Mission Statement

We, the students and staff of the Mercy High School Art Department, participate in God’s creation through our daily work in the visual arts. We value the gifts of our lives and talents. We observe, appreciate, depict and interpret nature and our surroundings. We hope to offer an extraordinary view of our everyday world to all who view our artwork. We value our community of artists, learning from one another and dedicating ourselves to do our best.

Art Department Facts

  • 276 students enrolled in 22 sections

  • 13:1 student-teacher ratio

  • 2 teachers with a combined 30+ years of experience

  • 4 studio classrooms and 2 computer labs

  • 24 individual looms and 2 floor looms for the Fibers class

  • Drawing and painting studios with easels and a variety of still-life objects

  • A ceramics studio equipped with 11 potter’s wheels, a slab roller, and a clay extruder

  • Four ceramics kilns with high fire capacity and a jewelry kiln in a separate room for safety/venting purposes

  • A jewelry studio with acetylene/oxygen jeweler’s torches, drills, and a variety of metal working tools

  • Two labs with 42 computers and the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro



Art Department Chairperson

Susan Smith, 248-893-3562