• This year we welcome to Sebastien Boncy, Gaby Hurtado Ramos, Renee Martinez, Alexis Pye and Kaneem Smith to our team!  Mr. Boncy and Ms. Smith 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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  • Call for Submissions: HSPVA Alumni 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    Deadline: August 2, 2021


    Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and DiverseWorks are conducting a call for submissions of recent artwork from Alumni to celebrate HSPVA’s 50th Anniversary. Formed in 1971, HSPVA represents the first attempt by any public high school in the nation to correlate an academic program with concentrated training in the arts. Also, it was one of only three public schools in the nation to offer programs in both the visual and performing arts, and the first such institution in the Southwest.


    Who is eligible to apply? Only artists who graduated from HSPVA are eligible to apply. Artists may have graduated from any department.


    How do I apply? Apply online via Submittable.


    All applications must include: • Current Bio and/or CV • Up to Five Works for Consideration (jpegs, video links, audio files, and pdfs are accepted.)


    Link to application: https://diverseworks.submittable.com/submit/198132/hspva-alumni-application


    Applications are due by August 2, 2021. If you are having trouble with the application and or need assistance on how to submit, please feel free to contact: info@diverseworks.org. All applicants will be notified by August 27.


    The exhibition of selected work by HSPVA Alumni is planned to be presented at DiverseWorks at MATCH from October 28-November 27, 2021.

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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