Art classes

Hello Abbett Family!

My names is Esther Castro and I am your Visual Arts teacher. I have been in education since 2004 in numerous roles, but by far, being the art teacher at Abbett has been my favorite.

In Garland ISD, we strive to have a robust art program where our students can learn about different art movements, techniques, mediums, continents, cultures and, learn about some of the master artists from the past. We want every young artist to learn art history, academic visual arts vocabulary, with interdisciplinary connections that will enable them to find themselves and develop who they are as artists.

As part of the VAPA (Visual Arts & Performing Arts) elementary curriculum, your child will be able to virtually travel around the world and visit other continents, learn about their culture and their contributions to the art world. Our focus per grade level is as follows:






Australia and Polynesia Islands

Henri Matisse

The Mona Lisa

1st Grade


Faith Ringgold


2nd Grade


Vincent Van Gogh

A Sunday Afternoon

3rd Grade


Georgia O’Keeffe

The Great Wave

4th Grade

South America

Frida Kahlo

The Persistence of Memory

5th Grade

North America

Pablo Picasso

Soup Cans


We offer additional programs and events so our young artist can continue developing their art skills beyond their 45-minute weekly time:

·         Art Club (4th & 5th Grade)

·         Talented & Gifted Program

·         TEAM (Texas Elementary Art Meet)

·         GISD Showcase

·         Art Month

·         Big Art Day

·         Abbett Art Night

·         GISD Holidays Greeting Card Contest

·         Among many others

Be a Garland ISD VIP 

With a special VIP pass, community members can get free general admission to many athletic and Fine Arts events at district facilities.

Visit the Garland ISD VIP pass page for more details.

Clear Bag Policy

To help ensure a safe and respectful environment for guests, Garland ISD has put into effect a Clear Bag Policy for all GISD middle and high school athletic events and fine arts performances.  

Learn more on our Clear Bag Policy page.