Our Visual Arts program is designed to help everyone gain a creative edge! Art students develop the ability to visualize and plan through artistic, critical-thinking exercises and projects. Techniques are taught through a variety of media including: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, illustration and graphic design. Student artwork is exhibited on campus, on the school news, in local public venues, on the Web and our students are consistent award winners in competitions. The PLDMS program is designed to be rigorous as well as fun! Please visit our Permanent Collection of student work on campus and also be sure to visit our website gallery at www.artsonia.com. Enter "Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle" to view our school.
Chorus teaches students important values such as the importance of teamwork, self-discipline, and artistic expression. In chorus class, students learn the basics of singing, how to read music, and perform a variety of vocal repertoire ranging from classical to popular. Students also gain experience presenting themselves in front of others, and build self-esteem through the participation in 2-3 concerts per year. By 2016 we plan to offer Chorus I, II and III courses.
Theatre is an wonderful experience for those with experience, or those who are just curious. For most, this is a student’s first exposure to theatre. With a single course in our program a student will gain fundamental skills and knowledge that will help them understand what it takes to make it in theatre. Higher levels expose students to classical works from all time periods, culminating in one-act, full length, and musical performances!
Students qualifying to be inducted in our chapter of Jr. International Thespian Society can experience the thrill of going to festivals where they receive feedback from professionals and the opportunity to attend workshops on various theatre topics.
Band classes are for students at all levels of performance ability, no experience necessary! Sixth grade students start in Beginning Band where they will choose an instrument to study for the entire school year. Second and third year players participate in the Concert, Wind Ensemble and/or Jazz Bands, depending on ability. Band students will perform in concerts throughout the school year at PLDMS and other venues.
PLDMS bands participate in the Florida Bandmasters Association annual rating festivals and regularly earn Superior ratings for their performances. PLDMS students consistently earn seats in the prestigious All County Band ensemble and, each year, students from our band program are selected to participate in a Florida All-State Middle School Band.