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  • The Mission Of Sonoma Valley High School’s Visual and Performing Arts is to educate students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of dance, music, theatre, film and visual arts. We assist and provide students empowerment with learning opportunities for all students that exemplify achievement, respect,creative expression and fun; that provide our students with the opportunities to collaborate and learn creative problem solving to provide cultivation of innovation and community outreach to advance our students in a pursuit of a higher learning and or a career through artistic endeavors.

  • Sonoma Valley High School students can discover, develop and then showcase their talents through our very extensive arts program. Our wide-ranging courses include: Culinary, Visual, Media, Music, Performing, Technical, Industrial & Fine Arts. Students learn the fundamentals of a trade in Wood and Metal Fabrication, the passion of performance in Drama, Band and Choir, and the pleasure of creation in Photography, Art,  3D Design, and Video Production. Our teaching staff is talented and challenges students to expand their artistic literacy and cultural and historical perspectives so students develop a life-long connection with the Arts.

    Visual & Media Arts
    Students learn the creative process from conception to design to finished product in our Visual and Media Arts courses. We have the largest High School darkroom and professional Video Productions Lab north of the Golden Gate.


    Culinary Arts
    The Culinary Department includes a cours on introductory level foods and nutrition course combining lectures and labs where students prepare a variety of foods and meals with an emphasis on healthy eating and the recommended dietary allowances as well as the Culinarty Arts course, designed as a school-to-work course which prepares students for entry-level positions and a continuing education in the food service industry.  

    Performing Arts
    In our Performing Arts courses Sonoma High students pursue musical and dramatic passions, expand artistic literacy, and gain the confidence, self-possession and poise that comes from presenting in front of a live audience.


    Industrial Arts
    Sonoma High Students learn hands-on life skills in our state-of-the art culinary commercial kitchen and in our metal and wood shops. Sonoma is the only High School in the North Bay to offer courses in all three disciplines.




Visual & Performing Arts Department



Drue Jacobs

Drue Jacobs 

Engineering / Wood Shop / Academy Lead / Mathematics

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5247

Engineering / Wood Shop / Academy Lead / Mathematics Drue Jacobs DJacobs@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5247
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1232

Phone: 933-4010 x5247

Email: DJacobs@sonomaschools.org

Drue Jacobs, Engineering / Wood Shop / Academy Lead / Mathematics

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
MATH DEGREE, MATH CREDENTIAL, WORKING ON WOODSHOP AND ENGINEERING CREDENTIALS

Experience
STARTED TEACHING IN 98

Responsibilities

Interests
CTE EDUCATION, CONSTRUCTION, METAL FABRICATION

Aaron  Anderson

Aaron  Anderson 

Art / Art Design

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5236

Art / Art Design Aaron  Anderson AAnderson@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5236
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1204

Phone: 933-4010 x5236

Email: AAnderson@sonomaschools.org

Aaron  Anderson, Art / Art Design

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching

Experience
Mr. Anderson has been teaching at SVHS since 2012 and has been an Art Educator since 2003. He has worked in various summer programs and workshops before earning his Teacher Credentials in 2010. In addition, Mr. Anderson has worked as a professional artist and tradesman.

Responsibilities

Interests
When Mr. Anderson is not teaching Art or creating Art, he finds refuge and inspiration in the natural world fishing, camping, backpacking, bicycling and is open to any other activity where the setting is in the backcountry of public lands.

http://www.sonomavalleyhighschoolart.com/

Dan Aschwanden

Dan Aschwanden 

Ag Mechanics / Power Mechanics / Floral Design

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4000 x5226

Ag Mechanics / Power Mechanics / Floral Design Dan Aschwanden daschwanden@sonomaschools.org 933-4000 x5226
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1206

Phone: 933-4000 x5226

Email: daschwanden@sonomaschools.org

Dan Aschwanden, Ag Mechanics / Power Mechanics / Floral Design

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications

Experience

Responsibilities

Interests

Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen 

Video Arts / Advanced Video Productions

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5245

Video Arts / Advanced Video Productions Peter Hansen PHansen@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5245
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1228

Phone: 933-4010 x5245

Email: PHansen@sonomaschools.org

Peter Hansen, Video Arts / Advanced Video Productions

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
Single Subject - Multimedia

Experience
20 Years in Multimedia

Responsibilities

Interests
Gardening, Writing, Changing the world for the better

http://www.svhsvideo.com

Renate Kuprian

Renate Kuprian 

Art / Art II

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5289

Art / Art II Renate Kuprian RKuprian@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5289
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1237

Phone: 933-4010 x5289

Email: RKuprian@sonomaschools.org

Renate Kuprian, Art / Art II

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
Single Subject Credential

Experience
14 years

Responsibilities

Interests
Art, different cultures, hiking, gardening, biking, animals

http://kuprianart.weebly.com

Jane Martin

Jane Martin 

Drama / English

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5264

Drama / English Jane Martin jmartin@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5264
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1243

Phone: 933-4010 x5264

Email: jmartin@sonomaschools.org

Jane Martin, Drama / English

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
BA (Hons) Humanities, Single Subject (English) Teaching Credential

Experience
General Manager of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (USA), General Manager of "The Right Size" Theatre Company, London (London), Artistic Director of the Hawkswell" Well Theatre, Ireland.

Responsibilities

Interests

Andy Mitchell

Andy Mitchell 

Photography

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5273

Photography Andy Mitchell amitchell@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5273
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1250

Phone: 933-4010 x5273

Email: amitchell@sonomaschools.org

Andy Mitchell, Photography

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
AA Diablo Valley College BA History Sonoma State University credential in History/Art/Photography Google Certified Trainer

Experience
Teaching at SVHS since 1998

Responsibilities

Interests
Reading, Photography, Cooking, Cabin restoration

http://www.svhsphoto.com

Rebecca Fitch

Rebecca Fitch 

Music Teacher

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Music Teacher Rebecca Fitch rfitch@sonomaschools.org
https://www.sonomaschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=3179

Phone:

Email: rfitch@sonomaschools.org

Rebecca Fitch, Music Teacher

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor's in French Language and Literature (University of Oregon, 2013), Master's in Music Education (University of the Pacific, 2016), California Music Teaching Credential (2016)

Experience
Teaching at Adele Harrison since 2016, playing the Flute since 1998 and the Saxophone since 2004

Responsibilities

Interests
Craft projects especially crocheting, video games, Flute beatboxing, pictures of cute dogs, constellations and the stories behind them, the music of Percy Grainger, handwritten letters, sewing costumes, the shapes and stories of constellations, video games

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Aaron  Anderson

Aaron  Anderson 

Art / Art Design

Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

933-4010 x5236

Art / Art Design Aaron  Anderson AAnderson@sonomaschools.org 933-4010 x5236
https://www.sonomaschools.org/Domain/1204

Phone: 933-4010 x5236

Email: AAnderson@sonomaschools.org

Aaron  Anderson, Art / Art Design

Department(s): Visual, Performing & Industrial Arts

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching

Experience
Mr. Anderson has been teaching at SVHS since 2012 and has been an Art Educator since 2003. He has worked in various summer programs and workshops before earning his Teacher Credentials in 2010. In addition, Mr. Anderson has worked as a professional artist and tradesman.

Responsibilities

Interests
When Mr. Anderson is not teaching Art or creating Art, he finds refuge and inspiration in the natural world fishing, camping, backpacking, bicycling and is open to any other activity where the setting is in the backcountry of public lands.

http://www.sonomavalleyhighschoolart.com/

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