Visual Arts Department Goals
Ceramics/Jewelry/Monster Makers/AP Studio
Visual Art, National Honor Society
(360) 619-1320 ext.7223
Hours 7:00am-7:45am, 2:45pm-3:15pm
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. In my early years I primarily worked as a portrait artist in charcoal and graphite. Over the years clay has become my passion and is now my main focus. I enjoy showing my own work locally and encourage my students to take their own first steps showing their work publicly.
I grew up in White Salmon, Washington and later moved to Trout Lake, WA, where I raised my children. The Pacific Northwest is in my blood and I can’t imagine living and teaching anywhere else!
I began working in public schools when my own children were young, volunteering and eventually teaching K-12 as an art specialist. I love teaching art and challenging students to think deeply about the world around them. It is amazing to watch all of my students grow and develop in the the arts. I look forward to an exciting art filled year!
Drawing & Painting/Illustration
Visual Art, Social Studies, Art Club
(360) 619-1320 ext.7224
Hours 7:00am-7:45am, 2:45pm-3:15pm
Ridgefield High School Art Club
RHS Art Club is an active organization that focuses on creating art and developing ideas to generate community involvement in the arts. The club meets every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 to create and share ideas. All students are welcome to join at any time. Membership fee $10.00. Stop by room 147 and check us out!
2020 $2000 Central Washington University Scholarship
2020 ESD 112 Regional Art Show Winner
2020 ESD 112 Award
2019 OSPI State Art Show Winners
2019 ESD 112 Regional Art Show Winners
Erin Van Natta
2019 $2000 Central Washington University Scholarship
2018 ESD 112 Regional Art Show Winners
2018 $1000 Central Washington University Scholarship
2017 OSPI State Art Show Winner
Anna Mironyuk, Kitty and I
2017 ESD 112 Regional Art Show Winners
Anna Mironyuk-Kittey and I
Jacqueline Stapper-Tea Pot
2017 Central Washington University Scholarship
$2000 Anna Mironyuk
2017 Congressional Art Award
2017 Oregon College of Art and Craft Scholarship
$40,000 Jacqueline Stapper
2017 Scholastic Art Gold Key Award
2016 Central Washington University Scholarship
$2000 Rosie Mayfield
2015 Central Washington University Scholarship
$1000 Olivia Bonebrake
2015 ESD 112 Regional Award
2014 Scholastic Art Silver Key
Art Subject Descriptions + Google Classroom Links
Reference Photos https://www.photosforclass.com/
Drawing and Painting is designed as the first of two foundation skill-building classes. Students utilize D/P 1 as the precursor to Illustration. As such, it is designed for the beginning art student desiring to build knowledge and skill in the studio arts specifically in drawing and painting. This course will include media such as charcoal, acrylic and watercolor paint, printmaking and screen printing.
Ceramics 1 is designed as the first of two semester foundation skill-building classes. Students utilize ceramics as the precursor to Advanced Art. As such, it is designed for the beginning art student desiring to build knowledge and skill in ceramics arts and will include learning techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, conventional and alternative firing practices of contemporary and historical makers.
Illustration is designed as a foundational, skill-building class in the specific career of illustration and commercial arts. It is designed as a studio arts class with a heavy emphasis on design skills. Students may utilize Illustration as the precursor to Advanced Art and AP Studio Art. As such, it is designed for the serious art student desiring to build knowledge and skill in the studio arts.
Advanced Art is designed as the first of two portfolio skill-building classes. Students utilize Advanced Art as the precursor to AP Studio Art. As such, it is designed for the more serious art student desiring to further their education after high school. Prerequisites for Advanced Art are one year in Drawing/Painting Art, one full year in Ceramics Art, or a combination of one semester each of drawing/painting and ceramics. Or by teacher recommendation. Students will explore the concept of personal style through design choices similar to AP Studio’s more autonomous curriculum. To help guide them in this discovery, students are presented with the concept of a project series in portraiture, landscape, figure, abstraction or still life. Students will find some of their own subject and reference materials and interpret them in a manner more student-driven. Students will gain a greater understanding of their strengths and weaknesses while mastering major media and styles. The use of an art sketchbook to record their thoughts and idea development gains even greater significance throughout the course, acting as the student’s laboratory for the creation and exploration of new ideas. RHS Creates!
Advanced Placement Studio Art is a rigorous college-level course, which requires the production of an extensive portfolio. Students who enroll in Advanced Placement Art should do so with the understanding that they plan to participate in Advanced Placement evaluation. The testing fee for any AP class is approximately $92, payable at the end of the year. As well as a course fee of $25 for supplies.
This is an introductory course in glass/ jewelry/metalworking. The first semester will deal with the basic sheet metal construction and surface techniques, using copper and brass. After becoming more proficient in construction, soldering, and finishing, more complex technical problems and stone setting will be introduced using nickel silver. During the second semester, the assignments will focus on brass casting using the lost wax technique, glass fusing and tacking. The student will gain knowledge of the basic metal forming techniques, surface enrichment, as well as, finishing options. Exploration will be encouraged while following specific assigned projects.
Advanced Sculpture class in Special Effects for Cinema and Theater. Heavy emphasis on sculpture as students learn to create acrylic teeth, facial prosthetics, creature design, latex masks and character development. Business development will be covered and well as internships and technical schools.