Visual Arts
Welcome to Moreau's Visual Art Department!

The Visual Art Department offers an extraordinary program lead by 2 teachers, Ms. Karen Thomas and Mrs. Brooke Nelson. Classes provide unique opportunities for students’ academic development as well students interested in a career in art. Through the study of artworks of various periods and cultures, a visual art student develops the ability to respond to, analyze, and make judgements about form, content, techniques, and purpose in works of art . Students learn to understand and to pursue quality, to be expressive and responsive, to exercise their imaginations, and to be interested in the visions and inventions of others. Students interested in a career in art or interested in taking more than one art course are encouraged to take Visual Arts their freshman year and Drawing/Painting/Sculpture their sophomore year so they will be able to take upper level courses during their remaining years in high school. Although not required, it is suggested students take Advanced Art or Drawing and Painting II prior to enrolling in AP Art. The skills learned in these two courses will be beneficial to all art courses. Please see any art teacher for help in selecting an art course of study.

Students interested in specializing in visual arts courses culminating in Advanced Placement Studio Art or Advanced Art in their senior year should notify their counselors and strive to take two art courses in both their sophomore and junior years, in addition to the ninth grade Visual Arts course.

Students who want an emphasis in two-dimensional art should take this sequence of courses:
  • Grade 9: Visual Arts
  • Grade 10: Drawing, Painting
  • Grade 11: Drawing and Painting 2, Advanced Art
  • Grade 12: AP Studio Art

Students who want an emphasis in three-dimensional art should take this sequence of courses:
  • Grade 9: Visual Arts
  • Grade 10: Sculpture and Clay, Ceramics
  • Grade 11: Sculpture and Clay 2, Advanced Art
  • Grade 12: AP Studio Art