Ms. Holland Evermore

Phone: 1-515-965-9610 ext 1303


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Art and Design, Iowa State University. Masters of Art in Teaching, Drake University.

Ms. Holland Evermore

High School Visual Arts at ACHS

contact information:

ACHS: (515) 965-9610 ext 2906


office hours and help sessions:

Mornings and after school by appointment.

arrangments can be made for other times to meet please contact me to set up a time.



I have a BA of Art and Design from Iowa State University 2003 and a Masters Degree from Drake University 2016. I am excited to be a part of the ACHS team and to have the opportunity to work with the students.


ACHS Visual Arts Program Overview

    • ACHS Visual Arts Program Overview

      The visual arts program at Ankeny Centennial High School offers a wide variety of learning opportunities in the field of visual art and design. Students begin the program of study through the exploration of visual design concepts and design related problem solving strategies in Art I. Upon the successful completion of Art I, students can take courses in any of the following areas: traditional photography (film cameras and darkroom), digital photography (DSLR cameras, Adobe Lightroom and Abode Photoshop), digital media (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Illustrator), drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and graphic design. See the following course descriptions for more information:


      Art I: learn about different approaches artists and designers use to create visually interesting designs. Concepts include line, shape, form, texture, contrast, value, color, balance, unity, emphasis, rhythms and patterns. You will create a series of design related problem-solving exercises through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, planar sculptures and others that will help develop your skills as an artist and as a visual designer.

      Photo I and Photo II: Alternative Processes: learn about “old school” photography techniques such as pinhole photography, 35mm-film cameras, 120mm film cameras, chemical film processing, contact printing photographs and creating enlargements in a darkroom, shooting interesting subject matter, indentifying interesting points-of-view, and using photographic compositional techniques. Photo II: Alternative Processes, opens up the world of experimental camera and darkroom printing techniques that allow the photographer to push their image making and creativity to new levels … this is a class made for those who want to pursue experimentation, creativity, innovation and problem solving to achieve non-traditional or “alternative” photographic imagery.

      Digital Media and Photography: learn about creating images digitally with digital cameras, flat-bed scanners, learn Adobe Lightroom for editing photographs, learn Adobe Photoshop to create a multitude of “Photoshop special-effects” and learn Adobe Illustrator basics for creating graphic design-related images.

      Graphic Design: learn about becoming a graphic designer and creating the visual images and layouts where “the world of art meets the world of advertising”. Projects created in Graphic Design include corporate logos, letterhead designs, event posters, greeting cards, graphic t-shirt designs, business cards, wallpaper patterns, typography, billboard designs, print ads and others. Artworks are created with pencil/paper, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

      DMACC Principles of Digital Photography and Photoshop for Photographers: learn about Digital SLR cameras and their many functions, learn how to make global corrections using Adobe Lightroom, learn advanced photo editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop, study subject matter, composition, point-of-view and creative DSLR camera functions.

      2D Levels I, II & III: learn how to create images on flat surfaces through drawing, painting and printmaking. Media exploration will include graphite, charcoal, pastel, conte-crayon, marker, ink, watercolor painting, acrylic painting and a variety of printmaking techniques.

      3D Levels I, II & III: learn how to create three-dimensional artworks such as relief and sculptures. Media exploration will include assemblage of found objects, wire, clay, metals, wood, stone carving and others.

      Ceramics I & II: learn how to make objects from clay. Hand-building techniques such as pinch/pull, coil, slab, constructing, relief-carving, firing and glazing are all explored. Ceramics II offers advanced hand-building techniques and the introduction of wheel thrown pottery.

      AP: AP courses in 2D media and 3D media are offered for the serious art student who is interested in completing the highest level of work and creating a portfolio of his or her best works.

Grading Rubrics

  • The following rubrics will be used to determine all assessments and guide student growth and development during the coursework of the semester.