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Upper School Visual Arts Department

Meet the FIS Upper School Visual Arts faculty members and learn a little about what they do both in the art studios and outside of school.

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Darren Trebel joined the faculty at FIS in 1995 and has been Head of the Visual Arts Department since 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University (NY) where he studied art history, painting and art conservation techniques, completing the last year of his undergraduate studies in Florence, Italy in 1989. He was awarded a Masters in Art History (Italian Renaissance Art and Contemporary Theory) from the University of Virginia in 1992 and has taught art and art history for twenty-five years. Mr Trebel is a painter and has been fortunate to have had several recent solo exhibitions in the Frankfurt area. He also was an avid foil fencer and taught beginning fencing at FIS for fourteen years, both as an elective and as an after-school activity.  Mr Trebel also serves as the elected faculty member of the FIS Board of Trustees.


Mr Trebel teaches grade 8 Visual Arts, grade 9 Visual Arts and IB Diploma level Visual Arts classes this year and has also taught Theory of Knowledge. He is a Senior Visual Arts Examiner for the IBO and has been the IBO's Chief Examiner for the Diploma level Art History program for four years. Mr Trebel can usually be found in room 352 on the Main Campus.




Yuki Hirao joined the Visual Arts Department in 2014.  She is originally from Tokyo, Japan and moved to the USA for her university studies.  She earned a Bachelors degree from San Diego State University, California with honors and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, also winning the Charlotte Perriand Award from the Division of Architecture and Design.  She began her career working as a product and furniture designer for several years at prestige firms in Los Angeles, California, but discovered that she missed the magic of exploration and learning that can only be found in the classroom.  She returned to college as a professor of design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in USA.  Fired up in her desire to instill a better understanding of art, she wanted to work with younger students with international backgrounds like herself.  She has taught at international schools in both Tokyo, Japan as well as Rome, Italy.  Her own art works have been exhibited in solo and group shows all over the USA, Asia and France.


Ms. Hirao teaches IB DIploma level and grades 6 through to 10 Visual Arts classes, including the 3D elective classes she developed based on her strong 3D background.  She can usually be found in room 351 on the Main Campus.




Jessica Russo Scherr joined the FIS Visual Arts faculty in August of 2017.  She holds a BFA in Experimental Studios from the University of Hartford and a MA in Art Education from Boston University. In August of 2007, Jessica was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Awards Grant by the US State Department and spent the duration of her scholarship teaching in the Josef Vydra School of Applied Arts in Bratislava.  For the past nine years, she has been the visual arts instructor at the International School of Florence, where she has taught primarily middle school, high school and Diploma level visual arts classes.  She is also a Visual Arts Examiner for the IBO.  Jessica is an accomplished painter and collage artist and has won many awards and recognition for her work, including Best of America award at the Florence Art Festival in 2009 and Best in Show at the same event in 2012. She had her imagery published in the World's Calyx Journal of Art and Literature by Women in Winter 2003.


Ms. Russo Scherr teaches grade 7 Visual Arts, grade 8 Visual Arts and IB Diploma Level Visual Arts classes this year, as well as Theory of Knowledge.  She can usually be found in room 347 on the Main Campus.


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