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Visual Arts

"Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination." W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919 (Chapter XIX, spoken by the character Dirk Stroeve)
  • 2 Dimensional Art+

    This studio elective introduces students to processes such as design, drawing, printmaking and painting on two-dimensional surfaces. Young artists actively engage in hands-on design assignments that encourage experimentation and creativity. While enjoying the less structured environment of the art studio, students investigate elements such as line, shape, color, value and form through a variety of mediums. The work of contemporary artists, the vocabulary of art, and tools commonly found in art studios are introduced and integrated into the curriculum. This course strengthens fine-motor ability, increases risk-taking opportunities and builds students’ confidence as they learn to work and think creatively.
  • 3 Dimensional Art+

    This elective introduces students to the fundamentals of sculpture with hands-on projects created within a less structured and experimental environment of the art studio. Students are encouraged to be creative risk-takers as they design, craft and construct, often drawing inspiration from ancient and contemporary art. Using elements such as mass, space, line and texture, and a variety of building techniques and materials, students work on a range of short-term exercises and in-depth projects. As students learn to carve, cast and assemble, using everything from paper-mache to plaster, they strengthen fine-motor ability and gain a better understanding of three-dimensional design. In this course, experimentation is encouraged and celebrated, and lays a strong foundation for future visual arts classes.
  • Digital Art 6+

    This elective gives students a brief introduction to Photoshop, Animate and Fresco. Students learn to use the software programs through step-by-step and open-ended lessons. Drawing inspiration from historical and contemporary artists, students create their own imaginative and personal design-oriented projects. Students are encouraged to be self-expressive and to problem-solve as they tinker with artistic possibilities. This course lays a solid foundation for future art courses and increases an understanding of the principles of design as students work experimentally and creatively with modern technology.
  • Digital Art 7+

    In this course, each student explores the world of digital art and photography with the use of a camera and computer. Students will utilize various software, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Animate, and Fresco. These programs are introduced with step-by-step instruction, followed by a discovery period where students work independently or collaboratively as a team. Students gain experience in digital drawing, design elements, composition and foundation-level digital art skills. Students are asked to work experimentally and creatively as they build a digital portfolio using modern technology.
  • Digital Art 8+

    In this course, students explore Adobe Photoshop, Fresco, After Effects, and Premiere Pro. Students create projects that are flexible and allow for personal and individual creative freedom after step-by-step instructions on basic tools of each program. Students gain experience in the following areas: computer arts, digital photography, motion graphics, video, and digital storytelling.
  • Advanced Digital Art and Design 8

    In this course, students acquire in-depth experience with the Adobe digital software, which includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Advanced tools and techniques are taught for each program. Students create projects that allow for personal and individual creative freedom. In addition, students learn 3-D printing with the Autodesk Fusion 360 software.  Students gain experience in the following areas: computer arts, digital photography, animation, motion graphics, video, digital storytelling, visual effects, audio production and 3-D printing. Course projects are tailored to fit the interests of each student. Students explore various digital tools and concepts while producing a digital portfolio. This course increases students’ digital proficiency and understanding of the principles of design as they work experimentally and creatively with the latest industry-standard software.
  • Introduction to Photography+

    This elective covers the basic concepts of photography while looking at the world through a lens. Students are introduced to aesthetic principles of photography such as composition, light, exposure, color and space. The use of the camera, tripod and other photographic equipment is taught in addition to the digital manipulation of photographs in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Students gain an appreciation and understanding of photography as a means of visual and artistic expression as they build a portfolio of their work.
  • Jewelry and Functional Objects 8+

    In this semester-long elective, students design and craft decorative objects such as jewelry, wearable and functional sculptures, and fiber arts. Using a variety of techniques, materials and processes, students will explore each new design challenge presented. This course guides students through the process of designing — from concept to completion — aesthetically pleasing and well-crafted objects. The goal is to spark interest, develop creative problem solvers, produce self-directed, resilient learners, and gain an appreciation for hand-crafted objects.
  • Painting and Drawing 8+

    In this studio elective, students explore processes and mediums used to produce drawings and paintings on two-dimensional surfaces. Students develop drawing and painting skills while strengthening their understanding of color, line, and value in both short-term projects and longer, in-depth projects. Students develop their creativity, perseverance, collaborative and critical thinking skills while in
  • Sculpture and Design 8+

    In this elective, students explore the elements of sculpture while further developing design, craftsmanship and three-dimensional problem-solving skills. Students experiment with a wide range of construction materials, learn more advanced building techniques, that include carving and casting, and use many tools commonly found in a sculpture workshop. Sculptural concepts by artists, architects and designers will be incorporated into the curriculum. Students will develop their creativity, aesthetic sensibility and manual dexterity as they gain new appreciation for forms around them.
  • Yearbook MS

    This course represents an introduction to the fundamentals of photography, graphic design, and print publication in a real-world context. Students work with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and an internet-based online design software to create a yearly depiction of the Ransom Everglades Middle School campus. As staffers, students do all the writing, photography and layout design for the school’s yearbook. They develop a theme; edit and design graphics; interview peers, faculty and staff members; write captions and headlines; and manage deadlines. There are a number of leadership positions for the publication. The class produces a yearbook that is distributed to students and faculty in the middle school and is an artifact of the school’s history.
  • Visual Arts 6+

    This semester-long, sixth-grade visual arts studio course introduces students to processes such as design, drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture. Students actively engage in hands-on, two- and three-dimensional assignments that encourage experimentation and creativity. In this foundational course, students are introduced to elements of art such as line, shape, color, value and form through a variety of mediums and techniques. This course strengthens fine-motor ability, increases risk-taking opportunities and lays a solid foundation for future studio art experiences.
  • Visual Arts 7+

    This seventh-grade semester-long visual arts course introduces students to portraiture through exercises and projects in two- and three-dimensional arenas. Students explore a variety of processes and mediums such as observational drawing, graphic design, printmaking and sculpture. Projects explore line variation, value, the illusion of space, volume, surface contour, simulated and actual texture, pattern, shape, color and visual balance. The goal is to encourage students to become self-directed learners, resilient and creative problem solvers and skilled craftspeople.
  • Mixed Media Art 7+

    This seventh-grade semester-long visual arts course introduces students to self-expression and modern media. Students perform exercises and projects in two- and three-dimensional arenas through processes such as drawing, graphic design, photography, photo manipulation, printmaking, and sculpture. Projects explore the use of text, niche imagery such as Anime and visual storytelling along with the elements and principles of art. The goal of this class is to spark interest and imagination, develop creative problem solvers, and produce self-directed, resilient learners.
  • Studio Art 7+

    This seventh-grade semester-long visual arts course introduces students to portraiture through exercises and projects in two- and three-dimensional arenas. Students explore a variety of processes and mediums such as observational drawing, graphic design, printmaking, and sculpture. Projects explore line, value, space, volume, texture, pattern, shape, color, and visual balance. The goal is to spark interest, develop creative problem solvers, and produce self-directed, resilient learners.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Shawn Costantino
    Shawn Costantino
    Director of Arts
    305-460-8875
    University of Miami - B.M.
    DePaul University - M.M.
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  • Photo of Astrid Dalins
    Astrid Dalins
    Visual Arts Teacher
    305-460-8890
    University of Alabama - B.A.
    University of Miami - M.F.A.
    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School - M.A.R.
    Bio
  • Photo of Ellen Grant
    Ellen Grant
    Visual Arts Teacher
    305-250-6857
    University of New Hampshire - B.F.A.
    City University of New York - M.F.A.
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  • Photo of Jorge Guzman
    Jorge Guzman
    Senior Class Sponsor, Visual Arts Teacher
    305-460-8232
    University of Florida - B.F.A.
    Florida International University - M.S.
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  • Photo of Constance Hyde
    Connie Hyde
    Visual Arts Teacher
    305-250-6858
    Miami University - B.F.A.
    University of Miami - M.F.A.
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  • Photo of Elsa Munoz
    Elsa Munoz
    Visual Arts Department Coordinator
    305-250-6869
    Florida International University - B.A.
    Florida International University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Matthew Stock
    Matt Stock
    Visual Arts Teacher
    305-460-8201
    University of Miami - B.S.
    Bio

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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.