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 Graders will bring their summer assignment on the first Friday.

    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 is Monday, August 30.



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  • Check out the shows in digital format. 

    Special thanks to Mr. Waddell, Ms. Phillips and ESPECIALLY our senior TANIA VEGA (Class of 21) for organizing and working on this platform.  There is plenty of HSPVA Art Talent.




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


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


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  • Come check out our gallery!

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  • Hi Parents,

    Please check out the downloads section for important information.

    The handbook is current and viewable.  Please read through with 

    your child.  Please sign and acknowledge that you have read the 

    handbook.  Please fill out the emergency contact information and

    the supply/fee acknowledgement page.  This is due in person, to 

    your grade level advocate by August 30.  The supply check is also

    on August 30th.  Any questions can be directed to

    hwaddell@houstonisd.org.  He will put you in touch with your

    grade level advocate or personally answer your questions!  Thanks.

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  • This year we welcome to Sebastien Boncy, Gaby Hurtado Ramos, Renee Martinez and Alexis Pye to our team!  Mr. Boncy  were guest artists for seniors last year.  Ms. Martinez is an alum and printmaker.  Ms. Hurtado Ramos is an alum, educator and artist!   We are excited to have them working with our students.  


    We would like to bid a fond farewell to Ms. Trimble who will be leaving us.  She has been an amazing consultant over the past half decade.  Best wishes!

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  • If you know a middle school student, spread the word!  Our students will lead workshops.  More details to come!





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  • Thanks for applying to the Diverse Works 50th Anniversary Exhibition.  Details to come soon.  The show is curated by Xandra Eden and Laura Mott and Anthony Suber.  



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    Claudia Garcia, Inflatable Cathy Le, Class of 2018

    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.
    Caroline Perkison, Class of 2018  DeCarte Washington, Class of 2018