Art Never Stops 🎨
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.
The Visual Arts programs in Pinellas County Schools are nationally-recognized due to the district's continuing commitment to the Arts and the hiring of the very best certified Art educators at each school. Additionally, because of the Pinellas County Schools Referendum, enthusiastic community support, and an increasing number of collaborative Art organization partnerships, Visual Arts programs at every level are flourishing like never before! In just the last six years, Pinellas students have earned an unprecedented 78 Scholastic Art National Medals - the most of any art region in the nation its size. Even during the pandemic "Art Never Stoppped" as Pinellas students earned a record 17 National Medals! Additionally, Pinellas students had another strong showing in the Florida Art Education Association's K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition with 27 Awards of Excellence and nine Awards of Excellence with Distinction. Last year was the fourth year out of the past five that a PCS student earned the "Best of Show" award.
In Elementary, all Kindergarten through 5th grade students are enrolled in a grade-level Visual Arts course and receive 40-50 minutes of quality instruction every week in a well-equipped Art classroom (or designated art-making area) at every school. There is no "Art on a cart" in Pinellas County Schools. Students receive studio-based Art project experiences based on a robust curriculum aligned to the Florida State Standards in the following Units of Study: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media/Fiber, Digital Media, Sculpture and Ceramics. All K-5 students have access to a Digital Arts Lab with iPads for learning 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship, and create digital artwork, photography, and stop-motion animation. Perkins Elementary, in St. Petersburg, and Sandy Lane Elementary, in Clearwater, are the district's magnet schools for the Visual Arts.
Middle School offers a spectrum of exciting Visual Arts courses as electives for 6-8 grade students. Middle school students also receive world-class instruction and studio-based Art project experiences based on a vigorous curriculum aligned Florida State Standards in the following Units of Study: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Sculpture and Ceramics. Courses are as follows: Visual Art 1, Visual Art 2, Digital Art & Design 1, Digital Art & Design 2, 2-D Studio Art 1, 2-D Studio Art 2, 3-D Studio Art 1, 3-D Studio Art 2, Creative Photo 1, Crreative Photo 2, and Pre-Advance Placement Visual Arts. All middle school Art programs utilize a Digital Arts Lab with iPads or laptops (1 to 1 devices) for students to learn 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship, and create digital artwork, photography, and stop-motion animation/live-action film. John Hopkins Middle School, in St. Petersburg, is the district's magnet school for the Fine Arts.
High School offers a plethora of engaging Visual Arts courses as electives for students in 9-12 grades. High school students receive a instruction and studio-based Art project experiences based on a rigorous curriculum aligned the Florida state standards. Courses are as follows: 2-D Studio Art 1 and 2, 3-D Studio Art 1 & 2, Digital Art & Imaging 1, 2 & 3, Creative Photography 1, 2 & 3, Portfolio Development: 2-D & 3-D Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) 2-D Art & Design, AP 3-D Art & Design, AP Drawing, and AP Art History. Every high school utilizes a state-of-the-art Digital Arts Lab equipped with newer desktop or laptop computers, drawing tablets, large format printers, and the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite to learn 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship, and create quality digital artwork, photography, stop-motion animation, and live-action film. A number of high school Art programs now offer Adobe Certification for Art students enrolled in Creative Photo and Digital Art Imaging courses. High School students need one elective credit of Visual, Performing, or applied arts in order to graduate. Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA), located at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, is the high school Arts magnet for the district and 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 K-12 Art Exhibition, with over 1,470 unique 2-D and 3-D pieces of artwork on display throughout the district's three-story central office building in Largo throughout the course of a school year, is considered one of the world's largest annual exhibition of actual student Art. These captivating works are created by students in grades Kindergarten to 12th grade from most all of the 140 schools in the district and are returned in May of each year. Participating students, their families, friends, art teachers, and administrators are invited to the annual Reception in September of each year.
Visit the Pinellas Art Education Association (PAEA) website to learn more about our local K-12 Art educators' not-for-profit professional organization. This dedicated group also provides student scholarships and awards for selected students with exemplary artwork displayed in many district exhibitions.