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.
AP Music Theory
Ceramics I, II, III
Digital Graphics/Animation I, II
Drawing I, II, III
Fundamentals of Art (Freshmen only)
Printmaking I, 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.
Mike Nebel (B.F.A., Northeast Louisiana University; M.A., University of Notre Dame) has been teaching at St. Thomas since 2007. He is the Dean of Fine Arts and currently teaches Ceramics I, II and III. He previously taught in Cy-Fair ISD for 18 years, nine years in Aldine ISD and five years at Lone Star College Main Campus.
Daniel Green (B.A., Spring Hill College; M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Lamar University) has been teaching at St. Thomas since 2002. He teaches Theater I and II and Technical Theater I. Dan 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 Drawing I, II and III, Printmaking I and II and Computer Graphics I and II. She previously worked for five years at Klein High School teaching art and digital graphics. 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) has taught at St. Thomas in 1999. He teaches Band, Jazz Band. Orchestra, Music Theory and Beginning 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.