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Overview of Visual Arts at Pinnacle High School:

The Pinnacle High School visual arts program is one of the finest in the state. This department offers drawing, painting, photography, ceramics I, ceramics II, studio art and culture and advanced art courses. The sequence of these courses begins with the building of foundational skills in both two dimensional and three dimensional media. The next set of courses teaches in-depth techniques and allows students to master the vocabulary and methods introduced in the first year. In our most advanced courses, students engage with historic and contemporary art and create original, professional-quality work. In this manner, by the end of four years of instruction, our students have knowledge and skill in the visual arts that rivals many college-level art students.

High school art students also benefit from the enriching experiences of field trips and presentations from college recruiters. Each year, we take students to local art museums, art exhibitions, college campuses and other visual arts destinations. These field trips inspire creativity and motivation in our classes. Additionally, college representatives present to the high school visual arts students about lucrative and high-demand careers in the arts and the degree programs that will take students to those outcomes. These presentations lend relevance to our coursework and help our students make viable plans for the future.

Artwork produced by Pinnacle High School students has been awarded by the Scholastic Art Exhibition, the Colorado Department of Education office of cultural and linguistic diversity, and the CSI magazine cover contest. Many of our students have gone on to have successful careers in the arts. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, some of our courses will be certified at Career and Technical Education courses by the CDE and will prepare our students for careers such as Technical Illustrator, Arts Administrator, Freelance Photographer, Graphic Designer, Multi-media specialist, Museum Educator, Product Designer, Architect, Art Restoration Specialist, Web Designer, Gallery Curator, Art Therapist, Fine Arts Appraiser, Animator, Fashion and Visual Merchandising, and Interior Design.

If you are interested in learning more about the visual arts opportunities offered at Pinnacle High School please contact us at jessica.lamere@pinnaclecharterschool.org , laura.hahn@pinnaclecharterschool.org , and tom.prest@pinnaclecharterschool.org. 

 

Here's the latest news from the High School Art Department:

PHS art teachers are extremely excited to announce the 2019 high school art show winners for our 2-d category. This category includes artwork such as; graphite drawings, acrylic paintings, watercolors, ink, colored pencil drawings and oil paintings. We had two hundred and fifty 2-dimensional pieces to choose from. We would like to give a huge shout out to our judges; high school teachers Patrick O'Donnell, Stephanie Morse, Brent Sherry, Lydia Gibson, Paul Bremer, and former Pinnacle alumni Dani Rascon and Samantha Menzor. Jessica LaMere, Tom Prest and Laura Hahn are extremely proud of our growing our Pinnacle artists!

 

                                        Best of Show
                                         Self-Portrait
                              by Ruth Alvarez, 11th Grade
                                           Graphite
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                                                   1st Place
                                                 Subdermal
                                  by Kamryn Jackson, 11th Grade
                                                Acrylic Paint
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                                                       2nd Place
                                              Intertwined Prosperity
                                     by Valeria Martinez, 12th Grade
                                                    Acrylic Paint
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                                                        3rd Place
                                                      Kinetic Hope
                                            by Jessica White, 12th Grade
                                                     Colored Pencil
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                                               Honorable Mention
                                        Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies
                                           by Litzy Corral, 12th Grade
                                                     Acrylic Paint
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                                      Honorable Mention
                                               Asmeda
                                by Jordan Dewey, 12th Grade
                                            Acrylic Paint
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                                       Honorable Mention
                                        A Cameo in Death
                               by Makenna Watson, 12th Grade
                                            Acrylic Paint
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                              Honorable Mention
                            Never Needed No Help
                        by Marlon Meza, 12th Grade
                                       Oil Paint
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                                              Honorable Mention
                                                Beautiful Promise
                                      by Lesley Lujan, 12th Grade
                                                     Graphite
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This year there were 172 3-dimensional pieces entered into the art show, this category includes ceramic pieces, paper sculptures, book art etc...below are the winners. 
                 
                  Best of Show
                    Submerged
            by Isabella Samaniego
                      Ceramics
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                                    1st Place
                                     Mawang
                      by Abril Garcia, 11th Grade
                                     Ceramics
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                                      2nd Place
                         Semblance of the Sweet
                     by Dania Herrera, 11th Grade
                                       Ceramics
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                                      3rd Place
                                       Luminary
                           by Ailen Holguin, 12th Grade
                                        Ceramics
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                  Honorable Mention
                         Bad Habit
    by Keinana Quitagua, 11th Grade
            Ceramics and Acrylic Paint
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                          Honorable Mention
                                   Babylon
          by Diamond Fernandez Duke, 11th Grade
                                   Ceramics
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                   Honorable Mention
                              Tihaj
            by Lexus Gowda, 12th Grade
                          Ceramics
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                Honorable Mention
                              June
         by Jacqueline Ledezma Diaz, 12th Grade
                          Mixed Media
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                              Honorable Mention
                    Interpretation of a Friend of Order
                     by Jennifer Nguyen, 10th Grade
                         Ceramic and Acrylic Paint
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We also had 10 poetry entries and 79 Photographs in the art show. This is phenomenal because this is the first year of photography being in the art show! The high school is thrilled that Tom Prest has

 

Best of Show

Jocelyn Sandoval

A Look from a Rose

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1st place

Itzel De La Cruz Ramirez

Ready for Abduction

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2nd place

Kimberly Camarena

Land of the Free

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3rd place

Denise Molinar

Fake Smile

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Honorable Mention

Lesley Lujan

Yes, Master

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Honorable Mention

Camila Perez

Bury a Friend

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Honorable Mention

Deja Avalos-Trujillo

Overthrown   

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Poetry

1st Place

Kimberly Camarena

South

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Honorable Mention

Brianna Centeno

Golden Locks

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This year, and every year, Mrs. LaMere's advanced art students collaborate with Ben Schumaker and The Memory Project to create portraits for children around the world who live in orphanages or are fleeing violence and living in refugee camps. We invite you to view this video that was made of these children receiving their portraits. If you have a spare five minutes, it is a warm, heartfelt video of the coming together of art and human interaction. Thank you for viewing and always supporting the arts at Pinnacle Charter High School!