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ART 253 B: Introduction to 3D4M: Ceramics

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Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 2:20pm
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Althea Fultz
Althea Fultz

Syllabus Description:

Course covers fundamental handbuilding techniques and basic properties of clay. In class will consist of practical demonstration, discussion of finished and in-progress work, some slide and video presentation as relevant, as well as group and in-class projects. Class is participation heavy, and will give students some idea of how wide a playing field ceramics can be.




 Art 253Introduction to Ceramics Winter 2021

Althea Fultz, MFA Candidate, 3D4M, Instructor of Record 

Zoom# see zoom links in canvas

Course Description 

Course covers fundamental handbuilding techniques and basic properties of clay. In class will consist of practical demonstration, discussion of finished and in-progress work, some slide and video presentation as relevant, as well as group and in-class projects. Class is participation heavy, and will give students some idea of how wide a playing field ceramics can be. Class taught completely over zoom.

Art 253 will prepare students for further investigations in clay in the following ways:

  • Study of relationships between 2d and 3d making and modelling
  • Brief introduction to makers, artists, and other historical relationships that demonstrate engaging creative behaviours.
  • Assignments in water based clay that will give students a basic understanding of hand building techniques, as well as the character of clay
  • Assignment in plasticine. This may include a drawing, stop motion, or other dimensions of expression.


We will be able to arrange for projects to be kiln-fired with conscientious drop-off and pick-up. 

How this will work exactly, I don’t know yet. Some students may not live in Seattle. Others may not have means to transport fragile objects. That being said, firing work is 100% optional.


Working Schedule 

PLEASE NOTE: this is a weekly itinerary that may vary depending on the availability/access of course materials as well as updated COVID-19 mandates from civic, UW, SoA+AH+D, and 3D4M.

Class is planned so that almost everyone period there will be time for in class work and discussion of in progress work. Most assignments can probably be mostly completed in class.

MON 01/04 Intro to syllabus and logistics. 

Introduce Assignment 1 (Illustrate a Poem with Object). Everyone introduce themselves. For Wednday find poem that is a) meaningful 2) preferably has some imagery







Materials you will receive:

-clay tool kit


-50 lbs. Water based clay


Things you will need to source:

-a sponge for clean up

-some plastic trash bags and drop clothes. The thinner the plastic the better.

-a 5 quart bucket


UW Resources 

  • • Student Tech Loans 
  • • Tech and Internet Access 
  • • Student Printing 
  • • Low cost internet access for Seattle city residents 
  • • Public drive-in WiFi locations 
  • • HUB Study Space on Campus 
  • • HFS Study Space on Campus 
  • • UW Emergency Aid (Can be used for variety of needs) 
  • • UW Medicine Virtual Clinic 
  • • UW Food Pantry 
  • • UW Counseling Center offering Zoom appointments 
  • • “Coping w/ Stress Related to Coronavirus Outbreak” 
  • • More links for food, health, housing and other support. 


Equal Opportunity In concurrence with the University of Washington’s core values, and in compliance with State and federal regulations, the School of Art + Art History + Design reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity. The commitment extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations. 


The School of Art + Art History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School promotes and encourages a culture of compassion, understanding, and an obligation to respectful discourse in classrooms, meeting rooms, 

studio spaces, and beyond. The School’s philosophy is reflected in our engagement with community partners and research endeavors locally, nationally, and globally. 




The highest possible performance in all aspects of the course with work exemplifying 

exceptional quality. Exhibits outstanding creative potential. 


Exhibits creative potential with superior performance in most aspects of the course; high 

quality in the remainder. Well prepared for subsequent courses in the field. 


High performance in most aspects of the course. Very good chance of success in 

subsequent courses in the field. Exhibits some creative potential. 


Good performance in some of the course; satisfactory performance in the remainder. 

Exhibits some creative potential. Good chance of success in subsequent courses in the 



Demonstrates the minimum amount of research needed to complete the course with 

satisfactory performance. 


Met basic requirements in most of the course, with the remainder being somewhat 


University of Washington School of Art policy dictates that for each studio class 

students are expected to dedicate 10 hours per week outside of class time towards 

fulfilling the requirements of the class. 

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Art Building is currently closed until further notice. 

Disability Accommodation 

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Catalog Description: 
Introduces ceramic hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. Explores functional and conceptual considerations with clay in a contemporary context and art practice. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
November 6, 2020 - 4:00am