Welcome to the website for Mr. Buron-Tillson's ceramics classes at Menlo-Atherton High School!

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Ceramics 1

An introductory art course based on the fundamentals of ceramic design and construction. Sculptural and functional pieces are created using hand­building and some wheel ­thrown techniques and are inspired through cultural and artistic traditions. Projects such as decorative tiles, coil pots, and masks are expressed using; glazes, underglazes, and decorative painting styles. Classes explore the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design as established by the California Visual Arts Framework. In addition to the Studio Habits of Mind. Students suited to this class are those who prefer a concentration in 3­dimensional creativity with clay.

Ceramics 2

This course reinforces basic handbuilding techniques and focuses on the potter's wheel in combination with handbuilding techniques. Personal expression will be encouraged through surface decoration, glazing, and firing options. Emphasis will be placed on producing unique and well-built ceramic art based on clay skills learned in a beginning art course.

Ceramics 3

Ceramics 3 offers students who have been through our beginning and intermediate level Ceramics courses a chance to grow as an artist and further explore ceramic techniques. This course encourages and expects a creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues in 3D design.

Students will be expected to solve creative problems using their knowledge of elements and principles of design throughout the Ceramics 3 course. Students will use a range of conceptual approaches as well as show technical competency in a variety of mediums and familiarity with traditional and contemporary approaches to art. Class assignments will challenge students to set and achieve creative goals.

AP 3D Art & Design

The AP Studio Art Portfolio course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas.

Through studio practice, application of design concepts, and informed decision making, students will assemble a body of artwork demonstrating a high level of knowledge of content, technique, and process. Students should have previously been exposed to basic skills in ceramics, sculpture, and creative thinking.

AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students will submit their completed portfolios the end of the school year (typically in the beginning of May).