Art major Elizabeth Lazcano, 19, at the K Building on Wednesday finds her cretive outlet in art. “It tells a story like moving pictures and it allows me to do something that I have loved since I was little girl,” she said.
Art major Elizabeth Lazcano, 19, at the K Building on Wednesday finds her creative outlet in art. “It tells a story like moving pictures and it allows me to do something that I have loved since I was little girl,” she said.

Photo and Story By Jerick E. Leblanc/Staff Writer/@jerickjake

For some LBCC students, the Art Department is just a means of fulfilling graduation requirements, but for art major Elizabeth Lazcano, 19, it is a passion that have allowed her to express her creativity.

“I want to go into animation someday and transfer to Cal State Long Beach,” Lazcano said. “It tells a story like moving pictures and it allows me to do something that I have loved since I was a little girl.”

Lazcano wanted to go to Academy of Arts in San Francisco but has found it “too expensive.” Living in Lynwood with three brothers, she found that LBCC has a great art program and is convenient and allows her to “not be away from her family.”

The Art Program at LBCC is one of the largest in California Community College system. According to the department’s website “is dedicated to providing students with the finest and most comprehensive introduction to the arts possible.” The goal is to bring together a group of professional artists and educators, dedicated to developing a foundation for students to explore creativity.

There are several art programs that students can enroll and ranging from applied design, where students can learn 2-D and 3-D craftsmanship using a variety of media. Art history, surveys the world of visual artifacts from the earliest human history to the present. Ceramics, whose major emphasis is cone reduction. The painting program is focused on developing technical as well as conceptual skills. Photography courses cover commercial, photojournalism and fine art.

Design major Brad Kahabka, 30, said, “I am a returning student and in the past I’ve majored in engineering but I hated how it limited me.” Kahabka, who is a musician professionally, discovered drawing and enjoyed the creativity it allows him. “I plan on transferring to Cal State Long Beach and continuing this path. I want to be able to compose my own music and create a melodic art form… design allows me to channel my creative freedom.”

Other classes offered on campus includes computer art, drawing, jewelry and metalwork, printmaking and sculpture.

The Art Department is located at the K Building and the department’s co-chairs are Kristin Beeler, Stas Orlovski and Coleen Sterritt. Information on co-chairs are available by email at vmacochairs@lbcc.edu.