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The Urban School
of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program is designed to stimulate and develop students’ facility with and enthusiasm for creative visual expression in a variety of media. In a range of courses, Urban introduces students to the vast potential of the visual arts as a means of self-expression and as a way to engage their imaginations in giving their ideas aesthetic form.

We encourage independent and flexible thinking as well as discipline and perseverance. We ask students to reflect inward; to demonstrate commitment, curiosity and craft in creating their work; and to be courageous in the process of shaping and re-shaping their aesthetic impulses. 

A hallmark of Urban School is the abundant art work on display throughout the school during much of the year, and a culminating experience for many students is the Senior Winter Art Show.

See Visual Arts courses for 2018-19.


The Urban School curriculum provides an exceptionally strong foundation in college preparatory subjects. Many of our classes have distinctive features that set them apart as particularly challenging and comparable to college level work. These classes, designated as UAS (Urban Advanced Studies), are developed by the Urban faculty and comprise the school's most rigorous coursework. UAS classes are offered in every subject area and the majority are recognized by colleges (including the University of California) as honors level courses. Many Urban students choose to take Advanced Placement subject exams after taking these courses.

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