The studio ceramics course is designed to help the beginning student become more aware of the potential of clay as a vehicle for self expression. Students create forms that may serve practical needs, yet have the mark of vitality and individuality. The study of ceramics takes the form of extended practice during which skills are gradually developed and confidence builds. Lectures and demonstrations focus on forming techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and firing. The course is not a set curriculum but conforms to meet the changing needs of each student.
Studio Ceramics II is available to those students who have completed the beginning ceramics course and desire a more intensive and independent opportunity to explore utilitarian or sculptural ceramics utilizing handbuilding and wheel-throwing processes of the student’s choosing. Forming techniques, including casting and large scale sculpture techniques are introduced and students are encouraged to become involved in the multitude of glazing and firing processes utilized within the ceramics program.
Students will continue to develop the skills needed to pursue a wide-range of ceramic forming and finishing techniques, but the primary area of focus will be on the development of a body of work that explores a particular area of interest and concept. Although this course is scheduled by semester, students pursuing the AP portfolio are encouraged to enroll for the entire year.
The honors level ceramics course is designed for students seriously interested in continuing in ceramics beyond the intermediate level with a goal of proceeding into the AP portfolio course during the senior year.
Students will continue to develop the skills needed to pursue a wide-range of ceramic forming and finishing techniques, but the primary area of focus will be on the development of a body of work that explores a particular area of interest and concept. Although this course is scheduled by semester, students pursuing the AP portfolio are encouraged to enroll for the entire year. Prerequisite: Studio Ceramics II and teacher recommendation
AP Studio Art: 3D, usually part of a two-year sequence, is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art, and ceramics is one of the options students can pursue. Students submit an extensive portfolio of work for evaluation. Expectations for the quality of work are set at the college level, and students are admitted to this course through a demonstration of superior effort and achievement, self-motivation and previous art experience. The portfolio will consist of approximately 30 works of art that excel in concept, composition and execution. Students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the corresponding AP exam in May.
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Fine Arts Department Chair, Fine Arts Faculty - Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head
University of Denver - B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design - M.F.A. Brown University - Collegiate Teaching Certificate
Curtis Singmaster is an artist and teacher who is starting his first year at FVS in 2017.
Curtis' artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and is part of private collections including the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Michigan and Rhode Island School of Design; he has also been showcased with Booklyn. Curtis was the recipient of the Boston Young Contemporaries award and has been featured in numerous publications. He recently created BenchMark, a functional art/furniture business inspired by his background in sculpture.
He loves all things outdoors, deadpan humor, animals and building stuff. He is excited to be back in his favorite state of Colorado with his wife, Meg, whom he met during college at the University of Denver.
Addie Green '06 teaches visual arts and joined the arts faculty in 2013 after serving in the Admission and Financial Aid Office for three years. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies. In addition to teaching, Addie coaches girls swimming and outdoor education and lives on campus with her dog, Stella.