New visual, performing arts coming to Okaloosa schools this year

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Amy Culler, left, signs up her son, Darien, for Abracadoodle Art Education lessons during Riverside Elementary School orientation.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM.

CRESTVIEW — During Riverside Elementary School orientation, Darien Culler was excited to add a special component to his kindergarten curriculum.

"I signed up for art!" he told his mom, Amy.

Area students are eagerly dabbling in visual and performing arts at each of our schools. Opportunities are as diverse as dance for elementary school kids and digital graphic design for high schoolers.

At Crestview High School, popular art teacher and department chair Laurel Breaux’s resignation has Principal Bob Jones searching for a replacement.

Tonnar Estingoy, the school's other visual arts teacher, has such as full schedule he is unable to accommodate Breaux's classes, Jones said.

New to the area is the Northwood Arts and Science Academy, integrating visual and performing arts with other academic subjects. Students have two weekly fine arts classes and will participate in arts showcases.

"Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning across content areas in which students experience, demonstrate, and deepen understandings through the arts," the school's website explains.

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