Our philosophy as teachers, artists, and believers is that God is our Creator! He Created us in His image with the ability to create. As His image bearers, we have the PRIVILEGE of bringing God glory by creating with EXCELLENCE. This is our philosophy as we teach art here at Mount Calvary Christian School.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Mrs. Vicky Elofsky teaches all students in K4-3rd grade. Students gain basic art skills , fine motor control, and progress through a curriculum based on the elements of art and National Visual Art Standards. K4-3rd grade focuses specifically on building a foundation in the elements of art. These elements include: line, shape, space, color, value, texture, and form.
Mrs. Kelly Carr teaches 4th – 12th grade art. 4th and 5th graders continue to progress and build upon this foundation as they create projects based on the elements and principles of design and National Visual Art Standards.
Middle school students in 6th-8th grade add to this foundation as they progress in their ability, refining their skills, and creating more complex art projects. They grow in their understanding and use of the elements of art and principles of design. Students in middle school hone their skills, participate in classroom critiques and reflection, study artists and art history, and grow as artists and individuals.
At the high school level, art is split into four courses. The first course is Intro. to 2D Design. This course focuses on learning and applying the foundations of art. Students’ projects are based on the elements and principles of design. This is an introductory and foundational art course that precedes all other high school art courses.
After taking Intro. to 2D Design, students may elect to take either 3 Dimensional Design Class or Advanced Drawing and Painting.
3D Design focuses primarily on all different forms of sculpture. Some examples of mediums that a 3D design student might create include but are not limited to: foam, wood, clay sculpture, wheel throwing and hand building techniques, mobiles, wire sculpture, paper mache clay, plastalina, paper, and junk sculpture.
Advanced Drawing and Painting is a higher level drawing and painting course. Students can expect to create projects in white and black charcoal, pencil, conte, pastels, colored pencil, and pen and ink. They also will gain experience painting in various painting mediums like oils, acrylic, and water color paint. Advanced drawing and painting students are also required to keep a sketch book and complete sketch assignments. Students may also be introduced to digital art depending on individual interest.
Career art and Senior portfolio is for the higher level art students (juniors and seniors) who want to pursue art as a career or take art during their senior year. All students in this course are required to put together a portfolio with their best pieces, complete with an artist statement. Projects are based on personal interests, portfolio requirements, and as all other other courses, continue to adhere to the National Visual Arts Standards.