VAPA Night – “Speak to Power”

“Speak to Power” – Come join us for an evening of art, music and theater on Thursday, February 6th from 6 to 8 in Grieb Theater!  Outside the theater, artwork from students will be exhibited throughout the foyer, that make a strong statement about issues students feel strongly about. To address the social and environmental issues they are most passionate about, students have contributed their creative talents to developing theatrical scenes, musical performances, visual art, and service learning projects that will inform, challenge, and inspire an audience to action.  Hope to see you there!  

Meet Our New Drama Teacher!

Welcome back to ECR VAPA! We are thrilled to start the year off with the arts going strong at El Camino. We would like to introduce our new drama teacher. Here is a little message from him:

Hello and Welcome! My name is Jonathan Harveson but the students call me “Harvey”. I am ecstatic about being the latest addition to the Drama legacy at Elco that has been an intricate part of so many lives. It was clear to me from day one that I was surrounded by talent. The students have been taught by wonderful teachers over the years, and all I have to do sometimes is just not get in the way.

I have been teaching English for fifteen years, and half of that has been an English/Theatre combo. This is my first full-time Drama only position, and I am thrilled to be doing it. I earned my undergraduate degree from The University of New Mexico, BFA in Theatre, and graduated from a two-year Meisner program in Santa Monica. My wife, Shannan, is also a teacher and I have three children. One in elementary, another in middle, and my oldest in high school. Busy, but we love it!

I eagerly look forward to what this new challenge in my life has to offer, and I consider myself blessed beyond all measure to be doing it at El Camino Real!

New Classes! Join VAPA!

Current Students: Programming has begun!  We hope you all plan to take VAPA classes next Fall.  Our course selection has grown a lot, so we hope you take advantage of all the options you have.

THEATER: There will now be a Theater 2 course, which should be taken after Intro to Theater and requires pre-approval from Ms. Brasler.  Play Production also requires approval.  Please contact Ms. Brasler for more information:

MUSIC: There will now be a beginning Piano course. Learn the basics of keyboarding and other music knowledge.  AP Music Theory is a great class to take if you already have a basic music theory background and want to improve your musicianship while earning college credit.

CHORAL MUSIC: If you would like to sing, we have three choral groups.  Two are audition based and one is open to anyone.  Contact Ms. Brennan for more information on any of those music classes:

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: We offer Jazz Band, String Orchestra, and Marching Band (with Drumline), all of which require pre-approval from Mr. Thurow.  Instruments is a class for learning the instrument of your choice – no experience needed.  Contact Mr. Thurow for more information:

VISUAL ARTS: We are adding Advanced level classes for Design, Drawing and Painting.  They all will require pre-approval to join.  The AP course will require a portfolio submission.  There also other fun options like Calligraphy, Cartooning, and Graphic Design.  Please contact Mr. Harbourt for more information:

DANCE: We have dance classes that can count as PE or VPA credit!  If you love to dance, you can get two different types of requirements satisfied over the course of your high school career.  Contact Ms. Marshall for more information:

FILM: Learn how to create movies!  The Careers in Entertainment Academy is a great experience for budding filmmakers.  Contact Ms. Estrin for more information:


INCOMING FRESHMAN: We hope you tell your counselor you would like to be a part of the VAPA Academy when you program your classes.  This will help ensure that you will be able to be an artist throughout your time at ECR and spend time in your academic classes with other arts minded students, learning through an artistic lens.  Join us!


ECR Visual Arts at CSUN

El Camino’s Visual Arts Department was represented in the 22nd High School Invitational held at CSUN on January 18th.  El Camino’s art students, Sam Helton, Catheryn Cowings, Sierra Denney, Nikko Castaneda, Giang Le, and Taylor Freas were featured in the exhibit.  The event showcased selected work made by students from over thirty San Fernando Valley high schools, in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, and photography, among others. In conjunction with the High School Invitational, the West Gallery featured the work of the high school art teachers.  Our Graphic Design teacher, Mrs. Nicholson, had her artwork represented in this gallery.  Congratulations El Camino’s Visual Arts Department!

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