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Recognizing the need to appeal to a broader range of students than those just attracted by its sports program, TPT launched its ambitious ART ACADEMY in the Fall of 2005. The results were staggering: enrollment increased 33 percent in 2005-06 with the majority of the students citing the ART ACADEMY as the reason for joining the program. In 2006-07, enrollment increased nearly 20 percent, again, because of the ART ACADEMY (Webster MS location.)
Through the outstanding leadership of its ART ACADEMY Director, Arielle Lownds, Team Prime Time is able to offer students a new way to enrich their school day. The program consists of three main components – visual arts, media arts and performing arts – with each component designed to accomplish specific goals.
The visual arts component works directly to support the curriculum of the standard school day by offering projects in a variety of mediums that enhance what is taught in the classroom. These projects emphasize the social sciences. The media arts focuses on the career-based applications of the arts through the introduction of computers, graphic design, photography, videography, filmmaking and editing, lighting, music and other technical outlets. The performing arts component reinforces the importance of literacy through projects that emphasize reading and writing, and self-confidence and self-esteem through participation in performances and performance-based exercises.
By offering programming from across the Arts spectrum, the ART ACADEMY is designed to appeal to each TPT student in such a way that he or she will participate in at least one component. Other highlights of the program include fashion design and a student newsletter.
Check out the Art Academy Exhibit 2012!
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