The Merced High School Art Department teaches visual literacy skills with the intention of preparing our students for a lifetime of creative activity. Our students will be guided and trained in the necessary technical and conceptual skills needed to become college and career ready. Our intent is to develop students into creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, compassionate and positive contributors to our society, and life-long learners. These qualities will not only help to ensure success in education but also provide flexibility when these skills are used to make personal or professional choices. Moreover, these skills provide the foundation for a fulfilling and culturally enriched style of living. All art courses meet the UC/CSU "f" requirement.