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Why is Art important?

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The visual arts provide opportunities to enhance critical thinking skills and challenge students to analyze, evaluate and create. Using rigor and relevance, students in the visual arts will understand concepts and develop an identity through their artwork, by experimenting with new ideas, learning from mistakes, and envisioning solutions to complex problems. These skills are also valued by employers, as the 21st century job market continues to develop, creativity will always be a highly sought after skill.

Art Quotes:
"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence; transform a yellow spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso, artist (1881-1973)

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe, artist (1887-1986)

"I think the arts are perhaps singularly the most neglected part of our educational structure today. And there are some of us who really do believe that an education in the arts is not expendable. It is not extraneous. It is not extracurricular. It is essential. And without it, a student is not getting a full, complete, and total education." - Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor

"My husband and I believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation's leaders for tomorrow. It's our hope that we can all work together to expose, enrich and empower Americans of all ages through the arts." - Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States


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Art 1 (202)
Grades 9-12 No previous art training is necessary.
Students explore fundamentals of drawing, painting, sculpture and composition. Technical instruction in the use of various materials will be given and creative approaches in artistic expression will be explored. Reading and writing assignments are required. Graduation fine art credit; meets UC/CSU “f” requirement.

Art 2 (204)
Grades 10-12 Recommended: Art 1 with “C” grade or better or permission of instructor.
The class offers intensive study in drawing, painting, color theory, printmaking and sculpture. Realistic and abstract composition will be explored with emphasis on creative expression. Study of historical art movements and independent assignments are required. Graduation fine art credit; meets UC/CSU “f” and “g” requirements.

Computer Graphics 1 (221)
Grades 10-12 Recommended: Computer/Keyboarding.
Computer Graphics is a course in which students will express the creativity and develop their ability to communicate ideas and concepts visually through a variety of graphic media The course is structured around projects emphasizing the Elements of Art and Principles of Design; historical and cultural development of graphics and printing industry; and mechanical and computer designing methods. The course will give the students confidence in organizing ideas, creating meaning in their original work, and the ability to problem solve ideas into new and useful creations. Graduation fine art credit; meets UC/CSU “f” and “g” requirements.

Computer Graphics 2 (222)
Grades 11-12 Recommended: Computer Graphics 1 with “C” grade or better or permission of instructor.
An intermediate level Computer Graphics class will use Computer Graphics 1 as a foundation for concept development and building skills. Students will have intensive study with the elements and principles of design as well as historical art movements. The projects produced in Computer Graphics 2 will be of higher complexity and start to develop applications to industry. Tools include scanners, digital cameras, and standard industry software. Graduation fine art credit; meets UC/CSU “f” and "g" requirements.

Yearbook (238)
Grades 10-12 Recommended: Permission of instructor.
This year-long course involves the production and publication of the school yearbook. Journalistic writing and layout graphic art, magazine production techniques, desktop publishing as well as salesmanship and marketing are taught. Graduation fine art credit; meets UC/CSU “f” and “g” requirements.


Amelia Amador-Alvarez

Amelia Amador-Alvarez

Matthew Bogard

Matthew Bogard


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Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

Lauren Petiti

Lauren Petiti

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