• Name:  Bonnie Bogumil 
    Subject:  Studio in Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Ceramics III and Ceramics IV
    Email: bonnie.bogumil@wcsdny.org
    Phone: 845-897-6700 x 30166
    Welcome Message: Hello Potters! CLAY IS THE WAY!

    All Students were invited to join our google classroom so we can work together on line at this time. 

    Also go to http://classroom.google.com for on line class assignments 

    Classroom codes are:

    Period 1 - kgxkteg

    Period 2 - o37iwa4

    Period 7 - 6c5pb3h 

    Period 4 & 5 -  wejia4o


    Please make sure to join so that your work gets handed in on time. 


  • Period 1 Studio in Ceramics I

    Period 2 Studio in Ceramics I

    Period 3 duty period

    Period 4 Ceramics II, III and IV

    Period 5 Ceramics II and III

    Period 6 Lunch

    Period 7 Studio in Ceramics I

    Period 8 Study Hall

  • Studio in Art Ceramics I


    Prerequisite: Ceramics I is a full year 40 week course. There are no prerequisites for this class. This course will introduce you to the art & craftsmanship of the material “clay”. You will explore both hand-building and electric wheel throwing techniques while working on both functional and sculptural pieces.


    Goals for the year: Students can expect to spend 75% of this class (first semester and fourth quarter) learning hand-building techniques. These techniques include: pinch, slab, coil, mold, hollowing and sculpture. In the third quarter students will explore the challenge of “throwing” on the potter’s wheel. There are specific rules and expectations to follow in order to have success on the potter’s wheel. No one is allowed to work on the wheel until they have had instruction and know / follow the wheel rules.


    Classroom expectation and maintenance: Each quarter you will receive a grade for participation and effort. The grade is based on both work effort on projects and in maintaining the studio. The grade is 25 points and it can bring your overall grade up or down by one or two points. All students must participate in keeping the room organized and clean. A clean up chart will be posted in the front of the room. Students who do not participate will loose points in their effort and participation grade.


    Folders: Each quarter there will be a grade of 25 points given for maintaining an organized folder of notes and sketches. Folders will stay on the shelf and be used in class. Your folder will be graded for: notes, ideas, drawings of projects, technical information, hand-outs, vocabulary and glaze information.


    Grading: A Rubric will accompany each project. Each rubric will list the objectives and show the points for that objective. Each project is worth 100 points.  Students can expect to create three projects each quarter (ten projects a year). Along with projects students can expect to be graded on a glaze job for each project. A glaze report thoroughly filled out for each project will earn a grade of 25 points. There may also be occasional critiques, written assignments, a vocabulary quiz, a throwing quiz, a mid-term project and a final exam.


    Google Drive Ceramics Portfolio: During the year each student is expected to take digital photos of their work both in progress and once completed using the class camera or their phone. These images from the camera will be deposited into group files in the school computer. Once a month we work in the computer room to assemble individual student portfolios. The Google Drive Portfolio is an accumulation of all of the work created this year. It will be graded as 25 points on first and second quarter and 50 points on third quarter as a work in progress. The finished Portfolio will be graded as 100 points on fourth quarter. A detailed rubric will accompany this assignment. Students can work on their Portfolio on their own time in the computer room during their free periods or at home on their own computers since the project is saved on the cloud.


    Special Message: To maintain high standards in the ceramic arts it is necessary to fire work that meets the objectives for each project so work below a grade of 75 will be recycled instead of fired. Creating quality work encourages students to glaze or finish their work, be proud to display their work and want take their work home.


    Attendance: Attendance has become an issue as students think they can take time off and still complete good work. Not all work takes time – but – generally good work takes both time and effort. All work is to be completed in class and not at home. Extra studio time can be arranged during lunch periods, study halls or at specific after school days.


    Cell Phones: Cell phones need to be on vibrate and in students bags or backpacks unless requested by the teacher to be used as a research tool. Yes, sometimes you may need to look up an image and we only have one computer in our class but that does not mean the phone needs to be on the desk at all times. Phone use = referral (this is your warning).


    Teacher Expectations:

    1. Be in the room on time. Demonstrate is done in the first 10 minutes of class.
    2. Don’t waste time – get your work right out and be ready to work daily.
    3. Do not touch anyone else’s work.
    4. Keep your work on your own shelf.
    5. Ask permission to leave the room after I have finished talking – not while I am demonstrating or describing a project.
    6. Have your folder in the room on your shelf.
    7. Expect to get dirty – you are working with clay – and to clean up.
    8. Know the objectives for each project – keep tract of your rubrics.
    9. No eating in the classroom – and drinking only water.
    10. Be aware of the calendar and due dates posted in the front of the room.


    To Parents: During the school year student work is exhibiting regularly.  In May art from the entire district is displayed at the Festival of the Arts. All work that is kept for these displays will be returned to the students but you may not get to see the work until the end of the school year. (So ask to see their portfolio)!


    Needed for this class:

    1. 8 x 10 inch Folder with pockets
    2. $1.00 toward the hand cream fund
    3. Clear or light yellow plastic bags – no other colors


    Be prepared for a busy and productive year of ceramics!!!


    Ms. Bonnie Bogumil

    John Jay Art Department

    845-897-6700 ext. 30166