Ceramics & Sculpture

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Overview

Taft offers courses in ceramics, sculpture, and glass. All classes are taught in the Gail Wynne Sculpture and Ceramics Studio, at the beginner level and beyond. Students may also apply to advance their study of three-dimensional art through an independent tutorial.

Ceramics

Ceramics students begin their study with the basics of clay forming. They create both functional and non-functional pieces as they experiment and develop skills with pinch, slab, and the potter's wheel. Students who continue their study will advance their skills on the potter's wheel and on hand building techniques.

Sculpture

The concepts and techniques of sculptural design are as diverse as the materials we work with in our studio, including paper, plaster, wire, wood, clay, metal, and glass. We approach sculpture through observational points of departure as well as non-objective design, and explore both additive and reductive processes.

Glass

The possibilities of this beautiful, colorful, transparent medium are boundless. With an emphasis on the creative process, students explore warm glass techniques that include fusing, slumping and flame work, as they make functional bowls and plates, jewelry items, and sculptural forms.

Ceramics & Sculpture Course Offerings

AV503: Beginning Ceramics

Term: Semester 1

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques of clay forming: pinch, slab, and the potter's wheel. Students will create both functional and non-functional work. Evaluation is based on experimentation and development of skills. Open to all students, but limited to 10 per class section.

AV504: Beginning Ceramics

Term: Semester 2

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques of clay forming: pinch, slab, and the potter's wheel. Students will create both functional and non-functional work. Evaluation is based on experimentation and development of skills. Open to all students, but limited to 10 per class section.

AV513: Glass

Term: Semester 1

In this art class, the student explores the possibilities of glass. They will learn techniques of warm glass such as fusing, slumping and some flame work. The student will learn to make functional bowls and plates as well as jewelry items and sculptural forms. Discover the beauty of this colorful transparent medium. The emphasis will be on the creative process. Limited to eight students.

AV514: Beginning Sculpture

Term: Semester 2

This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of sculptural design. Students work in a variety of materials including, but not limited to, paper, plaster, wire, wood, clay, metal, and glass. Work is completed from observational points of departure as well as non-objective design. Both additive and reductive processes are explored. Open to all students, but limited to 12 per class section.

AV531: Advanced Ceramics

Term: Semester 1

This course is designed for students who have taken beginning ceramics and wish to further develop their skills on the potter's wheel and with hand building techniques. Students should have experience with ceramics, or have completed the Beginning Ceramics course.

AV532: Advanced Ceramics

Term: Semester 2

This course is designed for students who have taken beginning ceramics and wish to further develop their skills on the potter's wheel and with hand building techniques. Students should have experience with ceramics, or have completed the Beginning Ceramics course.

AV535: Advanced Sculpture

Term: Semester 1

AV536: Advanced Sculpture

Term: Semester 2

AV540: Advanced Studio Art

Term: Year

Advanced assignments in drawing and painting require students to be especially sensitive to the abstract qualities of form and content of their work and others and to be eloquent in class discussions and critiques. In the second term, each student designs and executes a body of work showing his/her commitment in depth to a particular artistic concern. Students who exhibit special interest and talent with a specific medium or in a particular area of study will be given personalized assignments to enable them to pursue that interest. Areas of study include portrait and figure painting, automatic drawing and abstract expressionism, mixed media and installation, illustration, cartooning, and an introduction to sculpture.

AV830: AP Art History

Term: Year

This survey course of the major artistic periods in sculpture, painting, and architecture from ancient to modern times will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement examination in Art History. The focus will be on the Western European tradition, though non-western art will be studied. Open to Juniors and Seniors.

AV840: AP Studio Art

Term: Year

This course is designed for juniors and seniors who wish to submit a portfolio for presentation to the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board and directly to colleges as part of applications. Students are given assignments which require considerable expenditure of time in their development. Admission to this course is only upon approval of the instructor: in preceding art classes, students must have exhibited excellent work habits as well as exceptional ambition. Assignments stress versatility with a wide range of media in several areas of study. In addition, each student chooses a "concentration" project, during which a theme is developed in 20 to 30 works that year.

AV991: Independent Tutorial in Visual Art

Term: Semester 1

This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to Seniors by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

AV992: Independent Tutorial in Visual Art

Term: Semester 2

This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to Seniors by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Gail Wynne Sculpture and Ceramics Studio

Gail Wynne taught art at Taft for 33 years. Her courses in printmaking, drawing, batik, design, and pottery were at the core of Taft’s first arts curriculum, introduced by Wynne, herself. During her tenure, Wynne also served as head of the Arts Department. Her clay works have been exhibited at universities, galleries, and art centers throughout the northeast and Florida. The Gail Wynne Sculpture and Ceramics Studio honors Wynne’s legacy as a teacher, mentor, artist, and visionary.

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