IA ART 207


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE INTEGRATIVE STUDIES PROGRAM IA COURSE PROPOSAL DATE: January 28, 2009 Proposal Sponsor: Paul McMullan (pmcmullan@keene.edu / 8-2752), Art Proposed Action: New Course Addition Proposed Course: IAART 207 CERAMICS AND CULTURE Proposed Catalog Description: Through projects, demonstrations, and visual media (slides, videos, etc.), students will investigate differing methods of working with clay such as hand-building, wheel-throwing, and surface techniques. Students will research ceramic art in its global socio-historical contexts. For non- Art majors only. Annually. Course Objectives: Students will develop an understanding of and competence in basic ceramic building techniques Students will develop an appreciation of the basic chemistries of clay bodies, glazes, and kiln firing Students will acquire background knowledge of the history of ceramics from multiple perspectives: formal, technical, and cultural Students will research a specific ceramic tradition and incorporate their findings in a creative project Learning Outcomes: Perspectives Outcome: Analyze a creative text (artwork) within its cultural, aesthetic, historical, and intellectual contexts Integrative Outcomes (Global Issues): Critique a discipline through the lens of other cultural values Skills Outcome (Creative Thinking): Express personal ideas, points of view, or feelings and bring those to a product Rationale: This course is designed to offer students additional course options in the Art Department that will fulfill the Integrative Studies Program Perspectives requirement beyond the 100-level. The study and creation of ceramic art is an ideal way in which to introduce students to the crucial role of material culture in the development of human societies. The history of ceramics is particularly broad in scope. For instance, it encourages consideration of social class and gender roles (utilitarian wares of non-elite groups, women as creators and consumers of an art form in a domestic context, etc.). The study of ceramics involves not only an understanding of three dimensional form, it's materials and its history also requires knowledge of geology, chemistry, and physics in. Finally, it is one of the most alluring and tactile art forms, combining both two- and three-dimensional considerations of form and decoration. Resources: No new hire.


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IA ART 207