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Help creating 8 week pottery course syllabus

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Looking for help developing an 8 week beginners pottery course syllabus.  This would be for a small/semi private classes of 4-8 students. I have an instructor, but want to make sure we have a good plan in place also.  Any help or suggestions for topics and progression would be appreciated.  Always looking to learn and open to new ideas.  Thank you for any suggestions.

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My 2-cents worth is to leverage the course material throughout to help them to understand that working in clay is likely to be most successful and satisfying if they take the time to learn the foundational elements (beyond wedging/centering/throwing) such as a working familiarity with a glossary/terminology, some core science/chemistry, a condensed overview of different firing methods, the value of good craftsmanship in the marketplace, and encouragement for developing a personal vision along with the skill-building. 

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How many actual classroom hours are involved in this 8 week course?  A schedule of 1 hour per week program will be significantly different from an 4 hour per day, 5 days per week program.  

A typical college freshman course in ceramics meets for 12 weeks, two 3-hour sessions per week, and starts with pinch pots, then glazing, coil and slab construction, throwing, and critiques.  Each segment has specific assignments to illustrate competency.   

Visit your local college (or the college website) and review their ceramic course descriptions.  

LT
 

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I heartily agree with LeeU. It is important to include vocabulary, procedures, safety and other things in any course. You have not fleshed out enough information here to let us know what you intend. You say  8 week course. How many days a week, how long each day, open studio time included, and facilities available to teach the class. All of this should be part of your syllabus opening statement. Once you are certain with this, then you need to divide up your time into units. . . opening/introduction, making time divided into units, shut off deadline for construction/making, glazing time and firing deadline, critique at end, or during the units. How much you get completed will depend on the time available, and the space/facilities available. How can you teach a throwing unit when you have only 1 or 2 wheels? Do you d slab construction with rolling pins or do you have a slab roller. Facilities are important to include in the plan as they cut time needed, allow for storage, and space for students to work without crowded elbows.

Fill us in on more of your time and facilities and we can help you flesh out an outline for a syllubus.

 

best,

Pres

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