San Francisco High School of the Arts Community Newsletter | March 24, 2023
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION
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!
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).
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 RSVPhereto schedule your tour. MSSONS
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:
Mar 17-April 1
Last day to pay for Santa Cruz fees for 4/14
Monterey Fish Market Field Trip
Last day to pay for yearbooks
Land Day & Santa Cruz (Easter event)
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.