Visual and Performing Arts

The American High School Visual and Performing Arts Department offers comprehensive and sequential instruction in a wide variety of courses. The Arts provide students meaningful ways to create, express, share, connect, and respond to others. Visual and Performing Arts classes allow students to solve problems, thinking critically and creatively, in a hands-on learning environment.

Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views. - Mary Schmich

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. - Aristotle

FUSD Arts Mission: “To nurture artistic literacy through creativity and expression, providing a foundation for a better understanding of the world and each person’s role in it.”

Courses Contact information
Architectural Design 

Architectural Design (1, 2, 3, 4)

Mackie McLoy,

510-796-1776, ext. 57707


Art (1, 2)

AP Art History

Sculpture and Ceramics

Studio Art

Mackie McLoy,

510-796-1776, ext. 57707 

Megan Olson,

510-796-1776, ext. 57706


Dance (1, 2)

Heather Martinez,

510-796-1776, ext. 57614

Digital Arts

Digital Photography (1, 2)

Media Arts/ IT Technology

2-D Animation

Web Page Design & Development

Thomas Bartholomew-Couts (B.C.),

510-796-1776, ext. 57711 


Drama (1, 2, 3, 4)

Production and Stagecraft  

Savanna Benedetti, 

510-796-1776, ext. 57702 

Luke Fornwald,

510-796-1776, ext. 57311


Choir (1, 2)

Guitar (1, 2)

Band 1 (aka Concert Band) (Level 1 band course)

Symphonic Band (Level 2 band course)

Wind Ensemble (Level 3 band course)

Jazz Ensemble (Spring semester only)

Marching Band (Fall semester only)

Richard F. Wong,

510-796-1776, ext. 57708 

See specific teachers regarding ROP and Ohlone connections, such as dual enrollment.