Visual Arts is Thriving in Pinellas County Schools

We are fortunate to have outstanding Visual Arts programs across the district thanks to our certified, highly-qualified and dedicated K-12 art educators.

Because of the  Referendum and amazing community partnerships, Visual Arts programs in Pinellas County Schools are flourishing like never before.  In just the last eight years, Pinellas students have earned an unprecedented 98 Scholastic Art National Gold Awards.

Sarah Laeger – Love Monster –  Kindergarten

In Elementary, all K-5 students are enrolled in visual art courses and receive 40-50 minutes once a week in a well-equipped art room or designated art-making area.  Students receive world-class art instruction and numerous studio experiences based on the Florida Next Generation State Standards in the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, digital media, sculpture and ceramics.

All elementary school students have access to a Digital Arts Lab for learning 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship and producing amazing digital artwork, photography and even stop-motion animation films.  Perkins Elementary in St. Petersburg is the magnet school for Visual and Performing Arts in Pinellas County.

Maddie Mondok – The Color of Jazz – 8th Grade

Middle School offers a range of engaging state-approved visual art courses as electives for 6-8 grade students.  Students receive world-class art instruction and studio experiences based on the Florida Next Generation State Standards.  All middle school art programs make use of an up-to-date Digital Arts Lab for students to learn 21st century digital skills.  John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg is the magnet school for Fine Arts in Pinellas County.

Myah Ceron – Surrealism Dreams – 7th Grade

High School offers a plethora of exciting state-approved visual art courses as electives for 9-12 grade students.  Students receive world-class instruction and numerous studio experiences including Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Ceramics, Photography, Digital Art Imaging, Multimedia Technologies, 2D Design, 3D Design, Advanced Placement (AP) 2D Art & Design Portfolio, AP 3D Design Portfolio, AP Drawing Portfolio and AP Art History.

Every high school utilizes a state-of-the-art Digital Arts Lab for art students to learn 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship and produce quality digital artwork, photography, and stop-motion animation or live-action films.  Several schools now offer Adobe Certification in their Creative Photo and Digital Art Imaging courses. High School students must have one credit of Visual, Performing, or applied arts to graduate.

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg offers concentrated study in a specific art field while fulfilling all the academic requirements for graduation.  Click here to view a brief video about auditioning for entrance into the award-winning PCCA Visual Arts program.

Violeta Cardona – Penguin – 3rd Grade

Visit the Pinellas Art Education Association (PAEA) website to learn more about the art teachers’ local professional organization.  You can also visit them on Instagram.  This not-for-profit group provides student scholarships and awards to Pinellas public school students who have artwork selected for display in district shows.

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