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.
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.