• Artwork by student, Amanda Hughes

    Watercolor painting by my student, Amanda Hughes, won award at DVUSD district art show for painting and first place in Drawing.

    Painting 1-2


    This course introduces students to painting, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its vocabulary and the fundamentals of artistic expression. The Elements and Principles of Design will be integrated into each lesson, in order to accomplish successful and meaningful artworks.    Painting from still-life, landscape, life from observation, abstraction, and non-objective art will be explored. Color theory, linear perspective, pictorial composition, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized. We will study and research major painting styles and artists that are significant to painting and composition. Video Demonstrations, step by step directions, web sources, and text references will be the bulk of the instruction. Students are always encouraged to seek help from the instructor and other students through open forums. The use of watercolor, tempera, acrylic and pastel will be the focus of this course. The main emphasis will be to encourage and nourish individuality and creativity, while building basic painting skills and knowledge.

    Students are expected to participate in class discussions, create painting techniques and finshed works in watercolor and acrylic, and complete painting vocabulary quizzes.  Keeping up with due dates and participating in the course to keep up with annoucements and events is key to sucess in the class. 


    • Introduce students to the fundamental processes of visual perception and artistic expression.
    • Develop students’ confidence in using painting as a primary medium for artistic expression.
    • Develop students’ ability to verbalize ideas and processes in art making.
    • Develop understanding of history, major styles and contemporary issues in painting.  


    Ethan Gilchrist first place in photography at the DVUSD District Show

    Ethan Gilchrist,  my online photography student.  Won 1st place in the DVUSD district art show.

    2D Design Digital Photography 1-2

    Course Description:

    The purpose of this course is to give the students an overview of digital photography as an art form.  Areas of study are basic photography techniques and the use of principles and elements of art to create original compositions.  Students will gain knowledge in the history of photography, the appreciation of photography as a form of art, and the creation of photographs with good composition and quality.

    Students are expected to participate in course discussions, complete assignments in photo history and appreciation, and to take photographs for assignments using a camera, phone or tablet.  Keeping up with due dates and participating in the course to keep up with annoucements and events is the key to success. 

    Course Objectives:

    To gain an awareness of photography as an art form, and to be able to create photographs with good design and purpose.



    Monet's waterlily painting, photo I took while viewing it in New York.

    My daughter standing in front of Monet's Waterlily painting at the MOMA in New York,  I visit Museums every chance I get. 

    Art Humanities

    Course Description:

    In this course you will develop an understanding of how art plays a role in culture and how it reflects, records, and interacts with history in various times, places, and traditions. You will also learn to draw thoughtful conclusions about the significance of art and be able to communicate its ideas, meanings and purpose. Units will consist of researching art topics, completing exercises, and participating in art discussions. You will also be completing art journal assignments on a weekly basis.

    Students are expected to participate in course discussions and to keep up with due dates for assignments.  Participating in the course and keeping up with annoucements and events is key to success in the class. 

    Course Objective:

    You will gain an awareness of art in society, how it is created, its history and importance. You will also participate in discussions, activities, and create projects that will broaden your awareness of visual art.


    Charcoal Drawing

    Charocoal drawing by my student, Josie Leatherwood.  Won the 2019 Congressional Art Award for Lesko's district, 2 scholarship awards at the Shemer New Horizons show and first place in the DVUSD district art show.

    Drawing 1 - 2

    Course Description: 

    This course uses the prior knowledge learned in Intro to Art to continue the conversation about the Elements of Art and the Principles of design, with a focus on drawing skills. No matter what your current level of drawing this course will help you improve those skills as well as develop new ones.

    Course Objective: 

    Students will learn about numerous drawing tools, techniques and skills. They will also be exposed to different types of artists and styles. After you complete this course you will be able to create, relate, evaluate and appreciate all different types of drawings.