• Seniors, please remember to bring one or two of your favorite summer pieces to registration.  As a group, we will hang the first show when you are not registering.  I am looking forward to a great year!  Mr. Waddell

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  • Welcome students and parents to the 2022-2023 school year!

    Please read through the handbook, which is under the download section.  You will see the supply list as well.  Fill out the form provided below.  We will check and make sure that every student has filled out the form and has their supplies on August 29.  


    If you have any questions please email the following:

    9th Grade- Ellen.Phillips@houstonisd.org

    10th Grade- vfowler@houstonisd.org

    11th Grade- tglover@houstonisd.org

    12th Grade-hwaddell@houstonisd.org


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  • Thank you Katy Sementelli for being this year's Art Guild President.

    If you are a parent and would like to get involved with the art department, we have plenty of opportunities.  

    Please reach out to Joan Murrin at HSPVA Friends



    Opportunities include:

    -Third Coast-our biggest event of the year that impacts Juniors and Seniors. Third Coast is the chance for students to show off their work, receive portfolio reviews from college representatives and earn scholarships.   If you are a Freshperson or Sophomore parent, get involved now and see the excitement.  (end of September, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday during school)

    -Middle School Workshops (two Saturdays in October)

    -transporting work for scholastics, rodeo

    -PVA Show- Spring fundraiser where we sell prints

    -Jung Center Show, (summer)

    -attending fieldtrips

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  • Check out work from our current sophomores, juniors, seniors and newest alum at the Jung Center!  The Jung Center is on Montrose next to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.RossJung

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  • If you know a middle school student, spread the word!  Our students will lead workshops.  More details to come!  These workshops will be lead by our current students on October 15th and October 22nd from 9am-2:30pm.





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    What should I bring the first day of school?


    If you are a 9th grader, bring YOURSELF, a pen, pencil, paper and computer.   


    If you are a 10th, 11th, 12th grader- bring YOURSELF, a pen, a pencil, paper, a computer AND your two combination locks to choose an art locker. 

    9th- there is no summer assignment. :)

    10th, 11th and 12th will recieve instructions at school to bring their summer assignments.

    You may start bringing supplies and materials once you get your art locker assigned.

    You should bring supplies and materials ASAP.  Supply check and form check is Monday, August 29.



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  • 2022-23 Link

    9th grade visual art fee- $250 for the year


     10-12th gave visual art fee- $295 for the year


    It will say for last year, but this is the correct link.


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  • This year we welcome to Ian Gerson, Ha Na Lee and Jacinta Molina to our team. We are excited to have them working with our students.  


    We would like to bid a fond farewell to Ms. Sanchez and Mr. Cascio after many years of dedication and service to our department!  Both are pursuing new paths and opportunities in their careers!  Congratulations to Mr. Cascio on becoming a full time faculty member at Sam Houston State University.

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    The Visual Arts Department serves about 150 students, and our course offerings include: Advertising Design, Animation, Art Awareness, Art Criticism/Critical Thinking, Art History, Ceramics, Conceptual Concerns, Drawing, Foundations of Design, General Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Mixed Media, New Experiences (installation and performance), Painting, Photography, Photoshop, Printmaking, Video, and Woodshop.

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Visual Arts Department program is to provide a solid foundation in the visual arts and to build a broad-based fine arts experience with an emphasis on idea/concept development, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This approach requires visual arts students to develop critical thinking skills, to enhance their technical skills, and to experience and explore an extensive variety of arts-related media. Additionally, it is our goal to allow advanced students the luxury of independent study and group discourse to incubate and carry out a rigorous exploration of their own areas of interest, be they political, personal, social, and/or aesthetic, resulting in uniquely individualized portfolios.

    Visual Arts Department Philosophy
    The Visual Arts Department believes that each student has unique needs, backgrounds, strengths. We look for motivated and curious learners, understanding that it is important to nurture the whole individual. We support them in investigating and integrating art, academics, character development, and physical and mental health to achieve personal success. Students who are accepted into our program have demonstrated exceptional potential in their audition. Growth within the art area will require hard work and extraordinary commitment and dedication.
    As a faculty, we strive to prepare our students for the challenges they face in an uncertain future. We seek to accomplish this by working and communicating as a team with the students, their parents, and our colleagues to foster the development of a well-rounded and contributing artist/citizen. Our program is critique-based, and we encourage our students to be open and receptive to feedback through constructive criticism and to be committed to personal growth. We want to support students in becoming contributing, responsible, and generous creative-thinkers and problem-solvers of good character. We hope they will become leaders who create positive change in our world.