Cameras, clay, paint, sketchbooks, and photos come to life under the guidance of creative visionaries in Carlmont’s visual arts program.
Students have a vast array of classes and clubs available to them to choose, from Illustration and Design 1 to Digital Art, Photography, or Ceramics.
“Art in education is essential, especially in school, because it allows you to express your feelings and emotions safely,” said Grace Xu, a sophomore taking Illustration and Design 1.
Whether it be meeting a graduation requirement, or pursuing a passion, the versatile program has something in store for everyone. Anyone, no matter the grade level, can take Art 1 and Digital Art 1. These introductory classes help students build a strong foundation to incorporate art into their life.
“Anybody can do art as long as you put effort into it; everyone, no matter the skill level. It adds creativity to your daily life and gives inspiration to thoughts and feelings,” said Tina Condo, the Ceramics teacher.
The foundation the art program lays and the skills they expand on allows people to communicate what they cannot otherwise express, and learn life-long lessons that can help them grow into more creative thinkers.
“It’s important because creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Knowing which ones to keep is what makes art. It’s a personal process,” said junior Aysha Santos.
The creative process is also crucial to learners developing new mental faculties. The art teachers, Tina Condos, Cynthia Hodges, Julia Schulman, and Josh Sheridan, want to help Carlmont students improve their critical thinking abilities, to not only grow in their creative studies but academics as well.
“If you’re not able to think creatively, you’re not able to build something from nothing. Art teaches you how to come up with an abstract idea and make something concrete out of it. It grows neurons in your brain, it makes you smarter, and it’s fun,” said Julia Schulman, the Illustration…
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