The visual arts are essential for a well-balanced program of study.  A structured,  yet flexible curriculum best suits the students’ educational needs.  Lessons are based on the SC Standards focusing on the Elements and Principles of Art. Common Core Standards and technology play a vital role in the art classroom.  A visual environment, incorporating concepts and skills from four branches of knowledge:  aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production, allow children to explore and create, retain and strengthen acquired concepts and skills, develop problem-solving strategies, obtain a sense of pride and accomplishment, and nourish their creative self.


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Cindy Behrends

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Hi! I’m Cindy Behrends. This will be my 30th year of teaching – 21st at Midway.

Teaching art is my true passion. My classroom is my sanctuary. I love watching my young students create, explore and grow.  I look forward to a great new school year of project based learning and collaboration.

I attended the University of South Carolina where I received my Bachelor of Arts, Art Studio, and Masters +30, Art Education.  I live in Columbia with my husband, Huck, daughter, Juliette, and cat, “Kitty Mulan Carlisle.”  Huck, Juliette and I like to do art, bike, swim, ride horses and dance. Juliette and her dad also enjoy skateboarding, surfing, water and  snow skiing. We love to visit California, Utah, Colorado, and the SC beaches.

Grant Erd

My name is Grant Erd and I am so excited to be a Midway Mustang this year!  In our Mustang art class, we draw, color, paint, print, build, and most importantly, have fun being creative artists!  Through the arts, our Midway Mustangs will learn how to problem solve, think critically, collaborate, and expand our learning by making connections to the world around us!  I am an alumni of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education.  Go Gamecocks!  At home, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife, Andrea, and our two dogs Luna and Dolly.  Looking forward to another great year here at Midway!