Howard Haven

Howard Academy of Arts

Howard Middle School Academy of Arts

Welcome to the Howard Haven, a site where all students, parents, and staff can keep up with what's happening in HMS Arts programs and find helpful resources. Check out the sections above that include the Virtual Fall and Winter Art Shows and other information for each art program.

Principal Kimberly Beckler

Howard Faculty/Staff 2020-2021

What's New at Howard?

Check out this exciting art exhibit where each art student submitted their best artwork from the year. This juried show features a Best Of Show and 1st/2nd Places in Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, 3D Art, and Digital Art. This virtual art exhibit works best viewed with a laptop computer.

Once On This Island, Jr. April 16/17

Don't miss the spring HMS musical, Once on this Island Jr.!

Ti Moune is a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie, Asaka, Papa Ge, and Agwe, on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

Tickets are available to stream the show LIVE on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm! It is $15 to stream to your preferred device.

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Don’t miss out on this beautiful tropical story about love conquering all else!!

Howard students, faculty, staff, parents, School Board members, and other members in the community including several Elementary Schools came together to create sunflower drawings as an homage to Vincent Van Gogh. This project was started during the Thanksgiving holiday as the sunflower represented gratitude to Van Gogh. We are thrilled to unveil this beautiful collaboration! Even during a very difficult time in our world we can still be thankful for the good things in our lives and for the beauty around us. We hope you enjoy this artwork and are grateful for our creative community.

Dance Masterclass

The week of November 16th-20th, Emily Cordell led our dance students through a contemporary dance masterclass.

She has been a dance educator throughout the U.S. for over 20 years for private dance studios in FL, OH, and MA, performing arts middle schools in FL and NM, and as Co-Director at Dr. Phillips High School. She also served higher education as an adjunct professor at Valencia College in Orlando, FL and Dean College in Franklin, MA. In addition to teaching Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Improv, Tap and Jazz, Ms Emily is a Module 1 and Module 2 Certified Instructor for Acrobatic Arts.

Ms Emily is an award-winning choreographer who has been celebrated for new works in Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Massachusetts and Germany. She has been a choreographer in residence for Valencia College and Dr. Phillips High School for over a decade. She enjoys exploring new movement for concert dance and the competition stage. Emily has served as an adjudicator and a judge for a major dance competition for the past five years. She has enjoyed sharing her love of technique and artistry in her critiques with teachers and students all over the country. Thank you Miss Emily for a wonderful week with our students!

VOICE Literary and Art Magazine

We are thrilled to share the Winter 2020 VOICE Literary and Art Magazine with the Howard community! We will be printing this magazine in late January but are publishing this online version now. This was a collaboration between art students and Ms. Hoffman’s Creative Writing class. It will be the 3rd printed issue of VOICE and is called “Breathe.”

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We are excited and fortunate to have developed a wonderful partnership with Central Florida Community Arts where Howard students are provided free workshops in various visual and performing arts areas as a way to expand on their artistic education and explore the arts fully!

Storytelling Workshop

Howard students expanded their imagination and explored their creativity by sharing the stories and experiences of their lives. In this workshop they used prompts to help tell classic stories along with both fictional and nonfictional stories.

Music Conducting Workshop

Howard students had an opportunity to learn the basics of conducting! Participants listened to famous musical selections from classical music to movie soundtracks and performed the correlating conducting patterns that guided the piece.

Sketching Workshop

Howard students had an opportunity in December to attend a "Sketching Workshop" where they learned the basics of sketching through the use of simple art techniques and observing the world around them.