Departments & Staff

Studio Arts

Studio Arts Department

Mission Statement
Studio Art at Xavier College Preparatory offers a dynamic variety of challenging art classes, including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and digital design. Our faculty of practicing artists are committed to fostering critical thinking, valuing creative expression as a means to enrich cognitive and moral development, and cultivating multiple approaches to problem solving.
Xavier's own Stark Gallery complements classroom opportunities for students by showcasing rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists, accompanied by visiting artist lectures and workshops. Xavier Studio Arts further encourages excellence by offering AP and dual enrollment courses, and maintains an active chapter of the National Art Honor Society.

EPICS is a design-based, service learning program that teaches students about engineering and technology fields while civically engaging them in their local communities. The program was founded at Purdue University in 1995, and has grown at Purdue and beyond to include nearly a dozen national and international universities. The high school program, EPICS/High, which began in 2004, can be found at three dozen high schools in 6 states across the country, including Xavier College Preparatory. In the EPICS/High program, teams of students work together on projects that address the engineering and technology-based needs of community service and educational organizations. This partnership provides many benefits to the students and the community alike. Students are introduced to engineering, technical design, and social responsibility, while community partners gain access to resources needed to provide valuable services to their organization. EPICS at Xavier provides a means to using engineering and service to integrate and understand the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

Meet Our Department

Alison Dunn, M.A., M.F.A. 
Studio Arts Department Chair
Intermediate Drawing/Painting
Advanced Drawing/Painting
Oil Painting I & II 
AP Art History 
AP Studio 
Honors Independant Study 
Jeremy Briddell 
Beginning Ceramics 
Intermediate Wheel Throwing 
Intermediate Hand Building Clay 
Nathan Ward, M. Ed., M.F.A., M.A.
3D Printing & Prototyping
Makers Class
Robotics I & II 
Sculpture I, II, III 
Robotics Club Moderator/Coach 
EPICS Mentor 
Julianne Averbuck ‘06
Beginning Photography
Advanced Photography 
Catherine Robbins '86
Introduction to Art 
Beginning Drawing and Painting 
Introduction to Drawing and Painting 
XERO Club (Environemental Club) Moderator 

Xavier College Preparatory

4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

National Blue Ribbon Recipient



Western Catholic Educational Association