Arts

Visual Arts

Mission

The Visual Arts Department at Notre Dame High School provides students with a dynamic opportunity to explore and develop their creative talents in a studio setting. Steeped in drawing, painting, printmaking and photography; new technologies (ie. iPads, Apps.) are embraced to create a multidisciplinary experience. Taught by working artists, the learning process is delineated into investigating, conceptualizing, prototyping and execution phases. Students are encouraged to discover solutions that are relevant in today’s contemporary world.

Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Joseph Lee 

    Visual Arts Department Chair
    (818) 933-3651
  • Janelle Manasan 10

    Visual Arts Teacher
    (818) 933-3600 Ext. 462
  • Leila May 

    Visual Arts Teacher
    (818) 933-3600 Ext. 426
    • Congratulations to Jade Campodonico

      Congratulations to Jade Campodonico '19 for winning the 2018 Congressional Art Award for the 30th Congressional District of California! Her work will be exhibited in the Capital for a year and she has been awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. Great work Jade!

Recent News

The main purpose of the Broad Field trip on the 18 of October was to expose the AP Drawing and Painting students to Contemporary Art, rather than relying on images found on the internet.  Looking at the actual painting or sculpture provokes a physical and mental exchange as a viewer is asked to complete the work, as a conceptual exercise. Also, the materiality and physicality of the works inform the making in which the students will reference in their studio class.

Galleries

Courses Offered

List of 7 items.

  • Art I

    This foundation level course explores the fundamentals of visual expression in a studio setting. Surveying the disciplines of drawing, design and painting the student begins to learn how to communicate thoughts and ideas visually. A dynamic interplay between theory, practice and critique provides a unique learning experience. A portfolio will be developed as evidence of this growth. There is a studio fee for this course. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Open to all students. There is a studio fee for this course. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Art II

    This intermediate level course builds upon principles and techniques acquired in Art I. With an emphasis on Graphic Design and Illustration, the student learns how to articulate ideas through the relationship between image and text. Looking at existing fonts, symbols, and logos the student deconstructs design elements in order to garner a deeper understanding of spatial relationships, on a two-dimensional page. The I-Pad is used as a creative tool to further develop possibilities and solutions. Original album covers, movie posters, and skateboard designs will diversify the portfolio. There is a studio fee for this course. 
     
    Prerequisites/Comments - Completion of Art I or teachers’ approval. There is a studio fee for this course. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Art III: Painting

    This is an advanced course designed for the student who wishes to explore the medium of painting and its various contemporary approaches. Watercolors, acrylics and oils on canvas/paper/objects are used to depict various source materials from the analog and digital worlds. The I-Pad is used as a creative tool to further develop possibilities and solutions. Modern and Post-Modern movements provide historical context for the class. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Students who have completed Art I and Art II. New students are required to have a portfolio review. There is a studio fee for this course. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing

    This is an advanced course that follows the guidelines of the AP course description for Studio Art, Drawing. This course deconstructs traditional drawing techniques, to further realize and expand contemporary notions of mark making. The student is challenged, by developing one’s own creative voice with a sense of quality and breadth. The I-Pad is used as a creative tool to further develop possibilities and solutions. A portfolio is developed to send to the AP review panel; work completed in past courses can be included. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Students who have completed Art I and Art II. New students are required to have a portfolio review. There is a studio fee for this course. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Photography I

    This course emphasizes basic photographic practices, visual interpretive skills through the use of traditional darkroom, digital photography using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software. Students will complete the course with a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary photographic skills. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - 
    Students are required to have a digital camera with manual setting, DSLR camera is preferred, there is a studio fee for class. There is a small summer assignment for Photo 1, please check website for details. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Photography II

    This course is an advanced study of photography emphasizing complex creative solutions to assignments, emphasis on personal expression and experimentation, and the development of a portfolio. Students will use both digital and traditional photography at an intermediate/advanced level. The course will include traditional printing processes, Adobe Photoshop, high-resolution digital processes and an introduction to a range of photo equipment and techniques. Students will also increase critical analysis skills, gain an understanding of how visual communication affects culture and study artists.
     
    Prerequisites/Comments - 
    Completion of Photography I with a grade of B or higher and instructor approval. Students are required to have a digital camera with manual settings. (DSLR is the preferred camera.) There is a studio fee for this course. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • AP Studio Art: 2D Design

    This course is a yearlong college level exploration of the principles of design as expressed through photography. Students will focus on theoretical and practical applications of design principles. Students will also develop strong skills in photography, photo editing, and manipulations. They will demonstrate these skills through a portfolio of photographs that shows the quality and breadth of their individual work as well as a planned investigation of an idea of personal interest to them. Students will submit their portfolio to College Board for AP credit in May. 
     
    Prerequisites/Comments - Completion of Photography I and Photography II with a grade of A- or higher, and instructor approval. Seniors who have taken Photography I may request this course. Students are required to have a digital camera with manual settings. (DSLR is the preferred camera.) There is significant summer work for AP classplease check website for details or email the instructor for detailsThere is a studio fee for this course. (UC “f” VPA) 
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