Visual Arts

Elementary art

Every elementary school has visual art instruction.

Enriched art program

Some schools offer an enriched art program for gifted students:

  • Kimberlin Academy

  • Hillside Academy

  • Walnut Glen Academy

  • The Classical Center at Vial

Middle school art

Students at the middle school level are offered full year art courses. Students are introduced to basic design, methods and materials. Students work in several processes including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics and printmaking.

Earning high school credit in middle school

Eighth grade students at Hudson and O’Banion are able to take Art I and receive high school credit for the class.

Enriched art program

Austin Academy offers an enriched art program for gifted students through the Academy for Excellence magnet program.

High school art

Students begin with two intro art classes. The first class focuses on 2D design including perspective, drawing, color theory, painting, and printmaking. The second class continues to 3D design including ceramics, sculpture, and textiles. Students also explore the historical and cultural contexts in which many artworks are created.

From there, interested students can choose to specialize in:

  • ceramics

  • drawing

  • electronic media

  • fibers

  • painting

  • printmaking

  • sculpture

Explore Fine Arts course descriptions for more information about specific courses.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

College level AP courses available:

  • History of Art

  • Art General Portfolio.

Students may apply to the IB art program at Garland High School. Find out more on the High school magnet programs page.

Annual GISD Art Show

Each spring, students from all the district art programs share the skills they have developed with the community by participating in the annual GISD Art Show.