• Ceramics 1

    Teacher:  Kyra Wilson

    E-Mail: kwilson@staunton.k12.va.us

    This class is a studio class. We will be working with clay most days.

    The major emphasis of this course is to improve the student’s knowledge of the medium of clay, the history of sculpture, and ceramics. Reading and writing assignments are a part of this course. Students will learn the elements and principles of art and how they are applied to sculptural designs.

     Course Objectives and Standards of Learning:

    • Knowledge of clay construction.
    • Explore the history of ceramic and sculpture.
    • Make increasingly informed judgments of ceramic works, past and present.
    • Apply design concept of form following function.
    • Examine career opportunities in the ceramics industry and/or ceramic arts.


    Students will:

    • Learn to articulate intent and to compare and evaluate ceramic art, past and present.
    • Be Analytical skills to solve a three-dimensional problem.
    • Utilize community resources such as museums, galleries, and studios to study example of ceramic and sculptural work.
    • Research historical and contemporary ceramic art and artifacts.
    • Increase technical vocabulary.
    • Maintain a sketchbook/notebook of ceramics techniques, design resources, and historical research.

    METHODS: A variety of instructional strategies will be utilized to accommodate all learning styles and to reinforce ceramic skills while learning art content.

    • Lectures and class discussions
    • Demonstration of process steps
    • Note-taking
    • Synchronized and Unsynchronized instruction
    • Testing
    • Design 
    • Vocabulary building
    • Outside research


    Each large unit is assessed using a rubric, students will be provided with the rubric at the beginning of each unit. 

    There will be an assessment at the end of each unit.  These assessments will cover your understanding of the terms and concepts in the unit as well as drawing exercises that will show you have mastered the assigned techniques for each unit.

    Smaller quizzes, both announced and unannounced, will assist in and verify learning as we progress through the course.

    The final exams count as 10% of your course grade.

     Parent Portal and Chromebook Help

    Grades will be posted to PowerSchool on a weekly basis.  Please be diligent and check grades often.  PowerSchool can be accessed here: http://scps.powerschool.com.  If a student or parent is having trouble logging in or forgets his/her/their access codes, please reach out to the assigned guidance counselor.

    Having access to Chromebooks is a necessity for success in both online and in-person learning.  If a student has any issues with a Chromebook, use the following form to report issues: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScisWA1mKzwcDzH9BISdhRAmSxv8W_bVVheBaii8V0E8v89pg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0.  The link to this form is also located in the “Report Technology Issues” section of the “Parents and Students” tab on the SHS website


    Inappropriate behavior will affect your participation grade; may result in muting or removal from class that day; and may be referred to administration for additional consequences, depending on the severity of the offense. Students and parents should be aware that zoom classes and meetings may be recorded.

    Virtual Class Rules

    Raise your camera to eye level.

    Mute yourself when you enter the meeting.

    Be polite and respectful of others.

    In Class Rules

    You must wear a mask.

    Put your phone in the box during class.

    No earbuds

    No hoodies

    Do not clean up early.

    Do not touch projects other than your own.

    Do not enter the storage room or kiln room.

    Do not leave the room without a pass from me.

Last Modified on August 4, 2021