At the introductory stage in grades K-2, we familiarize students with the elements of art (value, space, shape, color, texture, line, form), allowing the students to take ideas they have perceived through their senses and recreate them through two- and three-dimensional art media. Students work with crayons, markers, chalks, paints, model magic, clay, stamps, and yarns and threads. Weaving, puppet-making, and other general craft activities take place at this age level. We place particular concentration upon learning the differences between primary, secondary, tertiary, warm, cool, and neutral colors. We also present an introduction to art appreciation at this level.
The SRCS Upper Elementary and Middle Art Curriculum is designed to develop each student's individual sense of creativity and self-expression through a well-rounded study of art which includes history, theory, criticism, and hands-on application. Students are exposed to a wide variety of art forms and media, introduced in a historical context. Just a few of the processes covered during the year include drawing, oil pastels, acrylic painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. In the past, students have studied Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and a variety of contemporary artists as part of their art education.
Upper School classes include art electives such as studio art, sculpture, AP Drawing, AP 3-D, graphic art, and yearbook.
At SRCS, we view art as an opportunity to worship the Lord. Ms. Moes, our art teacher, believes that, "Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and to Him goes all the credit for the good ideas in my classroom." Throughout the course of the year, students enjoy many opportunities to glorify God and experience a sense of personal accomplishment through their art via both formal and informal displays of their work on campus and throughout the community. As part of our annual Community Celebration, awards are given to recognize exceptional works. Students in grades 3 through 12 may participate in the Annual Art Festival, an opportunity to appreciate works from students of our area schools and be recognized for their own abilities. Year-end awards to outstanding artists are also given.