Students in drawing, painting, sculpture and digital photography classes are busy throughout the year making the SF campus an exciting visual place. The school’s orchestras and beginning through advanced choirs earn high scores in the Golden Empire Festival and other state and national competitions.
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.
This year long course satisfies the UC requirement for Fine Arts. This upper intermediate dance company increases technique and performance skills through studies in multiple dance genres. Major choreographers and dance performers are studied through written and visual materials. Students create and perform original choreography through group collaboration. Students have several performance opportunities that include the Winterfest Dance Concert. Students enrolled in this course may request a PE waiver for one semester. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
This yearlong class fulfills the UC requirement for Fine Arts. This class enables advanced dance students to develop their understanding, appreciation, and artistic expression through dance. Students will advance their skills in ballet, lyrical, modern, tap and jazz techniques, as well as develop their own choreography. Stage presence and confidence are vital for a performer and students will work on enhancing these techniques. By working on body flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, coordination and relaxation, students will strengthen technique, projection dynamics, memorization skills and confidence. Local diocesan schools will be invited to the class for dance art enrichment programs. This company will study and prepare for the annual Winterfest Dance Concert. Company members will also participate in competitions and workshops during the Spring semester. Students enrolled in this course may request a PE waiver for one semester. This course may be repeated for credit. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
Show Choir is an advanced choral and dance group which is open to all students 9-12 by audition only. Students will perform intermediate and advanced level popular and musical theater repertoire. Training on interpretation, vocal and dance techniques and performance will be emphasized. Required rehearsals, performances, and competitions are scheduled by the director. The course may be repeated for additional credit.
Prerequisites: Audition and teacher recommendation. Student must have the ability to sing and dance at an intermediate level; one to two years experience or equivalent private instruction.
Acting 1 is a semester introductory course that explores applications of acting theories and techniques to scripts of realistic drama, memorized scenes, various acting exercises and audition pieces; all are presented in the classroom.
This yearlong class fulfills the UC Fine Arts requirement. Theatre Arts 1 explores the art of the actor through acting process and performance. Each student discovers what is encompassed in the history of drama and the challenges of the dramatic profession. Coursework includes assigned readings, memorization of scripts, writing and performing of short plays, and lecture notes. The Course also surveys the history of drama and theatrical development. Students experiment with and apply different acting techniques and styles appropriate to each area of study.Students critique theatrical productions, successfully applying the terminology of evaluation. Students focus on the sense of ensemble and the special qualities needed for a collaborative arts experience. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
This advanced course focuses on dramatic presentations of fiction, drama, poetry and music performed for a variety of audiences. Public and community outreach performances are required. All class members participate in festival and special performances with additional rehearsals required as needed. All students participate in the St. Francis High School One Act Festival and the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival with original and scripted materials. This course may be repeated for credit. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
Prerequisite: Theater Arts 1 or permission of the instructor based on experience and audition
The Concert Choir at St. Francis focuses on the performing beginning-intermediate level literature from selected eras and styles of music. Training in interpretation, rehearsal, vocal, and performance techniques will be emphasized. In addition, the students will learn relevant music theory and history of the music performed. The required rehearsals, performances, and competitions are scheduled by the director. This yearlong class fulfills the UC requirement for Fine Arts. The course may be repeated for additional credit. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
The chamber singers at St. Francis focus on performing intermediate and advanced level literature from selected eras of music. Training in interpretation, rehearsal techniques and performance will be emphasized. In addition, students will learn relevant theory and history of the music performed. Required rehearsals, performances, and competitions are scheduled by the director. This performance group represents St. Francis and the diocese in the community of Sacramento as the primary singing ensemble with many scheduled events. The course may be repeated for additional credit. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
Prerequisite: Audition and teacher recommendation. Student must have the ability to sing at an intermediate level; one to two years experience or equivalent private instruction.
This is an advanced level ensemble performing as the music representatives of St. Francis in many school events and venues. The Chamber Orchestra will train in the interpretation and the period style of many musical eras. In addition to the techniques of rehearsal and performance, the student will be graded on the ability to perform as a contributing, cooperative member, responsibly improving the level of the ensemble in every aspect. The director schedules required performances and competitions.The students will continue to study music theory with an emphasis in sight singing, ear training and basic written theory. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
Prerequisite: Audition only. Chamber Orchestra is limited to 25 members.
This semester introductory survey course is the prerequisite for Drawing 1, Painting 1, and Figure Sculpture 1. Students are introduced to the visual arts through instruction in drawing, sculpture, architecture, painting, printmaking and art history. This course will focus on the elements of art through hands-on experiences.
This introductory semester drawing course introduces the student to the basic materials, procedures, drawing techniques, and skills used in the drawing mediums. In order to acquire these skills, students have to be aware of the beauty in everyday life and its transformation to personal artistic language. The visual art elements and principles of design will be emphasized and developed through various drawing projects. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
This class, when taken with its prerequisite Drawing 1, fulfills the one year UC requirement for Fine Arts. Drawing 2 builds upon the skills learned in Drawing 1, with an emphasis on light and shadow, perspective, and drawing from a model. UC A-G approved – f Visual & Performing Arts.
This course may be taken in addition to other English courses but does not satisfy graduation requirements.
This course broadens students’ understanding of the media while contributing to the SFHS archives through development of The Canticle, the school yearbook. Methodology consists of creative lab experiences, layout, recording, and reporting. Goals include stimulating students’ creativity, strengthening their value of commitment, and assuming responsibility for a final product. This course may be repeated for credit. Note: Yearbook requires some after-school hours.
Students must have the recommendation of her present English teacher.
Sophomores & Juniors must have an “A” in English. Seniors who are signing up for yearbook for the first time must have at least a “B” in English; involvement in school activities, strong writing skills, InDesign computer skills preferred; may be repeated for credit.
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