Visual arts students at FWAFA are encouraged to cultivate a personal artistic style while exploring a range of art forms. With an emphasis on open-minded and joyful artistry, our students experience the freedom that allows their talents to blossom in college and beyond.
Elementary & Middle School
Students are introduced to the Art Elements and Principles of Design; important artists and movements from art history; vocabulary of art; and drawing from observation. They learn the fundamental aspects of their craft and complete assignments using a variety of media and techniques including ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media.
Students begin with Art I, which builds on the knowledge and skills developed in earlier grades. Once this course is completed, students have the option to take any number of advanced studio classes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and art history. These courses delve into greater depth on each subject. Students have the opportunity to receive college credit for AP Art, building a portfolio based on parameters set by the College Board.
Sean Ibanez was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where he earned his undergraduate Arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio. He was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Texas Christian University, receiving his MFA in Sculpture in 2006. Mr. Ibanez has travelled extensively since undergraduate school. His travels include art studies in New York and Florence, Italy – as well as musical studies in Japan and Hawaii. His most recent trip was a 9-month stay in Hawaii to study Taiko (Japanese percussion) with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. Mr. Ibanez has been teaching since 2006 and works to incorporate multi-cultural influences in the classroom. He finds FWAFA to be an exceptional opportunity where students can explore cross-curricular ideologies and practices. Currently Mr. Ibanez is exploring the weight of educational expectations on our students through his own mixed media sculptures.
Patricia M. Jacobson is a graduate of University of North Texas and has a B.F.A. in Art Education and a Master’s of Fine Art in Ceramics, with a minor in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas. After graduation she served as an Adjunct Professor in both beginning and advanced figure drawing at University of North Texas. She has earned Texas certification in both Art and Special Education. She is also a commissioned portrait artist and volunteer senior art instructor at a local retirement community. Ms. Jacobson’s own works have been shown nationally and internationally.