Yucaipa High School Art classes presented the Fall Art Show on Dec. 2-5, featuring 120 projects, including students’ paintings, drawings, ceramics, crafts and photographs. Student artists had the opportunity to share their portfolios with Annie Copean, from Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and Brenee Hendix, from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). They presented career options for creatives; According to the Otis Report on the creative economy, over 467,000 people are working in the creative industry in Southern California. Creative jobs are found in advertising, animation, Architecture/Interior design, digital media, communication arts, publishing, printing, gaming design, entertainment, fashion, automotive, toys, sports, furniture/industrial design and more.
Valerie Garza, of the YHS Career Center, coordinated the visit and luncheon which was sponsored by the PTSO.
Several teachers brought their classes to view the art display which was open during school hours in the high school career center. Students were impressed to see their friend’s projects and expressed an interest in making art themselves.
YHS art classes have benefitted from new equipment purchased with generous grants from YCEEF: Yucaipa-Calimesa Educational Enrichment Foundation and LCAP funds. Art teachers have received a new ceramics kiln, clay slab roller, matte board cutter, printing press, camera lenses and digital drawing tablets. “This is one of the biggest and best art departments I’ve seen in all of the high schools I’ve visited,” said Copean. “This art show demonstrates there is a lot of creative ability here,” added Hendrix. Coming up in the spring semester, YHS artists will enter several contests, such as the Yucaipa Valley Art Association’s and the Young Artist’s. They will present a spring art show and submit AP portfolios.
Brad Hicks, AP Studio Arts teacher, said, “Last year, every AP kid’s art portfolio passed. Our average score was about 4.1 with four kids getting a 5, four kids getting a 4, and three kids getting a 3. That is two years in a row YHS had an average score over 4. This is significantly higher than the national average of 2.8. These two years of high scores are a direct connection to allowing AP art to be a stand alone class and not a combo class. I want to thank you for your support in our program.”