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Ms McManus wins OTIS College Teacher of the Year Award 2013

Ms McManus was honored by Otis College of Art and Design as one of three teachers of the year selected from the So. California area. Otis has been honoring teachers for 23 years. 

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Visual Arts Academy Homework Advice for Parents

Parents: Please go over your student’s schedule to find an estimate of how much homework is required for each class your child is taking. We consider homework a partnership between the student, parents and teachers, and we want to ask you to fully support your child by helping them establish good homework habits. Some suggestions for helping your child:

Make sure your child is using his/her agenda to write down assignments. Check the agenda nightly and make sure the assignments are done. Many teachers post their assignments at our school website. See Teachers link at this website

Set up a time each day that your student will do homework. The late afternoon or early evening are the best times. Limit the amount of entertainment your student can participate in until they have done their homework. Cut off text messaging and Internet chatting. Try to limit distractions such as phone and TV. Multitasking makes it nearly impossible for a student to retain what s/he is studying.

We offer tutoring after school many days of the week. See the tutoring schedule posted above. Many teachers stay after school to help students and the library is open after school. We now have “Homework Club”. There are many teachers available after school each day on campus to help your student. Also, each art teacher has open studio time for students to finish artwork after school. Your student cannot finish all of their artwork in class and should be finishing assignments after school.

STUDENTS DO HAVE HOMEWORK! If your child has “no homework,” you can still have them read silently for 30 minutes or more. All are students should have a sketchbook that they can quietly draw in.

Contact your child’s counselor or teacher for any concerns you may have about the homework or how you can support your child. Visual Arts Office 213-217-8727. Teachers may be contacted via email through the school website.

Visual Arts

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Our Visual Arts Program


Objective of the Visual Arts Academy: When a student graduates s/he will have created a visual arts portfolio that lets him/her achieve his/her career or college goals. Our program is designed for students to find and develop their visions as artists. 
At VAPA our students come to us from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds with different histories and art experiences. We accept students who arrive with promising portfolios and those who have had a lifelong desire to study art including many who have lacked the opportunity. We are as committed to the underserved populations as we are to those who have had opportunity and prior experience. The strong desire to create is the common thread that ties our department together. 
Our award winning teachers serve as mentors, instructors, career counselors and living examples of artists with a strong belief and commitment to education – the passing of knowledge and mastery of the arts and academia to the next generation. Our state-of-the-art facilities afford students safe, clean, spacious environments in which to create and learn.
Our curriculum is guided by the California State Standards for Academics and the Visual and Performing Arts (Proficient and Advanced). Academics and the arts, at strategic points, are integrated and thematically aligned to assist in better connection with students inclined toward the visual arts. Both academic and VAPA State Standards emphasize and support our ESLRs (Expected School-wide Learning Results)  for our students. All VAPA students are working toward becoming better critical thinkers, effective communicators, responsible and socially aware citizens. 
The 2013-14
Media Art   2-Dimensional Art            3-Dimensional Art
Photography   1 and 2    Introduction to Art  Introduction to Art
Digital Imaging  Design Ceramics
  Painting 1 and 2 AP 3D Design

Life Drawing

AP Drawing 

AP 2D Design 

Course Sequencing:
Foundation * Required before taking any other courses

Intro to Art or Design*


Digital Imaging*

Intermediate (Breadth Classes) Building Skills, Use of Tools, Artistic Content and Materials specific to the courses. Each of these courses starts building a portfolio that demonstrates mastery and may be used towards an AP portfolio course. 
Life Drawing 
Advanced Classes (Concentration) These courses focus on content development, or personal artist vision, with increasing development of the skills, materials, and techniques in the following areas. Concentration classes are either AP courses, or courses designed to support an AP class and the creation of a portfolio. 
Elective Specialization: Portfolio Building 
AP Studio Art courses in Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design
Photography II
Digital Imaging II
Ceramics II
Painting II
Our freshman participate in a strong foundational coursework to expose them to the materials and construction of art, and to facilitate the creation of art in their future classes. Sophomore students continue this foundational work aiming toward intermediate and advanced levels of studio practice. In junior and senior years students begin specializing and refining their practice choosing advanced and AP level coursework in order to develop portfolios and discover their own artistic vision. All of our coursework is highly infused with the five strands of the California State Standards for Visual Art:
  1. Artistic Perception
  2. Creative Expression
  3. Historical and Cultural Context
  4. Aesthetic Valuing
  5. Connections, Relationships, Applications
We are fortunate to have excellent arts community support from our partners here on the arts corridor of Grand Avenue (Grand Avenue Partners) and elsewhere in the greater Los Angeles area such as: MOCA, LACMA and CAL ARTS. These important relationships provide our students with many wonderful opportunities to view a wide variety of professional artwork, participate in after-school partnership programs and internships.
We also have great relationships with some of the best art schools in America and regularly work with the recruiters of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Maryland Institute of Art (MICA), Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Art Center College, USC, Otis, and many more. 

Aya Morishita, Life Drawing

Aya Morishita, Life Drawing

How to Sign Up for School Loop

The school is changing how to access all grades as we are switching

over to a much easier system. In order to do so you will need

to follow the following steps:

Go to VAPAs homepage:

In the upper left corner you will see a blue box that says, “Register

Now” click on it.

The default language is English, if you want it in Spanish or

Chinese you will need to select it. You will then need to click on

either “Student Registration” or “Parent Registration”

Once you have clicked on the Registration button from the previous

step you will need the following:

students’ ID number

students’ first and last name

choose a login name

type in your e-mail

choose a password

Click Register Now

ELa escuela está cambiando la forma de acceder a todos los grados,

ya que están cambiando a un sistema mucho más fácil. Tendrá

que seguir los siguientes pasos:

Ir a la página principal VAPAs:

En la esquina superior izquierda verás un cuadro azul que dice

“Regístrate ahora”, haga clic en él.

El idioma por defecto es el Inglés, si lo quieres en español o chino

tendrá que seleccionarlo. A continuación, tendrá que hacer clic

en cualquiera de los dos “Registro de Estudiantes” o “Registro de


Una vez que haya hecho clic en el botón de registro de la etapa

anterior se necesita lo siguiente:

número de identificación de los estudiantes

nombre y apellido alumnos

elegir un nombre de usuario

introduzca su dirección de e-mail

elegir una contraseña

Haga clic en Registrar Ahora

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Cesar Chavez Mural Pops Up at VAPA

Visual Arts students create Cesar Chavez Mural

A team of students (Equipo Cesar Chavez) worked to create a giant mural 18x24' in honor of our school sitting on his street. The artists  Alondra Rodriguez, Janine Alburo, Penelope Cortines, Adolfo Cazarez, Rosa Soltelo, Rosaura Pila, Ixchel Hernandez, Camille Papa, Rodolfo Allende, Molly Ulano, and Isabella Granados created the mural out of brown paper, charcoal and chalks, and tempera paint in Ms McManus' Painting 1 class. This is a great example of how a vision, some art materials, and teamwork can bring out the best in our students. Viva Cesar Chavez! 

Opportunities for Students


Ryman Arts at Otis, West Los Angeles near LAX  Applications due in Dec and June of each year

Saturday High at Art Center College of Art and Design,  Pasadena

Inner City Arts, Downtown

Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood

Self Help Graphics

CAL ARTS Community Art Project (CAP)



Free Admission at MOCA with Cortines  ID

Free Membership at LACMA for students under 18


Young Arts

Scholastic Art

Spotlight Awards

Scholastic Art Awards 2013

VAPA Wins 164 Scholastic Awards! 

Many of our seniors entered portfolios to compete with 8 artworks. We took the most awards of any institution in the Los Angeles Area. Congratulations to all of the winners! 

Art Portfolio           

Maria Elizabeth Reyes-Garza Gold Key Photography           

Jose Flores Silver Key

Alejandro Mejia Silver Key

Sabrina Wagner Silver Key

Sydney Agnew Honorable Mention           

Bonnie Cho Honorable Mention

Aaron Estrada Honorable Mention

Kevin Espinoza Honorable Mention

Fabian Pablo Honorable Mention

Kert Pan Honorable Mention

Maria Elizabeth Reyes-Garza Honorable Mention           

Ellena Rodriguez-Davey Honorable Mention

Penelope Uribe-Abee Honorable Mention

Individual Awards

Michael Adragna

Honorable Mention in Drawing

Sydney Agnew

Honorable Mention in Comic Art

Janine            Alburo           

Silver Key in Ceramics & Glass

Alexxa Anzures

Honorable Mention in Mixed Media

Christian Aranda

Honorable Mention in Design

Jackson Beyda

Gold Key in Design

Silver Key in Design

2 Honorable Mentions in Film & Animation and Painting

Miracle Boldon

3 Honorable Mentions in Design and Drawing

Elizabeth Bowen

Honorable Mention in Drawing

Elizabeth Brook

2 Honorable Mentions in Photography

Guadalupe Cazares

3 Honorable Mentions in Mixed Media

Bonnie Cho

2 Honorable Mentions in Painting

Maya Chambers

Silver Key in Design

Jaxon Demme

Gold Key in Mixed Media

Carlos Domingo

Honorable Mention in Digital Art

Kellyn Elias

Honorable Mention in Photography

Kevin Espinoza

3 Honorable Mentions in Mixed Media

Aaron Estrada

Gold Key in Ceramics & Glass

6 Silver Key in Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking, and Ceramics & Glass 9 Honorable Mentions in Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Ceramics & Glass, and Sculpture

Martha Fernandez

Silver Key in Mixed Media

4 Honorable Mentions in Drawing, Mixed Media and Printmaking

Jose Flores

2 Gold Key in Painting

3 Honorable Mentions in Painting

Lola Gaines

Honorable Mention in Photography

Ricardo Garcia

Honorable Mention in Sculpture

Gustavo Gonzalez-Ramos

Silver Key in Drawing

Isabella Granados

2 Honorable Mentions in Painting and Sculpture

Charles Green

Honorable Mention in Mixed Media

Zane Gutierrez

6 Honorable Mentions in Drawing, Film & Animation, and Photography

Ixchel Hernandez

Honorable Mention in Mixed Media

Sarah Hobin

Honorable Mention in Photography

Annie Huangq

Honorable Mention in Design

Kiriko Kajiwara

3 Honorable Mentions in Drawing

Shai Kim

Honorable Mention in Design

Milca Lara

Honorable Mention in Ceramics & Glass

Julian Lee

Honorable Mention in Architecture

Jessica Lima

Honorable Mention in Sculpture

Silver Key in Sculpture

Andre Lopez

Honorable Mention in Drawing

Josue Lopez

Honorable Mention in Photography

Maritza Lopez

Silver Key in Design

Ben McNatt

2 Honorable Mentions in Photography

Alejandro Mejia

Silver Key Digital Art

2 Honorable Mentions in Digital Art

Jordann Melrose-luzod

2 Honorable Mentions in Photography

Genesy Mendez

Silver Key in Photography

Maynor Montalvo

Gold Key in Design

3 Honorable Mentions in Design

Graciela Moreno

Honorable Mention in Digital Art

Aya Morishita

2 Honorable Mentions in Drawing

Ana Olvera

Honorable Mention in Ceramics & Glass

Jasmin Ortega           

Honorable Mention in Mixed Media

Oxlaj Santos

Honorable Mention in Drawing

Fabian Pablo

3 Silver Key in Drawing

9 Honorable Mentions in Design, Drawing, Painting and Photography

Mateo Pettyjohn

3 Honorable Mentions in Mixed Media

Rosaura Pila

2 Honorable Mentions in Drawing

Rex Platero

Gold Key in Architecture

3 Honorable Mentions in Design and Ceramics & Glass

Maria Elizabeth Reyes-Garza

Silver Key in Photography

4 Honorable Mentions in Photography

Rachel Ritter

Honorable Mention in Sculpture

Fidel Rodriguez

2 Honorable Mentions in Photography

Jacqueline Rosas

Honorable Mention in Digital Art

Xiomara Sanchez

Honorable Mention in Printmaking

Yaari Sanderson

Honorable Mention in Sculpture

David Schaefer

2 Honorable Mentions in Mixed Media

Florence Tolbert

Honorable Mention in Drawing

Penelope Uribe-Abee

Silver Key in Digital Art

Jannah Ustaris

Honorable Mention in Drawing

Ruby Valencia

Silver Key in Digital Art

2 Honorable Mentions in Digital Art

Chloe Van Ranzow

Honorable Mention in Digital Art

Enrique Vargas

Silver Key in Drawing

2 Honorable Mentions in Ceramics & Glass and Drawing

Alejandra Velasco

Honorable Mention in Printmaking

Sabrina Wagner

Honorable Mention in Digital Art


Parent Sign-ups to volunteer and raise money for Visual Arts


Visual Arts EXHIBITIONS and EVENT Spring 2013

Process over Product Feb 27-March 8, 2013

Visual Arts Winter Exhibition focusing on the process of creating artwork. Visual Arts Hallway and V318

Phenomenal Civil Rights Artwork March 1-2

Theater Lobby Exhibition in conjunction with the Phenomenal Gala Fundraiser 

Loteria Party and Art Auction May 23, 2013

Fundraisier Party and Art Auction, Theater Lobby  6-8pm

Art on Cloud 9 Exhibition May 22 - June 3

Visual Arts Hallway and V318, Reception and awards ceremony May 23, 4-6pm

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THE BENEFITS of ARTS EDUCATION from the Washington Post

You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success. (That’s why some people talk  about changing the current national emphasis on STEM to STEAM.) This was written by Lisa Phillips is an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner. To learn about Lisa’s book, “The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World,” click here. This appeared on the ARTSblog, a program of Americans for the Arts.

By Lisa Phillips

1. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

2. Confidence – The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.

3. Problem Solving – Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.
4. Perseverance
 – When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.

5. Focus – The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.

6. Non-Verbal Communication – Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.

7. Receiving Constructive Feedback – Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.

8. Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.

9. Dedication – When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.

10. Accountability – When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.