Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program at Bak Middle School of the Arts focuses on the development of technical skills in a variety of media. In the sixth and seventh grades, our curriculum is designed to teach students how to use various artistic mediums and techniques. These are developed by hands on studio projects that strengthen hand /eye coordination, critical thinking, and sharpen their skill level. At the eighth grade level our department’s focus is to encourage students to develop a personal vision and question the meaning of their art.

Over the years our visual students have participated in numerous local and national art competitions, the most notable of which is the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Our students consistently place Gold and Silver Key awards, and are invited to attend the yearly recognition ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Just to place this prestigious award in perspective, this means that Bak Middle School Visual Arts students were judged “best of the best” from over 70,000 submissions nationwide!



        Glen Barefoot
Maryland Institute College of Art
        Florida Atlantic University, B.F.A.

        Paul Barker
        Palm Beach Atlantic University,
        B.F.A. and Art Education

        Stephanie Chesler
        Parsons School of Design/ New School,
        B.F.A. in Communications & Graphic Design
        currently working on her Masters at SCAD

        Tom D’Auria
        Ringling College of Art and Design, B.F.A. 
        (alumnus of Bak MSOA and Dreyfoos SOA)

        Patrick Fallon
        Massachusetts College of Art and Design, B.F.A.

        Michelle Savran
        University of Florida, M.A. in Teaching (Art Education)



        Grade 6

             Intro to Visual Arts (full year)
             Materials & Methods (9 week rotating class)
        Grade 7
             2-Dimensional Art (semester)
             3-Dimensional Art (semester)
             Introduction to Painting
             Introduction to Printmaking
             Optional Electives- Into to Digital Media
        Grade 8
             2-Dimensional Art (semester)
             3-Dimensional Art (semester)
             Introduction to Creative Photography
             Introduction to Ceramics

        Optional Electives
             Advanced Digital Media
             Advanced Painting
             Advanced Printmaking
             Open Studio Independent Study