My name is Amber Wickersham and I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County. I grew up in Atascadero and graduated from Atascadero High School. I attended Cal Poly fall of 2005 and majored in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. I graduated in December of 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While at Poly, I worked as a Graphic Design Student Assistant for Student Academic Services as well as many other various hotels and wineries ranging from Paso Robles to Pismo Beach.
After graduation I attained my teaching credential from Chapman University and attained a single subject credential in both Art and Home Economics. While I was getting my credential, I was a server and Substituted K-12 in a local school district.
Upon completing my credential, I was given a job as an Art Teacher teaching Basic Art Fundamentals and Introduction to Art (Levels 1 & 2). I also was the faculty adviser for The Freestyle Art Club that I started which had about 65 students.
I was blessed in that I was given a full time job at another local high school teaching art. I was made the Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair teaching Art 1, Art 2, and Advanced Art, Ceramics 1 & 2, and Digital Photography. I attend the district's Fine Arts Committee Meetings as the high school representative helping to coordinate art curriculum in the district K-12. I was also the faculty adviser for the Art Club and the Freshman ASB class. I was still a server in the evenings and on weekends to pay back student loans.
During the 2012-2013 year, the Art Club took the initiative to do a campus beautification project. They painted a large mural of the school mascot inside the office. The mural is not quite finished, but upon completion, it will be a nice asset to the office of the school.
Concluding my second year at this new school, I cleared my K-12 credential for Art and Home Economics, I was the Assistant Activities Director, California Scholarship Federation Advisor, Fine Arts Committee Representative, and VAPA Department Chair. Being that I majored in Graphic Design, my goal was to create a course description guide (UC/CSU Elective Credit) for Graphic Design. The course has been a huge success! This school year my colleagues voted me Teacher of the Year--an honor I do not take lightly for only being a second year, full time teacher at this campus.
I worked with Art Central Gallery in San Luis Obispo to show case student work in February 2014.
This past year I was the Assistant Activities Director (helping a new teacher take the ASB Director position), the California Scholarship Federation Advisor (completely revitalizing and legitimizing the program), Fine Arts Committee Representative, and Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair (beginning to create an Art Academy within the school much like STEM but for art pathways). This year the senior class selected me to perform the Commencement Address at their 2015 Graduation Ceremony.
I worked with Atascadero Library to show case student work in February 2015.
CURRENT | 2015-2016
Entering my fifth year teaching, I am excited to offer three sections of Graphic Design. (Some students are repeating the course a third time just for fun! I create more challenging curriculum for these students and they create logos/designs for school needs such as Prom Tickets, School Spirit Apparel, and more.) I am teaching Ceramics II, Art I, Art II, and Advanced Art. I am still the VAPA Department Chair (beginning to create an Art Academy within the school much like STEM but for art pathways) and Fine Arts Committee Representative.
I really enjoy art, from viewing galleries to painting in my studio, from interior design to cake decorating, I love it all. I am available for freelance graphic design, paintings, drawings, murals, cake decorating, floral arrangement, tattoos, album artwork, and more via commission.
I currently have work being exhibited in the Atascadero Art Association's Gallery in Atascadero, Art Central SLO Educator's Show, and at the California Mid State Fair.
Freestyle Art Club
This club was a lunch-time, extracurricular club consisting of 75 students. I started this club and poured my heart and soul into it. This photo shows one of the two field trips we took that year. (One was a tour of working studios and the other to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.) They designed their own T-shirts, created their own crafts/art to sell, and raised all of their own money to go on field trips. The best part of this club was that it was such a large and diverse group of students.
Assistant Activities Director
At the school I teach at I am the Assistant Activities Director (ASB/Leadership). I hope to be able to invest more time and energy into making ASB a more influential and exciting program. I want to help raise the bar at the school and change the school spirit.
In the spring, Templeton High School has held an Annual Art Show. My first year at THS I tried my best to carry on the tradition and was told it was a success. We had so much art and many visitors.
The Art Department can always use donations of supplies, materials, or funds to keep the program strong. Anything you may wish to donate can be dropped off at the Templeton High School Office and funds can be given to the ASB Office. Thank you for your support!
I coached Colorguard at Atascadero High School for the 2012-2013 school year and had a great experience. I took a small team and helped them advertise and grow to 16 members. I helped them become a cohesive group and their success was rewarded in the form of 1st place in parade and 2nd place in field show in the county in their final show of the season.