Message from the Director

Message from the Director

WELCOME

to the OCSA portal for the Visual Arts Conservatory.

We would like to Congratulate and Welcome our new parents and students for the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to getting to know you better during on-campus Registration and our Welcome Week activities; making new friends and doing lots of creative things together! Here is an overview of somethings we have been doing this past year so you can have a sense of the exciting things to come!

On this page we post highlights, events, and opportunities so that you can be better connected and help support the VA Conservatory here at the Orange County School of the Arts.

  • Scroll down through this page and review the Spring schedule and recent Fall 2018 events,
  • as well as several events we did last year 2017-2018 !


The Visual Arts Conservatory consists of 200+ students which includes approximately 49 new students this year. We have grades 7 through 12. Our returning students are a great support to our new students as well as each other. Our conservatory is a culture of creativity, support and friendship.

 

As the director and a visual arts instructor myself, I want to share with you that our Conservatory has two main goals and we follow those goals all year long.

  • 1st is to help our students develop their artistic skills to the very best of their abilities. We help them via lecture, demonstration and hands on assistance as well as critique and praise.
  • 2nd goal is to help our students get to where they want to go next, usually that means helping them create the best college admissions art portfolio possible, for their specific school of choice.

 

Our VA classes are staggered progressively so that each grade level leads to the next level. Our students participate in fixed requirement studio classes from 7th grade all the way to 10th grade.  That means they don’t have to worry about choosing arts classes until 10th grade.

 

This layout allows them to build their skills in many types of art media, and not just expand on the skills they came in with. For example if your child came to OCSA because they love to draw animated characters and because they want to pursue a career in Character design, well, we make sure they can draw characters by guiding them through several years of rigorous drawing classes as well as animal drawing and figure drawing and painting. Throughout their years here at OCSA we also teach them Color Theory, Watercolor painting, Beginning and Advanced Oil Painting and Outdoor Atmospheric Painting. So even though when they first arrived at OCSA, they insisted they only wanted to focus on improving their character design skills, but eventually they see that our list of required classes has actually made them a far better character design artist and colorist and they far more prepared to get to the next step of their career goal.

 

After completing 10th grade, our students get to choose from 10 elective classes that allow them to focus on their own chosen style and medium, and helps them find their own artistic voice. By creating works that reflect their own chosen ideas and images, the students are on their way to building a portfolio of advanced cohesive artwork that is personal and reflective of their own artistic voice. That advanced portfolio will help them gain admittance to the college of their choice.  And that goes back to our 2nd Goal of helping our students get to where they want to go. We feel our curriculum of specific but diverse advanced classes will allow our students to develop into versatile and advanced visual artists as well as creative, dynamic and well-rounded people.

 

Our VA instructors (check out the “Meet the Team” link below) are all artists in their own careers. The 7th and 8th grade teachers also have a K thru 12 teaching credential so that they can better handle certain issues but each is also an artist with a BFA or an MFA degree. And our 9th thru 12th grade teachers are all working artists who sell their work in galleries, online or as a commercial artist.  What this means is our students are learning from professional artists who know how hard it is to be an artist.

 

As the VA director I make myself available to all of the students and parents to discuss their class schedule and their goals. I am available to help edit and organize college art portfolios for juniors and seniors. You can contact be at paige.oden@ocsarts.net

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2018 Fall Semester EVENTS of importance!

2018 Fall Semester EVENTS of importance!

See BELOW for more Information.

  • Shoe Box show (VAC gallery at Arts BTSN)
  • Chili Bowl Supper (September) @ Back to School Night  
  • Painted Pumpkins (October)
  • Noche de Altares (November) Day of the Dead - Santa Ana 
  • Winter Market 2018 (November)

2018 Shoe Box project part 3

the "Showbox Show" is the first exibition of the Visual Arts Conservatory. 

It is open to all students in the VA Conservatory.

The show was in the VAC gallery. See Pictures of the show during our Visual Arts Back to School Night event.

  •   See Read More to see the Criteria and Due Dates for late year's 2018 show.

 Theme Art Show "Deconstruction/Construction" the Shoebox Challenge  is open to all VA Conservatory students!

  • Art works this past year included the following: a Shoebox(s) (deconstructed non-visible), string, color, texture (actual or implied), and written word(s). Show openned Wednesday, October 3, 2017 with a reception from 5-7pm. Artworks were made from deconstructed shoeboxes by cutting it up, tearing it, blending/pulping it, flattening it out, turning it around, adding to it . . . !
    • Wall art could not be larger than 20"x 30" or weigh more than 10 pounds.
    • Free standing work could not be larger than 24"x 36" or weigh more than 25 pounds.

 

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2018 Shoe Box project part 3
Chili Bowl supper at Back to School Night

Chili Bowl supper at Back to School Night

CHILI & TREATS; September 5-6, 2018

We celebrated OCSA Back to School Nights with the Visual Arts Conservatory "Chili Bowl Supper" fundraiser, Wed. and Thurs., September 5-6, 2018 from 4:30-7:30pm. Chili with the fixings, cornbread, chips,  baked goods, water, coffee. Parents and staff take the hassle out of dinner by joining the OCSA family for food and fun!

See Pictures HERE of our event last year in our Flickr Album.

the Annual Painted Pumpkin Patch . . .

. . . went up in the Tower Lobby October 23-25, 2018. See PICTURES HERE of the 2018 crop.

  • See Read More for Instructions and Due Dates for last year's 2018 event

We always need Pumpkins for our VA Painted Pumpkin Patch! 

Parents donate faux pumpkins that are given out by Mr. Au or Mrs. Oden starting in October (you will need to show a sketch of your idea!) OR get one yourself from Michaels, Joann’s or Hobby Lobby! Start planning for the Pumpkin Patch next year 2019.

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the Annual Painted Pumpkin Patch . . .
Noche de Altares; Santa Ana

Noche de Altares; Santa Ana "Day of the Dead" event

Noche de Altares is the annual "Day of the Dead" event held in Downtown Santa Ana. The VA Conservatory participates wth a display of 8th-9th grade VA students artwork in the theme of the event. See images of the VA display and event HERE.

VA Winter Market 2018

The 2018 Visual Arts Winter Market was a huge success! See pictures of this year's event Winter Market 2018 

Students interested in pariticpating next year December 5-6, 2019 Thursday/ Friday need to start planning now!

  It is already time for students interested in being a vendor at the VA Winter Market 2019 to do some research and plan NOW! 

Winter Market 2019 is December 5-6, Thursday and Friday!

You can work by yourself or in a group. Create 3-5 prototypes of your produces and take pictures of them. If you are a returning vendor, create some new things! These will figure into your application. We are looking for unique items and products that relate together.

If accepted to the program, you will be asked/ helped to create a business logo and brand. Sessions will discuss; branding, product design, sourcing, display, and selling/ marketing techniques.

 

 

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VA Winter Market 2018

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OCSA- VA School year 2018-2019

SPRING 2019 events

 

 

 

  • Jan. 8      School Resumes - 2nd Semester
  • Jan 16-30 Art Show 7-8th grades. VAC gallery
  • Jan. 21    (SCHOOL closed) MLK Jr. Birthday
  • Feb. 6-21 Art Show 11-12th grades. VAC gallery
  • Feb. 9      Winter Formal event, 9-12th
  • Feb. 15 & 18 (SCHOOL closed) Presidents' Day
  • March 6-21 Art show 9-10th grades. VAC gallery
  • March 7-8 Elective Showcase event. Webb theater
  • March 15 (NO SCHOOL) Staff Development
  • March 16 Gala 2019 event
  • April 1-5   (SCHOOL closed) Spring Break
  • April 9-12 CAASPP Testing (modified schedule)
  • April 27-May 16 Senior Show. VAC gallery
  • May 5   Season Finale event
  • May 6   (NO SCHOOL) AP Testing
  • May 6-16  AP Testing
  • May 18  Prom event 11-12th grades
  • May 21 VA Art Awards TBA
  • May 23  Last Day of Conservatory classes
  • May 24  (NO SCHOOL)
  • May 27  (SCHOOL closed) Memorial Day
  • June 3-5  2nd Semester Final Exams
  • June 5    Last Day of School
  • June 6   Graduation Class of 2019

News & Updates

comings and goings
What to know

In the Classroom

rooms with a view
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Past Events

Winter Market 2017
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Artful Outings

art museums, shows, events
Suggestions

Art requests

art opportunities and competitions
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Alumni News

What are they doing?
Accomplishments
The Importance of the PFA

The Importance of the PFA

A: The PFA is the donation* each family pledges to the Conservatory. Your pledges help support all aspects of the Conservatory program. this includes supplies, staffing, and equipment.

The 2016-2017 Budget Overview:

  • $846,000 supports 200 students in the program
  • PFA Pledge: $687.424, or 81% of budget
  • Expected Fallout (Unfulfilled Pledges): $103,000, 15% 
  • Current actual budget: $584,424

*Donations are tax deductible. 

VA Support Donations

Would you like to support the Visual Arts Conservatory by by underwriting an exhibit, or making a cash donation for needed materials?  Please note that Support donations are not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding these donations, feel free to contact Paige Oden at 714-560-0900, ext. 5820 or by email at: paige.oden@ocsarts.net.

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

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