Lower School Art
The Tuscaloosa Academy Preschool and Lower School Art Program follows a month-to-month curriculum, developing interactions with student’s creativity, expression and appreciation for art while enhancing their technical and basic art skills. The class provides hands-on experience with art projects and one-on-one help. Art classes at the preschool level introduce elements of art to the students while also introducing them to current and past artists and art history. A new artist is introduced and discussed every month in detail. The classes are designed to provide awareness for the history of the art and why it is important. The classes for Lower School also have an artist of the month. For Lower School students more techniques are taught, and the seven elements of art are the focus: shape, line, form, perspective, color, value and texture. These elements are introduced, taught and developed,
Lower School art is taught by Jessie Hocutt. Ms. Hocutt is a Tuscaloosa native and a TA Alum. She graduated from the University of Alabama with her bachelor’s in Communications and a concentration in photography and a minor in art history.
After college, she moved to Texas to work in an outdoor education program. During her 3 ½ years there, she worked with wild animals and students from all over East Texas and truly found her niche with teaching! She returned to Alabama to get her master’s degree in education from The University of West Alabama.
She was appointed at TA in 2017 and has been teaching as the preschool and lower school art teacher. In her classes, she follows a month-to-month curriculum, developing interactions with student’s creativity, expression and appreciation for art while enhancing their technical and basic art skills. The class provides hands-on experience with art projects and one-on-one guidance.
Ms. Hocutt is a local artist and has always had a love and appreciation for the arts. She is an active member of The National Art Education Association, has been in several productions with The Actor’s Charitable Theatre, and occasionally leads painting classes with various groups in Tuscaloosa.