Art

Made in the image of God (Gen. 1), the whole man includes creativity, which is a reflection of God’s creative work.  We discover, understand, and appreciate God through His variety of intricate forms revealed in creation. For the Christian artist, making things with our hands is an expression of our inner thoughts and feelings as guided by the Holy Spirit.  An artist’s constructions and compositions should be reflective of truth and beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world.  Therefore, we include art in the curriculum to encourage and promote abilities in inventiveness, expression, and craftsmanship through instruction, research, Biblical guidance, exploration, and diligent practice using various art media.  Christian art is not limited to a particular style or form, era or culture, or religious content only, but is unique to the individual and the gifts God has given him/her.

Art Curriculum Goals

In accordance with the philosophy of art, the students will be encouraged to:

  • Understand the ability to express themselves by the work of their hands as God’s gift and an indication of their God-likeness
  • Develop curious minds through study and appreciation of God’s designs and concepts in creation so as to grow in love and awe of Him
  • Develop perceptive and motor skills in order to interpret God’s truth and beauty to the world in which they live
  • Demonstrate the ability to create orderly, unified work using principles of design and God’s process of creativity, thereby reflecting His sense of order, unity, and balance
  • Develop knowledge and appreciation of art from other eras, cultures, and styles as a means of discerning what pleases God and what does not glorify Him, and taking responsibility for their own choice of responding to Him through art

Introduction to Art

Introduction to Art is offered as an elective 5 days per week for one semester and offers students the opportunity to learn valuable skills in creating likenesses and toward understanding color compositions. Primary concepts in line and tonal gradation are stressed with much emphasis on achromatic drawing. Methods and techniques to define shape, space, proportion, and gesture are introduced.  Students will become acquainted with the mechanisms of the camera and use it for two art projects. One project involving sculpture-in-the-round is introduced.

  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Credit:  0.5
  • Grade Level:  9th

Art I

Art I is offered as an elective 5 days per week all year. Color concepts in painting and drawing are introduced as well as methods and techniques for ceramics, clay modeling, calligraphy, and two-dimensional advertising design. They will research, discuss, and participate in individual and (one) group projects. Students have the opportunity to compete for entry in regional art exhibitions and contests.

  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Credit:  1.00
  • Grade Level:  10th-12th

Art II

Art II is offered as an elective 5 days per week all year. Students will explore new techniques and media in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, one new craft, and three-dimensional packaging design. They will be introduced to basic architectural design principles. They will research, discuss, and participate in individual and (one) group projects. Students have the opportunity to compete for entry in regional art exhibitions and contests.

  • Prerequisite:  Art I
  • Credit:  1.00
  • Grade Level:  11th/12th