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Visual & Performing Arts

Raoul Wallenberg High School offers music and visual arts as class electives.  We also have active drama club, dance club, and ukulele clubs. The community spring arts festival Wallapalooza highlights student visual and performing arts.  



Symphonic Jazz Band combines beginning and advanced wind and string players.  Both Advanced & Beginning Bands works under the guidance of Ms. Segal together with SF Symphony and SF Conservatory coaches.  Advanced band performs in public with Mercury Soul under the direction of Mason Bates.  Both bands perform at "Wallapalooza," Wallenberg's spring arts festival.


Pop/Rock Band students spend the first semester learning basic music theory, piano keyboard, guitar, bass & drums.  During the second semester, students select a primary instrument and break into small bands where they will rehearse self-selected songs to perform at "Wallapalooza," Wallenberg's spring arts festival.


Visual Art

Visual Art is a yearlong course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of the visual arts. The first semester will be devoted to developing and strengthening painting, drawing and sculptural skills as well as the understanding and appreciation of art through projects that foster creative expression and experimentation. By the end of Art, students will have a greater grasp on the foundational world of art which will be developed further in more concentrated units during the second semester.


Computer Art

Computer Art is a yearlong course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of communications design. Students will develop both their skills on paper and digitally, exploring the creative process of making images that can move ideas and information to the minds of others.



Sculpture is a yearlong course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of three-

dimensional design. Students will learn how the elements and principles of art apply to the

dynamic world of sculpture, and explore a variety of sculptural techniques including modeling,

carving, casting, construction and assemblage, as well as environmental installations.


Karen Segal

Ms. Karen Segal

Symphonic Jazz Band, Pop/Rock Band 1, 2 & 3, Ukulele Club 


Ms. Segal grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and Copenhagen, Denmark.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and Masters of Education from the University of California Los Angeles, Masters of Music and Masters of Music Education from Boston University.  She earned a Diploma with Honors from the Musician Institute in Los Angeles. Ms. Segal received a Fulbright Award and was named a "Leading Lady in Jazz" by JAZZIZ magazine in 2010. She was named on the Honor Roll for the Fishman Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2015.  Check out Ms. Segal's original recordings at ‚Äč  Ms. Segal has taught in London, South Central Los Angeles, Harlem New York City, and San Francisco.  Learn more about Ms. Segal's teaching experience at


In her free time, Ms. Segal enjoys playing music, frisbee, chess, word games, yoga, hiking, reading, studying philosophy, and spending time with friends and family.  

Patricia Copeland

Patricia Copeland

Visual Art, Computer Art, Sculpture


6th generation San Franciscan and 4th generation in the same house, Ms. Copeland was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended both public and private schools in the city: Douglas Alternative Elementary, Everett Middle School and Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.  After high school, she went to college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, earning her BFA in Communications Design.  She returned to San Francisco to obtain her Masters of Education at USF and her single subject art credential and has been teaching in SFUSD for the past 11 years.  

   When she’s not checking out art shows and exhibits, she loves going to garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets; she furnished her whole apartment from them!  Ms Copeland’s been a vegetarian for several years and loves to cook and bake, and can frequently be seen at the Alemany Farmers Market.  To unwind, she works on drawings for her printmaking class at Ft. Mason, her yo-yo quilt or just lies on the couch watching movies on TCM or Bob's Burgers with her kitty, Tabi.