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Visual Arts Academy


The Visual Arts program is designed for students to find and develop their voices as artists. We are committed to the untrained beginner with a lifelong desire to study art as well as to those who have had opportunity and come to us with impressive portfolios. The passion to create is the common thread that ties our academy together. A student who graduates in visual arts will have created a visual arts portfolio suitable for achieving college and/or career path goals.

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.

The Visual Arts curriculum is guided by the California State Standards for 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. All VAPA students are working toward becoming critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible and socially aware citizens.

Visual Arts Highlights

Visual Arts Web Sites

Field Trips

MOCA: Exhibitions
The Broad: Exhibitions
LA Opera: The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly
Dance at the Music Center: Hubbard Street Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey
ICA-LA: Exhibitions
Sci-Arc: Architecture and Design Workshop
LACMA: Exhibitions
Norton Simon Museum: Exhibitions
Olvera Street, Union Station, Grand Central Market: Photo and Drawing
LA Zoo: Photo field trip
Autry Museum: Exhibitions
Warner Brothers Studio: Ghetto Film School workshop

Visiting Artists and Master Classes

Alison Saar, Sculptor
Salomon Huerta, Drawings and Paintings
Carolyn Castano, Drawings and Paintings
Carlos Gomez, Special effects models
Nancy Riegelman Author of 9 Heads, Fashion Illustration
A. J. Shnack, Media Arts
Maninder "Indy" Saini, Media Arts
Mark Fite, Media Arts
Alison Mann, Media Arts
Kevin Cushing, Media Arts

Arts Partners

Inner-City Arts
Ryman Arts
Art Center College of Art and Design
CAL-ARTS Community Art Partners
The Broad
Ghetto Film School
Gnomon School of Visual Effects
BRIC Foundation

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities That Focus on the Arts

Open Studio Arts tutoring 4 days a week after school
Grand Arts Media (on-campus production crew)
Photo Agency (on-campus production crew)
Zine Club
Film Club
Latinx Cinema Club (TV and Film Industry Guest Speakers)
FIDM Fashion Club
Anime Club
Student-curated "Pop-up" exhibitions
Dia De Muertos Festival
Multicultural Fair

Student Exhibitions Off Campus

LAUSD Arts Exhibitions
LAUSD Student Film Festivals
Marlborough Invitational Exhibitions
Scholastic Art and Writing National Exhibitions
WUHO Gallery at Woodbury University
MOCA Teen Night Art Exhibits
AP Studio Art National Traveling Exhibition
Student curated Pop-up Exhibits
Gil Cedillo 2021 Calendar LA City Council District 1
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Publications

Internships and Arts Programs

MOCA Teen Internships
LACMA Interns
Craft Contemporary Museum
Breese Foundation Internships in Media
Inner-City Arts Work of Art Interns
Girls Voices Now (Documentary Filmmaking and activism program)
Film2Future (animation program)
LA Film Festival Internships
Get Lit Film program
Ghetto Film School (30 month filmmaking program)
Gnomon School of Visual Effects (Student Program)
Ryman Arts (3 semester long program)
CalArts CAP (Extracurricular arts programs)
Self Help Graphic (Summer programs)

Awards, Honors and Scholarships

CSSSA student participants have won Ovation Scholarships
Young Arts Finalists, Semi Finalists and Merit recipients
Scholastic Arts Awards
Rotary Club Art Contest Winners
Directing Change Film Competition (Mental Health PSA local and state competition)

Our Graduates Attend or Have Attended These Schools

Art Center College of Art and Design
Cal Arts
California College of the Arts
Cooper Union
Otis College of Art and Design
Pratt School of Art and Design
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Our Faculty

Jorge Caridad
BA, CSU Los Angeles

Lamoin Garrard
BA, University of Puget Sound

Jennifer Lemvo
BFA, Humboldt State University

Julie McManus
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
MFA, Cal State Long Beach

Mark Schwartz
BA, UC Santa Cruz

Oliver Shipley
BFA, Surrey Institute of Art and Design

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