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Visual & Performing Arts

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


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.



Ceramics is a yearlong course where students will be exposed to and experiment with a variety of building techniques and methods to create both sculptural and functional works, students will also learn about glaze. Students will be introduced to and explore Visual Art Elements and Design Principles. Through observation, discussion and writing, students will respond to a range of fine arts works in an effort to become a more sophisticated art-viewer and culturally-open citizens. Some major units of study are elements of art, principles of design, hand-building, slab building, coil building, functional design, and surface techniques.


AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art is a yearlong course where students will develop both technical and creative skills in this class. The two primary goals of this class are to (1) prepare a portfolio of 24 excellent works for the AP test by the end of April and (2) develop your art and yourself as an artist. The primary focus is on the AP exam, but the AP structure allows for a great deal of personalization and independent study. The AP Art portfolio consists of three sections: Quality (excellence demonstrated in original artwork), Concentration (an in-depth, personal commitment to a particular artistic concern) and Breadth (a variety of experiences in using the formal, technical and expressive means available to an artist).   



Symphonic 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 esteemed composer Mason Bates.  Both bands perform at "Wallapalooza," Wallenberg's spring arts festival and at the SFUSD 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.


Jazz Band is an after school club for all grades of students who already can read and have an interest in ensemble playing and improvising.  Jazz Band performs at assemblies and city-wide events such as Carnaval and the Dreamforce conference. 


Ukulele Club is an after school club for all grades of students at any level who like to, or would like to, play ukulele with others. Ukulele Club performs at assemblies and at Wallapalooza. 


Singing Club is an after school club for all grades for students who enjoy singing alone and with others "karaoke style."  Singing club performs at assemblies and at Wallapalooza. 


Jen Stuart

Ms. Jen Stuart, Senior Class Sponsor  

Computer Art, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Art 1, Advanced Art and AP Studio Art


Ms. Stuart is a Long Beach native but is happy to call San Francisco home.  She earned her B.A. in the History of Art from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a focus on French Modernity.  After graduation, she moved to France to work as a “Jeune Fille Au Pair” spending her free time viewing the artworks she studied at school in France and throughout Europe.  She earned her Single Subject Credential in Art at California State University Long Beach where she found her passion working with metals and ceramics. She is currently earning her M.A. in Secondary Education at San Francisco State University.  

At Wallenberg, Ms. Stuart is the VAPA Coordinator and teaches Computer Art, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Art 1, Advanced Art and AP Studio Art.  She is the sponsor for the Senior Class, Art Club and Yearbook Club.  


When Ms. Stuart is not teaching or attending school, you can find her at a local Art museum, riding horses, traveling around the world or exploring the outdoors.

Karen Segal

Ms. Karen Segal, M Ed., M.M., M. M.Ed

Symphonic Band, Pop/Rock Band, Jazz Band, Digital Music Production


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  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.  



Ms. Segal, Music Teacher  SFUSD Visual & Performing Arts

2017 Dreamcatcher Award  for going "above and beyond"