Berkeley’s arts program is an integral part of the Berkeley educational experience. Headed by gifted artists, the program’s wide array of fine arts courses include painting, sculpting, printmaking, photography, music, theatre, ceramics, silk dying, dance and video production.
Students discover untapped abilities, channel newfound creativity and hone talents at levels of professionalism beyond their years – and even their imaginations. While students are translating skills into meaningful works, they are also learning to think in visual, spatial and auditory terms as well as to discipline themselves and their time.
Berkeley is one of the only schools in the Tampa Bay area to offer performing arts for all students from Pre-K through Grade 12. Year in and year out, Berkeley musicals open to sell-out crowds. These theatre department productions are worthy of any professional show and are renowned for extravagant sets; talented singers, dancers and actors; as well as a state-of-the-art theatre.
Each spring, artists from all grades participate in Concepts, an exhibition of their artwork in an off-campus gallery. In recent years, the Upper Division Singers have performed at a variety of events across the state of Florida, including at Walt Disney World, and the boys and girls a capella groups have performed at a number of venues across Tampa Bay and in regional and national competition.
Since 1992, Berkeley has steadily acquired an impressive art collection of approximately 100 pieces that is proudly displayed throughout the campus in offices, classrooms and in high-profile areas for all to enjoy. The Berkeley Collection is a compilation of significant professional artworks acquired through donations or purchases. The purpose of the collection is three-fold: to enhance the curriculum in the visual arts by providing original artwork representing a wide variety of styles, techniques and artists; to provide tangible examples of cultural/historical significance for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching; and to further demonstrate Berkeley’s commitment to the visual arts. Currently, the Berkeley Collection consists of works by such noted artists as George Pappas, Jeff Kronsnoble, Bruce Marsh, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Richard Anuszkiewicz, author/illustrator Marc Brown, and printmaker Patrick Lindhardt.