Fine Arts, West Valley College
BA Graphic Design
Lena was doodling and observing nature from a very young age. Her family encouraged her to pursue a career in art. While in school, she worked for an educational book publishing company. She later was the art director for a small corporation that created custom commemorative items for NASA, Disney, the Dodgers, and more. ...
Later, she worked for Lamps Plus in the design department where trends were studied for fresh projects. Lighting items for example chandeliers, floor lamps, and decorative accessories were designed. She collaborated with artisans such as carvers and mold makers, and also worked together with the in-house rod iron shop, woodshop, and paint department to name a few. Ideas went from the drawing board to world market showrooms. Lena also had the opportunity to oversee photoshoots for catalogs. She left the job field to raise her 3 children while volunteering her time when creative opportunities arose. Currently, she is a freelance artist, focusing on portrait painting. She believes that there is a creative person in each of us that wants to be expressed. Her hope is to generate an appreciation of the arts and to inspire students to be creative regardless of the future path they choose.
Art Projects 1
Hands On Art Projects Learning from the Masters
Offered in Person by Lena Ketenjian, Valencia Campus
In each trimester session, the Art Projects 1 class studies 4 or 5 famous artists from Art History. Some examples of artists we have studied in the past are Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Lautrec, Jacob Lawrence, and Frida Kahlo. Art students will also learn from the art of contemporary artists. Besides the study of Artists and related assignments, the instructor will plan exercises and creative projects to build mechanical art skills so students can develop applicable knowledge in the fine arts. Planned projects are according to skill level and age group. The class will explore a wide variety of mediums, experimenting with famous artists’ techniques as well as modern day styles. Studies of color theory, design, drawing, painting, lettering, and composition will be built into lesson plans. Fresh projects will be planned to review amazing and very famous artists. For each class, the teacher prepares projects that are altered from prior lessons so students can stay in these art classes for years. Young artists will sketch and draw, cut and glue, paint with watercolors and paints, draw with soft and oil pastels, color with markers, and shade with colored pencils. A variety of subjects will be chosen such as landscapes, animals, modern art, nature, abstract art, character art, portraits, and design. On some days the class will engage in fun seasonal crafts. During in person classes, students will create while listening to inspirational music such as classical or jazz.
Fall of 2022: Mondrian, Monet, Hokusai, Picasso, and a contemporary artist
Winter and Spring of 2023: Homer, Remington, O'Keeffe, Matisse, and more
Art Materials will be provided in the classroom
No homework/10 students or less in each class
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