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How to draw: Carl and Ellie from “Up”

How to draw: Carl and Ellie from

by Michelle Liu, Reporter

May 1, 2020

In these troubling times, we all need a way to relax and take a break from the world. Drawing can help us alleviate the feelings of stress or confusion in our current situation, and everyone can create their own connection with their artworks. No expertise is required at all; it’s easy to explore ...

The art of creating art

In its essence, art is self-expression — some art just happens to be shared in some way. But if this judgment, this value-setting is your main hindrance, then there’s nothing stopping you from the actual creation of the art itself other than your own judgment — which, given the right mindset, you can also make into an art piece. After all, judgment is a form of emotion, too.

by Jin Tuan, Winged Post Design Editor

April 27, 2020

So we’re all at home now, all day every day, sheltering-in-place. While we’re busy flattening the curve, we’re also encouraged to take breaks, play sports, do art, be creative. Have you ever found yourself saying repeatedly that you’ve always wanted to do something? Now’s the time to start. L...

Going virtual: How teachers have adapted hands-on activities online

Students work on a watercolor project in Pilar Aguero-Esparza's Study of Visual Arts class. She made and mailed packages of art supplies to each student to help them continue their art at home.

by Brian Chen, Reporter

April 26, 2020

Virtual dance auditions. Online orchestra practice. Mailing art supplies and lab notebooks. Conducting experiments at home.  With the campus closed and a shelter-in-place order throughout California, teachers have adapted to online learning, inventing creative solutions to replace hands-on activities ...

AP Studio Art Exhibit showcases diverse student artwork

AP Studio Art Exhibit showcases diverse student artwork

by Sarah Mohammed and Brian Chen

March 10, 2020

Soft music by Billie Eilish filled the air as parents and students gathered, transfixed, around the bold displays of artwork adorning the Nichols Auditorium. Carefully crafted portfolios exhibited a unique blend of artistic skill and imaginative thinking that attendees of the annual AP Studio Art Exh...

More than just paint: Street art speaks out on public walls

A mural by the group Hospitality House features a crowd of people of varied age and racial background holding a rainbow sign advocating for a healthy and safe community. The alley hosts a total of 700 murals, according to the project’s website.

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

November 16, 2019

Sandwiched between a hot pink complex and a beige building in San Francisco, a colorful alley decorated from top to bottom with murals hides in plain sight. Painted words, flowers and symbols extend down the concrete of the narrow street and flow into other sentences and designs. Clarion Alley is ju...

Step into history: Sir John Soane’s Museum lends insight into life in the early 19th century

An astronomical clock sits on the right windowsill the house’s living room. It has the ability to tell the time and date and show the location of the planets in the solar system. Because photos were not permitted in the Sir John Soanes Museum, students were invited to sketch the various features of the house.

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

June 18, 2019

As our group of journalism students approached the faded brick townhouse, a middle-aged man with graying hair and a warm, smiling eyes greeted us. We were given plastic bags for our smaller belongings and placed our larger bags in the cloakroom. Upon entering the building, the worn maroon carpet compressed...

Palo Alto Art Center workshops allow students to explore creativity

Rani Sheth (11) paints with watercolors from the Palo Alto Art Center Teen Pop-Up. Students could experiment with mediums in the workshops, which were held in the art building.

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

December 12, 2018

The Palo Alto Art Center brought Teen Pop-Up workshops to the upper school's art room on Nov. 16, Dec. 3, Dec. 5 and Dec. 7. Students could explore different mediums and styles.

So you want to be a fashion designer?

Designer Mimi Tran, center, poses after her fashion show on Aug. 25.

by Helen Yang, Columnist

September 3, 2018

Mimi Tran’s journey to becoming a fashion designer began when she was barely old enough to form sentences. Now, she owns a store in Santana Row and works with the stylists of celebrities like Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, Little Mix, Carrie Underwood and more. Even at a young age, Mimi displayed unique t...

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