Ceramics (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

This stream of units comes from the Visual Arts course and is for students wishing to specialise in Ceramics or do a Double Major in Visual Art using these extra units.

Post-school pathways

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Workload expectation

All Visual Arts units have an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of written analytical tasks and a visual diary.

Course patterns

Available as a Minor or Major

Note: There are no pre-requisites. However, Exploring Ceramics is suggested as the first unit of study.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Exploring Ceramics

2

Decoration and Firing

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Exploring Ceramics

2

Decoration and Firing

3

Hollow Ceramic Form Sculpture

4

Ceramics Sculpture & Mixed Media

Unit descriptions

Exploring Ceramics

In this unit students will be introduced to the properties of clay, its preparation and reconstitution. They will explore the clay construction methods of pinch, coil, slab and thrown forms, their purposes and functions. They will also be introduced to appropriate surface treatments e.g. glaze, texture, additions (handles, spouts, lids) and introduced to firing procedures for bisque and glaze firings.

Ceramics Decoration and Firing

In this unit students will explore the elements and principles of design using various drawing and sketching techniques and investigate ancient influences, surface finishes, patterns and images. They will also experiment with a range of firing techniques e.g. sawdust, pit or raku firings.

Hollow Ceramic Form Sculpture

In this unit students will investigate, apply and manipulate clay to construct hollow sculpture and sculptural vessel forms. They will also explore the technical skills involved in the creation of ceramic sculptural forms including, modelling, slab, coil, and wheel thrown.

Ceramics Sculpture and Mixed Media

In this unit students will investigate, apply and manipulate ceramic forms and mixed media to create sculpture. Through the introduction of solid construction methods and the incorporation of different materials, they will explore the technical skills involved in making and glazing methods along with various mixed media used within a ceramic sculpture context.