Fine Arts

Ms. Gates and Upper Division Art Classes Spread Color and Joy with #AATLRocks

Posted on: October 25th, 2017

On Wednesday, Oct. 25 Ms. Sarah Gates and her Upper Division art students hid rocks throughout both campuses as part of an #AATLRocks campaign inspired by the Wesley Chapel Rocks Facebook group. Students painted rocks with colorful imagery and inspiring messages with the intention of spreading joy and color throughout both campuses and the community. […]

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Teaching Imagination: The Value of Fine Arts in Education

Posted on: February 9th, 2017

Words by Jay Gibson, Director of Library Services One of the best things about teaching at Academy at the Lakes is seeing the effect our Fine Arts programs have on our students. When I interact with a student in the classroom, I only see his or her academic persona, the one that is intellectually focused, […]

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Academic Competitions Highlights 2015-16

Posted on: June 1st, 2016

Spring at Academy was packed with academic competitions, both local and national. Below are some highlights of Wildcat successes at these events: Pasco Students Shine at State STEM Fair – Tampa Bay Times Academy Student Invited to National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo Academy’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Competes in State Finals Academy Students […]

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Academy Sophomore Receives Superior at Pasco County Music Performance Assessment

Posted on: February 29th, 2016

Evan Lutz ’18 will be attending the All-State music assessment in Cape Coral, sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association. This will take place during Spring Break. He achieved this status by receiving a Superior rating at the recent Pasco County Music Performance Assessment, where he was judged in the bass clarinet solo category. In order […]

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Choral Program: More Than Music

Posted on: February 18th, 2016

“The subject of chorus is not really music as much as it’s confidence,” shares Mr. Heller. At Academy, all students are welcome to join chorus; no audition is required. “Performing as part of a group can unlock a certain confidence that students will carry with them into other parts of their lives.” Contrary to what […]

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Portrait of a Graduate: Monique Montoute

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016

Monique Montoute ’14 knew, as she sat in the audience at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center watching Academy at the Lakes’ annual musical, that she wanted to be part of Academy’s family. Academy’s performance of The Sound of Music was music to her ears and a defining moment in Monique’s decision to pursue her […]

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Student Showcase: Honoring Our Veterans through Art

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

  Veterans’ Day Printmaking Project Instructor: Mrs. Sarah Gates Class: Upper Division Studio Art Upper Division Studio Art students have been working on a printmaking project that required them to make a statement about a social issue. Students drafted an idea and then transferred the image to a piece of linoleum. Any letters or numbers […]

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A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Like all of the grade levels at Academy at the Lakes, our rising PreK3 students have a summer reading assignment. This encourages students to read with their parents and continue their education while enjoying vacation and the Florida sunshine.

In conjunction with the summer reading assignment, preschoolers engage in a related activity that they will share in class on the first day of school.

PreK3’s summer reading assignment for the 2015-16 school year is A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. This is a cute story of a chameleon trying to find his place in a very colorful world.
As the book revolves around color, so does the corresponding assignment. Our preschoolers are instructed to create a picture using their favorite colors. The choice of media is up to the student – paint, markers, colored pencils, crayons. The opportunities are endless!

It is with this inspiration that we present you with several arts and crafts project ideas inspired by this adorable book, A Color of His Own.

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Student Showcase: Cabaret Night

Posted on: May 29th, 2015

  During the annual Cabaret Night, the audience enjoyed beautiful voices and extraordinary musical talent, but the work that took place behind the scenes was also a unique experience for a group of students. Ms. Sarah Gates led students who volunteered to participate in the Decoration Committee and Tech Crew for the annual event. Upper […]

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Teacher Feature: Dr. Gary Compton

Posted on: May 21st, 2015

With his credentials and experience, there are many things Dr. Gary Compton could be doing every day, but Academy at the Lakes is where he chooses to spend his time.


It’s simple: Because of our community – something that has drawn families and faculty alike to Academy.

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