Visual Arts

FWCD offers visual arts classes for all levels, K-12. Children in kindergarten and Lower School experience a variety of artistic media in a studio setting, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and art history. Learning about artists and artistic processes are integral parts of the program.

In Middle School, students learn about the variety of visual arts experiences in our culture and explore their own artistic style. This artistic development is fostered through the application of design concepts and art principles and the development of techniques through sketchbooks, art history, drawing, painting, printmaking and clay formation through individual and group projects.

Upper School visual arts include courses in art history, painting and drawing, ceramics, photography, and yearbook and newspaper. Beginning with Art Fundamentals in ninth grade, students gain a strong sense of design. As sophomores, students pick one of three avenues: ceramics, photography, or painting and drawing. Junior and senior students may take courses in their chosen medium up to the AP level. All senior visual art students highlight their accomplishments in a show each spring. Students are encouraged to develop impressive portfolios for presentation to college programs, and their works are consistently recognized in both regional and national competitions. Art History and AP Art History classes expose students to ancient and contemporary works from around the world. Journalism courses are offered for grades 9-12, including courses for print, online and video journalism, as well as yearbook.

SOAR after-school and summer enrichment programs, as well as art clubs, are offered for Lower and Middle School students. Art honor societies in Middle and Upper School offer extra visual arts experience for students.

Visual Arts Faculty

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Sil Azevedo

    Sil Azevedo 

    Upper School Photography
    (817) 732-7718 ext. 8860
    I. Hendrix Methodist University - B.Arch.
  • Photo of Holly Clifford

    Holly Clifford 

    Visual Arts
    (817) 732-7718 ext. 3328
    University of North Texas - BFA
    Texas Wesleyan University - MEd
  • Photo of Dorrine DeChant

    Dorrine DeChant 

    Visual Arts
    (817) 732-7718 ext.3584
    Pratt Institute - MS
    American Intercontinental U - BA
  • Photo of Valorie Flaherty

    Valorie Flaherty 

    Middle School Art and Theatre
    Ball State University - Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Indiana Wesleyan University - Graduate Certification
  • Photo of Lesley Francis

    Lesley Francis 

    Visual Arts
    Texas Tech University - BFA
    Lamar University - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Pamela Lancaster

    Pamela Lancaster 

    Lower School Art
  • Photo of Jerry Mahle

    Jerry Mahle 

    Visual Arts
    (817) 732-7718 ext 583
    University of North Texas - MFA
    Texas Wesleyan University - BA
  • Photo of Lisa Wallace

    Lisa Wallace 

    Student Media
    University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor's
    University of Memphis - MA
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.