Immaculate Conception Catholic School is dedicated to the development of art to the highest degree possible as an expression of the gifts that God has given us. Under the direction of professional artist Tina Jezek, the program has thrived for many years throughout all the grade levels. In addition, there are faculty members with art backgrounds who integrate art throughout the curriculum.
With her background as an artist, drama director, and master gardener, Mrs. Jezek has been able to intertwine all of these gifts so beautifully as she passes on her passion for serving God by serving others. While the art program received its beginnings here at Our Lady's School from professional Artist Martha Falsetta, Mrs. Jezek has carried on a strong tradition which has resulted in alumni seeking their passion in the Fine Arts.
ICCS has been a perennial champion in the On-Site Drawing and Art Memory competitions of the Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) through Mrs. Jezek's gentle direction of elementary and middle school artists. Students under her direction have won numerous competitions at the elementary level including those hosted by the City of Denton, and on a more regional level, through annual art competition hosted by North Central Texas College. On-Site Drawing awards include first-place state awards for PSIA Class A competition.
Students at all grade levels, as early as preschool, draw from their gifts of art to serve God and others. Students utilize their skills in providing inspirational drawings that are presented to local nursing homes, first responders, veterans, hospitals, parishioners, and so many more people throughout the area. As students progress through the grade levels, they learn more advanced skills such as set design for the annual Christmas Program and for the annual One Act Play productions. Mrs. Jezek has mentored students through electives such as sewing, environmental science, and gardening in which art skills are developed utilized as real-life application. Most recently, students in the Class of 2015 partnered with Keep Denton Beautiful, Catholic Life Insurance, to create the eighth grade memorial project located in Our Lady's Garden on the west side of the school. Students used architectural design curriculum skills to develop the skemata for the project, then did the physical labor required to lay tile for the outdoor learning area to support the project. A grotto was poured with Our Lady gently overlooking her garden!
All of these things are accomplished with great love. The art curriculum springs forth through the support of solid curricular elements provided by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth which has adopted the Fine Arts curriculum of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. We remain grateful to all of our amazing faculty members who are dedicated to the wholistic development of our children nurtured in the Catholic faith through the Fine Arts.