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Fine Arts

Walton County School District Fine Arts

The Walton County School District’s Fine Arts Department is proud to provide students resources to develop their talent, abilities and interests in Art, Music and Theatre. 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.

Taught by certified professionals, the Fine Arts Department and the schools they represent offer K-5 art and music as enrichment, as well as secondary elective opportunities in band, chorus, art, and theatre. We understand the impact fine arts instruction has throughout a student’s education. The Walton County School District welcomes the opportunity to further their passion for the arts.

The Importance of Fine Arts

Those who have studied learning processes throughout the ages, beginning with Plato, have emphasized the importance of the arts in the education process. Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each human being.  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 which is why the Walton County School District places such a high emphasis on Fine Arts. 

You can also access information about our Fine Arts programs on our Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/Walton-County-School-District-Fine-Arts-1843244459253971/

Showcase

Visual Arts

Gyodan

The Freeport Middle School Art Department loves to make Gyodan every year!  Gyodan is the Japanese art of fake food.  The students become Shokunin, the artists who make fake food, for a week.  Look at how cute these are! Way to go Bulldogs!

Abstract Watercolor

The Freeport Middle School Art Department studied watercolor techniques to create an abstract painting.  The students worked very hard practicing in preparation for the actual painting and created masterpieces.  Way to go Bulldogs

Zentagles

The Freeport Middle School Art Department studied the art of zentangles.  When an artist is drawing zentangles, they find it very relaxing and meditative.  Students listened to Zen music and let go of their daily hustle and bustle while they focused on their art projects.

Foil Sculptures

The Freeport Middle School Art Department studied the art of foil sculptures.  They created foil sculptures such as a ballerina, basketball goal, frog pond, stuffed bunny animal, Sponge Bob's neighborhood, a scepter, and abstract sculptures.  We really had a blast figuring out how to do this with foil, and lots of hot glue.  We hope you enjoy these.  

  

  

Music

Instrumental and Choral Music students across the district love to demonstrate their learned knowledge and skill through performing at concerts, special community gatherings, music performance assessments and competitions! Here are a few of the highlights.

Freeport High School Sunshine Band

The Freeport High School Sunshine Band earned straight "Superior" ratings at the Daleville Invitational Band Competition on October 9, 2021. Congratulations to the Drum Major, Drumline, Colorguard, and Band!

Harpist Katie Ott Plays for Walton Middle School Students

On November 1st, Walton Middle School's art, chorus, and band students were treated to an afternoon performance by harpist Katie Ott. Currently, Ms. Ott performs with the Northwest Florida, Pensacola, and Mobile Symphonies. Her visit to WMS was one of her many WCSD school visits, thanks to the 11th Annual Music in Pictures program, presented by the Rosemary Beach Foundation. 

Ms. Ott made time to talk to students about the harp and herself as a musician. She asked students what they noticed about the instrument, then explained that the idea for the harp came from the bow and arrow. She also talked about the uniqueness of the instrument’s forty-seven different strings, noting that the lower strings are made of metal, while the upper strings are composed of “cat gut” (or more specifically, any animal that doesn’t eat meat). She shared little known facts with her awestruck audience. For instance, during the mad cow disease outbreak several years ago, harpists’ strings kept popping due to the sickness in the guts of the animals from which they were made. She also talked about traveling with her oversize instrument and her growing family. She showed students the cover she uses to protect her harp during transport, explaining that during long and late performances, her young daughter often slips into the baglike case backstage, falling asleep, making it a dual-purpose sleeping bag. 

She then played several different pieces for her audience. The differences in each piece showed the variations and versatility of the harp itself. First, she played “A Theme in Variation” by John Thomas, which was about a soldier going to war and looking around at the devastation. The piece began angrily, then grew sorrowful, then angry again. As she played, those listening could feel the emotions reverberating from the strings. Next, she played a song called “The Fountain,” which was about water and thus sounded more melodic and angelic than the previous piece. She then moved into “Fire Dance,” by French composer David Watkins, who wrote the song after witnessing a ritualistic fire dance. Ms. Ott encouraged students to listen to how she played low to the sound board for this piece, noting how doing so takes the ring out and dampers the melody, making an atypical but fascinating harp sound. And appropriate to the season, she closed her performance with a song called “Dances of Autumn.” 

Students were so intrigued by the performance and Ms. Ott herself that they continued asking questions until the bell rang. One student asked Ms. Ott why she chose to play the harp as a child.  She explained that her father was a famous composer, so music was just a part of her life. In church, she played the hand bells, but she wanted to learn a different instrument, so one day her father suggested the harp. She said that she fell in love with the instrument because of her teacher. May we never doubt the influence of a strong teacher to bring out our talents and nurture our passions.   

Walton Middle School graciously thanks Ms. Katie Ott and the Rosemary Beach Foundation for this outstanding musical performance. Our tribe is rising with the fine and performing arts.

2022 All-County Honor Band Concert

  

All-County Honor Band was held at Freeport High School on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

The musical event showcased Band students throughout the Walton County School District as they came together as one. They experienced music-making in a large ensemble setting with peers from other schools in the district and worked with two highly qualified guest conductors in a setting other than their own classroom. 

Middle School Clinician – Eddie Steadman

High School Clinician – Jeff Adams

2022 All-County Elementary Chorus and Orff Ensemble Concert

  

The 2021-2022 All-County Elementary Chorus and Orff Ensemble performed in concert at Freeport High School on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

The musical event starred elementary choral students throughout the Walton County School District as they came together as one to showcase their vocal abilities as well as their Orff instrument skills. The students experienced music-making in a large group setting with peers from other district schools as they worked together to produce beautiful music.

Walton High School's Bellissimo Chorus Performs at MPA

  

On Monday, February 28th, 16 members of the Walton High School BELLISSIMO Chorus sang for assessment at the annual District 1 Music Performance Assessment (MPA). The MPA is the Choral Music equivalent of the Florida Standards Assessment. The results given indicate if a chorus is daily meeting the Florida State Education Standards for Chorus 1, 2, and 3.
Walton High School can be proud that the four adjudicators rated the BELLISSIMO Chorus with 2 ‘Superior’ ratings and 2 ‘Excellent’ ratings. Congratulations to those hard-working students!