Welcome to the Roncalli Visual Arts Department!

Introduction to 2 Dimensional Art and 3 Dimensional Art in which basic design as-signments and a variety of media are used to create quality 2 or 3 dimensional art works

Drawing in which students are introduced to the world of visual art through a two dimensional picture plane using a variety of methods, techniques and tools includ-ing gesture, contour, perspective and basic rendering

Ceramics which introduces a student to the world of clay and techniques and util-izes techniques in hand building along with the study of glazes and stains.

Fiber Arts where students focus on many skills involved in fiber arts as well as the aesthetic properties of the works. They explore textiles, weaving, batik and carious needle work techniques Sculpture in which students study three dimensional art, with origins from various parts of the world.

Photography In photography students will learn basic composition principles as well as develop skills to capture professional quality images in a variety of situations using a digital camera. Coursework includes practice in black and white imagery , portraiture, landscape, event captures and other artistic endeavors.

AP Drawing, AP 2D, AP 3D Art. The Visual Arts AP courses are advanced classes that focus on indepth study and creationsof art forms utilizing many mediums and subject matters. The compilation of an extensive portfolio is created each year.

Mark Stratton, Art Director

Mr. Mark Stratton

A lifelong Hoosier, Mark Stratton began his teaching career 38 years ago in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and has been inspiring Roncalli students for the past 22 years. Prior to joining the Roncalli family Mark taught at St. Barnanbas. Mark earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Art Education degree at Indiana University / Herron School of Art after starting his college career at Ball State as an Architecture major.

Mark believes "practicing what you teach." By practicing what you teach, Mark feels that educators give merit to their teachings and keep up to date on changes in the "real world." As the owner of M.B. Stratton De-signs for the past 31 years, Mark has continued to exercise his artistic creativity by remaining active in interior design,architecture, landcape de-sign and floral & event planning . At Roncalli, Mark has designed and co-ordinated the incredible transformation of the Roncalli Family Room for the annual Roncalli celebration fundraiser.

Mark met his wonderful wife and muse, Monica, also an educator, 42 years ago and they have been happily married for the past 33 years. They are proud parents of their wonderful daughter Samantha.