Visual Arts

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  • The primary goal of the Visual Arts program is to enable students to develop their minds and intellectual capabilities using all forms of creative intelligence.  The Visual Arts are an essential part of the curriculum in Broward County Public Schools. Creativity and self-expression are nurtured allowing students to solve problems and think critically. Through an integrated, interdisciplinary approach, the Arts provide a safe environment for the evolution and resolution of ideas. Students are challenged to be active participants in a program with high expectations.

    Our team has worked diligently to ensure that the SMART Bond Kiln Program runs effectively and efficiently providing our district with ceramics equipment to enhanced ceramic programs at BCPS schools.

  • Butterfly Project- Teaching the Holocaust Thought the Arts

    The butterfly is the symbol being used for remembrance of children who died during the Holocaust. This project is a collaboration between the Equity and Diversity Department and the Visual Arts.

    This unit is a response to the Florida House Bill 1213 that designates the second week of November as “Holocaust Education Week” and April as Holocaust Remembrance Month. 

    In teaching the Butterfly Project, our teachers will be utilize K-5 resources related to World War II, the Holocaust, and Character Education while learning to respect each other and learning to accept and celebrate our differences.

    In addition, while presenting this unit lesson, teachers will be working towards creating a culminating community mural as a permanent or temporary installation to remember the children of the Holocaust and to instill hope for a continually better humanity.  

    Everglades Elementary video about the Holocaust Project

    Students from Wilton Manors & Floranada Elementary Schools 

    Student painting ceramic butterfly   Teacher reading a book with the students   Ceramic butterfly and information for students about the Holocaust  Student reading about the Holocaust and painting a butterfly to commemorate them  

  • Youth Arts Month Exhibition

    The Youth Arts Month Student Art Exhibition was held virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. The theme for the exhibit was: "Art Connects Us." The exhibit offered us the opportunity to showcase our strong visual art curriculum and outstanding BCPS Fine Arts programs in a visually articulate and evident manner. Congratulations to all students selected to exhibit!

    Link to Exhibit

  • Superintendent’s Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibition

    Broward County Public Schools and the Coral Springs Museum of Art held the “2021 Superintendent's Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibition”! The exhibition showcased the original artwork of 2020-2021 high school Advanced Placement Studio Art students. The physical exhibition was on view at the Coral Springs Museum from March 15, 2021 to May 1, 2021. Congratulations to "Best of Show" Katina Chang, Cypress Bay High School; "1st Place" Andrea Parra, McArthur High School; "Second Place" Alexa Correia, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; "3rd Place" Kylie Grimm, Northeast High School; "Honorable Mention" Suhyun Jin, Cypress Bay High School; "Honorable Mention" Aliyah Matthews, Dillard 6-12 High School; "Honorable Mention" Jennifer Turner, Dillard 6-12 High School. Thank you to the Coral Springs Museum for their continued partnership with Broward County Public Schools and a special thank you to this year’s judges: Susan Michalak, retired BCPS A.P Studio Art and Art History Instructor; Stephanie Cunningham, FAU Professor of Art in Graphic Design; Brittany Curtis, Coral Springs Museum of Art Education and Programs Manager.

    Link to Artwork

  • Art in the Capitol Competition

    The “2020-21 Art in the Capitol Exhibition”! In 2016 the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 701 related to “Art in the Capitol” competition. The “Art in the Capitol” competition is a statewide visual arts competition that requires each school district to annually hold an art competition for all students grades 6 through 8 attending public schools, private schools and home education. The exhibition is open to all Broward County Public, Private and home-schooled students. The Best of Show awarded artwork will be submitted to the legislator in the student’s residential region and then transported to Tallahassee to hang in the Capitol Building. Congratulations to "Best of Show" Olivia Mason, Somerset Preparatory Academy Middle School; "1st Place" Tucker Lluberes, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School West; "Second Place" Marcela Balcazar, Ramblewood Middle School; "3rd Place" Niyle Sutherland, Westpine Middle School. Thank you to Young At Art Museum for their continued partnership with Broward County Public Schools and a special thank you to the YAA judges : Artist: Francesco Lo Castro, Artists: MILAGROS collective (Felici Asteinza & Joey Fillastre), Artist: Ali Shrago Spechler, Marie Berlin: Director of YAA Institute & Community Initiatives, Yumina Myers: Acting Director & Director of Education

    Slide Show Link

  • Florida Art Education Association Features Artwork by BCPS Art Curriculum Supervisor Donna C. Haynes

    BCPS Art Educator  Donna C. Haynes Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Curriculum Supervisor for Art K-12, Donna C. Haynes, for being selected as one of 13 Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) 2020 Member Virtual Exhibition winners. Her piece, Outbound Departure, won the Art Systems of Florida Award.

    Haynes was celebrated at a Virtual Awards Ceremony during the FAEA’s 2020 Virtual Professional Development Conference on November 8, 2020.

    “Thank you to the Florida Art Educators Association and the Art Systems of Florida for this award and recognition,” Haynes said. “I’m elated to be included with this group of talented artists and art educators. The passion and love of creating art led us to this field of work, and recognitions like this motivate me continue to grow in this field for myself and the greater good of public education.”

    Outbound Departure is a large-scale work made with vintage toy train tracks and antique Outbound Departure  accessories. The metal pieces have been deconstructed and reassembled into a symmetrical radial design. 

    For more information and to see the full list of 2020 Member Virtual Exhibition winners along with their artwork, visit and

    Pictured right: “Outward Departure” 78” x 78”, vintage metal train tracks and accessories, wood, wire, solder, 2020.

  • Staff

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    Donna Haynes-Curriculum Supervisor, Visual Arts; 754-321-1862

    Chantal Bandoni-Instructional Facilitator, Visual Arts K-12; 754- 321-1884

  • Upcoming Events

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    Advanced Placement Superintendent’s Art Exhibit 

    Youth Arts Month Art Exhibit & Concert 

    Stars on Parade Show (Arts for the Future Scholarships) 

Contact Information

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Visual Arts Staff

  • Donna Haynes
    Curriculum Supervisor: Visual Art K-12

    Chantal Bandoni
    Instructional Facilitator: Visual Art K-12

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