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 2016-17

See Fine Arts Events

Mark your calendars. Click on link below for more information on each event as it becomes available.
  • FA Boosters Meeting 9/20
  • FADE Colloquium #1 10/5
  • 5K for the Arts 10/15
  • Tri M Induction & Recital 10/25
  • Fall Musical Man of La Mancha: 11/11-13, 11/18-20
  • WAMTC Fall Band Festival 12/3
  • Christmas Fine Arts Festival 12/9-10
  • FADE Colloquium #2 - Jan. 19th
  • FADE Senior Showcase 2/9
  • Music Trip Meeting 3/7 at 7pm
  • Spring Play: 3/17-19
  • P.G. County Music Festival 3/22-25
  • Music Trip 3/29 - 4/2
  • Dance Festival 4/7-8
  • Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble Concert 4/10
  • Sankofa 4/27-29
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert 5/4
  • Choir Concert 5/5
  • St. Genesius Theater Awards 5/6
  • Dance Showcase 5/11
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert 5/12
Fine Arts News
Performance dates and ticket information for 2016 Fall Musical: Man of La Mancha
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Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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