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Bio: Chalon Ross was born and raised in the surrounding areas of South Bay and South Los Angeles California. She enjoys graphic design, drawing, painting, and quite frankly, any other media that sparks her interest. She earned her Baccalauréate (BA) degree in Art Education from California State University, Los Angeles, which allowed her to train and study interdisciplinary areas within the arts and education profession.

Philosophy: One can not maneuver through the vast disciplines of life without engaging in artistic expression.


Virtual Classroom:  Code: P6: pw5pfe



This yearlong course will focus on producing a large number of quality works that demonstrate mastery of fundamental artistic concepts.  In their work, students will investigate all three components of the AP Portfolio, Breadth, Quality, and Concentration.  Students will further develop their technical skills and creative thought processes as they find their own way to communicate visually.  This will include basic drawing and painting exercises, as well as projects centered on the elements and principles of design.  Art history, critiquing, and an introduction to new techniques and materials will be covered.  Students will also be presented with problems that require unconventional and imaginative solutions.  In these projects, students will need to use their knowledge of technique and materials to communicate through their art.  This encourages students to think on higher levels, while also developing their own voices through the visual arts.  Thus, students will develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of their personal artistic vision.

UNITS OF STUDY: The class has three parts, as follows:
      1. QUALITY
        • In the Quality section, students will submit 5 actual pieces.  Each work must demonstrate mastery of drawing in composition, concept, and execution.
        • 5 matted works.  Actual works must be 18” x 24” or smaller.
      2. BREADTH
  • In the Breadth section, students will explore a variety of drawing approaches and concepts.  They will demonstrate mastery and versatility in a range of techniques, problem-solving, and ideation.
  • 12 different artworks
  • In the Concentration section, students will explore a single visual idea or theme in depth.  When a subject is settled on, the student should spend considerable time developing it.  This body of work should show investigation, growth, and discovery of a compelling visual concept. 
  • 12 different artworks

Commercial Art

Virtual Classroom:  Code: P1: mc2vgz | P3: 8e2v4r | P5: ih2ucf



The class offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in digital publishing positions. The content includes enhanced practical experiences in computer generated art and text, graphic design, graphic production, electronic design skills, preparation of electronic layouts and illustrations, and electronic scanning; and development of specialized skills in multimedia presentations. The course is taught via a multi-disciplined approach, which includes oral and written communications, problem-solving, group work, and special projects.  

COURSE OBJECTIVES – By the end of this course, you should know and be able to do the following:
  • Identify the elements and principles of design and describe the attributes of each one.
  • Demonstrate knowledge using Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs in relation to realistic and abstract art.
  • Create works of art that relates personal ideas and messages in individual web-based portfolios.
  • Use a variety of materials and tools successfully to create original graphic art.
  • Be able to respond to and analyze works of art, both traditional and digital.
  • Critically respond to artwork to determine cultural references and meanings.
  • Link and apply techniques learned in class to other subject areas, careers, and real life situations.
  • Show an increase in skill, objectivity, and technical expertise in the revision process through a polished portfolio to prepare for college-level design, analysis, and technical writing.

Art 1: Intro to art

Virtual Classroom:  Code: Code: P2: pzmrju


COURSE OBJECTIVES – By the end of this course, you should know and be able to do the following:
  • Review of the Elements and Principles of Design
  • Convey messages through writing, speaking, and artistic expression
  • Learn to self-check/critique their own work in order to satisfy predetermined requirements
  • Learn to critique and say how and why they made certain choices in their work
  • Ability to develop multiple organized and original solutions and ideas for projects
  • Art history, famous artists and art movements as appropriate to class projects
  • Discussion of various careers and continuing education involving the arts
  • Utilize different mediums
  • Maintain a personal sketchbook for individual practice and development
  • Employ 2-dimensional design concepts
  • Develop basic drawing skills
Contact Info:
Chalon Ross Lee
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30PM - 4:30PM - Room 314
Cell: 626.320.5917 | Campus: 323.744.2122 | Fax: 323.744.2123
Virtual Classroom:
Class IG: @chayarts_edu