Diamond Ranch Academy’s Fine Arts Department consists of multiple, award-winning, credentialed art instructors. On campus there are top of the line classrooms dedicated to the visual arts.Instructors and students work together to visually create beautiful works of arts that demonstrate student talents. The Fine Arts Program’s philosophy is that every student has untapped potential. Through individualized attention, projects and critiques, students are asked to push themselves to become better artists. In doing so, students feel a sense of self-worth as they come to the realization they have made something more than they thought possible.Diamond Ranch Academy’s Fine Arts Program showcases student talents. Visual arts are meant to be seen and every opportunity is taken to let students shine.

Awards and Competitions: 

 

  • 1st Place Congressional Winner 42nd Utah State High School Art Competition 2014 (Work selected to represent the State of Utah in the U.S. Capitol building in D.C. from 2014-2015 and student attended awards ceremony at the U.S. Capitol)
  • 1st Place Congressional Winner 42nd California State High School Art Competition 2014 (Alumni student)
  • Juror’s Merit Award 42nd Utah State High School Art Competition 2014 (Students attended awards ceremony at the State Capitol and were honored by the Governor)
  • Best Overall Winner Salt Lake Utah Foster Care Chalk Festival 2014
  • 1st Place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2014
  • Best Original Design Kayenta Street Art Festival 2014
  • Best Original Design (Middle School Category) Kayenta Street Art Festival 2014
  • Celebrating Art Top Winner High School Division  2013
  • 1st Place Hurricane Street Art Festival 2013
  • 2nd Place Hurricane Street Art Festival 2013
  • Best in Show Purchase Award Cedar Mountain Competition 2013
  • 1st Place Cedar Mountain Life Drawing Competition 2013
  • 3rd Place Cedar Mountain Life Drawing Competition 2013
  • 3rd Place Cedar Mountain Plein Air Competition 2013
  • Best in Show Summerlin Art Festival (includes all student and professional divisions) 2013
  • Sweepstakes Award Painting Utah State Fair 2013
  • 1st Place Peach Days Talent Show 2013
  • Sweepstakes Award Peach Days Art Show 2013
  • 1st Place Peach Days High School Art Show 2013
  • Sweepstakes Award Peach Days Middle School Art Show 2013
  • 1st place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2013
  • 2nd place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2013
  • 3rd place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2013
  • Best Use of Color Middle School Kayenta Street Art Festival 2013
  • Best Sponsored Square Kayenta Street Art Festival 2013
  • 1st place James Larkin Fantasy Art Competition 2013
  • 1st place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2012
  • Best Use of Color Kayenta Street Art Festival 2012
  • Best Original Design Kayenta Street Art Festival 2012
  • Top Winner Celebrating Art 2012
  • 1st place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2011
  • 1st Place Summerlin Art Festival High School Division
  • 1st Place Summerlin Art Festival Middle School Division
  • Top Winner Celebrating Art 2011
  • 1st place Kayenta Street Art Festival 2011
  • 1st Place Summerlin Art Festival High School Division
  • 1st Place Summerlin Art Festival Middle School Division
  • Top Winner Celebrating Art 2011

Scholarships

 

Students have received art scholarships to the following:

Savannah College of Art and Design
Dixie State University

DRA’s Fine Arts Department gives all students the opportunity to participate in art class.

Those with special interests can participate in any of the following classes:

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Train with licensed and highly qualified art teaching professionals.
  • Learn a variety of media: Graphite, Charcoal, Pastel, Acrylic, Watercolor and more.
  • Prepare for and compete in a variety of Art Festivals and competitions.
  • Be a member of DRA’s esteemed Art Team.

Design and Animation

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the principles of illustration and artistic design.
  • Have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of graphic design and digital animation.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Create 3-dimensional art pieces on our electric pottery wheels.
  • Fire artwork that is functional and beautiful.
  • Sculpt masterpieces under the direction of talented artists.

Photography

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to shoot using digital SLR cameras
  • Learn key design and framing techniques
  • Have the opportunity to edit and manipulate photos using Adobe Photoshop

 

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Rod Peterson is an award-winning artist who has a passion for creating and teaching art. His education began at Dixie State College where he trained under professional fine artists, including world renowned artist Del Parson. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Art in Art Education from Brigham Young University- Idaho. He has also gained professional training through Scottsdale Artists’ School. www.gethsemanefineart.com

 

Justine Peterson is an illustrator and graphic artist. She has a Bachelors in Art Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Her portfolio includes: traditional painting styles, large-scale murals, graphic arts, and illustration. She believes that by sharing art, students will be able to discover new perspectives and their own personal creativity.

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