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 four art disciplines offered: Dance, 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.
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
Technical Theatre Production
Instrumental Music (UC Approval Pending)
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.