Category Archives: Arts

Beatcraft (Brandon Bermudez)

This is a beginner/intermediate music theory and song creation class. Students will learn how to read and interpret written music, as well as operate software-based music creation tools. This class will go over the most fundamental music ideas from rhythm and time, to melodies and chord progressions. Do not worry if you don’t play an instrument since this is NOT a performance class, though you will learn to understand the piano as it is our primary interface for making music. Students will need a computer, headphones, Google Chrome, and a BandLab account.

Music Share (Brandon Bermudez)

This is a music sharing and appreciation class for everyone. This class will explore several in the wide variety of music genres around the world. Each week, students will research a group or artist from a specific genre and share some of their music and art with the class. Students will need a computer, headphones, and access to Spotify fro the playlists (Spotify has free accounts).

Old Time Radio (Dan Gillmore)

After the printing press, radio was the next great revelation of communication. One of radios best uses was sharing stories, presented by actors and talented producers of sound and editing.
In this class we will:
Read the short story, think about it, and draw whatever we want while we listen to a performance from the golden age of radio. We’ll have a dialogue about the story and share our work!
Written/and or digital copies of each story will be provided to the students to read before each class.

Twilight Zone (Dan Gillmore)

Each week we will watch an episode of the imaginative, wondrous and spooky television classic “The Twilight Zone”, followed by a dialogue relating to the themes and creative process of each episode.

Casual Ghost Party (Brandon Bermudez)

This is the PSCS advanced Pop Band.

Asaso (Brandon Bermudez)

This is the beginning/intermediate Pop Band.

Shop Life (Scobie)

If you like making things, fixing things,  and  being competent with tools, you should always take as much Shop Life as you can possibly get your hands on! Here’s what we’ll be doing:

  1. Learning about tools and the skills to use them effectively and safely.
  2. Working on improving, organizing, stocking, and cleaning our ever-developing shop.
  3. Contributing to the school and our larger community with fixes, furniture, and projects.
  4. Completing projects that result in gifts you can give to yourself or others.
  5. Possibly learning about our new CNC cutting machine, when to use it, and for what. (If you wish to use this aspect of the shop, please understand there may be significant outside-of-class work to learn about drawing and preparing cut files)Outside work is elective and almost entirely voluntary in this class, almost never assigned.

Slow, Quiet, Journal, Make Art (elizabeth ortega)

This class will be a quiet, chill space where will will listen to music, drink tea if you’d like and get into writing in our journals and drawing.

Journaling is a lovely tool to get your thoughts and feels out somewhere, expressing yourself and understanding yourself better and so is creative expression. We will do just that in this class and maybe hit a coffeehouse once or twice. Writing and creating can soothe anxiety, support your mental and emotional health and help you process challenging emotions and life experiences.

This class is perfect for you if need a calming, grounding place to reflect, write, and engage in your personal creativity and self care.

I can provide journal prompts if folks would like.


Cinema (HS Only) (Year long) (TSam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

The film industry has been a constant element that was created to express the ideas of others. Through film, we can see deep ideas from people whose expressions can capture moments from the past looking into the future. While it’s hard to see every film that has ever been made, we can center ourselves around so many elements of several movies and experience a connection that surpasses both time and space. In the class, we will participate in watching films from a large number of different styles and use those moments to expand our knowledge of these amazing selections of work. There will be in-class discussions along with essay writing (group project) to help us convey our thoughts and stretch our thinking.

Mature Themes: Words and images can be inappropriate for some students.

Graphic Design and Typography (Scobie)

Best Graphic Designers

Graphic Design is using, combining, and blending images and words to create messages, moods, and meanings.
Typography is a subset of graphic design that focuses on how individual letters, alphabets, and entire fonts are designed and used.


Come geek out with me about Helvetica and why it is both the best and worst typeface ever designed. Take walks to find and record examples of graphic design, and think about what’s good and bad about it. Collect images of graphic design from the web and other sources.  Try being a designer for a client. Design a logo. Design a poster that could change someone’s mind about something! Meet professional designers and learn about how they work.

  • There WILL be outside-of-class work, sometimes more, sometimes less, but if you like design, it should be mostly pretty fun. Still, learning real design is a time consuming process, so you’ll need to be willing to give some of your own time to it.
  • YES, I’m looking into getting us all access to professional design software at a very reasonable price.
  • There probably will be both individual and class projects for this class.

Podcasting & AV Club (con’t) (TSam)

Podcasting has now become one of the coolest ways to acquire information in the present, digital age. While traveling, exercising, or relaxing; your average person is usually tuned into their favorite show. Recently, the popularity of podcasts took to new heights with the deep interest in shows like True Crime, and other mystery-based, story-led programs. Whether you’re into listening to podcasts or always wanted to create your own, this is the class for you.

Also, this class will double as a space for our new starting Audio/Visual Club! The purpose of this club is to help create a new culture around filming our school events while keeping our audio (and other video effects) in great working order. This club will be a starting point for a permanent need in our community. We will learn/enhance our skills in camera work, audio sourcing, mixing, and making sure lighting and other visual needs are being met on a high level.

(Limited to 8 students, max)


Art & Aesthetics (TSam)

One of the many forms of expression, Art, is expressed in a variety of mediums. In this class, I want to explore the idea of what makes something art. How do we look at different pieces and express the deeper meaning behind them? We will study the people who have made huge influences and current artists who are stretching the medium in many different directions. Let’s get into great conversations about the things we experience and do some creating of our own while pushing ourselves to build new skills!

Note: This class is for those who have a need to make art, both analog and digital style. Please feel free to bring your art notebooks, and art tools along with your digital devices as well.