Our Visual and Performing Arts Department offers highly specialized and diversified curricula, and programs in the forms of classes, workshops, and groups, all under one roof. Our department programs at PVHS are primarily funded by our generous Booster Club. The Visual and Performing Arts Department is among the most comprehensive and diverse to be found in most any high school in the country - public or private. All courses are UC/CSU approved.
At the introduction level, course offerings include: Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Printmaking, Animation, Photography, Sculpture, Video Production, Drama, Musical Theater, Jazz Orchestra, PE Band/Marching Band, and P.E. Dance. At the more advanced levels, the departments offer more specialized curriculum in AP Art History, as well as AP Studio Art 2-D and 3-D, Surfboard Shaping, Glass Blowing, the National Award winning Live From 205 (a student-lead newscast), AP Music Theory, Concert Band, Drama, Musical Theater, Intermediate Dance, and Choreo Dance. Students are able to advance to second and third year courses in Animation, Photography, Video, Orchestra, Jazz, and Drama.
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts is dedicated to its mission of creating a comprehensive art-school experience within the context of a publicly funded high school. At the introduction level, we provide a diverse population of aspiring artists and art scholars with access to quality education combining a broad-based experience with a firm historical, theoretical, and practical foundation art curriculum. There is also specialized study in the areas of 3-D art, art history, and studio art. At the advanced level, our programs are designed with a dual emphasis on tailoring programs of study to individual students while fostering shared experience among a community of students.
Our faculty is committed to the belief that an education in the visual and performing arts and related scholarship can be grounded in tradition while geared toward innovation, can foster both discipline-centered and interdisciplinary activity, and can achieve a fusion of informed dialogue, practice, and production.