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Visual Arts Academy

The Visual Arts program is designed for students to find and develop their voices as artists. We are committed to the untrained beginner with a lifelong desire to study art as well as to those who have had opportunity and come to us with impressive portfolios. The passion to create is the common thread that ties our academy together. A student who graduates in visual arts will have created a visual arts portfolio suitable for achieving college and/or career path goals.
Our award-winning teachers serve as mentors, instructors, career counselors and living examples of artists with a strong belief and commitment to education—the passing of knowledge and mastery of the arts and academia to the next generation. Our state-of-the-art facilities afford students safe, clean, spacious environments in which to create and learn.
The Visual Arts curriculum is guided by the California State Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts (Proficient and Advanced). Academics and the arts, at strategic points, are integrated and thematically aligned to assist in better connection with students inclined toward the visual arts. All VAPA students are working toward becoming critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible and socially aware citizens.
Visual Arts Highlights

Visual Arts Web Sites
Field Trips
  • MOCA: Exhibitions
  • The Broad: Exhibitions
  • LA Opera: The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly
  • Dance at the Music Center: Hubbard Street Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey
  • ICA-LA: Exhibitions
  • Sci-Arc: Architecture and Design Workshop
  • LACMA: Exhibitions
  • Norton Simon Museum: Exhibitions
  • Olvera Street, Union Station, Grand Central Market: Photo and Drawing
  • LA Zoo: Photo field trip
  • Autry Museum: Exhibitions
  • Warner Brothers Studio: Ghetto Film School workshop
Visiting Artists and Master Classes
  • Alison Saar, Sculptor
  • Salomon Huerta, Drawings and Paintings
  • Carolyn Castano, Drawings and Paintings
  • Carlos Gomez, Special effects models
  • Nancy Riegelman Author of 9 Heads, Fashion Illustration
  • A. J. Shnack, Media Arts
  • Maninder "Indy" Saini, Media Arts
  • Mark Fite, Media Arts
  • Alison Mann, Media Arts
  • Kevin Cushing, Media Arts
Arts Partners
  • Inner-City Arts
  • Ryman Arts
  • Art Center College of Art and Design
  • CAL-ARTS Community Art Partners
  • MOCA
  • The Broad
  • ICA-LA
  • Sci-Arc
  • Ghetto Film School
  • Gnomon School of Visual Effects
  • BRIC Foundation
Clubs and Extracurricular Activities That Focus on the Arts
  • Open Studio Arts tutoring 4 days a week after school
  • Grand Arts Media (on-campus production crew)
  • Photo Agency (on-campus production crew)
  • Zine Club
  • Film Club
  • Latinx Cinema Club (TV and Film Industry Guest Speakers)
  • FIDM Fashion Club
  • Anime Club
  • Student-curated "Pop-up" exhibitions
  • Dia De Muertos Festival
  • Multicultural Fair
Student Exhibitions Off Campus
  • LAUSD Arts Exhibitions
  • Marlborough Invitational Exhibitions
  • Scholastic Art and Writing National Exhibition
  • WUHO Gallery at Woodbury University
  • MOCA Teen Night Art Exhibits
  • AP Studio Art National Traveling Exhibition
  • Student curated Pop-up Exhibits
  • Gil Cedillo 2021 Calendar LA City Council District 1
  • City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Publications
  • AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit 2021
Internships and Arts Programs
  • MOCA Teen Internships
  • LACMA Interns
  • Craft Contemporary Museum
  • Breese Foundation Internships in Media
  • Inner-City Arts Work of Art Interns
  • Girls Voices Now (Documentary Filmmaking and activism program)
  • Film2Future (animation program)
  • LA Film Festival Internships
  • Get Lit Film program
  • Ghetto Film School (30 month filmmaking program)
  • Gnomon School of Visual Effects (Student Program)
  • Ryman Arts (3 semester long program)
  • CalArts CAP (Extracurricular arts programs)
  • Self Help Graphic (Summer programs)
Awards, Honors and Scholarships
  • CSSSA student participants have won Ovation Scholarships
  • Young Arts Finalists, Semi Finalists and Merit recipients
  • Scholastic Arts Awards
  • Rotary Club Art Contest Winners
  • Directing Change Film Competition (Mental Health PSA local and state competition)
Our Graduates Attend or Have Attended These Schools
  • Art Center College of Art and Design
  • Cal Arts
  • California College of the Arts
  • Cooper Union
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pratt School of Art and Design
  • RISD
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • Sci-Arc
  • Tufts
  • UCI
  • UCLA
  • UCSD
Our Faculty
    Lamoin Garrard
    BA, University of Puget Sound
    Jennifer Lemvo
    BFA, Humboldt State University
    Julie McManus
    BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
    MFA, Cal State Long Beach
    Oliver Shipley
    BFA, Surrey Institute of Art and Design