Studio Arts

man holds spray paint and talks to students in front of graffiti wall on fence
Where compassion and creativity collide.

Known for connecting students to the world through art, the Studio Art department at De Smet Jesuit offers courses ranging from an introductory skill level to an advanced college preparatory level. Students can experiment with individual electives such as sculpting or graphic design, or delve deeply into our comprehensive four-year studio art program. 

Student Art Showcase

Graffiti Wall Time Lapse

This is what happens

when Student Government meets the art department. Thanks to collaborative efforts with local artists eyez and brklynstl and support from our advancement team, Spartans now have a graffiti wall on site.

Time lapse video capturing the final paint session was made by Aaron Lasek '19 with post-production assistance by Will Hanson '21.

The Studio

Art II Painting

Art IV Advanced Drawing

Art II Sculpture

Art IV Honors Studio

Watercolor

Art I Self Portrait

Fine Arts Faculty

Mike Karpowicz

Mike Karpowicz

Director of Bands
MA, Unknown
BA, Unknown
Mike Callahan

Mike Callahan

Teacher, Kairos Director
PHD, Philosophy & Film, St. Louis University
MA, Media Literacy, Webster University
BA, Theology, St. Louis University
Kurt Knoedelseder

Kurt Knoedelseder

Drama Director/Theater Manager
MA, Educational Leadership, Maryville University
MA, Theater, Lindenwood University
BS, Theater & Journalism, MacMurray College
Laurie Kohler

Laurie Kohler

Teacher
MA, Fine Art, Webster University
BS, Fine Art, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Emily Ledbetter

Emily Ledbetter

Teacher
MA, Fine Art, Webster University
BA, Fine Art, SIU-Edwardsville
Ray Sherrock

Ray Sherrock

Teacher, Choir Director, Library Resources
BA, Music Education, New Mexico State University
Chris Welling

Chris Welling

Teacher
LLM, De Paul University College of Law
JD, St. Louis University
BA, St. Louis University School of Law