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Berry, Valerie
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Coar, Holly
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Art Department

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Mission Statement


We, as the teachers of the Jordan High School Art Department, are creative, concerned, practical, dedicated teachers that will present a standards-based art curriculum in an interesting, fun, and effective manner. We will use art projects, reading, writing, discussion, and critiques to deliver the content of the lesson.

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The Visual Arts Department


The Visual Arts Department at Jordan High School has six teachers on the main campus and one teacher at the Freshman Academy. The department offers decades of teaching experience and wants their students to learn to enjoy and thrive in the arts. Within the department are two SLC’s: ETA (Excellence through the Arts) and JMAC (Jordan Media and Communication). Both provide a well balanced student oriented curriculum designed to develop the individual for a future in the visual arts fields.

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Holly Coar (Visual Arts Department Head)


Ms. Coar has been teaching at Jordan since 1990. She teaches   3-D Art and Ceramics and is the department head. She is also an active member of the Excellence Through the Arts (ETA) small learning community. Ms. Coar is currently finishing up her Masters in Art Education at CSULB.


In her 3-D Art class, she encourages self-expression while introducing students to a variety of materials such as wire, plaster, wood and clay. Students experience different methods and learn a variety of techniques. In her Ceramics class, students are introduced to the hand-building methods using clay. This year-long course teaches ceramic fundamentals and gives students a hands-on experience. Students will make projects that are either displayed at school or taken home for years of enjoyment.




Matt Hedley (JMAC Lead Teacher)


Mr. Hedley joined the Jordan High School team in 1996 and taught Art and History. Two years later the Art department won his soul and he now teaches introductory classes: Drawing and Painting 1-2 and Computer Design. Both of these classes explore the fundamentals of art and design by introducing beginning art students to the joys of artistic self-expression through a standards based curriculum.


He has been a member of the Small Learning Community JMAC (Jordan’s Media and Communication) for the past three years. As one of the co-leaders of JMAC, his goal is to raise the achievement level of its members by implementing an integrated curriculum. 


Valerie Berry


Mrs. Berry has been teaching at Jordan since 1989. She is involved in the International Baccalaureate SLC (both Diploma Programme, 11th grade, and the Middle Years Program, 10th grade) and Excellence Through the Arts SLC. She also teaches the following subjects: Drawing and Painting 1-2, IB Visual Arts and IB MYP Level 5 Visual Arts. She also teach Evening High School Drawing and Painting 1-2.


Drawing and Painting 1-2 is a course in which students begin learning about art; its elements and principles and various techniques and materials. Students will practice vocabulary, skills building with materials while creating projects.


IB Visual Arts is a Class devoted to research and development of art skills based on a chosen theme by the student. Each student must produce a Portfolio of studio projects and maintain an Investigative Workbook with weekly entries and independent entries, culminating with an exam interview with an IB examiner.


IB MYP is a combination of Drawing and Painting and Technology. Students will emphasize using the Design Cycle, and understanding the Learner Profiles as they create projects. Students will also need to maintain a Portfolio of artwork and technology work and keep a Developmental Workbook.



Tim DeGreif


Mr. DeGreif has been teaching at Jordan since 1994. He teaches Drawing Painting 1-2, Drawing Painting 3-4 and AP Studio Art. He is currently finishing his Masters in Art Education at CSULB.


Mr. DeGreif is passionate about Art. He enjoys visiting galleries and art museums and has exhibited his own art work at galleries in Long Beach and Hollywood.   Drawing and Painting courses expose students to art production, art history and art criticism. In his Art classes Mr. DeGreif encourages self-expression while providing experiences for students to explore a variety of media, strengthen art production abilities and problem solving skills.


Andrew Clifton


Mr. Clifton has been teaching at Jordan High School since 2003. He teaches Photography 1-2 and 3-4. Mr. Clifton holds a Bachelors Degree in Art with an emphasis in Photography from UCI, as well as a Masters Degree in Education.


In Photography class students will learn many things about photography, such as camera operation, technical skills, film processing, darkroom processing, creativity, and composition. Control and responsibility of photo equipment and portfolio development are critical to this class as well. Students will mainly be working with black and white film and paper during the school year with a fully operational darkroom attached to the class. Students will also learn how to create photography as an art form. In photography students are encouraged to learn how express their feelings and communicate through the arts.




Ms. Mocsary (ETA Lead Teacher)


Originally from Tucson, Arizona Tiffaney Mocsary completed her undergraduate work at the University of Arizona double majoring in Studio Art and Art History. She completed her graduate work at National University earning a masters degree in Cross Cultural Education. 


Ms Mocsary started her career at Jordan High School in the 2005-2006 school year teaching Drawing and Painting at the freshman campus. This was the year she started the “Off Beat” Art Club which began work on the murals which are found at the front of the freshman campus and are still being improved today.   Ms Mocsary is now the lead teacher for the Excellence Through the Arts (ETA) small learning community.


As an Educator and Artist she has dedicated herself to dynamic approaches in bringing students into the twenty-first century regardless of challenges related to their skill sets, multi-cultural, mutli-racial, and/or ELL needs. Utilizing a unique combination of education, experience and bilingual capability she seeks to provide and maintain a high quality, structured and creative learning environment.