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Ceramics Studio

Studio: Ceramics

Take your ceramics knowledge and skill to the next level with this comprehensive course where you will demonstrate artistic proficiency in various ceramic techniques and then translate the medium for classroom use. You will examine the history of ceramics and use that knowledge to practice assorted handbuilding and surface treatment techniques to develop a body of work. In addition to studio practice, you will be challenged to engage with real-world classroom scenarios and troubleshoot supply management and art room organization to facilitate the effective implementation of a ceramics curriculum. You will walk away from this course with an original body of work and new, practical and applicable strategies for implementing into your art room.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

Ceramics Materials List

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Mon 8 Sun
Jul 5 Weeks Aug 29
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jul 5 Aug 29
Aug 2 Sep 26
Sep 6 Oct 31
Oct 4 Nov 28
Nov 1 Dec 26
Only 5 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE024

Course Objectives

  • Experiment with ceramic techniques and integrate learning to create a body of original work.
  • Develop authentic resources, learning tools, and examples to facilitate hands-on learning in the classroom.
  • Evaluate new knowledge of ceramics to facilitate improved curriculum design and instructional practice.
  • Synthesize best practices in classroom management, supply organization, and practical implementation of ceramics.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
History and Process
  1. Review and research the history and science behind ceramics processes.
  2. Evaluate your current ceramics curriculum.
Week 2
Texture Tools
  1. Learn new and innovative ways to create texture in your ceramics pieces.
  2. Create custom texture tools and compile a complete texture tool kit to use in the classroom.
Week 3
Simple Construction and Surface Treatments
  1. Pair a construction method and surface treatment in the creation of a textured three-dimensional form.
  2. Examine a variety of simple hand-building methods and surface treatment techniques.
Week 4
Underglazes and Slips
  1. Explore several ways to work with underglazes and slips, including sgraffito, paper resists, and many other creative techniques.
  2. Create a process board as you document the process of creating your own finished piece.
Week 5
Making Connections
  1. Connect ceramics to other disciplines by researching a topic or process that interests you.
  2. Create a finished ceramics piece and lesson plan to use right away in your classroom.
Week 6
Management and Organization
  1. Learn expert tips and new ideas to keep your ceramics curriculum and tools organized.
  2. Develop a comprehensive plan to improve your classroom management as it relates specifically to ceramics.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series
  1. Create a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Explore critiques in your classroom as you give feedback to peers.
Week 8
  1. Refine a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course, reflecting on your own work as you refine and improve your ceramics curriculum.

Simple Construction and Surface Treatments

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class Studio: Ceramics.

1. Research

Watch a hands-on demonstration showcasing a wide variety of construction and surface treatments, some traditional and others you may never have thought of.

2. Discussion

Write a 3–4 paragraph action plan outlining how you plan to use simple construction and surface treatments in your art room. Describe any lingering questions about the techniques and discuss.

3. Creation

Choose a combination of methods to use as you create your own finished piece of artwork. Create a process board to document your work process.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Studio: Ceramics. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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