Three-Dimensional Art

Middle School Courses

Introduction to Clay and Glass

In this hands-on, project-based studio art class, students learn techniques for engaging clay and glass as sculptural materials. Through hand-building techniques—such as coil-forming, slab-construction, and additive and reductive sculpture—students begin to understand the material qualities and capabilities of clay. Through cutting, fusing, slumping, mold-making, and casting, they learn how to work with glass to actualize their creative ideas. Students experiment with new processes while honoring craft as a discipline in the arts. Each project is taught with benchmark pieces of historical and contemporary art to guide student learning.

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Students learn to center, open, shape, and trim clay on the potter's wheel. They gain the skills to make cups, bowls, and plates. The class experiments with a variety of ways to decorate and glaze ceramic pieces.

Upper School Courses

Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics

Students in this course concentrate on using the potter's wheel to develop basic competency in working with clays and glazes.

Ceramics II

This course expands on skills presented in the introductory ceramics class. Wheel-forming and other forming and joining techniques are explored in depth. Glaze mixing and experimentation are covered, and kiln loading is introduced. A digital-image portfolio of student work may be produced. Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics or Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics/Sculpture.

Glass

In this course, students explore a variety of processes for creating two- and three-dimensional images using float, machine-rolled, and handmade-colored glass. Techniques taught include carving multiple levels using aluminum oxide and resists, cutting, polishing, cold working, fusing, slumping, bending, pate de verre, casting, UV laminating, and kiln forming using ceramic, stainless steel, and casting molds. A digital-image portfolio of student work may be produced. Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics, Three-Dimensional Art: Sculpture, or Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics/Sculpture.

Three-Dimensional Art: Sculpture

This course introduces students to some technical vocabulary in several of the basic three-dimensional media. Each project is directed at teaching skills required to manipulate each medium. Media and techniques include: clay—modeling and use of an armature; glass—cutting, polishing, taping, sandblasting, and gluing with UV light-sensitive adhesive; metal—oxy/acetylene brazing; and plaster—creating forms with an armature (layering, carving, sanding, and refining). Slides, videos, demonstrations, and discussions clarify and enhance the aesthetic and technical aspects of the course.

Sculpture II

In this course, students explore a variety of processes for creating three-dimensional objects. Through the techniques of carving, modeling, constructing, welding, casting, heating, and digital fabrication (including 3-D printing), students realize forms in metal, wood, plaster, clay, wire, and glass. A digital-image portfolio of student work may be produced. Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Art: Sculpture or Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics/Sculpture.

Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics/Sculpture

This course combines Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramics (U0050-1/2) and Three-Dimensional Art: Sculpture (U0150-1/2) to create a yearlong sequence that fulfills the University of California system's VPA (visual and performing arts) requirement.

Three-Dimensional Art III

This course provides an opportunity for seniors to pursue their interests in three-dimensional media (ceramics, glass, or sculpture) after they have exhausted the courses offered in a single three-dimensional visual-art discipline. Students work with the instructor to structure a substantial self-directed learning experience in place of traditional instructor-directed coursework. Students are required to submit a proposal prior to the start of the course. Prerequisite: Ceramics II, Sculpture II, or Glass.