Camilo Valencia

Art & Ceramics Teacher


This course introduces and develops techniques in clay forming and decoration by means of hand building and the use of the potter's wheel. Additional emphasis is on design decoration, art terms, ceramic history, and careers. Primary emphasis will be hand building skills with wheel forming techniques introduced toward the end of the course. This course also covers ceramic history, design elements and principles, art careers, tools, machinery, kilns, firing and art vocabulary.

Art 1 -Drawing & Painting

This course introduces students to essential concepts and skills in two-dimensional visual art. It lays a foundation for careers in illustration, fine art, and many design fields. Popular and professional art materials are used in projects leading to mastery of perspective, shading, portraiture, caricature, graphic design principles, and observational, photo-based, and imaginative drawing and painting, Students create a portfolio of artwork suitable for art school admissions requirements. Student work is exhibited in the Capo Art Gallery. Effective use of art vocabulary and methods of aesthetic critique are taught through the study of class projects, masters from popular culture and art history, and art gallery field trips. Guest speakers from college art programs clarify how students can pursue related careers.

Art 2 -Drawing & Painting

This course helps students develop more technical competence, art historical awareness, and personal, creative expression in a variety of 2D visual art practices. It builds on concepts and skills covered in Drawing/Painting 1. A primary goal is creating artwork suitable for college admissions portfolios. Student work is exhibited in the Capo Art Gallery. Students also gain confidence in speaking and writing about their artwork and that of others. Many advanced students also participate in community art festivals, contests, and pre-college art programs. Art gallery field trips and guest speakers increase awareness of the role and impact of art outside the classroom.