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Visual Arts

bellevueranchpark.JPGThe mission of the Elsie Allen High School Visual Arts Department is to offer a rigorous, professionally led standards-based curriculum to all students, providing meaningful and significant experiences that foster critical thinking, inspire creative self-expression, collaboration and develop a lifelong appreciation of the arts. The goal of the Elsie Allen High School Visual Arts Department is to develop student abilities to create, understand, and appreciate art and its vital role in our 21st Century environment. Satisfactory completion of any yearlong course in the Visual Arts department at EAHS fulfills the University of California and the California State University admission requirement.

empire_college_sculpture1.JPGCourse Description for Art 1-2: This one-year course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills and painting techniques. Studio experiences in the classroom will give students opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and tempera paint) while developing student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, to analyze and to interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques, and writings. This one-year course meets the UC and CSU Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

Course Description for Art 3-4: An advanced level course in drawing and painting with an emphasis on developing a greater depth of understanding of art and application of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to their work in a variety of media. Studio experiences include drawing, painting, illustration, and printmaking projects. Each student will demonstrate progress over time by developing a body of work and organizing a portfolio.

Katie Loomis is an artist and educator who received her Master of Fine Arts (2012) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (2007) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Loomis has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions and received the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts First Place Scholarship in 2009.   Her work is shown in various art publications including New American Paintings, No.99 MFA Annual and Chicago Gallery News.  Loomis' love of art and teaching brought her to Elsie Allen in 2014 where she has been committed to enriching the creative self-expression of her students through critical and experimental thinking and making.