El Estoque

Art beyond high school

Art beyond high school

Shuvi Jha

October 27, 2019

Exploring Art Club officers’ post-high school plans

Thumbpaint

Thumbpaint

Ayah Ali-Ahmad

October 23, 2019

Senior Brett Park creates comics to inspire thousands of Instagram followers

Beating the heat

Beating the heat

Shivani Gupta and Sarah Young

May 5, 2019

Although summer is the time for a break from the work-heavy school year, without having a lot of work to do, it is easy to get bored. Explore the map below for suggestions of places and events to visit over the summer. Each are no more than an hour’s drive away from Cupertino and can be just what ...

Engaging in intergenerational conversation: CSF volunteers at retirement home

Engaging in intergenerational conversation: CSF volunteers at retirement home

Claire Chang and Brian Xu

March 15, 2019

unior Ellie Chen draws a small rectangle on a piece of paper, labeling it “green.” She continues to draw bigger rectangles, labeling each with a different color, and hands it to the senior citizen sitting across from her. Picking up a watercolor pencil, the senior citizen begins to color. On M...

The unseen art: misconceptions of modern art

The unseen art: misconceptions of modern art

Brian Xu and Annie Zhang

March 13, 2019

blue canvas with a white stripe running down its middle sold for $48.3 million. A solid green portrait of an inverted trapezoid sold for $1.6 million. An empty frame for a “non-visible” piece of art sold for $10,000. But is there any meaning behind this white stripe on a blue canvas? Is t...

The innovative and creative outlets around campus

The innovative and creative outlets around campus

Ayah Ali-Ahmad and Shuvi Jha

March 10, 2019

You go to the store. You scour the shelves for that perfect item you’re looking for — the one with the right color, the right size, the right look. You smile, satisfied, as you put the item in the cart, proceeding to the checkout. For most of us, that’s how we attain the products of our daily lives ...

In his element: 50 questions with Jay Shelton

In his element: 50 questions with Jay Shelton

Jai Uparkar, Chelsea Wong, and Claire Chang

January 21, 2019

Inspired by Vogue’s video series ‘73 Questions,’ El Estoque follows Art teacher and Yearbook advisor Jay Shelton into his 7th-period classroom to ask him 50 questions. While Shelton scolds one of his students for coming late to class, he talks about his fear of the circulatory system and the newest ...

Art Club introduces Inktober

Art Club introduces Inktober

Kat Pappas and Helen Chao

October 26, 2018

As October rolls around, artists prepare for the popular art event, known as “Inktober.” It lasts the whole month and encourages artists to follow certain prompts, such as “scorched” or “swollen,” every single day of the month. The event first started in 2009 as a challenge to improve inking ...

Losing the A in STEAM

Losing the A in STEAM

Flora Peng, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018

Sixteen classes from various fields were cut at Monta Vista for the 2018-19 school year because of a decrease in student enrollment. In addition, students self-selecting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) electives has lowered the demand for arts electives, decreasing the number offered. ...

Showing true colors: analyzing graffiti as a hobby in a high school setting

Showing true colors: analyzing graffiti as a hobby in a high school setting

Aanchal Garg, Akshara Majjiga, and Emily Xia

May 23, 2018

*All names beginning with the letter “A” are false names meant to preserve the anonymity of our sources. A pencil scratches on a thin sheet of paper, forming a rugged sketch. A paintbrush smoothly glides over a canvas, leaving blooms of color in its wake. A stylus hovers over a design tablet, ...

Art Club how to: Caricatures

Art Club how to: Caricatures

Priya Reddy and Songjun Na

May 18, 2018

Learn how to draw caricatures with the officers of Art Club