Visual Art Program

Immersive Creativity

The Visual Art Program at Lopez Island School is focused on student-centered projects to engage all students in art. Art is an important exploratory time for students and they are encouraged to be creative, find their unique voice and express it through art. Through art, students learn to generate ideas, be cA Girl Painting a Picturereative, take risks, problem solve and discover how to apply these skills in other areas of their lives. Students work with a range of mediums, techniques, and concepts from a variety of artists and art history to develop their own insight into the world of visual art. Some of the different classes and themes that have been taught are Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Mosaics and Stained glass, World Art, Japanese Art, AP Art, Recycled Art, and soon hope to incorporate digital drawing and design.

Encouraging the Artist in Everyone

Art instructor Jaimie Terada has a gentle touch and a real gift for helping youngsters discover the wonders of color, texture, drawing, arts and crafts, painting, mask making and more. In her weekly class, Jaimie brings art to life by creating projects for her students that often support school-wide themes as well as classroom academics.Groovy drawn picture of a hand Young artists like to see their posters and murals on display in the hallways; the colorful artwork creates a playful, welcoming climate for the whole school.

Exploring Exciting Opportunities

The role of art is equally vital in middle and high school as students continue to explore and refine their talents. Whether art leads to personal growth or a budding career choice, it offers a window of creativity unique to the teenage years. Art teacher Jaimie Terada gives her students a palate of exciting electives, including textiles, ceramics, sculpture, human figure drawing, and yearbook. Additional electives in photography and pottery are offered by other staff with specialized skills. Professional community artists occasionally join in, offering their talent and expertise. Click here for examples of student work.
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