Wheel -Ceramic Class

E. Haugen * Art Dept. - CCHS - 423-2181 * HaugenE@churchill.k12.nv.us

This course will provide students the opportunity to make wheel ceramic projects.
Students will be working on Brett Electric Wheels in the class.
Students will develop their wheel ceramic skills/techniques through a variety of projects.


Art Students Will

  • Create a series of art pieces that reflect
    • Elements and Principles of Design - Composition
    • Creativity & Originality
    • Effort & Perseverance
    • Craftsmanship, Skill, & Consistency on the potters wheel
    • Nevada State Art Standards
  • Meet deadlines, use materials and tools properly.
  • Come to class prepared to work – work the entire class on art project.
  • Clean up after them selves – Help their wheel group to clean the wheel.
  • Complete projects for display purposes.
  • Develop a vocabulary for critical evaluation of art, their own and others.

General Outline:

  • Variety of Glazed Wheel Ceramics pieces (8-9 Ceramic pieces by the end of the semester)
  • Cylinders
  • Variety of shaped projects – bowls – vases – cups – plates etc.
  • Functional ceramic pieces
  • Abstract ceramic pieces
  • Develop an understanding of the ceramic process.
  • Develop a ceramic vocabulary.
  • Art Show – Parent Open House (End of 2nd Semester)
  • Semester Final

Written – Over all oral, written and visual information presented in class

Student Art Display of work done during the semester


Critiques will be made for each assigned artwork. Artists will complete evaluation of the artwork’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as an analysis of the their techniques and intended message.


  • Compares artwork to pre-stated objectives
  • Looks for daily progress
  • Observes the student art work (process)
  • Tests for knowledge of vocabulary, techniques and facts

Evaluation: (cont.)


  • Fulfills pre-stated objectives
  • Shows evidence of preparation, planning, and improvement with each piece.
  • Comes to class each day of the semester prepared to work on ceramics
  • Works daily on assigned work – Clothing issues cannot be a reason not to work.
  • 1st class unprepared / not working = WARNING
  • 2nd class unprepared / not working = REFERRAL
  •   Completes a self-evaluation of art work
  •   Work turned in by the due date.

Due dates matter

  • Assignments will drop a letter grade for each block late.
  • Work due the day of an absence is recorded as 0% until the work is turned in. Students are responsible to turn projects in immediately following an absence and to determine what daily work was missed.
  • Daily Participation grade each day – if absent: catch up immediately following absence to regain points lost
  • Late assignments will NOT be accepted after the end of each quarter.

Grade Rubric:

  • Pre-stated objectives
  • Elements and Principles of Design – Composition
  • Creativity & Originality
  • Effort & Perseverance
  • Craftsmanship, Skill, & Consistency

A= Outstanding art work – Very well done – Exceeded criteria

B= Very good art work – Well done – Met the expected criteria

C= Good work – Satisfactorily completed the assignment

D= Fair art work – Completed the assignment

F= Poor/Unsatisfactory - Unacceptable – Did not complete assignments

Grading categories:

  • Completed projects
  • Homework, sketches and quizzes
  • Daily Notes – Notes taken off of the board each day will be turned in and graded
  • Daily Participation -Students work on clay projects everyday for the length of the class

Art Fee:

Wheel - Ceramic Class $20.00 a semester

Pay in the office and show Mrs. Haugen the receipt.

Nevada State Art Standards:

  1. Students know and apply visual arts media, techniques, and processes.
  2. Students use knowledge of visual characteristics, purposes, and functions.
  3. Students choose, apply, & evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, & ideas.
  4. Students understand the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
  5. Students analyze and assess characteristics, merits, and meanings in their own artwork and the work of others
  6. Students demonstrate relationships between visual arts, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.