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Visual & Performing Arts

Dedicated to developing the creative side of students, Mercy’s Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) department offers diverse opportunities for experiential learning. Students are fully immersed in their art at the college and even professional level. 

Modeled after college programs, Mercy’s VPA classes go beyond developing skills in creative expression and mastering the techniques of the chosen medium. Students learn how to present and market themselves and their art, from building portfolios to museum curation and client relations. 

Students are challenged to explore genres and topics, and encouraged to weave personal interests into project themes. In studio art, students build portfolios in the form of personal websites to showcase their work. Performance art classes showcase their talents in two culminating concerts per year. Many of our students continue to pursue their artistic passions at the college level and beyond. 

View our class offerings below.

2023 Mercy Winter Dance Concert

2023 Mercy Winter Chorale Concert

Classes Offered

Ceramics I and Ceramics II develop skills in designing and creating 3D forms with various hand-building methods with emphasis on wheel-thrown works.

Meet Our VPA Department Chair
Nadine Baroudi is the Visual and Performing Arts department chair, and teaches all levels of Ceramics, 3D Art and AP 3D. She also moderates the National Art Honor Society and the Fabulous Work of Arts art competition. As an active member of the National Art Education Association and California Art Education Associations, Ms. Baroudi is keen on providing safe spaces and believes Art is the best form of therapy, allowing for creative engagement which helps students build confidence in their abilities and release anxiety. She loves to attend school sports and events to support all her students’ passions. 

Outside of Mercy, Ms. Baroudi loves to spend time with her family and cats. She volunteers at different organizations such as the Second Harvest Food Bank. She loves cooking and baking, and is an outdoor enthusiast and world traveler.

Ms. Baroudi holds a B.A. in Studio Art, an Ed.M. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a California Clear Teaching Credential in Art.