware, raku, burnished sawdust firing.
- Conceptual uses/considerations of the construction, glaze and firing methods from above: surface texture and pattern, form, color, tone, relative size, utility, non functional, negative space.
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Demonstrations and lectures
- Individual discussion
- Group discussion
- Field trips
- Films, PowerPoint presentations, Internet searches
- Students working on their own to complete assignments
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Work with clay, glazes and the tools of the course
- Discussion of our work
- Attend class and do assignments
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
Clay, glaze, films, PowerPoints, Internet searches, and books on reserve and in circulation in the library.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.