Whitmore Charter School Fine Arts Honors

Whitmore students received honors for their Peace Essay’s, Masonic Essay’s, Rotary Student of the Month, Every Student Succeeding, Recycling Poster’s, and many other district-wide activities! Way to go Whitmore Charter Students!!

WCSAT students joined forces with the Modesto Nuts Baseball team to promote literacy. Students who read a certain number of days each week were eligible for prizes.


Painting involves the application of pigments to a surface, typically canvas or paper. It can be used to represent real or supernatural phenomena, interpret a narrative theme, or express emotions and feelings.

Students move through a curriculum that builds technical, critical and conceptual skills with the aim of engaging contemporary painting practices in a multi-disciplinary and historical context. They also learn to embrace and reimagine painting’s possibilities. This is known as process painting.


Sculpture encompasses the entire realm of expressive three-dimensional form. It may draw upon existing forms in nature or be a work of pure invention. It is a form of plastic art that works in three dimensions.

It uses a variety of materials and techniques including carving (removal), modelling (adding material such as clay) and welding. Since Modernism, sculpture has no longer been confined to traditional forming processes or to such durable materials as stone and wood.


Ceramics and pottery are manufactured from clay, sand, and other materials and then shaped to create a variety of functional products. From coffee mugs and serving bowls to intricate sculpture and detailed figurines, ceramic art has been around for thousands of years.

But ceramics is more than just dishes and clay bricks; advanced ceramics are based on metal oxides, carbides, or nitrides such as silicon nitride (used in knife blades) and titanium dioxide (in space shuttle tiles). Ceramic objects reveal a society’s food and cultural practices over time.


Drawing is one of the most common forms of art that everyone has done at some point in their lives. It requires few tools and can be accomplished with a simple pencil or pen and paper. It’s also a great way to practice problem-solving skills.

Sketching improves hand-eye coordination, helps you to see the world around you in new ways, and makes you more aware of nuances that you may have otherwise dismissed. It’s also a fun, relaxing pastime that can reduce stress and promote mental health.


Printmaking is an artistic technique that involves transferring an image from a “matrix” (a template made of metal, wood, wax paper or linoleum) to another surface, such as paper. A print can then be reproduced multiple times to create a set of original works.

Watch this video to see contemporary artist Kiki Smith demonstrate the process of making her prints. Note the role of chance as you watch Smith alter the matrix between each impression she pulls from the press.


Music differs from the other arts in that it is closer to the inner dynamism of process than they are. This has made it difficult for philosophers to explain. They have generally fallen back on a dichotomy between thought and feeling or an inveterate tendency to treat the arts as superfluous graces.

Nevertheless, philosophers have a strong interest in music. For humanist psychologists it is one of many means toward integration and self-actualization; for aesthetic existentialists, it conveys transcendent overtones.


Literature refers to the written word. Although words are everywhere in the world of civilization, some writing stands out with a depth and relevance that make it literature.

There is a general agreement that a work of literature foregrounds language, and that it deviates systematically from ordinary speech.

Yet it is difficult to define exactly what makes something literature. Most forays into the question look at how something works with the reader.

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