Visual and Performing Arts

The Holy Names High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) provides a broad knowledge of the arts and empowers students to understand and create artistic expression. Our program offers a hands-on learning approach to unlock the creative potential of our students while encouraging the curiosity, growth, and development of the artistic spirit.

HNHS firmly believes that art courses benefit all students because of the process of creating and critiquing art engages students in higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and flexible, imaginative thinking. The disciplines offered: Music, Drama, and Visual Arts cover the California State Board of Education Arts Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations, and applications.


Courses include:

 Visual Art Classes

 Art 1: Introduction to Drawing and Design

 Art 2: Drawing

 Art 3: Color and Design

 AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

 Digital Art and Photography

 Film and Video Production

 Introduction to Television Broadcasting


 Art Intern


 Theatre Classes


 Technical Theatre Production


 Vocal Classes


 Vocal Ensemble

 Belle Tones


 Instrumental Music Classes

 Instrumental Music


 Music Intern


Graduation requirement: two years of visual and performing arts, 20 credits. All courses are certified as meeting the requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University systems.