Visual Arts at JCHS

Art is incorporated into all aspects of the JCHS experience through collaboration with performing arts, gallery showcases, and site-specific art installations throughout our campus. 
JCHS offers instruction in studio art, photography, sculpture, and art history. 

Through our visual arts programs, student artists have opportunities to develop and process film in our dark room, create relief prints on our printing press, and explore three-dimensional sculpture using our pottery wheel and kiln. In introductory classes, students learn basic principles, techniques, and terminology of art through practical studio projects including book covers, ink drawings, pencil value drawings, positive and negative spacedrawing, relief printmaking, basic color theory, acrylic painting, and papier-mâché mask making.

Those students who choose to continue with more advanced studies in visual art can choose from
  • Sculpture classes, introducing students to 3-D design through clay, plaster, wood, fiber, and metal
  • Photography classes, introducing students to the basics of black and white photography through film processing and composition.
  • AP Studio Art, a college-level course in which students produce a minimum of 40 works of art in a variety of media, techniques, and subject matter, with emphasis on drawing from observation, the application of color and design principles, the development of a body of work showing personally meaningful visual ideas, and the application of the critique process in written and oral form.
All student artists have an opportunity to exhibit their finished work at the annual JCHS Arts Evening in May. Each year, our campus is transformed into an art gallery and performance space for spoken word and literary arts.
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777
JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from:
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.