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Students in YVC's drawing class

A bright spot

Art classes return to the Grandview Campus

For the first time in recent years, students on YVC’s Grandview Campus are getting an opportunity to practice and grow their artistic abilities closer to home.

Monika Lemmon, a part-time instructor on the college’s Yakima Campus last academic year, transitioned to a full-time position to help meet the increased need as more lower valley students return to the Grandview Campus. For fall, courses are being offered in beginning drawing with plans to add more courses during winter and spring quarters.  

“More art classes in Grandview means that more students will have an opportunity for creative self-expression through visual art,” says Lemmon. “Offering more art classes in Grandview gives students an opportunity to take visual arts courses in-person, rather than online, and provides more opportunity for students to connect and collaborate with their classmates and instructor.”


Artwork in progress by Student Diana Paola Corona
Artwork in progress by student Diana Paola Corona Mendoza

Building stronger connections with students is something that Lemmon believes is important.

“I am also very excited about helping students develop their creativity and technical ability to make beautiful and meaningful artwork,” she continued.

For business major Diana Paola Corona Mendoza, who wasn’t able to pursue these classes in the past, having courses geared toward artistic expression helps provide a well-rounded academic experience.

“I can try something else — not just classes for business — and have a different experience and see if I still want to keep doing business or also if I want to have an art business,” she said.

Visit YVC’s online class search for more information on art offerings in Grandview.