Visual Arts Department
Instructors: Jason Bowen (V.A.Chairperson), Keith Good, Linda Hayes, Kay Mueller, Curtis Page, Mike Verkouteren and Joanne Wilkinson.
As a department, it is our goal in the Visual/Fine Arts Department to offer the widest possible selection of Visual Arts classes to the students at Vista Murrieta High School. Current courses include: Art and Design 1, Advanced Drawing and Painting, AP Studio Art, AP Art History, Graphic Design 1 and 2, Digital Photography 1 and 2, Ceramics 1 and 2, Television Production, Culinary Arts and Fashion Design Classes.
As teachers, we hope to bring our love of the Arts to all of the students at Vista Murrieta and to prepare them to be members of a diverse society in which their appreciation of the Arts can grow and develop throughout their lifetime. It is our wish that they maintain an appreciation of the Arts, no matter what path they may choose in life.
One of our goals as a department is to have students show their work in local contests. One such contest is the annual Press Enterprise High School Art Show held annually at the Museum of Art in Riverside . This contest, held every April/May, is a great way to expose the students to the world of Art on a larger scale. Students will also be entering work in other contests and displaying their work, both in the school and the community. We are also planning the creation of a new, annual event for the Visual Arts in which students will hold workshops and display artwork here on campus for the community and other students to attend.
We are also excited to offer students in the Arts a chance to letter in the Arts and to wear a cord at graduation if they participate in the Fine Arts Academy. There, students can earn points through activities and classes to reach that goal before graduation. Click FAA Points System for forms and info and Student Points Log to help track your points. Contact an art teacher or Mr. Bowen for more information.
We also have a club for anyone interested in design called the Graphic and Arts Society. Here, students not only get to express themselves through their own work, but they also get the chance to create designs for others at the school in a variety of ways including t-shirts, posters, banners, stickers, or buttons. For more information on the Graphic and Arts Society, check out our club page. Other clubs include Fashion Club, Photo Club, Culinary Club (foods) and Video Club.
Below are some descriptions of our classes, as described by the instructors:
Digital PhotographyDigital Photography students learn how to make images like a pro and print them in color as they build a portfolio of their work. Students move through several "hands-on" learning modules which include: Photoshop, Special Effects, Studio Portraiture (why go to the mall?), Advertising & Product Photography, Scrap-booking, Hand coloring and On-Campus photography. Students are strongly recommended to have access to a digital camera. Learn lifelong skills and techniques which could earn you a job.
Television ProductionTelevision production engages all students in hands-on activities either through the use of camera and video editing equipment. Students learn the latest software programs associated with media production and develop a thorough understanding in the use video equipment.
Art and DesignAn introduction to the world of Visual Arts in the form of drawing and painting. Here, students will learn the basics of Art through projects designed to focus on the elements of art and the principles of design. Students will have the chance to explore the arts and learn about their own creativity in a series of hands on assignments throughout the year. This will hopefully enable them to see what their strengths are and gear them for more advanced classes in the Arts.
Graphic DesignStudents in Graphic Design learn to use the most current computer graphic software to create a variety of projects for print media and for motion graphics. Software used includes Adobe CS5 (Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design), Adobe Go Live and Adobe After Effects. We also offer opportunities for students to learn how to silk screen t-shirts.