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Conservatory for the Arts

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Conservatory program comprises the Visual Arts Conservatory, Photography Conservatory, Film & Media Conservatory, and AP Studio Art courses. Students are encouraged to find their own meaningful, personal vision and many students prepare portfolios for AP or college applications. 
Recent Visual Arts Exhibits
Music in May Eclectic Collections 2015
Visual Arts Conservatory
The Visual Art Conservatory is a community of advanced student artists working in the art studio to express their individual vision with intention and imagination in addition to technical skill. The advanced course is wired with topics in design, drawing and painting to emphasize the synergy of content and form. Where the principles of design and elements of art largely describe form, content is the stuff of the mind, heart, and spirit of the individual artist relating to the world.

Students are encouraged to explore creative mediums with curiosity and to follow their personal interests whether work in the garden or unplugged with traditional media and, or, plugged in with iPad apps, Adobe Photoshop and Integrated electronics. The group supports this process of personal investigation and experimentation through topic based inspiration prompts, ongoing discussion and formal analysis. All course work is appropriate for the senior portfolio and the AP portfolio.

The enthusiastic student interested in advanced visual arts study within the cross-disciplinary community of the Conservatory for the Arts may apply. Students participate in art exhibitions and conservatory events. Foundation Introduction to Art course, intermediate Art + Design or Drawing & Painting course, portfolio review, and permission of the teacher are required. Class meets during the extended I block, twice weekly for two hours after school.
“It is to be noted that drawing educates the eye in all perceptible beauty and order, and that it leads to the cultivation of a habit of observation, the only habit by which knowledge generally can be obtained. Nor is it to be considered as an accomplishment, but as an Art, which has its philosophy as well as its poetry.”

— Cornelia Connelly, Book of Studies
Photography Conservatory
Students explore advanced digital and B&W photography techniques. The class combines enhancing technical skills with developing a personal vision through traditional as well as alternative processes. The techniques of traditional black and white photographic processes, digital camera operation and media arts programs are part of the curriculum. Students will be able to produce high quality, meaningful work that establishes links to the cultural and artistic fine arts traditions of photography. Projects are open-ended, allowing for multiple solutions. The Conservatory students will produce original photographs that are meaningful on a personal level and also suitable for AP or college portfolios.
AP Studio Art Conservatory
AP Studio Art is designed as an intensive seminar for seniors willing to engage a challenging visual art curriculum. The goal of this year-long course is to increase student mastery of content and form. With emphasis on critical analysis and innovative art making processes, this college-level course expands student awareness of cultural, historical, and visual traditions as well as their own personal aesthetic. Students prepare art portfolios for college applications in the fall and submission to AP/College Board at the end of spring semester. Independent study projects follow the students personal interests while informed by art history, inspired by the natural world, and aware of popular culture in a global society.
  • Student work will demonstrate quality through synthesis of form, technique, and content.
  • Student work will reveal sustained concentration on an investigation of a particular visual interest or problem which demonstrates depth and process of discovery.
  • Student work will make evident a range of approaches to the formal, technical, and expressive means of the artist with serious grounding in the visual principles and material techniques.
Students select from three AP portfolio areas:
  1. AP 2-D Design Portfolio demonstrates understanding of two-dimensional design issues including drawing, painting, graphic design, fashion design, fashion illustration, collage, digital imaging, film stills, and photography. Design involves the purposeful decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way.
  2. AP 3-D Design Portfolio demonstrates understanding of sculptural issues and design principles as they relate to the integration of depth and space, volume and surface. Figurative or non-figurative sculpture, architectural models, installation, performance, and assemblage.
  3. AP Drawing Portfolio addresses a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media including painting, printmaking, and mixed media. Abstract, observational and invented works may demonstrate drawing competence. The class supports this process of personal investigation through studio experiments, topic based inspiration prompts, ongoing discussion, and formal analysis. All course work is appropriate for the senior portfolio and the AP portfolio. Students participate in art exhibitions and conservatory events. One year of Visual Arts Conservatory minimum, 2-3 years recommended, portfolio review, and permission of the teacher are required.
Visual Arts Events
All Arts Night
10/17/2015
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Hayden - Student Commons - Stud Comm
Contact: Christin Hablewitz

Fall Art Exhibit
12/3/2015
Location: Hayden - Turner Center - Turner Cen
Contact: Theresia Kleeman

Spring Art Exhibit
4/28/2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hayden - Turner Center - Turner Cen
Contact: Theresia Kleeman

Digital Art Exhibit
5/12/2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Hayden - Turner Center - Turner Cen
Contact: Paul Tzanetopoulos
Visual Arts Exhibits
Music in May Eclectic Collections 2015
Spring 2015 Art Exhibit Opening
Art Opening at Jones Coffee
Music In May 2014
Visual Arts Conservatories Spring Exhibit 2014
Artists At Work: April 2014
Crèche Still Life Project
Fall Art Exhibit Opening
Creative Writing Reading and Visual Arts Opening
Photography students present art at LA Cathedral
See more Visual Arts photo galleries
Visual Arts Department
Theresia Kleeman
Fine Arts Teacher
(626) 799-9121 ext. 276
California Institute of the Arts - B.F.A.
California Institute of the Arts - M.F.A.

Paul Tzanetopoulos
Photography, Film and Media Teacher
(626) 799-9121 ext. 258
University of Nevada, Las Vegas - B.A.
University of California, Irvine - M.F.A.