When: Semester One (start mid-September 2019), Tuesdays: 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Course Fee: €240
Tutor: Luke Sisk
This course offers an introduction to ceramics and the ceramic facilities at the College. Students are introduced to different types of clay, their properties and uses, relevant terminology and functions. Students learn the techniques involved in the preparation of clay such as wedging and kneading along with procedures for forming, building and firing clay. Students learn how to build pots and sculptural work using pinching, coiling, slab building, mold work and extrusion. They also explore various decoration and glazing techniques to produce a series of finished pieces. Health and safety and environmental considerations as they apply to ceramics are also explored in detail i.e. use of appropriate equipment and tools, storage and disposal of materials. Employing a range of processes, students use clay as a material for creative exploration and development of ideas.
These part-time, evening courses provide students with an opportunity to experience the potential of visual arts practice, through sustained engagement with materials, techniques, processes, research and art contexts. Each course is an accredited module (5 credits) on the National Framework of Qualifications, where 60 credits equate to the workload of a full-time academic year on a degree programme. It may be possible, therefore, to use these credits as part of one of our full-time programmes in the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact email@example.com and bear in mind that they would need to submit work for assessment at the end of the module.