Stu News launches “Breakers Artist Spotlight,” showcasing Laguna Beach High School’s artistic talent

Laguna Beach High School’s (LBHS’) thriving arts program is brimming with talented students across various mediums. To showcase these rising stars and foster connections within the local art community, Stu News is launching the “Breakers Artist Spotlight,” a monthly series highlighting a remarkable student artist.

Each month, we’ll feature one standout student, exploring their artistic pursuits across a spectrum of disciplines, from traditional art and photography to multimedia and ceramics.

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Hannah Tyus with some of her artwork

Now, let’s turn our attention to the first gem in our “Breakers Artist Spotlight” series: a senior Art Production II student whose talent knows no bounds – Hannah Tyus.

“Being a stand-out art student involves a combination of skills, qualities and habits. Tyus is in her third year of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Visual and Commercial Arts pathway at LBHS and displays characteristics that often contribute to her success in and out of school,” said Laguna Beach High School Art Teacher Shelley Juhl-O’Brien. “She brings creativity to her work while exploring new ideas and pushing boundaries. She takes risks and puts in the time and commitment needed to home in on her skills and learn new techniques. She is not afraid to explore different mediums and styles to expand her artistic horizons,” she concluded.

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Hannah Tyus, a senior Art Production II student

Hannah Tyus, the spotlight is now on you!

Q: What is your preferred medium or material of choice when creating your artwork?

A: Oil paint.

Q: What is your preferred subject matter?

A: People.

Q: What is your favorite professional artist/master artist?

A: Enrico Robusti.

Q: Why do you want to study art?

A: I want to study art because I want to further my skills and expand my knowledge of creating. I have always loved to create whether it is art, sewing, jewelry, etc., so continuing to study art will allow me to continue to create.

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Tyus plans to attend a four-year university and study design

Q: Why are you interested in completing the CTE Visual/Commercial Arts Pathway?

A: I am interested in completing the pathway because I would love to gain career-based skills and be able to use the knowledge I gain in future endeavors like internships and jobs.

Q: What are your post-secondary plans?

A: I plan to go to a four-year university where I will study design.

Q: Do you have a career in the arts that is of interest to you?

A: I don’t know of one specific career, but anything that allows me to be creative and maybe design products or clothing.

Q: If you are pursuing a career in the arts, what support would help you in your career planning?

A: Finding internships that I will benefit from and find interesting.

LBUSD extends an invitation to local community members to inspire the next generation. If you work in the arts, media, or entertainment, they encourage you to share your journey and insights with students. Connect with Work-Based Learning Technician Staci Stangarone at to join them as a guest speaker in their school’s career talks and play a vital role in shaping the aspirations of LBHS students.

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