The Bealart department has an amazing ceramic studio with three electric kilns, a glaze spray booth, and a vast selection of clay bodies and glazes to work with. Students learn technical skills with hand, slab, and coil building as well as wheel throwing with over 10 wheels to work with. Traditionally, students have the opportunity to partake in a raku firing in the fall or spring. The ceramic instructor, Mrs. Davy has worked in the clay community for over 20 years and was a graduate from the Bealart program herself.
Foundation Art Learning Outcome Overview:
– Students will learn the stages of clay and the construction process, which includes, hand building, coil, slab, pinch, extrusion, and wheel throwing
– Explore ceramic surfaces and the application process such as glazing, staining, under glazing, and the firing process
– Alongside concept development, students study historical and contemporary ceramic art through research to develop the creation of their own work
– Students will become familiar with several artists relevant to International and Canadian modern and contemporary ceramic art
Specials Art Learning Outcome Overview:
– Students will further their understanding of the origins and material of clay and glazes
– Over the course of the year, students will become familiar with electric kilns, firing temperatures, loading shelves and furniture maintenance, pug mill use and reclaim management
– Through ongoing tutorials and workshops, students learn new techniques including raku firing and sprig mold making.
– Along with historical and contemporary in-class discussion, students visiting galleries and artist talks, which gives insight to their personal body of work
– Students will culminate the year with the development of a body of work: including proposal, time management, budget, and creation.