Visual Arts Programs
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Sign up for Graphic Design next year!
Why is Graphic Design an Important Course to Take?
There are countless ways to use the skills learned in the Graphic Design class to meet your future goals, whether you follow an artistic route or choose another path.
1. Graphic Design fulfills the “F” requirement of the A – G, CSU/UC college entrance requirements and you will be gaining skills that are of utmost importance in today’s ever changing technologically advanced job market.
2. In Graphic Design you will learn about the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, color theory, typography, photography, and gain familiarity with popular creative software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as several Microsoft applications.
3. Graphic Design employs the “4 C’s”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These are the basic skills that business leaders from all disciplines feel are necessary for their current and future workforce. They want people who are lifelong learners, are literate, can analyze information, generate innovative ideas on their own, collaborate well with other people, and can communicate clearly.
4. You will produce projects that encourage the exploration of the graphic arts using your own creative potential that combines art and technology to communicate new and unique ideas through research, brainstorming, development, and quality design. And you will also learn to interact with peers, instructors, as well as colleagues and clients using both written and verbal communication skills for proposals and presentations.
5. Graphic Design will help you strengthen and widen your perceptions of the world around you, improve your observational skills, better your time management skills, improve on problem solving skills, and develop better people skills.
Of special note:In California it is estimated that one in ten jobs is related to the creative industries. Those numbers will only increase as companies expand their digital presence and social media takes over the business world. And, even if your college and career path is not the visual arts, the Graphic Design class will help you build a solid knowledge base to help better equip you for countless other career options, many of which do not even exist yet
Congratulations to Visual Arts Seniors Class of 2022!
Single Cord Recipients
- Andy Mandela
- Angel Salgado
- Corina Rodriguez
- Elena Justus
- Emiliano Marquez
- Emily Sorensen
- Gabriel Garduno
- Hannah Wong
- Hargeet Jammu
- Hector Torres
- Isabella Cosenza
- Jacob Morales
- Joshua Coes
- Joshua Waite
- Karoline Hong
- Kayla Gonzalez
- Kayla Hernandez
- Kelsey Bigler
- Madison Doran
- Maleigha Lete
- Mason Staines
- Molly Coleman
- Paloma Carrillo Vasquez
- Rachel Oler
- Saaim Farhan
- Sebastian Robles
- Meghan O'Conner
Double Cord Recipients
- Ashley Ramos Varela
- Anthony Guerrero
- Bianca Ortiz
- Elizabeth Na
- Emma Lucero
- Gwyneth Wong
- Hallie Williams
- Isabela Alegria
- Jasmine Martinez
- Jenny Pham
- Julia Kasperbauer
- Katie Chen
- Kaylin Malmberg
- Kevin Phillips
- Lauren Borjas
- Lizzie Valenzuela Munoz
- Maya Galvan
- Steven Neckel
February Highlight: Mr. Wilson's Animation Class
Animation 1A/1B will introduce students to the beginning principles of traditional 2D animation and to the various technology and materials used in the production of this art form. The purpose of the course is to develop awareness and appreciation of the art of animation and to provide opportunities for creative expression using the tools and technology of animation.
Animation 2A/2B will present students the advanced principles of traditional cel animation and to the various technology and materials used in the production of this art form.
The course offers a foundation for those students who wish to pursue careers in animation, film, fine art or related fields. Students will maintain a portfolio containing drawn cels, model and turnaround sheets, storyboards, background paintings, and digital animation recordings. This class is the prerequisite to Animation 2A/2B.
January Highlight: Choosing Classes for Next Year
Here are our pathways.
ART PATHWAYS AT SANTIAGO HIGH SCHOOL
Greetings from the Visual Arts Department. Here is a list of teachers and classes. All freshmen are welcome to take any Introduction- level class and AP Art History. Most art classes are A-G approved and can fulfill one Fine Art requirement needed for graduation. You can look through Intro- level art classes to start your art journey at Santiago HS.
Paul Auksztulewicz: Ceramics 1 and 2
Tami Lincoln: Graphic Design 1 and 2
Michell Min: Drawing and Painting 1 and 2, AP Art History
Carrie Turang: Drawing and Painting 1
Stewart VanBuskirk: Visual Arts 1
Brice Wilson: Animation 1 and 2, AP Art and Design (2D, Drawing, 3D)
*Michael Solis: Digital Photo 1 and 2
*Carl Gauss: Video Production 1 and 2
We are excited to offer Art Pathways to acknowledge students who excel in the Visual Arts. Please browse through the different classes to see what may interest you as you plan out courses towards graduation.
*Dual CTE Pathways
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A GRADUATION CORD?
Recognition for Pathway Completer Students
Visual Arts honors Seniors who complete a Visual Arts Pathway with a cord to be worn during graduation. Here are our awards.
+ The Distinguished Award is a double cord that honors students taking 4 classes
(2 Intro-level, one Upper- level and one AP class) with a B or better.
+ The Honorary Award is a single cord that honors students taking 3 classes
(2 Intro-level classes and one Upper- level class) with a B or better.
VISUAL ARTS VIDEO
AP ART HISTORY
This class is open to all grades, including Freshmen!
Have you or will you take AP World, AP Euro, AP Art Studio or just interested in Art History? This is the class for YOU! This is a college-level class in Art History. No drawing experience required and fulfills a fine art credit. Students will examine 250 works of art, this includes; architecture, paintings, archaeological finds, sculpture and drawings from all over the world. Looking at the elements of art and principles of design students will investigate artist intention along with historical and cultural contexts. Passing the AP Art History test with a 3 or better is the equivalent of a two-semester college-level art history survey course, covering art from the Paleolithic era through today.
For more Information, contact Mrs. Min in P210
AP ART AND DESIGN (2-D, DRAWING AND 3-D)
There are 3 sections.
Drawing includes pencil drawings or digital with attention to mark-making
2-D Art and Design includes color and other materials working on a flat surface including digital
3-D Art and Design includes any sculptural work, example: Ceramics.
Creating a portfolio of artwork from the elements of art and principles of design, students submit artwork as part of the AP Art and Design Exams. Passing the exam with a 3 or better is the equivalent of a two-semester college- level studio art class.
* This course requires teacher approval and a portfolio review
For more Information, contact Mr. Wilson
November highlight: Mrs. Turang
October Highlight: Mrs. Min
AP Art History class carved out a pumpkin of The Scream for a Spirit contest. The deadline to register for the AP Art History Exam is quickly approaching Nov. 7th.
Drawing and Painting has been working on still-life shading with colored pencils
For Halloween I dressed up as Yayoi Kusama a famous Japanese artist who has an obsession with patterns especially polka dots. Here is some information about this important contemporary pop artist.
The Scream by Edvard Munch
Pumpkin carved by AP Art History students
Yayoi Kusama for Halloween
Students created an obliteration room, adding polka dots around the classroom in honor of Yayoi.
Project we are working on is shading a still-life with colored pencils
Student Alumni Highlight: Graciela Eastridge Class of 2020
SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHT: MR VAN BUSKIRK
Stewart Van Buskirk is our newest teacher in the Visual Arts Department, teaching Visual Arts 1 & 2, as well as Drawing and Painting 1. This is his 16th year in teaching, with the last 4 years being spent at Orange Grove High School, one of CNSUD’s Alternative Education sites. Along with teaching Visual Art, he has also taught Photography, Ceramics, Yearbook, and art in Adult School.
Stewart has a MA in Art Education from Azusa Pacific University, a BA in Drawing and Painting from Cal State Fullerton, and an AA in Studio Art from Golden West College. He also has another AA in Graphic Design from Westwood College of Technology and spent 8 years working in the design field prior to teaching and has continued to freelance ever since.
He and his wife have been married for 23 years, they have 3 daughters ages 22, 19, and 17 along with 1 son, age 13. Outside of school he just wants to be active, doing things outdoors. “That’s where are the fun stuff is”, says Stewart. Riding his bicycle a couple of evenings during the week and long rides on Saturday mornings are now his main form of exercise for physical and mental health.
In his Visual Arts and Drawing and Painting Classes, his students have been learning about the Elements of Art and some of the Principles of Design. They are currently working on an assignment that deals with composition, or how to arrange the elements within the drawing for maximum impact.