High School Art
- Art I: Art I is an art appreciation class in which the students grow in their knowledge of art and art history as well as exploring a wide variety of media. This is a class where students can tap into that creative side that sometimes gets lost as they get older. A year long course designed to instruct beginning art students in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Students will become familiar with the principles and elements of design while completing a variety of assigned projects and experimenting with different media and processes. In addition to art production, students will be introduced to art history, art criticism and aesthetics.
- Art II: Through assigned as well as self-directed projects, students will continue to explore a variety of media and subject matter intended to further develop their individual skills and creativity. Students will have more sophisticated experiences in art production, art criticism and aesthetics.
- Art III & IV: Through more individualized instruction, greater independence, and an increased knowledge of media and techniques, students will continue to develop artwork that reflects a personal style and interpretation and build a portfolio. Further study of art criticism and aesthetics will continue to be part of the curriculum.
Elementary/Middle School Art
Rosehill Students study art and art history through a biblical perspective knowing and understanding that God is the first and ultimate Artist and Maker of Heaven and Earth. The students will relate art production to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
They learn about major movements in art from prehistoric to current contemporary art. Our students learn art appreciation and are given opportunities to use the techniques of famous artists to create their own unique artwork. Through this approach, students achieve a more in-depth study of art. Grade level projects are designed to give a well-rounded experience with different types of art and media through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, fiber art, clay and sculpture based on the artist and the time period emphasized.
Students also gain knowledge of art through the implementation of a cross-culture and cross-curricular based approach. They connect art and art history to Math, Science, History and English/Language Arts.
The students will compile a portfolio containing their progressive artwork from the entire year. Some of their artwork will be sent home through the school year, but a majority will be retained for display, special events at the school and for a select few, the ACSI Art Competition and Festival held in April.
Joanne Van Reeuwyk, professor of art education at Calvin College, lists 18 reasons why art education is so important in elementary:
- To participate in the arts is to be fully human.
- Art is a way of knowing and a form of communication.
- The arts teach problem solving, risk-taking, creative thinking, collaborative thinking, and innovative thinking. Indeed all of the higher-level thinking skills.
- Art helps form multiple perspectives. It gives a voice. It helps us identify and express issues that are global, common to all people groups.
- The arts emphasize value.
- To participate in the arts is to live in the culture and in history.
- The arts help make sense of the world. The arts help us pay attention.
- Art nourishes our emotive side.
- Art develops our cognitive abilities.
- Art can be (and often is) healing and supportive.
- Art teaches limitations, boundaries, yet encourages and promotes creativity and innovation.
- Art teaches about how parts belong to a whole—that all parts matter.
- The arts incorporate “big ideas,” and cutting-edge curriculum.
- Art teaches and reinforces community.
- Art celebrates thinking, creating, doing, and living.
- Art teaches us how to pay attention to detail as part of a broader spectrum and world.
- Art helps keep students in school, motivates them, and increases math, science, social studies, and language scores.
- Schools that incorporate the arts show longevity in teachers and enthusiasm on the part of the students.
- I believe each individual is designed with a desire to create in some capacity, which is an amazing imprint of our Creator. It is an honor and joy to educate students in the visual arts here at Rosehill Christian!
-Mrs. Broad, Elementary Art Teacher