Whether it's an oversized crayon in a kindergarten class or an artist's paintbrush and acrylics in the high school, Heritage students of all ages have many opportunities to cultivate their creativity in the visual arts. In visual art classes, students develop their practice of art-making in skill, expression, and originality with a wide variety of mediums and subject matter in both traditional and innovative techniques.
As image bearers of our creative God, elementary art students will view creation reflected in what great artists have made, as well as what they learn and make in class.
The Elementary Art Curriculum follows the four components of discipline-based art education: art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. Our focus is on the elements of art, the principles of design, and a variety of art media, all designed around the National Art Education Association standards.
Students will begin learning technical skills in different art mediums such as; drawing, painting, mixed media, and 3-dimensional artwork. They will also be exposed to the artwork of famous Art Masters, understand that God gives artistic abilities to reflect Him as creator, and will work in a collaborative art community.
Art courses emphasize the basic understanding of the elements, principles and design concepts that serve as the foundation for all works of art. Students learn the major art media such as design, illustration, 2D and 3D art forms and will create their own art works using those media and their tools. Students also learn about various artists, art styles, and cultures while applying their knowledge to the major art media projects.
Four different Art courses can be requested at the Middle School level:
- 2D Art
- 3D Art
- Mixed Media Art
Heritage offers a wide variety of art courses to our high school students. Previous Visual Arts course offerings have included:
- Introduction to 2D Art
- Introduction to 3D Art
- 2D Design
- Advanced 3D Art
- Art Portfolio
- AP Studio Art: 2D Design or Drawing
- Advanced Photography
High School students also have the opportunity to be a part of Heritage's Academy of Fine Arts for Visual Arts. This would result in an “Academy” designation on an academic transcript if the student completes the required sequence of art courses along with an internship related to art during junior and/or senior year.