Arts Program at Shorecrest

The visual arts and performing arts are vibrant entities at Shorecrest, bursting with enrichment in all grade levels, state-of-the-art facilities, over thirty Upper School course offerings with numerous Honors and AP classes, and an extraordinary level of student participation.

The accomplished professionals in the Arts and Humanities department have encouraged and guided our students through many successful endeavors at local, state and national levels. Shorecrest students have received awards and acclaim for their paintings, photography, TV productions, graphic design, music performances, playwrighting, film making, acting, musical theatre and dance performances.

An extension of the Arts and Humanities Department, the Cultural Enrichment program provides an additional opportunity for Shorecrest students to acquire an even broader knowledge of the arts. We expose all of our students to art, music, dance and theatre by having workshops within the classrooms and bringing national and international performers to the school. Our students also take trips to various museums and performing arts centers in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and Sarasota.

With a strong belief that literacy in the arts is essential to the development of a well-educated person, Shorecrest provides its students with a dazzling array of cultural and intellectual arts opportunities.

Did You Know?

  • Artwork from a Shorecrest fifth grade student was selected to be reproduced on the side of a building in Takamatsu, Japan, St. Petersburg's sister city.
  • Artwork by Shorecrest second graders hangs in Boorai—The Children’s Art Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. 
  • Shorecrest alumni have won prestigious awards in the visual arts and exhibited their works in prominent museums and galleries throughout the country.
  • Two Shorecrest Graphic Design students won First Place for their designs (which were later reproduced as posters) depicting "Youth and AIDS," the theme for World AIDS Day.
  • The unique Shorecrest Picture Lady/Gentleman Program has been the basis for volunteer art programs at dozens of schools and museums both within and outside the state of Florida.

Choice-Based Art in Lower School

During the summer of 2014, the Lower School art studio was renovated with a new ceiling, new lighting and floor, and a fresh coat of paint to create a better learning space for our students. Art teacher Sue Rowe then implemented a new method of teaching art. The classroom was divided into seven different art studios: 
  1. Drawing
  2. Collage and Printmaking
  3. Painting
  4. Fiber arts
  5. 3D Sculpture
  6. Clay
  7. Architecture
At the beginning of the year, students have a scavenger hunt to introduce them to where everything is, and they discuss how to manage all of those studios. During a typical art class, students first gather in a circle for a mini-lesson led by Mrs. Rowe, and then have the option of creating something from her lesson, or working on any project they wish. This method of teaching art has been successfully implemented in many settings, giving young artists more responsibility for their own art making. Children will work toward greater mastery because they are highly invested in pursuing their ideas.

Mrs. Rowe states, "Some refer to this as Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) and others simply call it Choice-Based Art Education. I am thrilled to offer this to your children! If you would like to read more about this, there is a great book called Engaging Learners Through Artmaking by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith."

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Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students Age 3 through Grade 12, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.