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The Sketchbook

Art/Design News                                           ISSUE 1                                         Fall Semester 2022

Iovine and Young Center Integrated Design, Technology,  + Entrepreneurship Magnet

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IYC Art/Design Superstars
Wet Paint


We just wrapped up a unit of study about Frida Kahlo which began as a focus for Hispanic Heritage Month and concluded after Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Students researched the artist, their work, and life including extensive study of the Museo Frida Kahlo which is located at Frida's childhood home known as Casa Azul in Mexico City.

Viewings include the documentary film At Frida Kahlo's (2017) which centers on "The Blue House" located in Mexico City, and the home where Frida Kahlo was born and died. 

By recreating one of Frida's master works, students got inside the hands, head, heart, and eyes of the artist. Then synthesized personal life experience or inspiration from art history into the new, original work of art.


Collaboration between Art and Spanish teachers brought depth of expertise to this discussion of art and culture.

Student work flowing from this project will be exhibited in the Student Art Gallery through the end of the semester.

IYC room 207


This class is the Introductory class in a three course sequence to fulfill the Career Technical Education (CTE) requirements. The IYC IDTE Magnet emphasis in Design, Visual, and Media Arts is in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) industry sector and offers a Graphic Design pathway. Further, this class is based on the IYA/USC  Rapid Visualization and Digital Toolbox courses.

The second year course, Graphic Design/Digital Imaging, is the Concentrator class in the sequence where students will obtain professional certification in Adobe Visual Design for their proficiency with PhotoShop and Illustrator applications. IYC is an official testing center to facilitate students through this important process.

The Capstone course in the third year is Virtual Branding and Design. Students will work on a culminating project while preparing their portfolio to become work-ready and pursue an internship in the creative industry.

In the Graphic Design pathway, students utilize industry standard digital design tools, processes and systems common to careers in graphic arts and media production. Close examination of topics include: web design, marketing, art and copy preparation, graphic design, publishing, image generation and assembly, graphic reproduction operations, binding and/or finishing related to digital imaging, printing, and digital production.

Drawing for Design
IYC Chapter of DECA

We are looking forward to the Western Region Leadership Conference which we will attend virtually as a team over three days in mid-November. DECA conferences focus on leadership development and college and career preparation through a variety of engaging workshops and speakers.

Currently, the team is at work creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for an ethics challenge. The Ethical Leadership Challenge provides an opportunity for participants to learn about principle-based ethics and the eight principles of ethical leadership. Participants will then develop a 60 second public service announcement (PSA) video describing the nature of principle-based ethics. The PSA is designed to educate the local community and those afar through social media about the importance of principle-based ethics. Wish us luck in this competitive challenge!

California DECA is a student organization whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students interested in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is a Student Organization and a component of our CTE program of study which involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

The IYC Chapter of DECA meets every Wednesday after school from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room 207 with Theresia Rosa Kleeman, the DECA Advisor and CTE teacher. 



POV Art Club


Point of View is the heart of the IYC student-run Art Club which is a supportive creative community for students making art in all mediums including, photography, textiles, digital media, and written word.


Members are curating an exhibition of student art work for the Student Art Gallery which will be on view through the end of fall semester.

Also, POV is the host of the IYC Chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) officiated by the National Art Education Association and operated under elected officers and By-Laws.

POV + National Art Honor Society Officers

Dora Hymes, President

Kennedy Reed, Vice-President

Oceanne Moafo, Treasurer

Saniya Armstead, Secretary

Kalib Bagsby, Historian/Master of Ceremony

POV meets during House on club days and after school as needed for special projects.



Looking back, Inktober served as our daily warm-up throughout October.  Along with millions of other artists around the world, students responded to daily prompts in their sketchbooks.


Unit Two explored architecture, urban planning, and spatial experience. We investigated articles and video about "The Line" city concept under development in Noem, Saudia Arabia as a model for extreme urban design.

Students rolled dice to leverage chance in defining the constraints for their design challenge to create a structure in one of the most densely populated urban centers on the planet. Inspired by the natural world and informed by mentor architects and designers, students manipulated paper to create a model of their design solution intended to be powered by green energy. To close their learning journey, students recorded audio of their voice speaking a paragraph description of their project.

Unit One defined the elements of art and principles of design while students worked together to form a graphic design firm and design a shoe for their dream client. We looked to Tinker Hatfield as a shoe designer and Shepard Fairey as a graphic designer to locate our work in the real world.


Students presented a pitch deck to promote their new company which featured a digitally designed logo, company values, mission and vision statements. Through this process, students brought the elements of art and principles of design to life in their art work and vocabulary.

Students learned about mark-making through studying the work of Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Michel Basquiat. After practicing mark-making using lines, students created a sphere study to demonstrate understanding of how light and shadow create the illusion of three dimensions in a two dimensional drawing.



According to LAUSD, Career Technical Education (CTE) will be the primary purpose of the California K-16 education system, by promoting the state's economic development and providing students with the world-class knowledge and skill necessary to become successful and contributing members of society.

Career Technical Education will engage every student in high-quality educational programs, developed in partnership with business and industry.  It will promote creativity and innovation and allow all students to turn their passion into a paycheck.

The mission of California's Career Technical Education system is to provide industry-linked programs and services that enable all individuals to reach their career goals in order to achieve a high-quality lifestyle, to be competitive in the global marketplace, and to sustain California's economic dominance.

Dear Reader


We have enjoyed three guest speakers in class so far this semester:

Professor Steve Child from IYA/USC on 11/2/2022

Iovine and Young Academy at University of Southern California is the program our school is modeled after and this professor teaches the courses this class is based on: Rapid Visualization and Digital Toolbox.

SciArc Admissions Director on 10/11/2022

Southern California Institute of Architecture is located downtown LA and offers undergraduate and graduate programs.

Art Center Admissions Director on 10/03/2022

Art Center College of Design is located in Pasadena and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in graphic design, product design, transportation design, film, and art.


Thank you for your interest and support!

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