Visual & Performing Arts

Lead Teacher: Andrea Sanguine

Visual & Performing Arts Staff

Arts programs are a vital component of a well-rounded education for all students. Berkeley High’s Arts programs provide excellent preparation for the student who plans to focus on the arts in college or career. The BHS community believes that art courses benefit all students because the process of creating and critiquing art engages students in higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and flexible, imaginative thinking.

The California Department of Education published data that solidly supports art education for all students. An excerpt: “Research shows that students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT. According to the College Board, 1995 SAT scores for students who studied the arts for more than four years were 59 points higher on the verbal and 44 points higher on the math portion than students with no course work or experience in the arts.”

The four art disciplines of the BHS Arts Department: Dance, Music, Drama, and Visual Arts, cover the California State Board of Education Arts Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications. Almost all classes fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts requirements for BHS and UC/CSU eligibility. Art electives are year-long classes. Offerings may vary yearto-year, dependent on student sign-up. Students should provide first and second choices and may not receive their first choice.

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    BHS Activism Fair (Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym)
    May 24, 2017
    12:05 pm - 3:30 pm
    Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 27, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 28, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    May 29, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Bike Mobile (Main Courtyard)
    June 1, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Main Courtyard
    Bridge Cohort 4 Graduation (Library)
    June 1, 2017
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    June 5, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 22, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 23, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 24, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym