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Meet Our Visual and Performing Artists

Angela '18

Visual Art 1 & 2, Ceramics 1 & 2, Advanced Placement Art: 2D Design, Theatre

Why are you an artist?

I enjoy making art because it gives me an opportunity to express myself using various media (painting, color pencil, clay, digital media, etc.). It also serves as a fun stress reliever in my free time.

How have the arts at Ramona helped you grow?

My involvement in Visual Art as a freshman helped push me to join other activities in the arts as well. I grew in my willingness to expand my comfort zone and, subsequently, have involved myself with the theatre and drama departments in set design and acting.

The art classes themselves introduced me to new skills and helped me develop enough confidence to apply for the AP art class my Senior year. I highly encourage each and everyone I meet to take any of the art courses available. They are a great way to improve your talents and hone your skills all while meeting new and amazing people.

Emily '20

Our Town, Once on This Island, ComedySportz, International Thespian Society

What do you like about being involved in theatre at Ramona?

I like that Ramona theatre lets me be creative, whether it be onstage as a character or behind the scenes, by planning sets, finding ways to advertise, and helping create costumes.

Ramona theatre has helped me become more myself and become more of a leader through performing--- something I love to do.

What's a favorite Ramona theatre memory?

One of my favorite memories was performing a bonding activity every rehearsal, involving us clapping together at the same time. We did not really know the significance of this activity until we did it all together after our last performance, signifying how we were now a family.

Even though rehearsals and performances always have to come to an end, I know that theatre has helped me create friendships that will last forever.

Aelena '20

Bells/Chimes Ensemble, Choir, Music Club President

How has your participation in Ramona's music program helped you grow?

Ramona has offered me a safe place to discover who I am as a musician. Playing drums can be intimidating. It's such a male dominated activity. Being able to show my Ramona sisters what I do has really given me a lot of confidence as a musician.

Have your experiences at Ramona influenced your work in the arts away from Ramona?

Yes, definitely! Earlier this year, I got the amazing opportunity to play drums with one of the biggest bands in the world at Staples Center. I don't think I would have gained the confidence to do it if I hadn't gone to Ramona.

Any special memories?

Every time I get to sit behind a drum set is a special moment. I can't just pinpoint one. I will say, getting to play with fellow Ramona musicians is always amazing. Just having a group of girls to play music with is something special. We understand each other, not only that we're all musicians but also the fact that we're all girls.

Any advice for a student considering Ramona?

You've totally got this! High school might seem intimidating, but Ramona is such a diverse community and the girls here have all sorts of different interests. If you do choose to come here, just be yourself, and you'll definitely find that you fit in.

Elizabeth '19

Visual Arts I/II/III, AP Studio Art: 2D Design, Digital Media Team (Robotics)

How have you contributed your talents to your community?

With a friend, I created a Digital Media Team to promote our robotics team through social media by illustrating digital designs, producing films, and doing photography. I also volunteer in the Art Department during Ramona Challenge.

Any special memories?

The Robotics Digital Media Team is my favorite special memory because, as a leader, I directed our team to discover creative thinking, learn the values of art, and use our skills in design, cinematography, and photography. Our passion drove us to enter and win the "Girls in STEM Photography Contest."