The Visual and Performing Arts Department at St. Francis High School provides the finest quality instruction in the visual and performing arts in a manner consistent with the teaching mission of St. Francis High School, the Catholic Church in the Monterey Diocese and the teaching mission of the Salesians of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello. The study of art, whether by visual means or through performance, enhances and enriches a student's intellectual, physical, emotional, and interpersonal skills and the production of art is a manifestation of that student's intellectual, spiritual and compassionate growth.
Students are introduced to the art of acting through performance and through the study of dramatic works throughout history and in various cultures. Through reading plays, analyzing scripts and performances, utilizing design activities, and acting and performing, students will have a beginning understanding of the importance of the dramatic arts in history and across cultures, as well as the role and function of the professional theater today.
The St. Francis Choir develops vocal and performance skills of students participating in a mixed choir. Medium to difficult high school choral literature is performed at school and community events. Students develop critical social skills and creative thinking skills promoting a well-balanced lifestyle and the possibility of advancement in a career.
The St. Francis Music Ministry is a spiritually-focused musical group that utilizes various musical styles to enrich participation in liturgical celebrations throughout the school year. The Music Ministry is a student volunteer ensemble that has a high standard of musical excellence.
Throughout the year the music and theater programs with the help of the VAPA Boosters produce special concerts, plays, with a spring musical and our annual Concert on the Green.
Visual Arts 1
The first semester focuses on drawing skills using pencil and charcoal. Students learn to draw, or improve skills in drawing realistically. The second semester focuses on 2D design skills and the use of color pencils, chalk and oil pastels, tempera and acrylic paint, collage, photography, mixed media, and at the end of the year students learn hand-building with ceramics.
Visual Arts 2
The emphasis is on drawing, painting and 2D design skills with a more intensive focus on completing longer-term projects and artistic experimentation. At the end of the year students learn how to throw clay on the wheel. Art 2 may be repeated. Visual Arts 2 prepares a student to take either one of two AP Studio Art courses where he/she prepares portfolios to be evaluated by the AP College Board.
AP Studio Art
Students prepare portfolios to be evaluated by the AP College Board. The portfolios consist of 24-32 pieces showing the breadth of ability, the quality of work and a concentration of work focusing on solving a visual problem. AP Studio Art: Drawing focuses on mark-making and includes any drawing or painting media. AP Studio Art: 2D Design also includes the use of any drawing or painting media but focuses on design principles and may include photography and digital graphics.
The primary focus is constructing the yearbook using design, layout, photography, and journalism skills. Students also learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and create graphics and posters for drama productions, the Spring Festival, and other activities.