Kristy Jimenez is the Art Department Chair as well as the Photography and Animation Instructor at PVHS. She has a BA from UCSB in the Arts, a Teachers Credential in the Arts as well as a Clear CLAD certificate from UCI, and a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, in Educational Technology. She has been teaching in the high school arts and digital media arts, since 1993.
The PVHS art department prides itself on creating interesting and challenging creative opportunities to prepare students for either an art school or positive well-rounded artistic experience.
Students will learn, explore and develop their photographic skills in regards to the principles and elements of Design and how to apply them in practical photographic experiences. Students will also learn how to operate a camera and its’ settings. In addition, in class students will be introduced to and develop skills in digital editing software including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Each student will walk away with a solid understanding of Photography as a practical and artistic skill, knowledge of photographic history as well as of notable photographers, past and present, and skillfully be able to edit, upload and print their own images.
Photo 2 continues the same education introduced from Photo 1 and encourages students to explore and develop a depth to their personal voice or style in the photographic image. Camera functions and historical references are explored throughout the year. Each student has a real world opportunity to shoot for a client. Students will also shoot assignments on location. Class visits by professional photographers provide lectures while demonstrating their skills to the students. At the end of the year, each student self publishes a book containing their best photographic work.
Each student creates a long-term project that he or she will shoot throughout the school year. Students choose the topic they want to explore in depth. At the end of the year, each student organizes, hangs and attends their own photo exhibit. This class also explores alternative shooting methods over the course of the year. Alternative software editing programs and methods are introduced throughout the year. In this course, students produce an experimental portfolio as well as a long-term project portfolio.