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Vicky Belmont promotes creative collaboration in Art II course

Whether it’s creativity, focus, or recognition, high school art class proves to be an elective worth taking. Freshmen through seniors join the class in room 625 to practice drawing, painting or sculpting while exploring creative ways to express themselves.

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Students are able to express their creative abilities using different mediums and aspects of art in Vicky Belmont’s art class.


According to the Student Art Guide, taking an art class in high school enhances a student’s performance in other academic areas and can give a student an advantage in whatever career path they decide. For art students at Fresno Christian, the class acts as a way to use the creative side of their brains.

Junior Joshua Savage entered the art II classroom this year, excited to engage in something he loves. He utilizes the class period as a way to relax and express himself without the pressure of a due date.

“I like art II because it gives you the freedom to expand your knowledge of art and try different concepts,” Savage said, “You are free to explore the art world on your own. I can take things as I want and change things if need be. I love art because it is relaxing to me and lets me be creative. The class is important to high school students because it allows them to utilize the right side their brains and gets them to be creative and express themselves.”

Besides giving students a freedom to express themselves, art class acts as a therapeutic method. Sydney Saville, ’20, participates in an independent art class, using it as a stress reliever and way to be creative.

“I’m not so much of a vocal person,” Saville said. “I find I can express myself better through my artwork. For me, the class is really just a release and something that I love to do. I would really like to take it farther in my life. I’ve finished a couple of paintings and a lot of sketches this year already. I think art definitely helps me in school. It is a stress reliever and a way to cope with certain things while also helping me to be creative.”

High school and junior high art/home ec. teacher, Sharon Scharf, retired from FC in 2016 after 27 years of service. Though no longer teaching students on a regular basis, Scharf continues to teach art at the Fairmont 4-H club and encourages students to tap into their creativity.

“My favorite part of teaching art was to get students to think outside the box,” Scharf said. “I tried to give the student as many different experiences as I could so they could find the one they wanted to run with. It was always exciting and rewarding when a student found their media and ran with it. Art gives the student an avenue to explore his creativity. One of my goals when teaching art at FCS was to make the school known to the community. I tried to get student artwork in as many exhibits as possible as I wanted to get people aware of our school.”

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Vicky Belmont assists Bethany Pouliot, ’19, while she paints a creative version of the color wheel. Students who create color wheels learn how to make secondary colors out of primary colors.

Vickey Belmont took over for Scharf in 2016. Belmont studied art at Fresno State University and continues her passion through teaching. Her goal when teaching students is to allow them to explore and discover their different artistic talents, and develop an appreciation for different kinds of art.

“Most students come in with little to no knowledge of art,” Belmont said. “Most of them don’t have an intense interest in the class but are there to fill a requirement. That can be challenging, so I introduce the basic elements of art and incorporate projects that let them explore different mediums and styles.

“My favorite part when teaching art,” Belmont continued, “is when the students find the area that they excel in. This is important because it allows them to express themselves in their own way. Art can be an area where you don’t have to follow rules, meet deadlines or color inside the lines. It gives the person freedom in so many ways.”

While students on campus learn art basics, students at Cathedral City High School have the opportunity to create art using ocean debris.

Art students experiment with different art forms and styles, working toward building a 20-piece art portfolio by the end of the semester.

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