Growing Great Students through the Arts 🎨
Vision: A strong, equitable, and world-class visual arts education accessible to all students.
Mission: Provide the highest service and support to all schools and stakeholders.
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 are flourishing like never before. In just the last eight years, Pinellas students have earned an unprecedented 98 Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Awards! Recently, we had 95 Pinellas art students with accepted art (the most of any district), one student earn the "Best of Show" award, and another student earn the top award in the Middle School division in the FAEA (Florida Art Education Association) K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition. Check out the other pages on our site to learn more about the great things happening, view our district student art exhibition calendar, find out about students going on exciting art field trips, get an overview of our 21st century world-class curriculum, discover the joy our elementary students experience with traveling Art Mobiles visiting their schools, as well as enjoy seeing a spectacular variety of K-12 student art in our online gallery.
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.
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 numerous studio experiences based on the Florida Next Generation State Standards in the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, digital media, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. All middle school art programs make use of an up-to-date Digital Arts Lab for students to learn 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship, and produce riveting digital artwork, photography, and stop-motion animation or live-action films. John Hopkins Middle School, in St. Petersburg, is the magnet school for Fine Arts in Pinellas County.
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 based on the Florida Next Generation State Standards. Courses include the following: 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 an 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) located 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.
The Administration Building Art Exhibition annual reception for the K-12 students and their families is held in September this year. In this, the largest collection of actual student artwork on display in the United States, there are over 1400 works spread throughout the three-story Pinellas County Schools central offices building. These works are created by students from all Pinellas County Schools in the district.
Visit the Pinellas Art Education Association (PAEA) website to learn more about the art teachers' local not-for-profit professional organization. This dedicated group also provides student scholarships and awards for selected students with exemplary artwork displayed in district exhibitions.