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.
This artistic philosophy is practiced in all of the mediums we offer here at St. Francis High School – Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Digital Photography and Digital Film. Regardless of the medium, we push our students to ground their work beyond the aspect of individual expression by challenging them to develop a sense for critical language that draws on historical and contemporary art contexts.
Visual Arts Courses Currently Offered
Figure Sculpting 1
Figure Sculpting 2
Digital Photography 1
Digital Photography 2
Digital Film and Animation
Advanced Studio Art
AP Studio Art (HP) – Drawing, 2D, 3D
Honors Art History (HP)
We also offer Computer Graphics, learn more under STEM in the Course Catalog
Rosalva (Romo) Willow from class of 1988, and currently a photography instructor at SFHS. She recently posted this spectacular photo of hers paired with a poem, and shared “I’m hoping to inspire my photography students to find beauty in the ordinary while they shelter in place so I’ve been thinking a lot about Emily Dickinson. I went out into my backyard to practice what I preach, found this pretty feather dangling from a camellia and took the picture. Then, I looked up Emily Dickinson and this was the first poem I stumbled across.” #TroubieHeroes
Congratulations to Julia Narvaez ‘19. Julia was one of 6 artists commissioned by Google to create a portrait of a young student from the Roses in Concrete Community School in Oakland!
The 6 paintings were unveiled on March 16th at an event hosted by Disney star Zendaya at the Google Community Space in San Francisco.