HSArts Community Newsletter – Mar 24

San Francisco High School of the Arts Community Newsletter | March 24, 2023


Important Dates
Mar 27-31 Spring Break!

Apr 3 Senior Photoshoot
Apr 6 Fish Market Field Trip
Apr 7 Group Photoshoot
Apr 12 Career Fair
Apr 14 Land Day & Santa Cruz

Remarks from our Head of School

Greetings from Taiwan! We (Mr. Ray, myself and eight of our high schoolers) are enjoying our trip immensely. We love the delicious food (especially the famous milk tea), warm hospitality, beautiful scenery, but even more, the cultural and art exchange. We will give you a more detailed report when we come back. Take care!

Dr. Sherry Zhang 
Head of School
San Francisco High School of the Arts

Look! Ahead to these things! Happening!

Mr. Brian, Punctuationally Illiterate

Spring break is upon us! And everyone can enjoy a well-deserved break! Coming back in April, we’re jumping right into a slew of events and important dates, listed at the end but detailed right here:

Apr 3 Senior Photoshoot
Our lovely seniors will don their graduation gowns and take their immortalized photos in the annals of HSArts history.

Apr 5 Last day to pay for Santa Cruz fees for 4/14
Optional, for those who want to ride the rides.

Apr 6 Monterey Fish Market Field Trip
Led by Mr. R, there will be fish.

Apr 7 Group photoshoot
At lunch, all staff and students will take a group photo together!

Apr 7 Last day to pay for Yearbook
Get your moneys in for your very own yearbook! We won’t order extras, so you have to preorder if you want one!

Apr 12 Career Fair
Learn about the jobs and careers of adults in our HSArts community. Organized our Parent Club.

Apr 14 Land Day & Santa Cruz (Easter Event)
This is the big one. We’ll be going down to the Land for an Easter Event before heading to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for a full day of fun!

Keep reading the newsletter for more news on what’s coming up! If we missed anything, let us know down in the comments!


Featured Academic News of the Week    

Mr. Qining Cai, Chinese Teacher

出發前,AP Chinese班的學生們,對這次旅行充滿了期待,雖然她們已經具備了很好的中文聽說能力,但是把這種能力運用到台灣純中文的交際學習生活環境中去,還是第一次。本著"學以致用"的教學原則,過去的一個多月裏,我在課堂上,利用教學遊戲、觀看視頻、模擬對話情境等方式,鞏固學生們所學知識,加深他們對台灣當地語言文化生活的了解,增強她們用中文與台灣當地民眾進行交流的興趣和信心。通過不斷的學和練,學生們說:"我們是最好的,一定行!"請您為我們這些優秀而可愛的學生祝福吧!

As you all know, some of our high school students are experiencing their wonderful trip to Taiwan. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them a happy and fruitful journey! 

Before their departure, the students in the AP Chinese class were full of excitement for this trip. Although they already have good Chinese listening and speaking skills, it is still the first time for them to apply this ability to real life. In the past month, I have used teaching games, watching videos, and simulating dialogue situations in class to consolidate their language and deepen their understanding of Taiwan culture. I hope more practice in daily life has enhanced their confidence in communicating with local Taiwanese people in Chinese. Through continuous learning and practice, the students said: “We are the best, we must do it!” Good luck to our lovely students! 

This two-week trip to Taiwan is not only a practice of the knowledge and abilities learned in the classroom for students, but also a test for us Chinese teachers. I believe that the trip to Taiwan will definitely leave a deep impression on the students, and we are eagerly looking forward to the students’ return with their wonderful experiences and stories to share with us.



Featured Academic News of the Week    

Ms. Lucy Cui, Fine Arts Teacher

Recently we are working on a quick sketch study with pencil. This practice trains students to make art decisions in a short time and move on quickly. 

We have long term art studies to prepare students for solid fundamentals, something like the grisaille painting we did last semester. After a while of long term training, students can make great art work, but at the same time, they become too cautious because they want every marker on paper to be correct. Here comes the quick study. Limited each sketch into less then 15 min, sometimes 5 mins or even 1min. For the fundamental skills they have are already good enough, they only need to get used to making decisions quicker and the result can be pretty good. Like the example photo there, the quick sketch practice page made by Coco (7th) and Niki (8th).


Admissions News

HSArts will continue to provide private campus tours over the next several weeks giving all interested students and their families the opportunity to further explore our programs and offerings.  Please RSVP here to schedule your tour.


Young Artists News of the Week

Ms. Hanna Zhang, Dance Teacher and Young Artists Director

Let’s JUMP into Spring Break ✌️

After School Art

Ms. Lucy Cui, Fine Arts Teacher
This semester for after school class, besides the training in drawing fundamentals and encouraging students creativity from imagination, like usual, we are exploring a different material, watercolor, to support our students’ drawing. 

Watercolor paint is a translucent art medium and the paints are made of pigments suspended in water-based solution. The key for watercolor painting is water control. Students in this class will try watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, washes, underpainting, etc. Of course, different materials and techniques are just things to support ideas. Encourage students to express their imagination and illustrate it to share, to communicate.

In this class, we always start with a master copy of a realistic drawing to improve kids’ drawing skills, something like a simple still life or a landscape painting . After this project is finished, they can pick references themselves and design their own pieces. Training in professional skills first, then keep their imagination active and combine with their skills.


Taiwan Updates
Our students are enjoying the warmth and humidity of Taiwan. In other words, ‘warmth’ referring to our hospitable hosts but also it’s really hot, and ‘humidity’ referring to the weather, the sweat from the intense training, but also the many many cups of bubble tea already had. While they’re sure to bring back wonderful memories and stories of their Asian adventure, here are a few pictures they’ve shared so far:

Finally, we leave you with this gem:


Coming soon!
Mar 17-April 1
Taiwan Trip
Mar 27-31
Spring Break
Apr 3
Senior Photoshoot
Apr 5Last day to pay for Santa Cruz fees for 4/14
Apr 6Monterey Fish Market Field Trip
Apr 7Group Photoshoot
Apr 7Last day to pay for yearbooks
Apr 12Career Fair
Apr 14Land Day & Santa Cruz (Easter event)
May 19   
Headliners Dance Competition

Communication is essential and we strive to connect with our students, parents, and families throughout the school year. We will continue reaching out to you with this weekly newsletter. We also encourage you to visit our website and follow our social pages including Facebook and Instagram for announcements, information, and celebrations.