Our visual arts students are actively engaged in creating and exhibiting art work under the direction of WCS’s dedicated faculty art experts — experts who are fully committed to helping all students discover the joy of creative expression, regardless of their perceived ability or initial confidence. Students in Kindergarten through First Grade explore a variety of different media and are encouraged to explore the world around them, including animals and insects. Basic skills and art vocabulary are used to begin building a foundation for further study. Second through Fourth Grade students increase their technical skills and begin a more in-depth study of art and design principles, such as color theory and form. Drawing from observation, a variety of painting media and collage are emphasized, as God is taught as the Master Artist.
In the Middle School program, students are introduced to even more art techniques and tools. Textiles, printmaking and Impressionism are emphasized. Moving into Seventh and Eighth Grade, students begin to compare artist styles, and learn different brushstrokes. They are introduced to and inspired by contemporary Christian artists. They discern the building blocks to any successful work of art. An emphasis in critical analysis is stressed along with peer critique as the students progress through the semester. The students learn value, spacing, and form while being introduced to a wide array of new materials and media. The Middle School art department participates in a huge spring art show in which artwork is displayed for the student body and parents.
As students transition into high school, greater rigor is implemented into the curriculum. Elements and principles of art are taught in everything from ceramics, fibers, and paper-making to digital art. Art students have access to several computer labs and relevant state-of-the-art programs. Art students have a variety of class options ranging from drawing and painting to fibers and ceramics. Students learn perceptual observation and representational drawing and begin to develop a personal vision based on a wide exposure to excellent and innovative artists. Classroom art discussion yields discernment in contemporary art and philosophy. Involvement in community through internship and service yields an appreciation for breadth of creative work, careers, possibilities.
To help all of our students fully experience the process of communicating through art, the school provides numerous venues for display of work, from professional quality exhibits on campus as well as local gallery exhibits to our “Celebration” event held annually. WCS’s high school art students also compete each year in ACSI and several local art festivals, gaining experience and exposure as well as excellent scholarship opportunities.
An understanding of Christ’s physical presence on the earth, and his participation in everyday life and a woodshop, as well as his love for man spur us on to create with purpose and a unique sense of mission.