Academy Instructor

Phone: 352-955-6839


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Bennett

Mrs. Jennifer Bennett is a fine artist, graphic designer, and a seasoned educator.  She currently serves as the Director of the Institute of Graphic Art and Design at The Professional Academies Magnet @ Loften High School and is the owner of Magpie Studio Collective. Her greatest passions are painting, drawing, typography, music, family, and exploring the great outdoors.  

Mrs. Bennett has earned degrees from Ringling College of Art and Design, the University of Florida, and Goddard College. When she is not working with her high school students, she serves as an adjunct professor in the department of Fine Arts and Entertainment Technology at Santa Fe College.  Mrs. Bennett strives to live each day creatively as she views the world through the eyes of an artist.

Institute of Graphic Art and Design

    Program Overview:

    Our Graphic and Visual Arts Pathway is accessible for students of all abilities.  It offers a tiered level of classes in two and three dimensional, as well as digital arts. Students who choose the Institute of Graphic Art and Design will prepare themselves for a future in the competitive artistic marketplace.
    4 Year Curriculum Plan:
    9th Grade:
    Fall: 2/D Studio Art 1
    Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 1- Adobe Photoshop certification opportunity
    10th Grade:
    Fall: Drawing and Painting 1
    Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 2- Adobe Illustrator certification opportunity
    11th Grade:
    Fall: 3/D Studio Art 1
    Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 3- Adobe InDesign certification opportunity
    12th Grade:
    Fall: Portfolio Development
    Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 4- Adobe Animate and After Effects certification opportunity
    Additional Course offerings:
    2/D Studio Art 2
    2/D Studio Art 3
    Drawing/Painting 2
    3/D Studio Art 2
    Porfolio Development 2
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    What do the Visual Arts teach us?
    • The arts teach students how to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
    • The arts teach students that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
    • The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
    • The arts teach students that in complex forms of problem-solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstances and opportunity.
    • The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we know.
    • The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
    • The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
    • The arts help students learn to say what cannot be said.
    • The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and to discover the range of what we are capable of feeling.
    • The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young: what adults believe is important.
    Author: Elliot Eisner


      Come see where the most creative students in Alachua County thrive!

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