College Acceptance Highlight
Alix Vernet, a 12th-grade IB Visual Art
student, was accepted to the UCLA School
of the Arts and Architecture program.
She was selected from the largest college
applicant pool in the nation—over 92,000
students applied to UCLA.
Art Project Sparks Conversation on Race and Civil Rights
What started out as a grade 11 visual arts project turned into a thoughtful discussion on recent national events.
“The lesson began with a video tutorial on how to mix skin tones, which made students aware of the complexity
of skin tones in relationship to the use of color in painting,” says Art Teacher Eva Strohmeier. Students then practiced mixing skin tones to match their skin color by painting on their hands.
While doing this exercise, students began discussing the recent protests about police violence and racial profiling. “This gave students the opportunity to express their feelings, thoughts and personal experiences in relationship to these recent events and allowed them to engage in a critical conversation about police brutality and
racial profiling.” Once students found their matching skin tone, they painted square color swatches that were
arranged into an abstract group portrait to show the racial diversity and unity of their class.
The project expanded into advisory and the other visual arts classes to include skin swatches from other students
of our school community.