Visual Arts


Visual Arts

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.


SFHS Students Place in 2018 Academic Decathlon Art Competition

Congratulations to our Academic Decathlon Art Competition Winners! SFHS placed in all but one category, and Senior Katharine Moore’s piece “The Beauty of Color” was selected as the Overall Excellence winning entry! See all of our amazing artists work below and be sure to congratulate Julia Bird ‘21, Ava Schaedler ‘20, Sophia Zogbi ‘21, Sana Niaz ‘18, Ana Lucia Burns ‘19, Lynea Gamez ‘21 and Katharine Moore ‘18.


Fifteen Students Recognized for Collegiate Commitment to the Arts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fifteen outstanding students will be recognized at a St. Francis event on Friday, May 12 at 8:00am in the St. Francis Theatre on campus to honor those graduating seniors who have made the choice to major in an Art discipline. Students represent a breadth of Art fields such as music, television and film, acting, musical and technical theatre, art history, and architecture. They will be attending fifteen different programs at some of the country’s top schools.

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Sketching in visual and other art forms is similar to conditioning in sports or gathering information in science. In general, a sketch is a quick way to record ideas for later use, but also a way to precisely study a subject before starting final work.