Departments & Faculty

The Marin Catholic curriculum is designed to provide a challenging, college prep experience for all of our students.

Visual Arts

  • AP Std Art: 2-D (HP)

    This course is designed for the advanced and self-motivated senior art student who plans to pursue the arts in college. Students will be required to work independently in the art studio on college level assignments and projects. Students will be expected to incorporate a higher level of understand- ing while working with the principles of design and the ele- ments of art in these projects. Research on contemporary and historical artists and art movements will be an integral part of the course. Students will be required to make month- ly museum/gallery visits and will be responsible for visits and interviews with university art professors and professional artists in the bay area. This course is not based on a written exam; instead, students will submit photographed portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. 
  • AP Std Art: 3-D (HP)

    This course is designed for the advanced and self-motivated senior art student who plans to pursue the arts in college. Students will be required to work independently in the art studio on college level assignments and projects. Students will be expected to incorporate a higher level of understand- ing while working with the principles of design and the ele- ments of art in these projects. Research on contemporary and historical artists and art movements will be an integral part of the course. Students will be required to make month- ly museum/gallery visits and will be responsible for visits and interviews with university art professors and professional artists in the bay area. This course is not based on a written exam; instead, students will submit photographed portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. 
  • Art I (P)

    This course introduces the beginning student to the elements of art, the fundamentals of drawing, and 9 master’s of modern art. Students are assessed through short writing assignments in class for the art history portion of the course. Projects make up the bulk of the Art I experience. No previous visual art experience is necessary. This course will satisfy the graduation requirement and is a prerequisite for other visual art courses (except for semester electives.)
  • Art II (P)

    This is the second course in the visual arts sequence. This course is designed for the students interested in further developing art and design skills. Whether the student will pursue an art career or continue as a hobby, they will feel confident in their abilities and understand how to truly express themselves artistically. Exploration of famous contemporary and historical artist’s work will be viewed. Classroom critiques of student work will help create a level of higher learning and confidence in abilities. Students will continue to use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design as they apply them to drawing, painting, and printmaking. Included in the course are units in two-point perspective, drawing from observation and imagination, portrait and figure drawing, watercolor painting and printmaking. Homework is given to reinforce studio work and Art History material. This course will isolate more of the technical aspect of drawing but inclusive with the technical aspect will be the visual discovery as well. One museum visit is required each semester. This course will satisfy the graduation requirement.
  • Art III Honors (HP)

    Honors Drawing and Painting is an advanced course in both drawing and painting. This course will provide students with the opportunity and ability to advance and challenge their knowledge and skills in the area of drawing and painting. This course will introduce students with advanced artistic techniques, materials, methods and processes. It will require students to create artwork based on a different outlook for the final execution of the finished piece. Students will research various artists and learn about their own approach to art and style. The students will have to execute their own style to create a final piece.
  • Art III: Drawing & Painting (P)

    This is the third course in the visual arts sequence. This course explores and integrates the various areas of drawing and painting with the elements of art and the principles of design. Continued exploration of famous contemporary and historical artists will be viewed. Examples of professional artists’ style will be critiqued as well as the students, post each project. Students will confidently know their style and medium in which they create to the pinnacle of their abilities. Students will address mixed media, painting & drawing, design, and some computer graphics on the two-dimensional level. On the three dimensional level students will explore assemblage and converting a two dimensional painting to a three dimensional surface. Increased emphasis is placed on art criticism, journaling, sketchbooks and art history. Homework is given to reinforce studio work and Art History material. One museum visit is required each semester.This course will satisfy the graduation requirement. This course will satisfy the graduation requirement.
  • Art III: Intro to Portraiture (P)

    Intro to Portraiture Drawing and Painting is an intermediate painting course that will provide students with the oppor- tunity and ability to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of drawing and painting the human head and face. This course will introduce the student with advanced artistic techniques, materials, methods and processes. It will require students to create quality realistic duplication of portraits using the step-by-step techniques and demonstrations to execute at an advanced level. The students will develop a deeper understanding of feature relationship along with form and proportion.
  • Ceramics I (P)

    This year long course offers an experience in working with clay as an artistic medium. Students will investigate various hand building techniques as well as working with the potter’s wheel. Students study the ceramic process as well as explore the historical and scientific aspects of clay. The emphasis will be on creating vessels in the first semester. The second semester will begin with an introduction to figurative sculpture. Students will incorporate Art history through an in depth study of the history of American ceramics, as well as contemporary art. Studio work is the emphasis of this class. One museum visit and report is required for each semester. There is a lab fee that covers unlimited clay and glaze for the entire year.This course will satisfy the graduation requirement.
  • Ceramics II (P)

    This course follows Ceramics I and is designed for the student who wants to develop hand building and wheel throwing techniques at an advanced level. More in depth projects and studio problems will challenge the student’s knowledge of various techniques. Studio work is essential to this class. One museum visit is required each semester. There is a lab fee that covers unlimited clay and glaze for the entire year.
  • Photo III Honors

    Honors Photography is an advanced course for students
    serious about continuing their education in the visual arts
    beyond high school, and can be taken instead of Photography III, with a more rigorous curriculum meant to advance critical thinking skill and a deeper knowledge of photography. This course will require student driven, independent course work that integrates and scaffolds on prior knowledge of art/photo history, cultural awareness, and increased competence in both analog and digital photography, and developing imagery that incorporates complex understanding of the medium as a major communication method.
  • Photography I (P)

    Photography I is a year-long course introducing and integrating both traditional and digital photography. Students will learn the terminology and techniques of black and white photography, build a pinhole camera, work with both film and digital cameras, learn safe use and handling of photo chemistry, and how to make prints, mount and display finished work. Once there is a basic understanding of the composition techniques and aesthetics of photography as art, students will incorporate PhotoShop into their work. They will examine the history and development of photography including its historical impact on today’s world while developing a critical eye. Students will be introduced to careers in photography and recognize the cultural and historical significance of a cross section of photographers nationally and internationally. Students will be expected to create a body of work including a portfolio which will reflect their ability to see through the eye of a photographer. Digital or film camera required.
  • Photography II (P)

    Photography II is a year long course designed to develop more advanced studio techniques by building on the knowledge and skills introduced in Photo 1. Students will work with more technically-advanced photographic equipment including more in-depth work with lighting, digital processes, experimental photo techniques, and PhotoShop. Students will focus on developing a distinctive personal style and will pursue individual interests, learning to critique their work. By continued exploration of photographic styles, they will be able to link photography to diverse disciplines and professions. Students will create a portfolio/body of work that demonstrates their growth as a photographer. Digital or film camera required.
  • Photography III (P)

    Photo III is an advanced photography course that will pro- vide students with opportunities to extend and advance their knowledge and skills in the field of photography. Students will be expected to work independently, writing project proposals and focus on visual storytelling. This is designed for students who are highly motivated and want to pursue photography on a deeper level.