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Art Curriculum

Philosophy

The Regent art curriculum is founded on the Biblical belief that every child is made in the image of God.  Creativity is, therefore, one of the wonderful blessings given to each person.  Our goal is to inspire, train and nurture each child to discover and develop their unique gifts and talents and to dedicate these to honor and serve God.  (Col. 1:28)

A Biblical worldview is integrated in the lessons as we seek God's perspective of the world through studying the lives and works of famous artists.  This also expands a student's understanding of the classroom history lessons since art is a reflection and expression of culture.  The students learn the elements and fundamentals of art while imitating styles and creating reproductions of well-known artworks.  Creativity is cultivated through exploration and interpretation while the student's unique artistic style is nurtured through discovery and self-expression.

The curriculum points to the Creator and the beauty of the earth (Phil. 4:8).  We do not want to conform to the world but be transformed, lifting up what is good and acceptable (Rom. 12:2).

Class assignments demonstrate that visual art is not only an artistic medium capable of capturing and expressing the beauty of God's creation, but also part of a visual language that goes hand in hand with written and verbal components of communication taught in the School of Rhetoric.

High School Curriculum Overview

The high school visual arts curriculum is built around a comprehensive overview of the elements of design. Students focus first on the elements of line and shape before moving on to apply concepts of dimension, color, texture, pattern, and more. Each new assignment builds on concepts from previous projects as students learn to be intentional with their artwork.

Communication is also vital to the visual arts curriculum, and assignments are concluded with a group discussion and critique. Students presents their artwork, describing any challenges and discoveries they faced, and then the rest of the class offer comments and constructive criticism. These discussions utilize new visual vocabulary words introduced with each project and are designed to encourage students while providing practice for communicating intelligently about visual art.

Specific artistic media include graphite and charcoal, watercolor paint, oil pastels, and colored pencil. Some example projects include contour sketches, one and two point perspective drawings, self portaits, still lifes, texture studies, landscapes, and more.