Visual Arts

Virtual Visual Art Showcase 2020

In the midst of WWII, Winston Churchill was asked about the value of arts and whether funding should be cut to support the war effort.  He responded “Then what would we be fighting for?” Churchill knew the importance of arts, especially during a crisis. 

As the year 2020 took an unexpected turn and classes moved online, students continued to create. In fact, pieces took on new meaning and urgency as student artists recorded their experience of the pandemic through their art.  Making art also served as an escape from the daily routine and a chance to play and relax. In a world out of control, creating art is an act of autonomy and a way to communicate thoughts that are hard to express or articulate. 

We are proud of our OCS student artists who persevered under trial and exhibited flexibility and creativity as they worked from home without many of the tools and supplies they enjoyed in the classroom.  We have gathered a sampling of the best work created throughout the year in every level of the high school visual arts.  We hope you will enjoy the 2020 Virtual Visual Arts Showcase.

Artists Respond to COVID-19 in Life Interrupted

When the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted life as we know it, every aspect of society was affected, including the arts. However, as Oaks Christian high school student-artists moved to remote learning they continued to create. 

In fact, they used the unprecedented situation to creatively express their thoughts, feelings and reactions to the lock down and its impact.

Selections from the Life Interrupted collection by the Gen-Z student artists are being featured by California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) in a virtual exhibition starting June 15 and continuing through Dec. 31. 

Life Interrupted shares their stories through diverse works in painting, illustration, digital art, documentaries, short films, and mixed media, revealing the context and reality of life during a time of social distancing and uncertainty.

"While the national response to COVID-19 had schools switching all courses to online, many art students were displaced from their usual classroom studios, routine and materials. It’s truly inspiring to see the way in which our students faced these extraordinary circumstances with resolve, enthusiasm and creativity,”  said OCS Visual Arts Chair Anna Wadman.