It’s about artistic expression. There is an arts concert, event, play or art exhibition every month during the school year.
Our performance students consistently receive special and statewide recognition at regional theatre and music festivals, visual artists take high honors at county and state competitions and St. Francis dancers perform in concert, special events, competitions and liturgies.
An integral part of the school curriculum and community, our art students develop their interests with beginning through advanced classes in music, theatre, dance and visual arts.
Prospective students can learn more about our arts-related courses by exploring the academics section of our website – Arts Academic Courses
“12 Angry Jurors” focuses on a jury’s deliberations in a capital murder case. A twelve person jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old woman accused in the stabbing death of her father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence.
Our Play “12 Angry Women” opened on Friday, March 17th. There are three more showings of the play on Friday, March 24th at 7 p.m, and Saturday, March 25th at 1 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m.
A jury is forced to consider a homicide trial. They have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not-guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt. The jury is instructed that a guilty verdict will be a mandatory death sentence. General seating is on the stage. Tickets to the performance can be purchased at www.stfrancishs.org/tickets.
March 24 – Ma Sarap Food Truck (Filipino food) will be in the parking lot by the Theatre from 3-7 p.m.
End of the Year Fine Arts Showcase
The End of the Year Fine Arts Showcase opened Friday, March 17 in the theatre foyer and concludes on Thursday, March 30th. The show features the best of the best for the 2016-17 school year. The Art Opening is free to all.
SFHS offers all levels of dance classes from beginning to advanced. Students will develop their understanding, appreciation, and artistic expression through dance. By working on body flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, coordination and relaxation, students will strengthen technique, projection dynamics, memorization skills and confidence.
Placement in Intermediate Dance Techniques, Apprentice Dance Company, and Dance Company
Dancers will audition intermediate to advanced level jazz and lyrical combinations on February 22nd to determine proficiency of technique, musicality, and performance quality. Auditions will be held in Room 407 (which is located in the Performing Arts building adjacent to the school’s Front Office). Dancers should bring all shoes necessary to audition jazz and lyrical combinations as well as pointe or tap shoes should they choose to audition a solo at Callbacks. Appropriate dance attire includes leotard, tights, fitted jazz pants or leggings, and/or fitted top (no midriffs). Hair should be pulled away from the face in a bun or a clean ponytail.
All Dancers must audition for placement in Intermediate Dance Techniques, Apprentice Dance Company, and Dance Company. Dancers who are not available for the audition dates but wish placement in Dance for the Fall 17/Spring 18 School Year will be subject to an individual audition process.
Wednesday, February 22nd – AUDITIONS
3:15pm – 4:45pm Auditions for current SFHS Students
5:00pm – 6:30pm Auditions for Incoming Freshmen
Results for current St. Francis students will be posted outside the Dance Room on Friday, February 24th. Incoming Freshmen will receive results via email.
The main theatre and the black box performance space afford wonderful options for our students. Interested students can go beyond the scenes and work with the technical director on sets, lights and sound. The fall play and spring musical are extracurricular and you need not be enrolled in an arts course to audition or work on the crew.
Each student that walks into an art classroom is at a different place in her artistic development. For those of us in the Visual Art Department, teaching means meeting each student at her own level and then finding a way to encourage her to take her art to the next stage.
The parents of St. Francis High School play an integral role in the school’s ability to offer students a highly esteemed arts program in the greater Sacramento area. We need your help to continue this tradition. Please consider supporting the arts by joining our parent organization Patrons of the Arts, and if you’re able by supporting the St. Francis Fund. Your donation provides the vitally needed funding to support students in every area of ﬁne and performing arts, including: Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Drama, Theatre Tech, Dance, Choir, and Orchestra.
We are excited to once again participate in the Crocker Art Museum’s “Self-Portrait” exhibition with 13 other high schools. The Self Portrait Gallery will be on display from April 6 through May 27 and the Artist Reception will be April 23! Congratulations to all of our featured artists, your artwork is phenomenal!
Artist’s Statement: “I created this piece using a combination of ink, paint, and construction paper. I used brightly colored construction paper to add a whimsical element to an otherwise black and white piece.”
Artist’s Statement: “Imperfect is primarily composed of clay, acrylic, and wire. I was inspired by the many confident women in my life and their struggle to accept all parts of themselves, even the pieces which society has labeled as flaws. Women, especially during young adulthood, are faced with unrealistic and often demeaning beauty expectations. This sculpture depicts the self-conscious feeling a woman has when her imperfections are slowly torn out so only the acceptable parts remain. Without validation or acknowledgement of her true colors, her real self is left to bleed away. My hope in creating this work is that other young women will be able to recognize how imperfections are important. It is what make us truly and uniquely beautiful.”
Artist’s Statement: “I was inspired by my art teacher, Mrs. Stember, in my sophomore year during my first painting class. She encouraged me to progress in a medium with which I was not originally confident. I now love the creative process of painting with acrylic as I capture the life of my friends and family.”
Artist’s Statement: “By definition, iridescence means lustrous rainbow like play of color caused by differentiate refraction of light waves that tends to change as the angle of view changes. As a senior in high school, college and the future are often on my mind. To me this piece was a lot of fun to make and provided light in my life while I applied to schools. It helped me realize that this whole figuring out college thing really isn’t too bad if you look at it from more than one angle. If you have tunnel vision, you are guaranteed to be let down. If you just take the time to change the angle of your view, you can see the light and positivity in it.”
Artist’s Statement: “When I was first drawing this, I was worried about the difficulty of the hair but as I continued, it started to come together. My main focus while drawing this was to make sure the same strength I had imagined was transferred into the eyes. I was amazed by how alive they seemed and was happy with the result. I wanted the mood of the piece to show the patience, power, and perseverance.”
Artist Statement: Traditionally, photographers are meant to capture the essence of a moment or a single time of being. However, I wanted to challenge this notion by depicting motion: something as simple as the turning of a head. I also incorporated stitches to connect the movement so that the piece is fluid. The result of my undertaking is a self-portrait that captures 2 moments in time and combines them, and this is something that a normal photograph can’t do.
Our talented SF Players are competing at the Lenaea Festival Friday, February 10 through Sunday February 12! Keep them in your prayers as they perform their One Act “Trojan Women” an original tragedy by Thom Green and David Blanchard.
Congrats to the SF Players on a great opening night of the One Acts! Two completely different One Acts Shows performed within an evening. These one Acts will be judged and the winning act will be performed for Lenaea competition at the Harris Center.
One Acts 2017: What Andy Warhol Never Told Me, A short comedy by Robert Pridham
The Trojan Women, By Thom Green and David Blanchard
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