Welcome to the Fine Arts Department

  • The objectives of our department are designed for students to be successful in meeting the standards that are outlined in the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools and the National Art Education Association. Our courses are designed to foster a broadened understanding in all five aspects of art.  Assessment of student work is performance based and also embedded in the curriculum. The members of our department work collaboratively sharing resources and experiences with the goal of having our students develop self-confidence and self-expression.

Visual Arts

  • The Visual Arts Department is proud to offer a comprehensive Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Ceramics program. Students have the opportunity to advance through three levels of course work including Advanced Placement Studio Art. Our students develop an appreciation for art history and tradition as well as developing studio art techniques. Our goals are to increase aesthetic literacy and promote respect for the arts of all cultures, both past and present.

    Tim Carothers
    Visual & Performing Arts Co-Department Chair
    Ceramics 1 & 2
    Ashley Scarbrough
    Art 1, Art 2, AP Studio Art

Performing Arts

  • The Performing Arts Department is proud to offer comprehensive music, dance and theater programs.


    Our theatre program offers courses in dramatic performing arts and all technical aspects of theater production in our new multi-million dollar facility to provide a well-rounded education both on and off the stage. We present two major productions a year, in addition to concerts, poetry slams, dance recitals, and a variety of smaller performances which are all open to the public.


    Scot Schneider
    Visual & Performing Arts Co-Department Chair
    Theater Production Arts; Theater Arts; Advanced Theater Arts; Film as Literature
    Drama, Film 

    Music & Band

    The Music program offers courses in concert band, symphonic band, guitar and chorus making music education available to all students to encourage academic and personal growth through performance, and to offer culturally enriching opportunities to all students and members of the community.


    Oliver Bishop
    Terra Nova Band Director
    Concert Band; Symphonic Band; 
    Visit the band program at: www.terranovaband.org


    The Dance program offers students exposure to a multitude of concert, traditional, and social dances. Students learn techniques, aesthetic characteristics, historical context, and choreography from ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, Polynesian, waltz, and swing dance.
    Giamaica Zeidler
    Dance 1 & 2
    Dance & Swing Dance Club Advisor, 
    Sexuality & Gender Alliance Club Advisor