Visual Arts at RMA
Fine Arts Department Chair: Mr. Mitch Freeman
Riverside Military Academy's talented art students have the opportunity to work in a variety of mediums under the guidance of accomplished artists and experienced art teachers.
Riverside cadets may choose from 2D and 3D art projects including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and stone carving. Bronze is the material typically used by our art students to create their sculptures, and limestone is often used in their stone carving projects.
3D printing is a process where 2D/3D drawing through a computer program is printed into an actual physical 3D model. 3D printing is a great resource for inventors to create a real life physical model for a fraction of the cost to create items to inform potential investors. In our Advanced Art class, cadets have hands-on experience with the software and hardware to learn how this process works.
Our students also study art history, learn to identify different art styles, and create their original works of art based on lectures, assessment, and learned techniques through both observation and practice.
RMA student artists frequently receive invitations to exhibit their creations at locales such as Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center. They are competitive in the Kiwanis Art Showcase, often walking away with top honors. Some of our artists have earned national recognition in the Young Marine Artist Search competition held annually by the American Society of Marine Artists. Riverside graduates have even received scholarships to attend excellent art and design schools across the United States.
Projects created by our art students can be seen proudly displayed around the Riverside campus in the Elkin Hall academic display cases as well as the library in the Sandy Beaver Learning Center!