Visual Arts

The Bishop McNamara visual arts program provides opportunities for our students to develop their understanding and appreciation of the visual by exposing students to sculpture and ceramics, computer graphics, painting, photography, graphic arts, mechanical drawing, art history and internet web page design.

We offer a wide selection of visual art courses designed with college-bound students in mind. Whether taught in the studio or computer labs, these courses focus on skills like composition building/layout, elements and principles of design, mastery of materials, and with an emphasis on observational drawing skills. We provide students with an opportunity to experiment with a variety of media and materials using hands-on strategies and emerging technologies. In addition, we offer Advanced Placement courses and other portfolio development opportunities.

Our visual arts program is built on the understanding that exploration through visual art not only enriches a child's scope and view of the world, but also engages high order thinking skills which are crucial for problem solving and achievement.

Our students' art is posted at, an online museum of art for students.

Go to Artsonia-BMHS' Online Art Gallery

Visual Arts Courses



Advanced Drawing

Graphic Design

Digital Photography

AP Studio Art: 2D Photography

Portfolio Development

Upcoming Fine Arts Events 2015-16

Mark your calendars. Click on link below for more information on each event as it becomes available.
  • FA Boosters Meeting on Sept. 15
  • FADE Colloquium #1 on Sept. 28th
  • FADE Colloquium #2 on Oct. 15th
  • 5K for the Arts on Oct. 17
  • Fall Musical: R&H Cinderella Nov. 13-22
  • FADE Colloquium #3 on Dec. 1st
  • WAMTC Fall Band Festival Dec. 5
  • Christmas Fine Arts Festival Dec. 11-12
  • FADE Senior Showcase Feb. 18
  • P.G. County Music Festival Mar. 10-12
  • Spring Play Mar. 18-20
  • Dance Showcase Apr. 7
  • Dance Festival Apr. 8-9
  • Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble Concert Apr. 13
  • Sankofa Apr. 28-30, May 1
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert May 5
  • Choir Concert May 6
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert May 13
Fine Arts News
Important 5K for the Arts event information for Students, Parent, Faculty and Sponsors.
Ailey II Company Dancer provides advice and technique to BMHS dance students.
Please join us for the Fine Arts FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series for the 2015-2016 school year.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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