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Ceramics & Sculpture II
Ceramics and Sculpture II
Mayo High School  

Course Objectives 
Students will be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Visual Arts.  Artistic interpretation, creativity and performance will be focused on.

Students will develop, revise, and evaluate their works.  

In Ceramics and Sculpture II students will further their comfort in working with clay primarily and other sculptural materials as available. Students will incorporate the elements and principles of design into their work, view sculptural examples of other cultures and times to learn of the methods and styles used by others.  Students are challenged to express themselves in new ways. 

Ceramics and Sculpture II students will continue with hand building techniques such as slab and coil as well as learn about surface design, glazing and the firing process. The potter’s wheel will be re-introduced and further skill developed.  Students may experiment with a variety of methods and media to create three dimensional sculpture. Students earn less than a novice grade in the prerequisite class, Ceramics & Sculpture I may find this class difficult.

The visual arts provide a multitude of areas for growth and development.  Participation in the daily studio work is an important experience which will provide students with opportunities to communicate ideas, problem solve, enhance critical thinking skills, practice responsibility, and gain confidence.

While letter grades are our system in place, I prefer to evaluate students understanding of the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education and the National Associate of Art Educators. Skyward grading system does however require me to enter percentages. The following is currently my way of combining the two until Standards Based Grading becomes the norm.

Standards and benchmarks knowledge and skills are built into projects and students are graded not on the finished work so much as their growth and understanding of the visual arts.

Gradingtranslates to…
     5   Exemplary      Exceeds Standards                           101% +
     4   Proficient        Meeting Standards(Great Work!)         80-100%         A
     3   Novice            Meets Standards (Fair Work.)              60-79%           B
     2   Emerging        Progress toward Meeting Standards   40-59%           C
     1   Does Not Meet Standards                                           20-39%           D
     0   Little or No Attempt Made                                              0-19%           F

Mrs. Diane Lund
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