Kristy Jimenez is the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and teaches Photography and Animation at PVHS. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree from UCSB in the Arts, has a Fine Arts Teaching Credential and Clear CLAD Certificate from UCI, and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. She has been teaching in the high school Fine Arts and Digital Media Arts, since 1993 and happy to be a Sea Queen at PVHS.
The PVHS Visual and Performing Arts Department prides itself in creating and providing interesting and challenging opportunities to prepare students for college, a job, or just a positive well-rounded artistic experience in high school.
Students will learn, explore and develop photographic skills by studying the Principles and Elements of Design. Over the course of the year, students will learn basic camera functions, composition, lighting, and how to tell a good visual story. Software editing programs such as Photoshop and LightRoom are used throughout the school year. This course provides students with a broad photographic experience using both practical and artistic methods in order to visually express themselves. Through their camera, students learn how to apply themselves to the world around them. The course explores photographic history, notable photographers, artistic techniques, digital editing and printing skills. Over the course of the year, students complete a printed portfolio, and are offered several opportunities to participate in contests and community events.
Photography 2 continues the same education introduced in Photography 1, while encouraging students to explore and develop their visual voice or style in depth. Camera functions and historical references are explored throughout the year. Each student is offered a real world opportunity to shoot for a local client or community event. Students will also shoot assignments on location on and off campus. Guest photographers visit the class to talk to the students about their skills and profession. Students are strongly encouraged to enter contests and attend National Portfolio Days for portfolio reviews. At the end of the year, each student completes a printed portfolio and 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 course also explores alternative shooting methods. Digital editing on the computer and more advanced shooting methods are covered as well. Over the course of the year, students produce a portfolio that contains both experimental and long-term photographic work which prepares them for college or a job.