Visual & Performing Arts Department
Piner Art Courses
Department Head: Michael Doucette
Piner Latino Club and Art Students Tour San Francisco Art Institute and SFMOMA
Latino Club members and Art students visited the art
college where skilled Piner High School art teacher, Mr. Mancillas, attended. Students
were first shown the famous 'fresco' painted by Diego Rivera and other several art
pieces made by students at the art school. The group then took several pictures
and toured the small college, before going to the MOMA. At the MOMA, students got to
see several other famous art pieces. Finally all students went to go eat at local
restaurants, such as Chevys. This photo is at the San Francisco Art Institute (Diego Rivera's mural).
Piner Sophomore Ketnapha Poungnachith!
Ketnapha Poungnachith, a Piner Sophomore, was
awarded an Honorable Mention in the 9-12 grade category in an art competition
for Bay Area Asian students in Spring 2011. The title of the competition and the subsequent
art show is "Growing Up Asian in America". There were approximately 1200
entries from students from the entire Bay Area. The Honorable Mention award
included a gift basket valued at $175. The event sponsors are the Asian
Pacific Fund, Target, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Piner Art Students win awards
in 2011 The National Arts Program, Santa Rosa exhibit
In the "Teen" category, two of our Piner students
placed and won cash awards! Louis Villa won first place and $75 for
his mixed media drawing of "Al Capone'. Ashley Fike won 2nd place and $50
for her ceramic sculpture titled "Tall and Sweet".
Brian Pedersen - Art, Digital Arts, Yearbook
Brian Pedersen received his Bachelors of Science: Art Education
from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While living in
Wisconsin he focused much of his artistic energy into various
forms of printmaking such as; etching, engraving, wood-cuts and
screen printing. Since relocating to San Francisco, California in 1999 he was
deeply inspired by the lively art and music scene in his local
Mission neighborhood and began to focus his attention more on
oil painting. Mr. Pedersen began teaching at Piner in 2005, teaching
both art and ceramics, and now resides to Petaluma with his wife and two sons.
Tony Guaraldi-Brown - Art and Film Studies
Tony is an artist and art educator. He graduated from Sonoma State with a
bachelor's degree in fine art and later completed an MFA at the College of the Arts
in Oakland, California. With a classic illustrative style, his work explores the
idea of 'personal demons' and the effects they have on our lives, as he creates
unforgettable macabre characters with beautiful depth and purpose.
Tony was the lead artist for the comic book The Final Plague (Action Lab Comics)
and The Showdown (Broken Icon Comics) as well as an illustrator of short stories
for the Hot Rod Horror anthology. Along with creating artwork for several SF bay
area bands, Tony has created work for Fat Wreck Chords, producing artwork for the
band NOFX as well as artwork for the personal collection of Fat Mike Burkett.
Tony lives with his children in Northern California where he teaches art and frequently exhibits his work.
Michael Doucette - Ceramics, Art, Advanced Placement: Studio Art, and Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
Mr. Doucette has been teaching Ceramics and Art at Piner High School
since 2005. He has also taught Theater and Digital Photography and has been the Visual and Performing
Arts Department Chair since 2008. He graduated cum lade from Sonoma State University in 2000 with a
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Studio. Mr. Doucette believes that anyone can learn art skills if they
are willing to look at the world a little differently and that the Visual Arts are a language that
can be used to communicate profound messages, both universal and personal. Mr. Doucette loves music,
yoga, baseball, time spent in nature, time with family and friends, eating a good meal, and learning
new skills like voice acting and guitar.
Mike Milbrath -
Vocal Music Director at Piner High School
Michael Milbrath has been the Vocal
Music and Theatre Director at Piner High School for 18 years. He
began his career at Piner after an artistically rich but
financially poor career as a song and dance man in Minneapolis,
Minnesota and New York City, New York. In his 19 years he has
produced and directed over 26 plays and musicals. His choral
ensembles at Piner have traveled to Southern California, the
Bahamas, Hawaii, and to Carnegie Hall in New York to sing with
He has been nominated twice for
“Teacher Of The Year” honors by the Santa Rosa Chamber of
Commerce and once by the California League of High Schools. Most
recently he has completed his Master’s In Educational Leadership
at SSU and now splits his days as the Choir Director, Band Teacher, and Theater Teacher at Piner
High School and the Choir Director and Band Teacher at Hilliard Comstock Middle School.
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