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 and considered as leading the way because of the district's commitment to the arts and hiring highly-qualified/certified art educators in every level. Additionally, because of the Pinellas County Schools Referendum, enthusiastic community support, and an increasing number of collaborative partnerships, visual arts programs at schools are flourishing like never before! In just the last eight years, Pinellas students have earned an unprecedented 110 Scholastic Art National Awards - the most of any district in the nation its size. Pinellas students had another strong showing in this year's 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. Additionally, this 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 at least 40 minutes of quality instruction weekly in a well-stocked art classroom or designated art-making area at every school. Students receive studio-based art experiences based on the Florida State Standards in the following media categories: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, 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 experiences based on Florida State Standards in the following traditional media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and ceramics. Additionally, all middle school art programs utilize an up-to-date Digital Arts Lab with iPads or laptops for students to learn 21st century digital skills, digital citizenship, and create digital artwork, photography, and stop-motion animation or live-action films. 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 rigorous instruction and studio-based art experiences based on 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 films. Several schools are now offering 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 annual Administration Building Art Exhibition Reception, for K-12 students with artwork on display, is held in September. In this, the world's largest exhibition of actual student art, over 1,400 unique 2-D and 3-D pieces are on display throughout the district's three-story central office building in Largo throughout the course of a school year. These captivating works are created by students from nearly 150 schools in the district and are returned in May 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.