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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 Phil Mattson.

 

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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