Welcome to Lamar Fine Arts Academy

Everything You Need to Know to Apply

LMFAA Application Timeline:

LMFAA APPLICATION IS OPEN

UPDATED 1-1-2021




January 15, 2021

LAMAR FAA APPLICATION DEADLINE

Teacher Recommendations Also Due @ This Time

Completed applications( this is in addition to the Intent to Apply) and report cards must be postmarked, emailed, or dropped

off to the Lamar front office by 4:00 p.m


February 6, 2021

FAA Auditions/Interviews @ Lamar MS 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

As applications to Lamar FAA are received, audition times will be emailed to

applicants – make sure you are checking the email address you provided in the

application packet. Be prepared to complete a preliminary choice sheet at this time.


March 12, 2021

Notification letters will be emailed. Please note: There is no appeals process . We

will have a waiting list and you will be notified by April 1st, if you get in off

the waiting list.


March 26, 2021

Intent to Enroll Letters Due

AISD Transfers

Please Note : Once you accept this offer, we take care of your transfer.


Transportation to and from Lamar not provided by AISD

Ready to Apply?

Look Through the Handbook/Application

The 2021-22 Handbook has a wealth of information. Every strand has a section that goes over the program and what to expect for the audition. Please read the audition section carefully, some strands are requiring auditions to be emailed in.


LMFAA 2021-22 Handbook/Application


Handbook can also be found at the bottom of this email, under Important Attachments

Complete the Intent to Apply Portion

  • The Intent to Apply tile can be found through your AISD Parent Cloud.( look for the tile on the left)
  • If you are coming from outside of AISD, you will need to make an account. Instructions to make an account can be found HERE
  • Instructions for Intent to Apply-English
  • Instructions for Intent to Apply Spanish

Fill Out LMFAA Application

The Application for the LMFAA is due January 15th, by 4pm.


This can be turned in several ways:

  • Fill out paper application ( pg 37 of the FAA 2021-22 Handbook/Application)
  • scan and email to kerren.campa@austinisd.org
  • mail to Lamar FAA


Lamar Fine Arts Academy

6201 Wynona Avenue

Austin, Texas 78757

Send Grades & Teacher Recommendations

  • If your student is currently enrolled in AISD, Grades & Teacher recommendations can be requested through the Intent to Apply portal.
  • If you are outside of AISD, you can request teacher recommendations through the intent to apply portal, but will need to request grades( current grade & previous grade) and email them to kerren.campa@austinisd.org.

  • If your current school does not use a numerical/A-F grading system, please have them use the scoring guide, which can be found in the back of the handbook. One has also been provided in the Important Attachments section of this newsletter.

  • STANDARDIZED TESTING ( ie STAAR, ITBS) NOT REQUIRED

  • If you would like to send a Fine arts recommendation to an instructor outside of AISD, you will find all of those forms below in Important Attachments. Have your instructor complete it and email it to me at kerren.campa@austinisd.org or mail it to:

Lamar Fine Arts Academy
6201 Wynona Avenue
Austin, Texas 78757

Learn More about the Specific Majors

Zoom Info Sessions were held Saturday, December 12th!


This is the information that was discussed or handed out at the Dec 12th info sessions. Some of it is clarification to what is written in the handbook. In addition to anything added here, please refer to refer to the audition requirements listed in the FAA 2021-22 Handbook/Application


If your major requires a video to be sent in with the application, please email that Youtube link to kerren.campa@austinisd.org


Band- Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 ( Handbook pg- 9 )

Choir-Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 13)

Classical Guitar-Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 15)

Creative Writing-Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 18)

Dance-Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 22)

Digital Arts Session 2 only ( 10:30-11:30 am) (Handbook pg- 24)

Orchestra -Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 27)

Theatre Arts-Workshop/Info Sessions 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 29)

Visual Arts-Workshop/Info Session 1 & 2 (Handbook pg- 32)

Curious About AISD's Dual Language Program?

Lamar is a Dual Language Middle School. The Dual Language Program is separate from the Fine Arts Academy. All applications are handled through AISD Headquarters.


For more information, visit AISD, https://www.austinisd.org/dual-language/ms


Application Process- https://www.austinisd.org/dual-language/application

About Lamar

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A Taste of Lamar Fine Arts Academy

Lamar Dance Murals 2019 2020

Lamar Dance Program

Lamar Dance is under the direction of Natalia Luna, Emily Roe, and Leah Baxter Mercer. The dance program is one of the strands in the Lamar Middle School Fine Arts Academy.

"Dance education in Texas schools provides all students with the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of dance as an art form. Students learn and refine dance skills and techniques in class and in performance, study the historical and cultural significance of dance and its evolution as an art form, and evaluate personal work and the work of others.

- Dance Curriculum Framework, Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts

Lamar Wind Ensemble 2020 Music For All Festival Practice

Lamar Band Program

The renowned Lamar Middle School Bands are directed by Raul Escobedo and Alicia Villanueva. The Lamar Scottie Band program consist of Beginning Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Factory.

"The mission of the Lamar Middle School Band Program in Austin, Texas is to provide students with an enriching musical experience: to facilitate students in developing a level of musical growth that will enhance their quality of life and enable them to become lifelong advocates of music."
Lamar Middle School 2019 UIL Contest Performance

Lamar Choir Program

Under the direction of Megan Starkey, the Lamar choirs have earned numerous awards and recognition. The LMS choirs have earned superior ratings at the annual UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest, superior ratings in the Schlitterbahn Soundwaves and Alamo Showcase Competitions, have performed at the Texas State Capitol as well as Carnegie Hall. The Lamar choirs have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Austin Singers, the Austin Community College Singers, St. John’s United Methodist Church, and the University of Texas.

The Lamar choirs are The Purple Pups, The Doggie Dames, the Top Dawgs, Scottie Singers, and POP!



Learn more about audition requirements for Lamar Choir:Www.lamarchoir.com/faaauditionrequirements

Adagio and Allegro from Concerto in D by G.P. Telemann performed by the Lamar Guitar Ensemble

Classical Guitar Program

Lamar's Classical Guitar is the flagship middle school guitar program in AISD.

We have three classical guitar classes at Lamar: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Guitar.

The Classical Guitar instructor is David Conger.

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Creative Writing Program


The Creative Writing Program provides guidance, support and numerous opportunities for young writers. Students in the creative writing program study and create poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, novels, plays, and screenplays. The goal of the program is to help young writers cultivate their talents and broaden their command of the writer's craft.

The program guides students from an entry-level understanding of creative writing to a more robust building of skills in the craft during the middle year. Ultimately, eighth-graders in the program create a capstone project of either a portfolio of polished pieces in Advanced Writers Workshop or a middle-grade novel in Novel Writing.


COURSES

Year 1: Creative Writing I - Introduction to Creative Writing. An overview of short story, poetry, nonfiction, drama, etc. (year-long)

Year 2: Choose Two (all semester-long):

Creative Writing II - Students read and write in a variety of genres.

Narrative Writing - Students read and write short stories and narrative nonfiction.

Scriptwriting - Students write one-act plays or screenplays for short films.

Poetry - Students read and write poems, exploring various aspects of the poetic craft.

Year 3: Choose One (both year-long):

Novel Writing - Students write a middle-grade novel.

Advanced Writer’s Workshop/Literary Magazine - Students create a portfolio of polished pieces. Students review submissions and create the literary magazine, Muse.


View The 2019-20 Muse Collection

Virtual Orchestra Blues!

Lamar Orchestra Program

The Lamar Middle School Orchestras are conducted by Jeni Berecek. Our orchestra program offers students a variety of specialized course options, including Beginning Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra, as well as Fiddlers, Philharmonic Orchestra, and a Violin Technique class.

"The Lamar Orchestra’s mission is to advance string education by encouraging the study and making of music by all, and to provide a strong foundation for a lifetime of music making."
- Lamar Orchestra Mission Statement


Listen to more recordings: http://lamarfineartsacademyorchestra.weebly.com/about-the-orchestra.html

Toothpick Tumble (a stop motion short)

Digital Arts Program

The Digital Arts and Media program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of digital media creation. The program aims to enhance computer literacy, to analyze current and emerging technologies, and to challenge the student to produce unique and creative multimedia projects. Each course offers students the opportunity to develop as an artist while participating in the shared experience of media production.

We have two pathways available: Digital Media Production and Digital Photography. Students may take classes in both areas in order to fulfill strand obligations.

Digital Arts and Media Classes include:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY I – YEAR LONG INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

  • AV MEDIA PRODUCTION I – YEAR LONG INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION AND DIGITAL MEDIA

  • PRODUCTION

  • PHOTOGRAPHY II – TWO SEMESTER LONG CLASSES: ADVANCED CAMERA AND EQUIPMENT AND

  • DIGITALLY CONSTRUCTED IMAGE

  • PRINCIPLES OF ART AND AV (AV MEDIA PRODUCTION II )– ADVANCED MEDIA PRODUCTION AND MEDIA ANALYSIS THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT CLASS FOR 8TH GRADERS

Other classes offered in the strand:

  • GRAPHIC DESIGN I AND II – SEMESTER LONG CLASSES

  • VIDEO GAME DESIGN I AND II – SEMESTER LONG CLASSES

Check out our animations and movies at Lamar Digital Arts and Media Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/lamarmiddleschool

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Theatre Arts Program

Theatre Arts is a year-long elective available for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The Lamar Theatre Department is headed by Ms. Le Easter with the assistance of Mr. James Young who teaches Technical Theatre. For more info, visit the Theatre Arts Department website: www.lamartheatre.com


Lamar also offers:

- a Technical Theatre class which will cover the fundamentals of theatre with an emphasis on technical theatre.

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Visual Arts Program

The Visual Arts Program at Lamar Middle School focuses on the development of technical skills in a variety of media. In the art program, students will learn new techniques and sharpen their skills while exploring artists and art history.

  1. Beginning Art and Intermediate Art are year-long courses.

  2. Beginning VADA and Intermediate VADA are year-long visual/digital art courses.

  3. Art I (High School credit course) - 8th grade students that have passed 6th or 7th grade Art at Lamar, or with approval from a Lamar art teacher.

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Important Attachments