4864 Doniphan Drive
El Paso, TX 79922
Tel: (915) 760-8520
Fax: (915) 581-4918
Fine Arts Department
- Michael Phillips
Director of Fine Arts
Tel: (915) 760-8520
- Julio Castillo
Facilitator Instrumental Music
Tel: (915) 760-8517
- Gail Manago
Facilitator Vocal Music/Theatre Arts/Dance
Tel: (915) 760-8518
- Beth Bokal
Tel: (915) 760-8519
- Whitney Lechner
Tel: (915) 760-8522
- Faculty and Staff
The El Paso ISD Fine Arts curriculum incorporates the visual arts into all phases of student learning. Each year, 10,000 of our district students visit the El Paso Museum of Art to view permanent and changing specialty exhibitions. We send a variety of primary, fourth grade, middle school and high school students on tours there to see the importance of art in our history and daily lives
We also bring the visual arts to students at the campus level through the "Van Go" Mobile Art and Reading Classroom. This highly successful and popular program is introduced in the 3rd grade and is particularly successful in showing the relationship of art to core subjects such as reading and writing. "Van Go" brings art history, reading and hands on art to students several times a year through our two mobile art classrooms. This program is particularly successful in integrating the arts into the core curriculum.
In addition to these enhancement programs, the visual arts curriculum includes specialists in visual arts at the middle and high school campuses as well as some of our elementary campuses. In art classes students receive daily instruction in art history, culture, art production, critical analysis of art and ideals and directions in art career choice. Students at the high school level also have the option of taking coursework for collage credit through the Advanced Placement Art offerings.
Theatre Arts Programs
Drama is an essential part of our high school curriculum where students learn about themselves and diverse cultures. Performances focusing on the classic and new plays provide the students and community with outstanding theatrical productions in the fall and spring. High school students participate in the University Interscholastic League One-Act Play competition in hopes of advancing to the state level. Students Learn all of the aspects of the theater and are trained in acting as well as a set design and construction.
Opportunities are provided for students to become directors and playwrights, and performance opportunities vary from campus to campus. Students also audition for the annual summer theatre production and often sever as the light and sound technicians in addition to building sets.
Vocal music is thriving at the high school and most middle school campuses with opportunities to participate in mixed, treble, tenor/bass, jazz and madrigal choirs. A few elementary schools receive instruction from vocal music specialists while the remaining schools have "designated music teachers" who assist in bringing quality music instruction into their schools. All choirs performer for campus PTA programs, various school events, and the community as the need arises.
Students on all levels are provided the opportunities to perform in public as well as being adjudicated in solo/ensemble and choral competitions. Many middle and high school students to audition for All-Region, and only high school students may advance to the All-State Choir where they perform at the annual Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio.
Summer Theater Production
The annual summer theatre production encourages students to audition for acting, singing, or dancing roles, perform in the orchestra, or serve as technicians in the set and costume areas. Approximately 280 students are selected in the spring from all of the elementary school to work with an outstanding state or nationally recognized choral clinician in the annual "Voices of the Future" clinic and concert. This also allows students an opportunity to meet and rehearse with other students from the district and further their performance opportunities.
Instrumental music is thriving at the high school, middle school, and elementary campuses with opportunities to perform in Band, Orchestra, Piano Classes, and Guitar. Students on all levels are provided opportunities to perform in public as well as being adjudicated in Instrumental music competitions. Many middle and high school students audition for All-Region groups, and only high school students may advance to the All-State groups where they perform at the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio.