Visual Arts

nancy butler-websiteHIGH SCHOOL ART
The high school art program at FPD is designed to help students reach their full creative and technical potential.  Opportunities are provided through a wide variety of media for self-expression.  Students are introduced to basic drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture techniques in the beginning classes as well as different approaches for mark making and three dimensional design processes.  The more advanced classes focus on development of technical drawing skills, color theory and spacial engagement.  Students also begin to find their own personal voices and development of styles.   Art history is also included at every level.

Advanced Placement Art is available to the more serious art students.  College credit can be earned by passing the A.P. exam which is portfolio based.  Work is submitted in the spring to the College Board for grading.  Students are required to complete a cohesive body of work that centers around a specific conceptual and technical idea.  Students may submit three different portfolios in consecutive years in the areas of 2D Design, 3D Design and Drawing.  The business side of art is also introduced;  A.P. students are encouraged to exhibit their work in the community and often accept commissions.  Through the A.P. portfolio submission and community involvement, students learn to work within guidelines and deadlines.

Ceramics and Photography classes are recent additions to the fine arts course offerings.  Students not only enjoy working with clay, but they also often find that it is a material that can be worked with to make art.  Ceramic students learn the four basic methods of construction – pinch, coil, slab and sculpting.  They then take this knowledge to create both functional and sculptural works of art.   Photography students work with light and dark to make images using their own handmade, pinhole camera.  Various studio and darkroom techniques are introduced and utilized to make interesting photographs.  Digital cameras are also used as well as beginning Photoshop techniques.

Nancy Butler
High School Art instructor


stephanie garrison-websiteIn each of the three (6-8) grade levels of instruction we will explore and development artistic skills and techniques to further develop the creative process.  We accomplish this through art production, art criticism, art history, and art appreciation.  Art is different from other subjects because students are required to take an active part in the learning process. Through the study of art and artist of different cultures and historical periods, students gain significant understanding of themselves and others. Therefore, students who take a visual arts class are more well-defined of who they are, where they are going, and what changes they can contribute in a changing society.

The art program explores this through painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.  God has given us all special talents. It is my job to explore these talents and use them for God’s glory.

Stephanie Garrison
Middle School Art instructor


 jaime simmons-websiteIn the elementary art program we are working hard to establish a curriculum based on the elements and foundations of art.

Each child is exposed to a variety of mediums, works of art, and artists that will give them a better understanding of the process of making and creating art.  The children learn that God is first and foremost the greatest artist.  We are made in His image and are all born with the desire to create as our maker does.  Children explore their inner creativity while being guided through exciting and challenging art projects that are all sent home at the end of each school year.

This portfolio of work is a treasure for not only the students but for the parents as well!

Jaime Simmons
Lower School Art Instructor