Jennifer Dorsey  dorseyj@canby.k12.or.us

Canby High School  (503)263-7200 x5853

Ceramics will build upon skills that were learned in Art Survey. Students will study the elements and principles of design, techniques of clay construction, wheel throwing, historical and cultural concepts, and the impact that visual art has had in world cultures.The weighting for this class is 90% summative and 10% formative.

Grading (A final grade is determined by the following):

A+ 99 – 100% C+ 79%
A 92 – 98% C 72 – 78%
A- 90 – 91% C- 70 – 71%
B+ 89% D+ 69%
B 82 – 88% D 62 – 68%
B- 80 – 81% D- 60 – 61%
    F Below 60%

Art Production:  Students individual project score is based on the demonstration of knowledge of skills and materials needed to complete the given assignment.

Written assignments:  Aesthetics and Art criticism and Historical and Cultural Perspectives are further expanded on from Art Survey through instructional examples, class critiques, and writing assignments which will be graded. This will include a critique of individual work and personal reflection.  Students are expected to keep a clay journal which will be checked for credit during the trimester.

Final Exam  There will be a written final exam at the end of the trimester.

Late work:  Students will be given a due date for projects and may be given an opportunity for an extension with teacher approval. Late work will effect a grade if the project is included within the grading period point total.

Optional Glazing charge:  Projects are considered FINISHED at bisque fire. If a student wishes to glaze their projects a glaze card may be purchased from the bookkeeper. Projects that are glazed are charged by size and need to be paid for BEFORE they are fired. Glazing or not glazing a project will NOT effect your grade.

Cleanup:  Students are responsible for individual and room clean up. During the trimester there will be special cleanup times for both rooms and outside work area.

 Use of Equipment and Materials:  Students will be checked out a set of tools to use during the trimester. The charge for loss or damage of any Ceramics tools will be assessed to the student. Ceramics tools are expected to be secured in classroom storage every day.  Some classroom equipment and supplies are potentially dangerous if used improperly therefore classroom safety is critical.  Misuse of any equipment and/or supplies, disrespectfulness, horseplay and other dangerous behavior will be dealt with severely in accordance with school disciplinary policies.


  •             First Incident- Warning
  •             Second Incident- Behavior contract & phone call to parent
  •             Third Incident- Removal from class with no credit
  •             Some behaviors will cause an immediate contract or removal from class.

Attendance/Tardy Policy  If you are more than 5 min. late to class you need to come with a note. Most instruction and demonstrations occur in the beginning of class time to being on time is a great benefit to you.

Consequences for excessive tardiness:

  • 1) Verbal warning to student
  • 2) Communication with parent(s) & student
  • 3) Assignment to clean up duty during lunch in department.
  • 4) Referral to Student Center

Students are expected to be on time and prepared for class!

Art Department Rules:

  • Students are expected to complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Students are expected to keep work area and room clean.
  • Students are expected to treat art department equipment and supplies with care.
  • Students will treat each other with respect and consideration.
  • Students are not allowed in art office or other storage areas without permission.
  • No food allowed in classroom, drinks are allowed with a lid.
  • No Cell phones, ipods, etc. are to be out or used during class time unless directed by teacher.

Major areas of study:

 Basic methods of clay construction:  Students, through producing class projects, focus on individual techniques. Artists such as Maria Martinez and Pablo Picasso will be discussed and critiqued along with critiques of individual work and personal reflection. Students will further demonstrate ways the arts connect with the human experience.

Fundamentals of wheel throwing:  Students will learn and practice the skills of wheel throwing. The focus is on mastering the bowl and cylinder forms on the wheel.

Glazing and firing techniques:  Students will become familiar with basic glazing and firing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Japanese firing method of Raku.



In response to HB 2220 and then HB 4150, Canby School District utilizes standards-based grading. For many students and parents this marks a new approach to reporting student academic progress.

Standards-based grading communicates how students perform on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what students know and are able to do in relation to pre-established learning targets. The traditional averaging of grades can mask what students have learned, or not learned, in a specific course.

Students are graded based on acquired knowledge of the Oregon Content Standards and Common Core State Standards. Students will be graded under two categories: formative and summative assessments.

Formative assessments are used for learning. Examples might be quizzes, exit slips, homework, etc. They let students, parents and teachers know how a student is progressing in his/her learning.

Summative assessments are assessments of learning. Examples might be unit exams, essays, etc. They let students, parents and teachers know what a student has learned when instruction is over.

Standards-based report cards separate academic performance from work habits and behavior in order to provide parents a more accurate view of a student’s progress in both academic and behavioral areas. Variables such as effort, participation, timeliness, cooperation, attitude, and attendance are reported separately, not as an indicator of a student’s academic performance. Behavior can no longer be a factor in determining students’ academic grades and will be reported out separately in the “Comments” section of the report card.

Personal Management Standards:

Exhibit appropriate work ethic and behaviors in school, community and workplace.

  1. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
  2. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
  3. Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.
  4. Maintain regular attendance and be on time.
  5. Maintain appropriate interactions with colleagues.