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School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts


Visual Arts @ RHSA

The Visual Arts course is a career-oriented program that aims to prepare students to embrace and discover their own creative voice by preparing them in the various professional fields that the Visual Arts offer. RHSA Visual Arts, Media, and Entertainment sector is a project-based program and incorporates a range of careers in the Visual Arts, such as: Drawing and Painting, Illustration, Graphic Arts, Fine Arts, Visual arts AP Advanced Course, and 3-Dimensional Design, all with the aim of exposing and preparing students to industry-related careers with a hands-on approach. 



Arts, Media & Entertainment Industry

Media, and Entertainment sector fall in four general pathways: Design, Visual, and Media Arts; Performing Arts; Production and Managerial Arts; and Game Design and Integration. The anchor and pathway standards make explicit the appropriate knowledge, skills, and practical experience students should have to pursue their chosen profession through whatever course of postsecondary, graduate training, or apprenticeship it may require.

Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • Art 1-2: Foundations
  • English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • Spanish or support class
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective

Grade 10

  • Art 3-4, 3D Art 1-2, or Digital Art 1-2
  • English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2
  • Modern World History
  • World Language
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective

Grade 11

  • Art 5-6, 3D Art 3-4, or Digital Art 3-4
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 / I.D.S. / Pre Cal
  • U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  • Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course

Grade 12

  • AP Studio Art, AP 3D Art, or AP 2D Art
  • Diverse Voices or AP English Literature
  • I.D.S. or Pre Cal
  • U.S. Gov't/AP U.S. Gov't and Economics
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. 

—Pablo Picasso

Work-Based Learning

  • Cal State Long Beach Museum of Contemporary Art, The Long Beach Museum of Art - Annual High School Art Exhibition
  • The Alpert Jewish Community (JCC) Center Annual Art Show
  • The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Art Show
  • The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
  •  LBUSD Annual High school Art Exhibition
  • RHSA Annual Open House event
  • Visual Arts program capstone portfolio

Industry Partners

  • Advisory Boards are currently being formed. If you are interested in being a part, please contact Mr. Bazer @

Meet the Director: Carlos Gonzalez Novoa

I believe that art is the universal language of creativity that every human being possess and that has the power to bring communities together. The process of creating a work of art provides me with the opportunity as an artist and an art educator to encourage students to consider and question various points of view, and to help them develop new possibilities for interpreting what is taking place in their environments in order to share those findings with the community they live in. As an artist and art educator, I come from the position of someone who inspires students to engage with the creative process of making art by fusing theory and practice, and guiding them to utilize art as the means for social change.

For More Information

Contact Mr. Gonzalez at or (562) 901-0168

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Long Beach Unified School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, religion, race or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

For questions or complaints, contact Equity Compliance Officer: Steve Rockenbach, Director of Employee Relations,1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8220, and Title IX Coordinator: Kimberly Dalton, Director of Human Resource Services, 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8108, and 504 Coordinator: Jenny R. Acosta, Program Administrator, 2221 Argonne Ave, LB 90815, 562-986-6870,