But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. - Exodus 64:8
Students in Preschool and Elementary attend art class once a week. The art program is based on the philosophy that all children are given the gift of creativity, in the image of their Creator God. The lessons begin with simple lines and shapes, increase with art skills and use of experience as the grades advance. The instructional purpose is to give the students the skills that can enhance their academic work, enrich their cultural understanding and open avenues for creative expressions.
In junior high and high school, students have the opportunity to select art as an elective course. The elective courses allow students to delve into the world of art by studying great artists, growing their creativity, and fine-tuning their technical skills. In high school, students can choose between a number of course offerings including:
- AP Art Studio This course is an advanced class that will challenge the student to achieve a completed portfolio. Students must choose one area of focus: 2-D, 3-D, or drawing. The 24 pieces will come out of studies done within that focus. This portfolio will be turned in and graded by AP instructors.
- Art Technique and Foundations – Creative Arts courses provide students with knowledge and opportunities to explore a variety of art forms and to create individual works of art.
- Ceramics I - This class will focus on the different techniques and styles found in ceramics.
- Design Thinking –Course applies creative expression and design principles and elements in the purposeful arrangement of images through the developmental process of Design Thinking.
- Drawing – Drawing courses cover the same topics as Art Technique & Foundations courses, but with a focus only on drawing.
- Painting — Painting courses cover the same topics as Art Technique & Foundations courses, but with a focus only on painting. Students produce two-dimensional art works using a variety of media (watercolor, oils, acrylics, etc.)
- Printmaking –Course covers a variety of printmaking processes and techniques (e.g. monoprint, calligraphy, etching, woodcut, linoleum cut, stencils, and screen print).
- Sculpture – Sculpture courses cover the same topics as Art Technique & Foundations, but with a focus on creating three-dimensional works.