Whether taking an art class for the first time or honing developed artistic skills, the art program at Holy Cross High School helps each student explore and develop his creative potential. The Art Department takes a tripartite approach in providing instruction in theory and technique, maintaining a supportive environment for creativity and self-expression, and facilitating critical thinking about one’s own creations and great masterpieces. Students are taught both traditional and contemporary approaches to art and are encouraged to explore the relationship between technology and the arts. Students use a computer as often as they employ a brush and a palette. The art studios are dual-platform environments which utilize both Mac and Windows-based software including Adobe® Creative Suite® (including Photoshop®, Illustrator®, InDesign®, Dreamweaver®, and Flash®), AutoCAD®, and AVID®.
We believe that the fundamental purpose of music education is to develop in each student the ability to rehearse and perform music to their fullest potential. We encourage every student to take an active part in the creative process to learn the various ways music can be experienced, including listening, performing, improvising and composing. The music program provides students with the opportunity to understand and appreciate historical music style periods, as it will enable them to gain a greater understanding of the development of music.
Incorporating the music of various cultures and genres may provide students new musical experiences that broadens their understanding of music and helps them to better understand the diversity of cultures and musical styles. By cultivating an excitement for music, students can learn musicianship, technique, rhythm, and other important elements of music. Through these various experiences the students are provided the opportunity to become independent musicians and learn the beauty of music, making for a more rewarding and fulfilling education.
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