The Media Arts Department strives to instill in students an appreciation for, and critical understanding of, all aspects of the media arts. These steps are made in courses such as media studies, journalism, photography, digital-moviemaking and digital animation. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in critical analysis of media, developing skills in creating media, as well as ample opportunities to explore new media forms and techniques. Students are encouraged to seek connections with other art forms as important sources of inspiration and critical understanding of their creative work. Additionally, the program introduces students to possible career options available in the field of media arts by providing portfolio development, and opportunities to exhibit work both within the EHS community and in venues at the regional and national level. Members of the Media Arts Department are committed to creating an environment that encourages students to take creative risks, to think independently, to solve problems, and to develop greater awareness of their cultural environment and their power to express themselves within it.
The National Art Honors Society is a national honorary and service organization for high school students in grades 10-12 who are involved in the Arts. EHS represents the 1597 Chapter of NAHS, which is made up of nearly 2,000 chapters nationwide. The purpose of NAHS is to inspire and recognized those students who have shown an outstanding ability in Media and Visual Arts. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in the visual arts and to bring art to the attention of the school and community.
Visual Arts Department sponsors the annual EHS Art Excursion one Friday during the fall semester. The focus of the Excursion is to explore the unconventional art scene in Houston, to meet and learn from professional artists in their studios. The Excursion offers students a chance to explore their creativity while experimenting with materials away from the limitations of the classroom setting. Visual Arts faculty members supervise the students and guide them through several projects in a variety of media.