Tri-City United Public Schools 101 2nd St. NE, Montgomery, MN 56069 (507) 364-8100
Pottery 1 (Introduction to Pottery)

Teacher Contact Information:
Mr. Barnack

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Course Information:
Pottery 1 (Intro to Pottery)
Grades 9-12
18 week course

Students will learn the basic techniques and skills of working with clay. Students will create hand built functional pottery. This class includes an introduction to the potter's wheel. No prior art experience on the pottery wheel is required. The $20 lab fee must be paid within the first five (5) days of the semester!
Class Assignments:  Examine ceramics as a medium.
Unit  1:  Pinch (Shaker & Adv. Pinch)   (2)
Unit  2:  Coil (
Jomonware)                  (1)
Unit  3:  Slab                                         (1)
Unit  4:  Container with a lid.                 (1)
Unit  5:  
Pottery wheel cylinder            (1)
Unit  6:  
Creature/Machine                   (1)
Unit  7:  Choice #1                                (1)
Unit  8:  Choice #2                                 (1)
Unit  9: Final Presentation                     (1)
14% Final: PowerPoint Portfolio of all finished work from Units 1-9.

Grading Objective:
All students are graded by fulfilling the criteria of the assignment as well as by their creativity, effort and behavior during class. Each quarter will be worth 43% of your final grade, for a total of 86%.  The “final project” will be worth 14% of you final grade.

Note: Late work will be accepted up to five school days past the original "due date", but I reserve the right to determine what credit will be given based upon the reason for the  lateness of the assignment.  Late work will not be accepted for credit beyond the "five school day" grace period.  
Student Expectations:
Students are expected to be prepared for class and work each day. This includes having a pencil for class and a positive attitude.  It does require effort and work for a student to become eligible for an “A” letter grade.  If a student forgets to bring their work, they will be assigned a cleaning chore in the art room.


Cheating and plagiarism are prohibited. Students who cheat or commit plagiarism on any assessment or assignment will be given a failing grade for that assessment or assignment and will be disciplined in accordance with the school district’s “Student Discipline” policy. A student who knowingly gave the assignment to be cheated from may also receive a zero for that assignment and/or face other disciplinary action.

Plagiarism: Practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

Types of cheating are as follows, but please know that this is not a comprehensive list as new ways and ideas are developed continuously. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheat sheets
  • Taking pictures and/or the sharing out on social media or by other means
  • The unauthorized use of past tests, exams, assessments, &/or projects
  • Electronic manipulation of work to claim as one’s own material
Student Handbook:
Grading Scale
Unexcused Tardy
Excused Absences

Note: What is written in the syllabus is subject to change as needed throughout the school year.

Contact: Mr. Barnack