Fine Arts Visual Art
History of the Visual Arts/Performing Arts Program
The visual arts major began humbly, with 3 students participating in an afterschool program with Ms. Arias in the middle school. That was in 2005. In 2006, Ms. Andrea Fuentes joined the team in the high school and an 8th period was added to the school day for the 3 talented students. We were able to get donations of a drying rack, some easels, and raised money to buy paints and brushes.
In May 2007, we hosted a wonderful community art event, Gallery NIght, sponsored by the City of Doral and the Intercontinental Hotel. Over 300 people attended.
From there, our Visual Arts major has grown to over 80 students, with new expansions into AP Art HIstory, AP Studio Art, ceramics, and digital design.
We are very proud of our recent graduates, who have gone on to study art and art related careers.
Where Are Those First Three Students Now (Class of 2008)?
Since 2006, our first two students, Maria Santana and Ana Causo, graduated in 2008. Maria has gone on to study fine art and is studying at FIU. Ana is studying communications, but continues to be involved in art by teaching at Morgan Levy Park in Doral. Gabriel Moreno, who joined the program in 07-08, is completing his degree in Graphic Design at MIU.
Class of 2009
The class of 2009 is most famous for designing and creating our gigantic mosaic mural, located on the north side of the high school building. Led by Fabian Zambrano, the team spent untold hours in the boiling sun. We broke tiles donated by Roca Tiles with a hammer, and cut our fingers on a daily basis. Did I mention that Ms. Fuentes got hit by a line drive from the nearby baseball field? Or that Fabian had to walk for miles through the snow to reach the mural? OK, that's an exaggeration...
Gabriel Gimenez "GG" joined the program for one year in 08-09. However, he has gone on to show his unique pop art work in galleries in Milan, Italy and here in the Design District. GG recently unveiled a large mural during the 2010 Art Basel event.
http://ggartwork.com/artwork/ and is doing vinylmation of some of his characters http://ggartwork.com/blog/1st-vinylmation/comment-page-1/#comment-2042
Christina Braddy graduated with a degree in Computer Animation at Full Sail University in Orlando, and plans to pursue a career with one of the major animation studios.
Class of 2010
Luis Vega is studying graphic design at AI in Miami.
Nancy Centeno is studying art at MIU.
Jennifer Rodriguez is studying art/art history at FIU, and plans to become a museum curator.
Christen Romero is also planning to attend an art school next year, after joining the Air Force ROTC program.
Jennifer and Christen were the first 4-year graduates of our program.
Class of 2011
Marianna Garcia is a fashion designer who has already won a scholarship from MIU for her designs. She is attending MIU to pursue a fashion career.
Our other fashionista is Alfredo Rodriguez, who was accepted to FIDM in San Francisco, based on his portfolio of fashion designs. He is studying at Miami Dade first to get the associates out of the way.
Marie Lopez, our photography prodigy, is completing her BFA at SMFA in Boston, following a paid internship where she explored mixed media.
Claudia Garcia, Greyceli Marin, and Gabriela Ruiz also graduated this year after 4 years in the program and all 3 are attending FIU. Brandon Hernandez (winner of the Miami Herald Hispanic Heritage photography contest in 2008) is attending USF in Tampa.
Class of 2012
Amanda Mastrapa won several awards for her photography. Scarlett Diaz is planning to study an arts career at an arts college. Congratulations to Amanda for earning a 5 on her AP Art Portfolio; and to Rodrigo Camacho for also scoring a 5. Rodrigo plans to study graphic design.
Class of 2013
Yailyn Barrera received the Silver Key award from Scholastic Art. She is majoring in Architecture at Florida International University. Gabriella Ospina, who won a $15,000 illustration scholarship contest from AI, is studying illustration and fine art.
Class of 2015
Anais Perez was named 2015 Winner of YoungArts, She also received a silver key in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015. On top of these awards Anais was awarded by the Latino Art Beat organization an Art Merit Scholarship of $1,000. Anais, who is now a Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) student, has received a combined Scholarship Award of $146,000 because of her participation in different competitions which allowed her to be awarded with a Certificate of Merit by The City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado for her outstanding contribution to the elevation of creative expression in South Florida.
Class of 2016