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 '09 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 and Mike Mitchell, 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, such as Mr. Mitchell's cigar box guitar project that is a perennial favorite, 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.