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Visual and Performing Arts

Students in the Visual and Performing Arts classes learn how to question, research, analyze and interpret the world around them through creative expression. Through both individual and collaborative experiences, students learn to communicate in varied forms of expression which include 2D and 3D visual art mediums, video and film production, theatrical and musical performances. Our department lays a foundation of knowledge and methodology that encourages critical thinking, aesthetic discrimination and judgment across multiple artistic fields. Students learn portfolio development, participate in mock job interviewing with professionals in the entertainment industry, and have the opportunity to intern with professional artists for real-life work experience. We offer specialized field trips to art museums, film studios, and stage performances, and several of our Visual and Performing Arts teachers hold CTE credentials, which means they have been certified as having professional experience within the arts and entertainment industry.



Kate blumenthal

Colleges attended: University of Washington, Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University
Degrees attained: B.A., M.Ed.
Learning Management System: Google
Courses taught: Visual Art and Commercial Photography


sean blumenthal

Colleges attended: Cal State Northridge and Cal State Long Beach
Learning Management System: Google
Degrees attained: B.A. and RTVF
Courses taught: Video & Film, ROP Live Video Production, ROP Independent Video & Film, Yearbook


Leah Calote
Colleges attended: UCSB and University of La Verne
Degrees attained: B.F.A. and M.Ed.
Learning Management System: Canvas
Courses taught: Theatre Arts CTE, Comedy/Improv CTE, and Advanced Theatre Production CTE.
Theater website:


jon sachs

Colleges attended: Azusa Pacific University, California State University Northridge, and  National University 
Degrees attained: B.A. and M.A.T.
Learning Management System: Google
Courses taught: Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble,  Concert Choir, Stage Band, Wind Ensemble Honors
Band website:
*Department Chair


brittani tkacz

Colleges attended: Cleveland State University, Ursuline College
Degrees attained: B.A. and M.A.
Learning Mangagement System: Google
Courses taught: Visual Art, Painting, 3D Sculpture, and Geography for Tourism