Pinellas Central Elementary
Award-Winning Visual Arts Program
Mission Statement: Learn about, create, and share art together.
Please visit our school's Artsonia website to see what scholars are creating in the art room.
Our visual arts curriculum provides a comprehensive, standards-based program to scholars in grades K-5. Each year, we build our knowledge and skills related to drawing, painting, mixed media, fiber arts, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital medias. Our units of study focus on the elements and principles of art, as well as art history, art criticism and innovation.
Technology in the Art Room:
Here at Pinellas Central, we have a permanent iPad Art Lab. All classes K-5 utilize the lab throughout the year. The iPads provide us with the ability to create innovative digital media works of art, and enhances our traditional media units of study. The iPad Art Lab is provided for by the Pinellas County Visual Arts Referendum Funds.
Art Shows and Exhibitions:
Pinellas Central artists showcase their artwork at multiple exhibitions throughout Pinellas County. Below is a list of some of the shows we participate in:
- Pinellas County School Board Administration Office Exhibition
- Creative stART at the Dunedin Fine Art Center
- Word and Image at the Morean Center for Art
- 3+ Dimensions K-12 Exhibition at Gibbs High School
- Clearwater Library March is Youth Art Month K-8 exhibition
- FAEA K-12 Virtual Exhibition
- Mainsail Young at Art in St. Petersburg, FL
- PCS State of the Digital Arts Virtual Exhibition
Artwork is also displayed within our school building. There are over 75 framed works of art on display in our front hallway, front office, cafeteria, and media center. Artwork is also exhibited on five large bulletin boards outside the art room.
Art Field Trips:
Our school visits multiple art museums and galleries at no cost to parents and families thanks to the Pinellas County Referendum. These field trips are standards-based. They provide an amazing opportunity for our scholars to engage in rigorous discussions related to famous works of art. Here is a list of some of the art museums and galleries we visit:
- Dunedin Fine Art Center
- James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
- Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
- Chihuly Gallery and Hot Shop
- Dali Museum
- Ringling Museum of Art
School-Wide Collaborative Art Projects:
Teamwork makes the dream work … especially in the art room. Whether it’s a grade level collaborative sculpture or a whole school art instillation, working together as a community is vital to our success as artists.
Kids Tag Art:
Kids Tag Art Pinellas is a Florida Standards-aligned curriculum where Pinellas County 5th graders design their own unique vanity tags (front license plates) during art class. The 2018/2019 school year features nearly 2,000 designs that can be viewed and purchased at kidstagartpinellas.org.
Kids Tag Art Pinellas is a community partnership program made possible by partnerships between the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office, School District, and generous community sponsors. More information can be found at http://taxcollect.com/kids-tag-art-pinellas/.
Meet Mrs. Woodward:
Mrs. Woodward has been the art teacher at Pinellas Central Elementary for more than 10 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Florida State University. She also completed her undergraduate work at FSU, majoring in visual arts with a concentration in photography.
Many of her young artists have displayed their work in art shows throughout Pinellas County. Several of her students have also had the privilege of receiving top honors of recognition for their artwork.
Mrs. Woodward regularly facilitates trainings for other art teachers both at the county and state levels. Additionally, Mrs. Woodward maintains an online collection of instructional videos. Please visit and subscribe on YouTube at Elementary Art Lab.
Mrs. Woodward serves as our school’s site liaison for Girls on the Run, an after school youth development program for girls in 3rd – 5th grade. She has coached multiple seasons, and loves sharing her passion for running with the girls on our team. Mrs. Woodward is an avid runner, having completed eight marathons and countless half-marathons and 5Ks.