Welcome to the John Glenn High School Fine Arts Department website! The purpose of our site is to share the wonderful works of art created by JGHS students with the world. While the Fine Arts teachers at JGHS have the privilege of seeing the great work our students produce every day, the issue we faced was how to share these student successes with the outside world. As a result, we decided that one of our mission statement goals should be to reach a greater audience via the Internet. Our hope is that this website enables us to share our everyday magic with the world.

Our goal was to have the site live by June 2010 to coincide with our 2010 Fine Arts Night. For those that were not able to attend, this site became a digital alternative to viewing some of what was presented there, fulfilling our goal of having student work reach a wider audience. This site has maintained that goal ever since.

The first step was securing necessary web space and domain to host the site. Of course, with the school budgets being what they are, we had to come up with a practical (i.e. free) solution. Luckily, the good people at Lunarpages stepped up. They were generous enough in donating the space and domain for our site. Now, it is important for our students to remember that they did not have to do this. Gratitude is an important value and we hope the JGHS community can support such philanthropic companies whenever possible.

Once the space was secured, we moved to the creation of the site itself. The software we originally used was iWeb by Apple. iWeb was very easy to use and allowed for lots of control in the design process. Once the basic structure of that first site was created, we were able to get to focus on the look. We highlighted our school colors of red, white, and blue but reflecting a 1960s sensibility, the time when our school first opened. The fonts and layout also reflected a post-Modern look from the era when John Glenn himself was soaring high above. However, a common issue with iWeb-created sites was how well they functioned on Windows computers. Since Apple no longer supports iWeb, we made the easy decision to move to new software: Freeway Pro by Softpress.

For the 2015-2016 school year, a massive redesign of our site was undertaken. Instead of solely focusing on the work of just our current students, the new design features ALL the excellent work we had digitally stored. Our January 2016 relaunch covered 9 years of artwork, 120 galleries, and almost 3,000 pieces of art. The new design also featured "responsive design" that functions properly on computers, tablets, and smart phones, enabling many more viewers to enjoy our students' work. The undertaking was overwhelming but well worth the effort.

Now that this site is alive and well, our mission is to continue to showcase the successes occurring at John Glenn High School. As time goes by, more art will be included on our site, making JGHSFINEARTS.COM one of the most extensive high school art sites anywhere. We will continually try our best to make our site the finest internet experience possible. Thank you for visiting. Enjoy!


By Ruben Cueto

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