TECHNICAL & VISUAL ARTS – In the visual arts conservatory, students are able to explore multi mediums of how to visually express themselves. Using both traditional and contemporary mediums, visual arts students create a meaningful portfolio that can be used to secure college entry and scholarships.

Mrs. Diana Maestas, Photography (Hesperia)
dmaestas@encorehighschool.com

Diana Maestas has been the photography teacher at Encore High School for the Arts in Hesperia for five years. She teaches all levels of photography from beginning to advanced, including fine art and photojournalistic styles. She is a passionate artist specializing in photography, and enjoys both digital, and analogue photography, as well as experimental processes including chromoskedasics and infrared photography. As a teacher, Ms. M has led many students to local, state, and national awards, including a Gold Medal from the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards which presented the winning piece at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has been recognized by the Teachers are Heroes program, and leads one of the top photography programs in the state.

Ms. Loretta Henson
lhenson@encorehighschool.com

Ms. Henson teaches Visual Art  and has her BA degree in Art Education and Teaching Credential for Art.  Ms. Henson went to California State University and continues to specialize in Watercolor Painting and Portrait Photography.  Her goal is to nurture and guide her students into becoming creative individuals who can draw, paint, sculpt, and communicate with Visual Design.

Ryan Taylor (Hesperia)
rtaylor@encorehighschool.com

Ryan Taylor has had a strong desire to be an art teacher since the beginning of his higher education. His love of art along with his desire to teach and help adolescents has fueled him all the way through a challenging art education degree and credential program at CSUSB. He specializes in Illustration and Sculpture, and teaches multiple 2D and 3D art classes. He has currently been teaching visual arts for 4 years at Encore, where he continues to grow in his practices of teaching and producing art that educates and brings the color to our lives. “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”- Picasso

Alejandra Gomar (Hesperia)
agomar@encorehighschool.com

bio coming soon

Laurie Siqueido (Riverside)
lsiqueido@encorehighschool.com

bio coming soon

Photography I

Photography I students will learn about the history and development of photography through lecture, image presentations, creative exploration, and picture taking exercises. Students will be exposed to many types of photography, as well as become familiar with the work of renowned and respected photographers.

Students will also learn how to use a point-and-shoot digital camera, as well as be able to understand lighting and simple techniques in controlling their image making. Students will learn how an image is created through a digital camera, and have an opportunity to learn as they experiment with a variety of processes related to photography.

Students will learn the basic operations and tools of Photoshop CS4 for editing their photos.

Students will also learn how to create a portfolio and present their finished work in a professional manner using a critique process.

Students will work together in creative teams to produce photos for a vast series of projects during the semester.

Periodically each semester, students will be able to submit their best work for the Encore High School Art Gallery.

Photography II

Photography II students will learn about the history and development of photography through lecture, image presentations, creative exploration, and picture taking exercises. Students will be exposed to many types of photography, as well as become familiar with the work of renowned and respected photographers.

Students will also learn how to use an SLR (Single Lens Reflex) style digital camera, as well as be able to understand lighting and advanced techniques in controlling their image making. Students will learn how an image is created through a digital camera, and have an opportunity to learn as they experiment with a variety of processes related to photography.

Students will learn complex operations and tools of Photoshop CS4 for editing their photos.

Students will also learn how to create a portfolio and present their finished work in a professional manner using a critique process.

Students will work together in creative teams to produce photos for a vast series of projects during the semester.

Periodically throughout each semester students will submit their best work for our own Encore Art Gallery.

Photography III

Photography III students will specialize in one of two categories of photography: Fine Art and Photojournalism.

In the Fine Art category students will:

  • Development a personal artistic style and explore and expand their own artistic skill.
  • Learn about alternative processes in photography as they experiment with a variety of processes related to the manual processes of photography, such as sun prints and chromoskedasics, and photographic painting.
  • Be able to submit their work for several art shows, competitions, and exhibits.
  • Compile a professional digital and printed portfolio aimed at college admissions, and present their finished work in a professional manner using a critique panel.

In the Photojournalism category students will:

  • Be introduced to the fast-paced world of photojournalism, and explore the unique requirements and demands of this category.
  • Continue to master complex operations of the adobe suite in applications relating to business and advertising opportunities both on and off campus.
  • Work together in creative teams to produce photos for a vast series of projects during the semester, both for their personal use, and for the business operations of Encore High School.
  • Students will also participate in the Encore High School Media Lab, by photographing school events for the yearbook, and creating the graphic layouts that will make up the event portion of the yearbook.