arts, media and design

The Art, Media, and Design pathways focus on creation, research, exhibition and communication of fine art and design. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for continued study and work in college or in the workplace. Students will explore concepts and build skills that can be applied to contemporary art practice in any field.

3D Visual Design – Ceramics/Hand Building
Imagine learning about creating art in a real world art center with hands-on education in design, creation and exhibition of art. 3D Visual Design provides a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere for students to learn the fundamentals of ceramic materials. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on craftsmanship, creativity, business planning and an appreciation for the elements that are inherent to well-made, functional pottery.  Students will learn the methods of throwing, mold-making, decorating, glazing and firing pottery. Teachers work one-on-one with students to help them learn by observation to produce works of art that are functional and/or abstract. In addition, students will be provided the opportunity to nurture creative development by participating in art shows and events to showcase their work. Students will gain knowledge of the expertise necessary to create a portfolio, market their artwork and approach gallery owners and art show organizations.

2d_visual_design2D Visual Design 
2D Visual Design class provides a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere for students to learn the fundamentals of 2 dimensional art designs. Students will learn the basic techniques of drawing and painting, including rendering from life, as well as, the imagination. Students will explore a variety of traditional drawing media including pencil, charcoal, conté crayon and ink. After extensive instruction in the elements of art and the principles of design, students will apply newly acquired skills on a variety of projects, often with a commercial, real-world application. Projects will include nature sketching, architectural illustration, lettering and poster design, portraiture and still life. Special attention will be given to the business of art and instruction will include the presentation, exhibition and selling of artwork, with a culminating show at the end of the course.

fashion_designFashion Design
The apparel industry is the 2nd largest industry in California and is continually changing and growing. The Fashion Design class is designed to introduce students to a career in the field of apparel design and construction. Students will be introduced to concepts in use of patterns and clothing designs, selection of appropriate fabrics, and design construction techniques.


 Students will develop their own sense of style as they learn what it takes to gain a foothold in this competitive industry by operating specialized equipment used in the fashion industry and using merchandising strategies to market their creation. Students will gain knowledge of the expertise necessary to create a portfolio by the end of the course.