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Visual Art

Jason Kim, Watercolor (2015)

Braden Brown, Fused Glass (2015)

Makenna Stringfellow, Printmaking (2015)

Morgan Sickman, Watercolor (2015)

PCA’s art program is amazing. We are so thankful to be a part of this program and can’t wait to see what God, the Master Artist, has planned for the future of the PCA art program.

Darrellene Lindsey, PCA Parent

Delaney Lindsey, Graphite (2015)
GOLD KEY WINNER - Scholastic Art & Writing National Festival

About PCA's Visual Art Program

Prestonwood Christian Academy's award-winning visual art department is a dynamic and active part of the Fine Arts at PCA. Students achieve success and recognition each year at local, state and national levels and the Upper School art department has won the TAPPS State Art title numerous times. PCA's incredible art faculty is a talented group of artists and teachers with a passion for sharing their skill set and love for visual art with their students, all while modeling a Christ-like lifestyle and attitude toward their students.

Grace McCraw, Stoneware (2015)

Lower School

Students in PreK-3 through First Grade explore a variety of different media and are encouraged to explore their creativity freely. Basic skills and art vocabulary are used to begin building a foundation for further study. Second through Fourth Grade students increase their technical skills and begin a more in-depth study of art and design principles, such as color theory and form. Drawing from observation, a variety of painting media and collage are emphasized. Lower School art students participate annually in the ACSI art festival as well as the Lower School "Art Explosion."

Middle School

In Fifth and Sixth Grade, students are introduced to even more art techniques and tools and have a larger focus on 3D sculptural works. Moving into Seventh and Eighth Grade, students learn basic color theory and compositional elements as well as the building blocks to any successful work of art. An emphasis in critical analysis is stressed along with peer critique as the students progress through the semester. The students learn value, spacing, and form while being introduced to a wide array of new materials and media. The Middle School art department also competes in ACSI every year as well as participating in various events throughout the year in which artwork is displayed for the student body and parents.

Upper School

As students transition into Upper School, greater rigor is implemented into the curriculum. Art students are met with a variety of class options ranging from traditional art forms such as sculpture, drawing, and painting to more contemporary art forms such as advanced Photoshop and digital art. Research papers are introduced into the curriculum as students learn how to decipher a work’s meaning and intent by the subject matter and elements of art used within the work. PCA’s upper level art students compete each year in ACSI, VASE, Scholastic and Congressional art festivals, gaining valuable experience and national exposure as well as excellent scholarship opportunities.

Art Faculty

Martha Underriner graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics in 2008. Martha’s ceramic pieces have been exhibited in juried shows around the state in shows such as Best of Texas Clay and the VAST 125 mile exhibition. She recently completed her master's degree in art education with an emphasis in ceramics through Texas Tech. Martha has had extensive ceramics training in the areas of throwing on the wheel, hand building, and glazing. She specializes in 3D art forms and teaches a wide variety of mediums and processes such as ceramics, metalsmithing, glass casting, and others.

She teaches 3D Advanced Placement Art, Sculpture, Ceramics, Art 1, 8th Honors, and Beginning Art. In her time at PCA, Martha’s students have received multiple national awards and scholarships such as a Scholastic National Gold Key, exhibition and scholarships at the National K12 Ceramic Exhibition, and gold seals and scholarships at VASE. Martha is passionate about fostering a creative environment in the classroom and encouraging a love of the arts in her students. She taught for 4 years before joining PCA's art faculty in 2012. Martha is an active part of her church in Dallas and is married to her husband, Chaz.

Tina Nivens

Art Teacher (Drawing, Painting, AP)
PCA Plano, Upper School

Tina Nivens has been teaching visual arts for 18 years. She holds a degree from Baylor University where she studied fashion design. She began her teaching career in Garland, Texas where she taught and built an award-winning art program for over 700 students. She has taught art, social studies and theatre in public education as well as online. This is her 18th year to teach in the classroom and her 8th year at Prestonwood Christian Academy where she has worked to help build a program from obscurity to one of state-wide and national renown. When she began at PCA, “we only had four or five art courses … there was no drawing program and no ceramics. It has been fun to see the program flourish after planting and nurturing the seeds for so long."

She has served as department head and during her time at PCA, has led her students to a tradition of excellence. She is the mother of two PCA and DBU alumni. She is the wife of a pastor and has been married to the love of her life since 1984. She loves students of all ages and enjoys building relationships with them. She loves to paint, draw, and create ceramic and encaustic work in her spare time. She loves fashion and music. “My favorite part about teaching is getting to know my students and watching them find their voice in visual arts. It is so rewarding to watch them come to terms with who they are in Christ, and get comfortable in their own skin. They begin to see how God can use that process as they serve Christ.”

Carolina Balma

Art Teacher
PCA Plano, Lower / Middle School

Carolina Balma joined the PCA art department in 2015 after ten years of teaching in public schools in North Texas. She spent three years teaching Kindergarten through fifth grade in Plano and seven years teaching middle school in McKinney. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University with a concentration in Art Education. She enjoys watercolor painting and hanging out watching Disney movies with her children! Carolina and her husband Deron have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful children Lucas and Chloe. They are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Becky Locklin M. Ed.

Art Teacher
PCA Plano - Lower / Middle School

Becky Locklin’s roots run deep in Texas, moving to the Dallas area when she was twelve years old. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a minor in Fine Arts from Texas Woman's University. While having the wonderful opportunity to instruct in a small group setting, she earned her Masters of Education Degree from Abilene Christian University. After graduation, she taught in the Dallas Independent School District teaching pre-kindergarten through Fifth Grade art. While at DISD she led several of her students to be recognized in academic art competitions, with one of her students being recognized in the Texas Girls’ State Fair by the Women’s Museum. She currently lives in Southlake with her husband Paul, and two daughters, Riley and Shelby. She enjoys reading, painting, shopping and going to the beach with her family. They are involved in their church, the Village Church, where they teach Sunday school to preschoolers. Becky joined PCA's art faculty in 2012.

Tammy Click

Art Teacher
PCA North - Lower / Middle School

Tammy Click graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Graphic Design. She began teaching at Prestonwood Christian Academy in 1997. Her children are both alumni of PCA - Austin graduated in 2005 and Tiffany Click Willis in 2008. She and her husband Marty Click met in an advanced Drawing class at ACU and have been married for 32 years. They have been members at Prestoncrest Church in Dallas for many years. Tammy specializes in drawing, architecture, pastels, watercolor and printmaking and teaches a variety of mediums at PCA’s North campus. Tammy loves teaching students about visual art and how it is a reflection of our awesome Creator.

Competitions & Awards

2015 - 16

  • National K12 Ceramic Exhibition - 4 works selected for exhibit
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Regional competition - 5 gold keys, 8 silver keys, 13 honorable mentions
  • Scholastic Art and Writing National competition - 1 national gold key
  • ACSI - Best of Show, 20 medals in K-12
  • VASE - 13 state gold medals, 1 gold seal
  • JrVASE - 5 silver medlas
  • 2014 - 15

    • National K12 Ceramics Exhibition - 3 works selected for entry
    • Scholastic Art and Writing Regional - 1 gold key, 6 silver keys, 5 honorable mentions
    • ACSI - Best of Show, 19 medals K-12
    • VASE - 6 state gold medals, 2 gold seals

    2013 - 14

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - First Place
    • TAPPS 5A-1 District - Second Place
    • ACSI - Regional Winner
    • ACSI - District Best in Show
    • Congressional Award Winner

    2012 - 13

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - Second Place
    • TAPPS 5A-1 District - Second Place
    • ACSI - 11 medals K-12

    2011 - 12

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - First Place

    2010 - 11

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - First Place
    • ACSI - District Best in Show
    • ACSI - National Best in Show

    2009 - 10

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - First Place

    2008 - 09

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - First Place

    2007 - 08

    • TAPPS 5A State Art Champions - Second Place

    Alumni Gallery

    Susan Park (Class of 2011)

    Bayleigh Cheek (Class of 2011,
    PCA Artist of the Year)

    I love seeing each student find their own voice as they create art with excellence and reflect the glory of God in their work and in their lives.

    Tina Nivens, Upper School Art Teacher

    Shelby Locklin, Stoneware (2015)

    Brock Wade, Photography (2015)


    Shelby Locklin, Stoneware (2016)

    Braden Brown, Mixed Media (2016)

    Madelyn Liles, AP Portfolio Exhibit (2016)

    Art Show, PCA North (2016)

    Lower School, Watercolor (2015)

    Lily Hill, Mixed Media (2016)

    Lila Ford (2016)

    Hannah Gosser (2016)

    Preston Willett (2016)

    Preston Willett, Stoneware (2016)
    BEST OF SHOW, ACSI Festival

    Destiny Crawford, Cast Glass (2014)

    Art students headed to State VASE Competition (Spring 2016)