The St. Thomas Fine Arts Department serves as a catalyst for students to realize their creative potential by providing a personalized and rigorous learning environment and contributing to the cultural enrichment of the St. Thomas campus and community. Our classes will develop critical and creative thinking skills and nurture performance skills through training, practice and performances in choir, drama, music and the visual arts. Student performances and exhibitions are events attended by students, the community and extending to state and national competitions.
Vocal Ensemble, Advanced Placement Music Theory
Drama: Theater I, Theater II
Music: Band, Beginning Band, Honors Band, Jazz Band, Music History, Orchestra
Visual Arts: Ceramics I, II and III, Digital Graphics/Animation, Digital Photography, Drawing I, II and III, Fundamentals of Art (9th grade only), Printmaking I and II
Two semesters of Fine Arts courses are required for graduation and can be taken at any time.
Freshmen often take Fundamentals of Art which prepares them well for additional courses in the Visual Arts.
(B.F.A., Northeast Louisiana University; M.A., University of Notre Dame) has been teaching at St. Thomas since 2007. He is currently teaching Ceramics I, II and III classes. He previously taught in Cy-Fair ISD for 18 years, 9 years in Aldine ISD and 5 years at Lone Star College Main Campus the courses Drawing I and II, Photography I and II, Commercial Art, Videography, Ceramics, and Art I. Mr. Nebel is the Dean of Fine Arts.
Bonnie Coates (B.F.A., Wittenberg University) began her teaching at St. Thomas in 2015. She previously taught at Presbyterian School for five years. Ms. Coates is currently teaching Fundamentals of Art, Drawing 1, 2 and 3. She also co-teaches Publications.
Daniel Green (B.A., Spring Hill College; Masters in Educational Leadership, Lamar University) has been teaching at St. Thomas since 2002. His teaching assignments include the summer language arts program for freshmen, English IV, Speech, Theater I and Theater II. He is the Drama Guild moderator and his drama program is consistently recognized as one of the premiere theater programs in the Archdiocese.
Chau Nguyen (B.F.A., University of Notre Dame, M.A.T., Rhode Island School of Design) began teaching at St. Thomas in 2013. She teaches Fundamentals of Art, Printmaking I and II, Digital Graphics and Digital Photography. She previously worked for five years at Klein High School teaching art and digital graphics courses. Her artwork has been published as text illustrations for The Catholic Catalogues: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts that Make up a Catholic Life.
Donald Thoede (B.M.E., Sam Houston State University. M.M., Michigan State University. M.Ed., Grand Canyon University.) Mr. Thoede has taught at St. Thomas in 1999. He instructs Music History, Beginning Band, Honors Music, String Orchestra, Fall Prep Band, Concert Band, Percussion/Hand Drum Ensemble/Drumline, Jazz Combo and Jazz Band. Until 1997, he held the professorship of saxophone at Sam Houston State University. He performs regularly throughout Texas and Louisiana.
Joshua Wilson (B.M. Houston Baptist University, M.Ed. Grand Canyon University) began teaching in 2003. He serves as the choral director and also teaches beginning band and AP Music Theory. He is the textbook coordinator for St. Thomas. He is also a cantor and choir member at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in downtown Houston and a member of the Houston Chamber Choir.