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It is shocking to see that the eight most expensive schools in the country, after subtracting the average amount of financial aid at each institution, are art schools and music conservatories. The Art Institute of Chicago tops the list, with a net price of $42,882, with Ringling, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and California Institute of the Arts falling close in line. Although its tuition is rising, MICA was not on the list from 2011-12. Regardless, it is curious that the eight most expensive schools in the country produce graduates in art and music.

If you are asking why these schools are so expensive, you’re asking the wrong question. The right question to ask is, why do consumers pay such a high sticker price for a degree that doesn’t correlate with  high-paying jobs? There are a number of great reasons to go to art school, but there can also be a lot of hype and misinformation involved in this decision as well. Once a graduate starts paying their student loans, what once seemed like a great idea can become tinged with regret. And poverty... read on at the website.




UPLOAD ALL IMAGES by Friday, Dec 11


PRINT and SIGN Forms, return to your art teacher by Monday Dec 14.


Please note: These deadlines are important. We have finals next week and we do not want Scholastic to distract you, or your art teachers who will be administering finals and completing their grading.


Challenge: We have been on the top of the Western States for Scholastic Awards, let’s keep it that way by entering our best artwork. You are winners!


SCHOLASTIC ART: How to enter


  1. MAKE AN ACCOUNT AT https://www.artandwriting.org/Student/Signup

You can use old accounts, but update your grade and any other info.


  1. Fill in the school information

Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts

450 N Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Principal: Kenneth Martinez

Teachers Emails- you need to know your teachers’ info to submit

    Lamoin Garrard, lamoin.garrard@lausd.net

                Jennifer Lemvo, jef9151@lausd.net

                Julie McManus, mcmanusvapa9@gmail.com

                Oliver Shipley, oishipley@gmail.com

(Put the teacher’s name where the work was done)


  1. DOCUMENT: Photograph/SCAN your artwork, and edit photos if needed. Do this ASAP. Best done by your art teacher, but you can also use your camera phone.  Best to gather your images onto your google drive, or your flash drive. Digital art should go directly to the site, but you may need to adjust the size of the files.



Digital Image Requirements
   • JPG file
   • Print dimensions must be 5" x 7" or larger.
   • Image resolution must be 300 dpi.
   • Students can scan photography at 100%.
   • For 3-D works, include up to four images. Please include a ruler or another object for reference to indicate scale in at least one if the images.
   • For Comic Art, include up to eight images.
   • Videos are uploaded online according to category descriptions


  1. Photos of Artwork from “Word” and “Airy Nothing” will be available from Ms McManus and Mr Garrard. All work from these shows should be sent to Scholastic.


  1. UPLOAD: Upload your photos of artwork, or your digital photos/media to the Scholastic account. You will need to know the size and the media/materals used. UPLOAD by FRIDAY DEC 11.


  1. Request a fee waiver here (it takes 30 seconds): http://goo.gl/forms/iKR0VJQtJd


  1. SUBMIT: When you have uploaded everything you want to send Scholastic, you will submit your entries. If you are applying for a fee waiver, check off “Fee Waiver” and then SUBMIT. This will generate a page for each of your artworks that must be printed and signed. SUBMIT by Dec 11. Print at school if you don’t have a printer at home.


  1. PRINT: The last step is to print out a page for each of your entries (these will either be inside your account, or from an email link)- each form has a barcode for each artwork, and it must be signed by your teacher and your parent. If they don’t scan your returned form from the barcode, your work will not be judged.  RETURN all forms TO YOUR ART TEACHER BY MONDAY, DEC 14.


Scholastic Art is our favorite art contest. Join famous artists like Andy Warhol on the list of scholastic award recipients. It is an honor to win an award and also a way to earn a scholarship. Last year, we topped the Western Region for awards. Are we going to do it again? ALL SUBMISSIONS for both art and writing due Dec 14. 

Judging Criteria

Originality Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.

Technical Skill Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Personal Vision or Voice Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.

Freedom of Expression

Young artists and writers are free to explore any and all topics. There are no pre-defined prompts and no work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.


The Scholastic Awards look for work that demostrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality. After you have created your work, uploaded it to your Scholastic Awards Account! 

After uploading your work, print your submission forms, have a parent/guardian and an educator sign them, and then mail them to your Local Program. Fee waivers available to our VAPA students. 

Digital Image Requirements
   • JPG file
   • Print dimensions must be 5" x 7" or larger.
   • Image resolution must be 300 dpi.
   • Students can scan photography at 100%.
   • For 3-D works, include up to four images. Please include a ruler or another object for reference to indicate scale in at least one if the images.
   • For Comic Art, include up to eight images.
   • Videos are uploaded online according to category descriptions


Attend the grand opening reception on Thursday 10/15 at 3:30pm in the Visual Arts Academy building. All welcome and it's free! 


Check out the October scholarships. Contact the websites for this year's due dates. 

Hertz Fellowship Contact: The Hertz Foundation, 2300 First St. Suite 250, Livermore, CA 94550, (925) 373-1642, askhertz@hertzfoundation.org, http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/fellowships/application.aspx Eligibility: Must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Award: Option 1 Hertz:  Five Year $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend  Full tuition equivalent  Renewable for up to 5 years. Option 2 - Five-Year Coordinated/  Hertz Period - Two Years: $38,000/ 9-month personal stipend  Full tuition equivalent Deadline: October 31, 2014

Coca-Cola Scholarship Contact: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Inc., 1 Coca Cola Plaza NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, (800) 306-2653, scholars@coca-cola.com, http://www.coca-colascholars.org Eligibility: For high school seniors demonstrating leadership and academic achievement. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident planning to attend an accredited university. Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. at the end of their Junior year of high school. Cannot have parents or grandparents who are employees of Coca-Cola or of a Coca-Cola bottling plant. Award: Varies Deadline: October 31, 2014 Courtesy of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) Page 6 of 60

NFL Films Internship Contact: National Football League, 1 NFL Plaza, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054 (856) 222-3500 http://www.nfl.com/careers/internships Eligibility: Open to all college students and recent graduates. Award: Contact for information Deadline: Contact program for deadline in October.


May 6, 2016 is the deadline for the AP Studio Art portfolios. We have a lot of work to do between then and now. Many of your deadlines are earlier than this date, but this is the date the art goes in the mail. 




Ms McManus

Ms McManus is an artist and an educator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from San Francisco Art Institute, Teaching Credentials from University of California, Irvine,  and a Master of Fine Arts  from California State University Long Beach where she was honored on The Dean's List. She has exhibited her paintings widely in the Los Angeles area. She holds National Board Certification in Early and Young Adult Art, and has been an arts educator for over 22 years. In 2013 she was awarded the Otis College of Art and Design Teacher of the Year Award.  


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