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Jack Alter-Photography-

Andrew Lewis- Latino Marching

Kathleen Lussier-West- Art 1/ Yearbook-

Karen J Melander- VAPA Chair/ACE Pathway/ AP Art History/ Architecture-

Cindy Pacini- Orchestra and

Tania Padilla- Brainin- Drawing and Ceramics 

Daniel Stingle- Ceramics/ AP 3 D Studio-

Judd Vetrone- Computer Art/

Elaine Walenta-




The Visual and Performing Arts Department

Welcome to the Abraham Lincoln High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)!

Our classes are designed to provide a comprehensive program in Visual Arts, Music and Theater. Our courses fulfill the one-year graduation requirement of the district and are approved for entrance to the State and UC systems. VAPA courses also fulfill elective requirements. All courses are two semesters in length and expose students to a broad spectrum of skills, techniques, concepts and cultural contexts important to literacy in the arts. We provide introductory courses for beginning students and advanced instruction for students interested in the arts. Students intending to major in VAPA in college should take 2 –3 years of high school VAPA coursework . Our students often continue their studies in college, art and music school or vocational school.

Visual and Performing Arts courses are aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards and SFUSD Standards.


This new opportunity for our students was featured on KQED.  Click below for a video.


Teachers include Andrew Lewis and guest artist Miguel Govea.

LATINO MARCHING BAND is a performing marching musical ensemble,  comprised of both traditional and Latin instruments. We play a mix of Latin themes, classical melodies, and usual band arrangements. Students will learn all techniques for marching band, including percussion, winds and brass, and some strings.  The music has a distinctly Latin flavor, based on traditional Central and South American styles, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, son, and rumba (among others. The repertoire is based on famous themes played by Central and South American Marching Bands.

Emphasis is placed on learning to read the basics of music, and on correct technique on all instruments, and especially on all the varied "World" Percussion instruments.  The ensemble is designed to represent Lincoln High School at public events, including ball games and rallies throughout the San Francisco area. 





The ACE Pathway is a college prep program for highly motivated and skilled students who have a strong interest in architecture, engineering, art, or just a rigorous college prep education.  It integrates math, art, design, and the study of architecture and art history. For more information check the ALHS website under "school info" , "academies and pathways".


Classes for the ACE curriculum.

ACE 1 ( 64 students)  Art and Architecture (meets UC A-G graduation requirement), cored with English and Geometry(or Algebra 1)

Prerequisites: 3.6 GPA in 8th grade SBAC standard exceeded in reading or math

Curriculum: Basic sketching and color theory

2D and 3D drafting to scale and use of equipment

Structural devices and vocabulary, historical reference points

Model making

EAA( Engineers Alliance for the Arts)bridge design and building competition

ACE 2 ( 34 students)AP Art History  (meets UC A-G graduation requirement), cored with English and AP World History

Prerequisites: proficient reading level, GPA, work ethic and attendance.

This class chronologically covers the history of art and architecture from the ancient world to the modern day. College credit will be earned upon successful completion of the AP exam at the end of the class. An extra point is also earned for your GPA. The focus in this class is on building higher level critical thinking skills through advanced reading, writing, speaking and conceptual analysis of art and architecture.

ACE 3:  ( 30 students)Advanced Art and Architecture  (meets UC A-G graduation requirement)

Prerequisite: by application. Art and Architecture or AP Studio Art or AP Art History, or by permission. 11th and 12th grade only.

Fall Term: career exploration, house design, sustainability, American residential architecture and architects, house design and model building project

Spring Term: Modern World Architecture and architects, commercial building design and model making, introduction to CAD, Architecture Foundation building design and competition.

Additional Classes are offered in conjunction with CCSF.

Summer program: 6 weeks Intro to Engineering and CAD.

Prerequisite: Strong drawing skills( 2D) for the independent and motivated student. 

ACE 4: ( 25 students) AP 3D Studio Art 

Art 1 and 2

A beginning art class that introduces the student to a variety of art techniques, methods, and concepts that will promote creative expression. Students will learn to use the same principles (sensory, formal, technical and expressive qualities) that artists use, to think, produce, talk and write about art. Students will be instructed in the art forms of several cultures including historical impacts and contributions. Most lessons are project based.

Advanced Art

A course for students who have successfully completed Art 1 2. Students must demonstrate technical competence, building and refining skills using a range of media; pencil, pen, chalk, crayon, watercolor and ink, paper mache and clay. Students will learn to think, talk and write about art through the study of artists and art concepts from a variety of cultures and time periods. Craftsmanship, self – expression and experimentation are emphasized.

Art and Architecture

Course Description:

Art and Architecture is an introductory level, two semester, survey class designed to provide instruction for the secondary student in the fundamental concepts of architecture,engineering and aesthetic appreciation. The core curriculum emphasizes and integrates academic,practical, technical, and artistic skills. It fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts High School graduation requirement and the UC A-G requirement. Students must have completed or be co- enrolled in Geometry.  Architecture meets the first year requirement for the Architecture, Construction and Engineering pathway at ALHS. 


Competencies and Outcomes:

Students will learn how to recognize and apply the elements and principles of design in both 2D and 3D using the appropriate mechanical tools.  Students will follow the stages of the design process to create a scaled structural project from beginning to end while becoming familiar with and executing architectural plans, elevations, isometric views and models.


Unit One: Introduction to Art and Architecture: architectural lettering, sketching techniques, basic drafting techniques, measurement, use of lead weights and technical equipment. Basic layout and presentation skills.


Unit Two:  The Elements and Principles of Design.   How are the Elements of Design- line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and pattern used according to the Principles of Organization (balance, proportion, order, harmony, rhythm and dominance) to create a beautiful and unified work of art? 

Practical Applications: Exploring the use of the elements and principles of design through  technical drawing, studio work and group presentations.


Unit Three: Two Dimensional Drawing and DesignDrafting and design of geometric figures. Color theory.  How do we use professional drafting equipment to create 2D figures?  Drafting shape and color- made up of squares, circles, hexagons, octagons etc.  Design, sketch and draft and paint an original color wheel in acrylics. Design, draft and model a stained glass window.


Unit Four: Three Dimensional Drawing and Design.  Learning to visualize, create, and draw 3D forms using the additive and subtractive methods including cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, pyramid  Isometric drawings. Orthographic projection, 2 point perspective. Drafting to scale in 3D, model making in 3D with clay and paper, introduction to CAD (computer assisted drawing)


Unit Five:Basic Structural Devices Through Architectural History Bearing wall, post and lintel, the truss,  the arch, the dome, the cantilever and suspension.  How do structures stand up? Sketching, drafting and design, model making. 

Final Project:  Design a structure to scale within a set of functional criteria.  Make a model of it.  Draw it in plan view, elevation view and a 3D isometric view with color.


    EAA Competition-Engineers Alliance for the Arts-(  In groups, design a functional bridge to scale for a given purpose and community. Present your model to a group of like students and engineers as part of a multi-school competition. Optional exploration of CAD for bridge design (West Point Bridge Design free software.



Advanced Art and Architectue

Advanced Art and Architecture utilizes the drawing, design and construction skills attained in Art and Architecture and integrates the visual and intellectual concepts learned in AP Art History.  It is a project based class. Students design a home in the Fall term and compete in the local Architecture Foundation Design contest Spring term.  Skills applies are drafting to scale in plan, elevation, and sectional views and model construction.  CAD classes taken at CCSF are optional. This class meets the UC a-g standards and the California graduation requirements for VAPA.


A. P. Art History

A. P. Art History not only seeks to understand history though studying its works of art, but also to understand art by studying the context in which it was created. Works of art document history. How does art change through time, as the society and culture change? What can art tell us about the people who lived and worked during the time period? Students will learn to recognize art and architecture, its creator, time period, and meaning, students will write about art using the vocabulary necessary, compare and contrast different works, and learn how artists borrow from one another. Students learn how to collect and organize information, cross-reference it and write coherently about it using the proper vocabulary. A.P. Art History is a college level course that may earn the student college credit when the A.P. exam is passed in May.


Students taking AP 3D studio art will need to work independentlyand be prepared with ideas for each class period. In this college level course you will pursue the investigation of three-dimensional sculptural forms. It is important to learn to express yourself in your own personal style, using the elements and principles of art. Students will develop mastery in concept, composition and execution. Critiques with peers and teacher will be an ongoing process and will be part of the assessment for the course grade. Other assessments will be formative (critiques, brainstorming, individual teacher feedback to your progress) and summative (tests) as projects are completed. AP Studio Art is a program administrated by College Board to provide highly motivated students with an opportunity to earn college credit. Students will create a portfolio of artwork exploring three-dimensional art and documentation of that work with digital photography. In early May, students will submit their completed portfolio of digital images to the College Board for scoring. If students receive a passing score of 3, 4, or 5, they may receive college credit for the class. Students also earn an extra point on their GPA for this class. AP studio Art meets the University of California A - G Visual and Performing Arts & elective requirements. 


Students will receive instruction in musical technique and expression on wind (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone), brass (trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba) and percussion (snare drum, bass drum, xylophone/marimba) instruments. Musical literacy (reading music notation), music theory (understanding the concepts of music), composition (writing your own music) and music history will all be approached through the selection of appropriate literature from a variety of styles. The literature will change every year, giving students the opportunity to continue to develop their musical skills by participating in the class for multiple years.

Ceramics 1 and 2

Students are introduced to methods and m

aterials used in Ceramics, including handbuilding techniques used for the construction and surface decoration of clay, such as; clay modeling, slab building, pinching, and coil construction. Students are also encouraged to produce wheel thrown pottery and sculpture. The practice of good craftsmanship, self-expression, and experimentation are emphasized. Students study the Art of many cultures including Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe. Students are encouraged to participate in reflective writing, drawing, and to maintain a binder, which includes notes, vocabulary and procedures. Upon successful completion of Ceramics 1 2, students may take Advanced Ceramics.



Student Art Work:


Project Title: Mask Project

Project Description: Students have compared and contrasted masks from the Japanese Noh mask tradition and those of contemporary California artists Bill Abright. Students have designed masks, using cultural examples for inspiration – and imagination unique to their own perception, conveying a personal message about the mood and influences of the times in which we live. The students have learned to use several ceramic techniques and simple shapes to create expressive facial features. Masks are distorted, exaggerated and/or realistic. The quantity of them – of many smaller masks forming a larger sculpture speaks to surprise, a familiar form, yet unexpected: absurdity, playfulness, the individual vs. the group, etc. Every student participated in this piece that was hung in The Young at Art Spring Show at The DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park.

Physical Description: Each mask is bisque fired clay, about 2 1/2” X 3” – and each student made 3 to 5 masks - they can be hung in many formations, but look impressive when hung as one sculptural piece – (@ 250 masks = @ 5 by 5 feet) – the differences and similarities become more apparent. They can also be placed on a table or pedestal – either in rows or in a gentile flowing pile.

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The entire Mask Project that was hung at the DeYoung Museum.

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Slab Boxes with Incised Decoration 


After constructing a functional box, Ceramics students explored the rich design traditions of Asia and used those ideas to decorate their work. They learned a new method of hand building and surface decoration, and they also learned that in Buddhist art, the lotus is a symbol that is rich in meaning; that it represents the true nature of beings, who rise above their circumstances into the beauty and clarity of enlightenment, or triumph over adversity. The lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols that permeate Buddhist art.

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Gargoyle, Grotesques, Lions, Chimeras & Little Monsters



The students built gargoyles, grotesques, lions, chimeras - and little monsters -  that are scary, mythical, sometimes humorous creatures that have decorative, functional and sometimes spiritual significance in medieval architecture. Students built them as a hollow form using a variety of sculptural techniques.


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The shape of the Pilgrim Bottle -- or Moon Flask is based on metal containers used by travelers along the Silk Route for holy water from shrines. The traditional Chinese form is decorative rather than practical and was inspired by exposure to new customs and cultures. These Moon Flasks are done by Ceramics 2 students. (below)

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Advanced Ceramics

A course for art students who have successfully completed Ceramics 1 2 with an A or B. Students must demonstrate technical competence and an interest in exploring intuitive and imaginative expression through the art projects attempted. Students continue to master the methods and materials used in traditional and contemporary hand building techniques for the construction of sculpture and pottery. Contemporary attitudes, especially those of Bay area Artists will be explored. Emphasis is on personal exploration rather than mass production pottery or use of molds. Students are expected to become informed young artists with visits to local galleries and museums on their own. Students will maintain a process portfolio during the year and produce a finished portfolio of 6-10 pieces at the conclusion of the year.

Computer Art

Working on paper as well as digitally, students will explore the creative process of making images that can communicate ideas and information through word and image. The course will develop creative thinking and successful solutions in graphic design and illustration; introducing topics as the principles of art and design, typography, composition and layout.

Beginning Drama

This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of theater. Students will learn movement and vocal techniques as well as theater vocabulary. Students will also learn to work in an ensemble as well as individually. The second part of the course will focus on theater history and basic scene study.

Advanced Drama

Students will continue to study important aspects of theater as well as focusing on the production and performance element of drama. Students will investigate various ways to build a character and create a relationship. Traditional and non-traditional theater methods of acting will also be explored. Students will be required to put in after school hours to work on various drama productions. Previous theatrical experience required.

Drawing 1 and 2

Designed for the serious art student, assignments will cover one and two-point perspective, drawing from nature, figure drawing, portraiture, drawing from models and photographs, exploring a variety of drawing styles and media. Students will learn to appreciate the efforts and work ethics of others. Students will be instructed in art forms of selected cultures and explore historical and contemporary views.

Advanced Drawing

Designed to give the serious art student an opportunity to further develop personal drawing skills and portfolio. Assignments include, but are not limited to; drawing, collage, printmaking and painting, using various media and techniques.

Beginning Theater Technology


Students will be instructed in all aspects of operating and maintaining the stage, auditorium, the surrounding areas, the lighting and sound system. Students must be available for selected activities, such as: assemblies, rallies, shows, concerts, and selected football and basketball games. Students and their Parents will be required to sign a contract, which is a commitment of participation.

Intermediate Theater Technology

Continuing students will receive additional instruction in all aspects of operating and maintaining the stage, auditorium, the surrounding areas, the lighting and sound system. This will be a training ground for students wishing to become Stage or Assistant Stage Managers. Students will be required to be available for all selected activities. Students and their Parents will be required to sign a contract, which is a commitment of participation.

Technical Theater

Emphasis will be placed on the production element of theater and each student will be expected to put in a number of hours outside of the normal class time. Students are expected to work after school preparing for theatrical events, late into the evening and/or on weekend hours. The amount of construction time needed depends on the show, the number of sets, and complexity of the set/light design, as well as the size, experience, and commitment of the technical crew. A student must participate in the production of shows to fulfill the outside hours requirement.



Students will receive instruction in musical technique and expression on stringed instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass). While the class is designed for the four members of the string family, instruments that would typically perform in band can be accomodated if the band class is unavailable because of scheduling issues. Musical literacy (reading music notation), music theory (understanding the concepts of music), composition (writing your own music) and music history will all be approached through the selection of appropriate literature from a variety of styles. The literature will change every year, giving students the opportunity to continue to develop their musical skills by participating in the class for multiple years.

Photography 1 and 2


An introductory course in Black and White film photography. The course is designed to serve students who have probably never used a manual camera or worked in a dark room before. Concepts and skills that will be covered throughout the year-long course include:

  • The scientific and artistic history of photography and the camera obscura
  • Building and using a pinhole camera
  • Making a “photogram”
  • How to operate a manual 35mm SLR camera
  • How to compose interesting photographs
  • How to process negatives, make proof sheets, and enlarged prints
  • How to participate in self and groups critiques of their work
  • Laws around shooting in public and intellectual property
  • How to “bracket” their shots and compensate for a light meter’s limitations
  • How to use the camera aperture to control depth of field
  • How to use the camera shutter to control motion effects
  • How to plan for a project that has several steps, execute the project, and prepare it for presentation
  • How to create a thesis of several photographs around a central theme
  • Why a print of a photographer is considered “good” and how to assess the quality of a piece

By the end of the course, students will be comfortable and competent in all aspects of basic camera operation, shooting and darkroom skills. They should be well prepared for college level photography programs, or to explore more sophisticated photographic work in Advanced Photography.

Advanced Photography


Students will plan and execute longer and more complex projects – they will work on several long series of images, rather than only one print per project. Students will learn to use experimental darkroom techniques in their work; and how to manipulate an image to achieve planned specific effects. The project assignments will be more conceptual, and students are expected to be able to illustrate more abstract themes in their work. The quality of their processing and printing skills should be consistent and on the level of a college photography student – students will be expected to refine their darkroom skills to “presentation” level. Students will be given several exercises intended to help them refine their processing and printing skills. Their final prints will be no smaller than 8x10” format, and should be on Fiber-based paper. In addition to fine blackwhite craft, Advanced Photography students will also be introduced to “Alternative Processes” – printing skills which were used in the early part of photography’s history before silver b\printing became the standard and are now done for creative purposes only. Some of these processes include: Color Toning, Hand coloring images (with oil and water color paints), Solarizing, Liquid Emulsion, Cyanotype and Van Dyke printing. Another semester focus will be highlighting. Students will use multi lighting setups to create formal portaits. By the end of the course, Advanced Photography students should have a strong and broad portfolio of work that could be compared with completion of a college level photography course.


Students in the piano classes will learn a variety of fun and educational music selected by the teacher and /or student that is played with both hands. There is varied instruction that includes both individual practice time and small group activities. The students in piano class will also learn music history and information about composers spanning from the 1700's to the present, music theory, composition, ear- training, and listening skills which will enable them to write their own music. Guests artists and/or approved coaches come in weekly to assist the students and field trips are scheduled to concerts at both San Francisco State and the Conservatory of Music. The students will perform a mid-term and final piece in a recital setting for the entire class during each quarter. The semester final exams allow the student the opportunity to perform on the auditorium stage on the grand piano!

Check out Lincoln's Visual Arts Gallery HERE !

and it's

Performing Arts Showcase HERE !