Art is taught by Mrs. Moyer, and includes grades PK3 through Grade 5. A wide array of skills, art terms and techniques as well as art history is taught. "Our Florida environment and the richness of many cultures inspire our subject matter," states Mrs. Moyer.
The middle school art program is made up of three courses Art I, Art II and Art III.
The fact that students who elect art get four classes a week for entire year allows for an in depth exploration of a wide variety of concepts, materials and skills. Integrated in the program are art history and art appreciation lessons as well as field trips to local museums and art in public places. Assessment is based on the project work as well as participation in weekly art appreciation lessons group discussions.
Art I is an entry level class. The emphasis is on exposure to a wide variety of concepts while acquiring skills and learning the safe and appropriate use and care of tools. Collage, drawing, oil pastel, still life, ceramics (hand building techniques), printmaking, and painting are some of the areas covered in this course.
Art II is a course which builds and expands on concepts and skills learned in Art I. Students who select this class look for more sophisticated concepts and greater challenges.
The content of Art III is somewhat flexible and has changed over the years. For a few years this class was dedicated to Film and Animation and lately it has been a sculpture class. It is considered the most advanced middle school art class which is more student lead. In this class the teacher’s role tends to be that of a facilitator.
The Visual Arts Program is designed to broaden students' perceptions, enhance their creativity and develop their self-discipline. The well-qualified faculty strive to challenge students to explore the broad heritage of art while acquiring the skills to produce their own art work. Individuals gain confidence in their ability to experience art by working in a variety of media in the range of classes offered. Upper School Visual Arts are taught by William Larzelere and Judy Mistor. William Larzelere teaches Advanced Placement Studio Art, Drawing & Design, Painting, Photography I, II & III and Jewelry Design. Judy Mistor teaches Ceramics and Sculpture.