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Art Boosters

The Art Boosters mission is to foster the growth, exposure and community interface of the visual arts at San Rafael High; including photography, ceramics, design and construction, sculpture, drawing, painting and multi-media expressions.

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Youth Poster Contest

We are proud to announce that four San Rafael High School art students — Amelie Benicio, Lily Gates, Ella Mullins, and Fatima Ayala — were finalists in the 2019 Youth Poster Contest

Youth in Arts Awards Best in Show to Amelie Benecio

Amelia Benecio took Best in Show for her for her charcoal drawing of “Wild Eyes,” a character from the Netflix TV series, “Orange is the New Black.”  Youth in Arts, an art education provider, hosts the 28th annual 2019 “Rising Stars” exhibition. The show, at the YIA Gallery, 917 C St., San Rafael, runs through March 29.  More info at the IJ link.  

Twelve students from SRHS were chosen to showcase their artwork at the 28th annual Youth in Arts “Rising Stars” high school art show:

Joselin Diaz-Padilla, Dulce Santay, Daren O'Hagan, Guillermo Cardenas, Ruby Burciaga, VeronecaMiller, Jonathan Kfouri, Amelie Benicio, Phoebe Johnson, Kelly Abey, Lily Gates, and Ella Mullins.

Multi-media art


Mrs. Herrera and Mrs. Yi would appreciate donations of any supplies!  Feel free to contact us regarding any supplies ahead of time, or

Household Art Supplies — If you have any extra Art supplies (newspaper, egg cartons, brushes, paints, containers for water, etc), we can probably use them! Please contact  Annie Yi ( or Johanna Herrera (

Meeting Dates

Art Booster Meetings are the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. in one of the art rooms.

9/26 (AR207), 10/24 (P108), 12/5 (P108) (moved for Thanksgiving), 1/23 (P108), 2/27 (P108), 3/26 (P108), 4/23 (P108), 5/28 (P108)

To receive remind notifications sign up on Remind: Simply text the message @96847g to the number 81010, and we'll remind you about meetings and special events.

Art Boosters' Newsletters

Past newsletters are saved here:

June 2019

April 2019 

March 2019

February 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

Art Boosters Contacts

Please contact our lead representative Brooke Hansen for more information on how to support our Art Boosters! If you are interested in receiving Email updates, forms, art show information and ways to volunteer; these can be handled through our art booster team. Feel free to contact the teachers for more information.


Johanna Herrera was born in Los Angeles, California, and it was there that she discovered her passion for the sights and sounds of the urban landscape. It was in high school that she found a voice for this passion and that was in the art of black and white photography. Upon graduating from high school she moved 400 miles north of L.A. to study film photography at The Academy Of Art College in San Francisco.  

Throughout her college career she exhibited her black and white as well as color photographs in several local Northern California galleries and group photo exhibits. In 1993, she graduated art school and began traveling as much as possible, exploring exciting new backdrops and cultivating her own style.

“My relationship with art has been a journey of discovery. I have learned not only about technique and media but I have also learned a lot about myself. I began my artistic path with a love of photography and have traveled consistently on that path for 25 years. Along the way I grew passionate about ceramics as well. I was fortunate enough to marry in to a family of artists and it was there that I discovered the art of ceramic and glass.”

Last year, Johanna exhibited her black and white photographic series entitled “Out West” in Arezzo, Italy. This exhibit was a huge success, resulting in several sold pieces and an opportunity to photograph the Italian landscape. Currently she is inspiring and supporting her students at San Rafael High School while working on a new new photographic series based on her travels to Tuscany.

Mrs. Yi
Annie Yi was born in Oakland, California, and it was through the local bay area that she has found passion for the arts and to teach students art. It was in middle and high school that she found an interest in painting, sculpture and any type of art. Upon graduating, she pursued an Arts degree at University of California, Davis.


Traveling to Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Africa and much more to learn about the art in different countries, she came back to the states to teach art at all different levels and ages. With the experiences of teaching at a variety of levels, she believes she has great insight to help students during high school.


While exhibiting her work and teaching at the high school level, she went back obtain her master’s degree in Art Education to further her knowledge in the arts, teaching the arts and developed a curriculum suited for secondary level students.


Throughout the summer, Annie not only works on her own personal art pieces but also teaches at UC Berkeley as an instructor in Fine Arts Department, for (ATDP) Academic Talent Development Program created for highly motivated students in the local area. She loves teaching and finds great joy in having students tap into the wonderful world of Art!