Sara Soto

Empowering art and design students for a creative future. 


I teach Magnet Design & Visual Art at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High.

Fall Period Course 

  1. University Connections 

  2. Planning

  3. Visual Arts 1

  4. University Connections 

Spring Period Course 

  1. Magnet Digital Arts

  2. Planning

  3. Magnet Digital Arts

  4. Photography & Digital Imaging


University Connections: Design Pathway

University Connections: School of Design, Arts & Engineering leverages college-level expertise to inform the development of magnet course offerings and strengthens overall program rigor. Strong and visible partnerships with local colleges and universities as well as businesses provide invaluable resources. Transdisciplinary thematic curriculum allows students to select and focus on College and Career Pathways.

Room 401
1st Period Google Classroom →
4th Period Google Classroom →


Visual Art 1

This is an introductory course to the visual arts.  The content covers a variety of concepts and drawing media, painting and color theory, three-dimensional design, pottery, calligraphy and techniques in perspective.  Students learn about art history and visual art careers.  This course is a prerequisite course for advanced art classes.

Room 403
3rd Period Google Classroom →


Magnet Digital Art

The Digital Arts program offers students comprehensive art experiences with detailed explorations of Adobe Photoshop©, Adobe Animate© and Adobe Illustrator©. Students will also learn about the history, analysis, and interpretation of art and design.

Room 401
No Google Classroom at this time


Photography & Digital Imaging

Students learn fundamentals of digital photography. How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s).  They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not.

Room 401
No Google Classroom at this time


Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is very student centered. I believe that students are capable of doing great work at any age, and my job is to inspire and empower them to think creatively. A powerful way to empower our learners is to provide them with the tools and skills, to manage and deal with change effectively. Creative thinking is one of those tools/skills and is regarded as a key skill for success. In my classroom, I am the facilitator and guide, giving students opportunities to create and solve artistic problems and get out of their comfort zone. I help students gain the skills they need to communicate their ideas effectively and make art that is meaningful to them. I challenge students to try new things and to achieve what they thought they couldn't. I incorporate cross-curricular experiences organically in the art room.  We work to build literacy skills through observing and talking about art, and by writing about students' own ideas and artwork. Most students will not grow up to work as artists, but the habits of mind gained through art classes will serve them no matter their future career path.

More on Creative Thinking →

Please feel free to reach out with any question or concerns!