FINE ARTS STAFF
The guy who'll be doing the teaching
Ruben Cueto has been teaching in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District for 26 years. He has been teaching art full time at John Glenn High School for the past 19 years and is himself a graduate of JGHS. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts (Illustration) from Cal State University Long Beach where he studied under Dick Oden and John Lincoln. He also received a Masters in Humanities with an Emphasis in Art from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Mr. Cueto has a Multiple Subject credential and a Single Subject Credential in Art. Mr. Cueto was also a freelance illustrator, having worked with such clients as Forbes Magazine, Home Magazine, Information Week, Wine Enthusiast, Toyota, and the Los Angeles Times. He was also a contributing writer for NEA Today and Middle Ground Magazines. Mr. Cueto is skilled with a variety of media including graphite, watercolor, goauche, charcoal, marker, ink, acrylic, and oil paint. Mr. Cueto created the Advanced Art, AP Studio, and Drawing and Painting courses at JGHS. He also has taught Graphic Design and is knowledgeable in Photoshop and Illustrator and created this website from scratch using Freeway Pro. Mr. Cueto has been a guest lecturer at Laguna College of Art and Design and has mentored many university students who have gone on to become teachers themselves (partnered with Biola University and Otis College of Art & Design). He has served on school site council, curriculum council, staff hiring committees, and has been the JGHS Fine Arts Department Chair for 17 years. He is semi-fluent in Spanish but fully fluent in Teenager. The data point he is proudest of: having 30 different JGHS Fine Arts alumni make the effort to visit him at school in one academic year! John Glenn High School will always be your home.
John Glenn High School offers a variety of courses in the Visual Arts. The year-long length of these courses provides the students the opportunity to dive deep into the subject matter and allows the faculty to bring out the best in our students.
ART ONE This course is a general introduction to visual art with an emphasis on skill development and art production. Students learn how to draw and paint, going from the fundamentals to more complex creative projects. This class is designed for both the novice and experienced art student. May be taken as a Fine Arts requirement or an elective.
ADVANCED ART (Prerequisite: Student must complete both Art 1A and 1B with a grade of “C” or better or teacher approval) Students in Advanced Art produce high level artwork with an emphasis on personal expression and creativity. Traditional materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink, and oil paint are expored in great detail. All materials (except for oil brushes) are provided by the school. This class establishes the necessary foundation for taking the AP Studio Art class
AP STUDIO ART (Prerequisite: Student must complete both Advanced Art A and B with a with a grade of “C” or better and/or teacher approval) The AP Studio class is designed for the students who are seriously interested in Art after high school. AP Studio is not based on a written examination. Instead, students create a portfolio of college-level artwork for evaluation by the College Board. Successful passing of the AP Studio portfolio review will earn the student college credit. This class is for the highly motivated art student.
DRAWING & PAINTING (Prerequisite: Student must complete both AP Studio Art A and B with a with a grade of “C” or better and/or teacher approval) This course is only available to highly motivated and skilled students who want to focus on developing their professional/academic portfolio. Students work in tandem with the teacher to create a self-directed artistic program based on the student’s personal interests and artistic/professional goals.
VISUAL ARTS COURSES
What you'll learn at John Glenn High School