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Artist of the Month: Stolichnaya Duque

Artist of the Month: Stolichnaya Duque

Lily Nguyen, Writer, Comic Artist

September 20, 2017


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Fresh out of middle school and starting her high school journey, freshman Stolichnaya “Sam” Duque uses a classic pencil and eraser to create art. Duque specializes in drawing anime fanart and her own original characters.   Duque started in a humble beginning, and was originally inspired...

Shia LaBeouf Art Stunt

Fatima Rosas, Staff Writer

March 8, 2016


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

29-year-old actor, director, and performing artist, Shia LaBeouf collaborates with artist Nastja Sade Rönkkö, on Feb. 19 from 9A.M, to 9A.M. on Feb. 20. Their latest art project #ELEVATE, which consisted of standing in an elevator at Oxford University for 24 hours. Small groups were invited and participate,...

Jaden Smith Challenging Patriarchy

Melissa Hernandez, News Editor

January 15, 2016


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Top Stories

Jaden Smith made headlines on Jan. 4 when he was announced as the new face of Louis Vuitton’s latest womenswear line, “Series 4” a spring-summer 2016 collection. Social media praised and also ridiculed him for going against the social and gender norms of clothing and social expression.   Jonathan...

A little dream

A little dream

Kaylee Camacho, Writer

November 15, 2012


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Since the very young age of 5, senior, Amber Gonzalez has always loved art and known it was her passion, when she painted her first painting at the age of 5 and although she has no particular style, she paints primarily abstract artwork using watercolor. Gonzalez usually doesn’t start painting with...

Drawing her future

Drawing her future

Sara Cabrera, Parents & Teachers Editor

October 27, 2012


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Passionate and extremely talented are the words used by Ms. Nikaj to describe Adrianna Casas, an AP Art student at Downey High.   According to her twin brother, Andres Casas, art comes naturally for her and she has shown signs of being artistically gifted from a young age. She always drew...

Not another brick in the wall

Not another brick in the wall

Hanna Suarez, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 21, 2011


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Setting aside society’s standards and opinions, senior Rosie Sanchez channels her personal feelings and beliefs through her dry medium art.  She works best with pencil and charcoal and tries to go outside the boundaries. Sanchez has always loved drawing but it was not until one of her middle school a...

Master of all trades

Master of all trades

Julia Ruiz, Sports Editor

November 2, 2011


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

A skateboard and a pencil are senior Andrew Umaña’s only tools. He translates his life experiences into illustrations, adding what his imagination provides him with. He receives inspiration from various sources; however, it was his mother who first introduced him to art.   “When I was...

Artist of the month: Working for the stars

Artist of the month: Working for the stars

Anais Hinojosa, Art & Entertainment Assistant

June 14, 2011


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

While some people paint on a canvas or draw in a sketchbook, sophomore Patriz Manalo has a passion for an art that cannot be created on either, special effects make-up. What started out as nothing more than helping out with Halloween make-up developed into more than just a hobby for this self-taught...

Pushing the envelope for photography

Pushing the envelope for photography

Thomas Beltran, Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 31, 2011


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Aside from furthering their photographic talent, advanced photo have been busy with projects of their own this year, with teacher Ronda Cordova leading the way. The class has not only taken Prom portraits for Downey, but they also took pictures of classy dresses and tuxes for Warren’s prom, and senior...

Culinary Artists

Culinary Artists

Alejandra Paredes, Student Life Editor

May 31, 2011


Filed under Art, Arts & Entertainment

Continuing on with their cooking endeavors, Foods 3, taught by Mrs. Villa, has taken their culinary talents to their upmost potential. Following the cancellation of a contest entry, the class took upon the next task by participating in the Fine Arts and Hors d’oevers Night at the J building on May...

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