Ryan Williams, Visual Arts
It is a great joy to be working for the community of Desert Edge High School. As an educator, it is my goal to develop learning environments that promote creativity, collaboration, and connectivity. I take pride in serving as the leader of our Conservatory of Arts and Design while instructing the top West Valley student artists at Desert Edge. I have a had wide range of valuable experiences within the field of education while teaching gifted education, science, social studies, and art education. I have served as a sponsor for student international tours to Paris and Barcelona. During my personal time, I have participated in local and international disaster relief service projects in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Lake Charles, LA, and Moore, OK. Often I run long distance, ride beach cruisers, garden, and continue to create art. I look forward to a great year in the art studio.
Studio Art Course Offerings
Fundamentals of Art:
Fundamentals of Art is an introductory level studio course available to students interested in learning the basic understanding of creating visual art. With hands on experience students will develop creative problem-solving through the process of art making. The course will emphasize the Elements and Principles of Composition of art through a variety of wet and dry media.
Drawing & Painting
Drawing and Painting is an intermediate level studio art class availabe for students interested in creating two-dimensional art. Students will develop compositions through the application of various drawing and painting techniques by utilizing the elements and principles of art.
Ceramics & Sculpture
Ceramics and Sculpture is an intermediate level class. Student artists will explore various studio problems in the process of forming clay, both on the wheel and by hand building. An emphasis is placed on glaze application and surface decoration. THe students will explore the sculpting process of carving, modeling, and assemblage with an emphasis placed on the elements and principles of design. Students may elect to provided additional supplies for personal projects.
Metal Sculpture is an intermediate-level course. Metalwork will give you a wealth of knowledge that will challenge your ability to create. The students will explore various studio projects through the process of design planning, measuring, cutting, prepping, and then finishing metal sculptures. Metalwork involves high heat, lots of airborne projectiles, moving machines, and intense light and sound. Therefore, studio safety will be prioritized first, practiced, and adhered to everyday. The students will explore the sculpting processes of 3D rendering, measuring, and assemblage with an emphasis placed on the elements and principles of design. Students may elect to provide additional supplies for personal projects.
AP Studio Art:
AP Studio Art is a course intended for students who have successfully completed Fundamentals of Art (required) and an Intermediate art course (preferable). AP Studio is a rigorous, college level studio.
Through studio practice, application of design concepts, and informed decision-making, students will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth, technique, and process. Students will develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution.Students will address three components in their portfolios: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. Students will submit this body of work to the College Board for grading and possible college credit.Ceramics and Sculpture is an intermediate-level course. The students will explore various studio problems in the process of forming clay, both on the wheel and by hand building. An emphasis is placed on glaze application and surface decoration. The students will explore the sculpting processes of carving, modeling, and assemblage with an emphasis placed on the elements and principles of design. Students may elect to provide additional supplies for personal projects.
11:41 a.m. to 12:11 p.m.
A lunch, no office hours