The Fine Arts are a vibrant part of Catholic Memorial School. In grades 7 through 12, our students are actively involved in all aspects of the arts both inside and outside of the classroom. Our students are engaged in the process of creating, critiquing, and sustaining art through coursework, conversation, demonstration, practice, rehearsal, as well as in their extracurricular studies and pursuits. Via technology and a hands-on, 21st-century learning approach, students have a wealth of opportunities to showcase their talents both onstage and off; with paintbrush and pen; vocally and instrumentally; as well as in front of and behind the camera.
We in the arts believe in educating the young men of Catholic Memorial aesthetically, artistically, intellectually, and spiritually. The Arts are a visceral, living process where students create memorable and lasting expressions which will live in the annals of Catholic Memorial’s history for decades to come. We lay one brick at a time in the foundation of arts education for each Catholic Memorial Knight.
All three goals are intrinsic to the program. The selection of required canonical and nontraditional literature and the expectation of independent reading contribute to the development of sound comprehension skills and analytical ability. The quality and range of discussion possible in small classes generate increased depth of thought as it places a premium on the ability to present ideas with clarity and focus. An emphasis on frequent writing at every grade level works toward the establishment of refined and persuasive writing ability. As it works to produce effective readers, thinkers, and writers, the department also seeks to develop each student's intrinsic love of literature and increase his understanding of experiences different from his own