Fine Arts

Philosophy

Thomas More Prep’s Fine Arts Department is focused on exploring, developing
and nurturing the artistic gifts of each student in the disciplines of theater, music and the visual arts.  Through the study of fine arts, students acquire skills that are vehicles for self-expression and communication now and in the future.   A wide array of courses and activities are offered through the fine arts department to give students the opportunities to explore various mediums during their time at Thomas More Prep.  The arts offer an extraordinary complement to the core academic curriculum for students. Students learn teamwork, project management and responsibility. They learn to conquer fear, and most importantly, they learn how to express themselves.  Many of the lessons in fine arts and music relate to the individual student and the passion they are trying to share with others.  It takes another artist and a skilled teacher to help. Take a minute and meet some of the people of the fine arts and music department.

Course Descriptions

Visual Arts

TMP-Marian offers several visual arts courses. At the high school level, students may take classes in Intro to Art, Basic 2 & 3-D, Advanced 2 & 3-D, and Intro/Advanced Digital Art. High school students also have the opportunity to participate in Art Club and other art-based events throughout the school year. Junior high students are enrolled in a basic art class each year.

Drama

TMP-Marian’s drama department offers students wonderful opportunities to shine on the stage.  The fall play and spring musical create diverse skill building for the students, such as stage acting and singing or playing instruments in the pit orchestra, makeup/hair, behind the scenes work building sets or painting design, and technology advancement in our state of the art sound and light booth.  Dramatic arts builds character and community as students and adults work together to bring the written page to life.

JH/HS Band

Concert Band is offered both semesters and includes one concert each semester.
There is opportunity in high school for KMEA District Honor Band, KMEA State Honor Band, ensemble playing, and regional and state music festival. Junior high students may audition for Junior High/Middle School district band and participate in league and local festivals throughout the school year.

Marching Band is offered in the fall semester and provides an opportunity for parade marching for TMP and FHSU homecoming celebrations for band students in grades 7-12.  The marching band also provides pep band music for all home football games and takes a performing trip (High School only) every two years.

Pep Band is offered both semesters.  Students enrolled provide pep band music for all home basketball games and travel (High School only) with basketball teams to some post season tournaments.

Vocal Music

TMP Singers is a select show choir group which is active throughout the school year.  Members are selected by audition only.  A main annual performance event is the dinner theater.  The group also sings and dances for many community events and takes a trip every two years.

Choral Music at TMP-Marian

Thomas More Prep-Marian has a deep and rich tradition that runs to the very core and heart of the Hays Catholic community. The choral music program at TMP-Marian echoes that great tradition by involving students in learning and performing music that is representative of true Catholic practice and heritage. As music ministers of their faith and representatives of God’s school, students involve themselves and patrons of the community in praying through song, proliferating Catholicism through sacred music.