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Fine Arts

The Importance of Fine Arts

Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each human being. Those who have studied learning processes throughout the ages, beginning with Plato, have emphasized the importance of the arts in the education process. Arts education refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Study in the arts is integral to our society. They are a part of the cultural heritage of every American. The arts are what make us most human, most humane, and most complete as people. The fine arts also provide learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity. These are the very fibers of the fabric known as our American culture.

The arts cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure any more than math or science can. Education and engagement in the fine arts are an essential part of the school curriculum and an important component in the educational program of every student in the Walton County School District.

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Showcase of Events and Activities!

The 6th Annual Rosemary Beach Foundation - Music in Pictures arts in education initiative and juried art contest celebrates the music of five diverse composers: Leo Delibes, Igor Stravinsky, Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copland and Phillip Glass.  Over 4,000 students from 17 Walton County Schools* listened to and visually interpreted classical music.  Their artwork was entered into a juried competition for public exhibition. This year, 403 paintings were on display at 3 locations: Amavida Coffee & Tea (Rosemary Beach®), The South Walton County Coastal Branch Library (Santa Rosa Beach) and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (Miramar Beach).

Created in collaboration with professional musicians and Florida State University Faculty, Music in Pictures also includes classical performances, classroom presentations, and professional development workshops for teachers. 

*The exhibition features talented artists from these Walton County Schools:

Bay Elementary School
Emerald Coast Middle School
Freeport Elementary School
Freeport Middle School
Freeport High School
Maude Saunders Elementary School

Mossy Head School
Ohana Institute
Paxton School
Seaside Neighborhood School
Seacoast Collegiate High School
South Walton High School

Tree House Episcopal Montessori School
Van R. Butler Elementary School
Walton Middle School
Walton High School
West DeFuniak Elementary School

Jiyhe Chang, concert soloist and collaborative artist, teacher the students of Paxton school about the culture and history of dance music as part of Music in Pictures, an art initiative sponsored by the Rosemary Beach Foundation.  

Jiyhe Chang pianist Paxton

Walton County students from Van R. Butler Elementary, Mossy Head School, and Emerald Coast Middle School participated in the annual Paint the Music concert and art display. Great music, wonderful art, beautiful venue! 
Paint the Music is an interactive project where students in grades 3 – 8 throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties listen to sound samples of classical music and visually interpret what they hear. They literally paint the music. Paint the Music aims to foster an appreciation for the visual arts and music while engaging students to express their creativity. 
This year, students had the opportunity to study the music of John Adams, Samuel Barber, Ottorino Respighi, and Gioachino Rossini, and listen to selections by these composers in concert, under the direction of Maestro Demetrius Fuller. An added special performance by world renown violinist Jennifer Koh was a highlight of the performance!

Paint the Music 2017

Art in the Capitol competition winner, Haven Varnum (8th grade) poses with her teacher, Steve Ruder, from Paxton school. Haven's art work will represent Walton county in the 6-8 grade visual art showcase in the Florida Capitol!

Haven Varnum art in the capitol

Walton County School District Teacher of the Year, art teacher Jennifer Rhea at Emerald Coast Middle School, is pictured here with Governor Rick Scott and his wife while at the 2016-2017 Florida Teacher of the Year Governor’s Summit in Tallahassee. The participants toured the Capital and Governor’s Mansion, participated in a round-table discussion with Governor Scott, plus attended a legislative hearing and professional learning activities.

Jennifer rhea governors summit

Students from the Walton County School District music programs attended the 2017 Florida Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Tampa, Florida, January 11-14, 2017.  Student musicians from Freeport Elementary School, Van R. Butler Elementary School, Walton High School Chorus, Emerald Coast Middle School Band, Freeport High School Band, and Paxton High School Band represented the district in outstanding performances under the direction of internationally acclaimed conductors and educators.  

Florida All-State Conference 2017

Fine Arts Resources

Music Links

The following links are provided to help you connect and educate yourself to the musical world around you. The Walton County School District assumes no responsibility for any of the links below.

State Educational Music Organizations

National Educational Music Organizations

Music Web sites for Theory and Other Aids

Visual Arts


Middle and High School Vertical Teaming Guide

Visual Arts Links

The following links are provided to help you connect and educate yourself to the visual world around you. The Walton County School District assumes no responsibility for any of the links below.

State Educational Arts Organizations

Florida Art Education Association
Florida Arts Alliance

National Educational Arts Organizations

National Art Education Association 
College Board Resources


Dance Organizations


Curriculum Support

Theatre Organizations