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About Our SMHS Art Program

Shadow Mountain arts is open to all students. Arts support student academics, social, emotional, and creative development. Students are provided with a wide-range of learning experiences and opportunities.

Visual Arts allows students to creatively explore beyond their artistic capabilities and will gain confidence. Students will learn a classical approach, and then move through a variety of modern approaches, subject matter, and material. The course enables students to think critically, produce with quality, and move independently into this contemporary art world.

Art Instructor Bio

Undergraduate art education studies at ASU, with my studio emphasis on figure drawing. I began my career in Buckeye, at Liberty district back in 1996, working with elementary level students teaching art. Within two years, I was back where I student taught, working in the Paradise Valley District. Since being employed at PV district in 1998, my career has primarily been in high school, working at Polaris, Horizon, and now, Shadow Mountain. In my tenure at Shadow, I have taught a wide variety of subjects visual arts we offer, and beyond, including photography and film study.

Drawing Course Plan

Art and Design

This class is for the students who want to gain experience in a variety of media areas. Drawing, painting, and printmaking are some of the areas covered in this class. Students learn to create compositions that demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of design as well as their acquisition of technical skills. Pencil, pen & ink, block printing, pastels, water colors and acrylics are the some of the drawing and painting media explored in this class. Emphasis is on providing a foundation in the basics of design and technique for the beginning art student. Personal expression within project parameters is encouraged.

Drawing 1-2

This studio course will provide a foundation in the fundamentals of drawing and design. The students will develop drawing skills including realistic and abstract forms of expression. Students will be introduced to all medias which include pencil, colored pencil, pastel, oil pastel, charcoal, scratchboard and ink. Demonstrations and critiques will be ongoing while students explore a wide variety of styles from the old masters to contemporary artists.

Drawing 3-4

These studio courses further develop drawing skills including realistic and abstract forms of representation of subject matter. Instruction progresses to life drawing, quick sketching, direct observation, figure drawing, composition and experimental use of various media. Students will build on their previous knowledge while creating their own unique artistic style. A portfolio of the student’s most exemplary work will begin to be developed. These courses will concentrate on each student’s individual development, enhancing his/her technical skills and personal expression.

Shemer New Horizon Award

Students Haley Paloma And Drew Spencer Hold Certificates

Two students from Ms. Tull's advanced drawing class were both recognized at Shemer Museum for their work entered in the 2019 New Horizon's Exhibition.

More than 75 entries were submitted by various high school visual artists, from schools all over Arizona.

Shadow Mountain students Drew Spencer and Haley Paloma both received the prestigious Linton-Barnhill Scholarship Award for their artwork submissions!

Congratulations to these two students!

Haley Paloma and Drew Spencer's Award-Winning Drawings

Grace | Haley Paloma Award-Winning Drawing

Haley Paloma, Grade 11
Pen and ink 16" x 20"

No Boys Allowed | An Award-Winning Drawing By Drew Spencer

"No Boys Allowed" 
Drew Spencer, Grade 11 
Pen and ink 24" x 36"

Video Art

Video Art trains students in the elements of video and film production, from script through post-production and editing. Students who are interested in a career in entertainment production have opportunities to explore the many jobs involved in the making of such productions.

Student Stop Motion Animation Examples:

View Movie 1  View "The Arm"  View "Carl 2"

No Boys Allowed | An Award-Winning Drawing By Drew Spencer