Visual Arts

From Cecilia Kim ’14 continuing her art at Vanderbilt, to Paul Schlacter's '01 tech-savvy work as a senior graphic designer at Google to Gina Emmanuel's '97 design skills as a Principal at Centric Architecture to Jim McCann's ’92 career as a comic book writer and illustrator for Marvel Comics, the Father Ryan visual arts program is developing young artists and providing a wide range of students with the experience of expression through art.

Led by John Durand, Father Ryan's visual arts programs truly make art come alive by allowing students to develop their skills through a variety of media, both two and three-dimensional. Through innovative art classes and projects, Father Ryan students regularly explore and create art through both conventional and unconventional ways.

Advanced Placement (AP) is offered and encouraged for those students who would like to pursue the visual arts in college. The program has had students accepted to the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and to a myriad of summer workshops.

Student Artwork

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of John Durand

    John Durand 

    Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair | Environmental Awareness Moderator | Immaculata House
    (615) 383-4200 x 1854
  • Photo of Ellen Dempsey

    Ellen Dempsey 

    Visual Arts Teacher | Art Club Moderator | Oak House
    (615) 383-4200 x 2155

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