Learning through the arts involves students drawing on their experiences, exploring feelings, observing and researching. Students learn the elements, principles, processes, and techniques as well as the cultural and aesthetic values associated with specific art forms.
Active involvement in the arts also develops soft skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, viewing issues from different perspectives, collaboration and creativity.
By engaging in art, students can see the hand of God, the Master Artist.
Students will have opportunities to express their talents and explore the talents of others creating strokes of color and dimension in a world steeped in gray.
Statement of Discretion
Careful consideration has been taken to provide useful resources that will enhance this art curriculum. However, discretion is advised when using these resources as cultural mores may differ from one constituency to another. Philippians 4:8 reminds us that “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.”
“Students are aesthetic beings, they appreciate beauty and are compulsive creators of it. They are created in the image of God. God not only created functional things – he also created things of beauty. He could have created the world destitute of pleasing colors, without the sweet sense of flowers, or the amazing array of birds and animals.
A Christian producer of art, functions “to make life better, more worthwhile, to create the sound, the shape, the tale, the decoration, the environment that is meaningful lovely and a joy to mankind.”
If God, the divine Artist gives to the simple flowers that perish in a day their delicate and varied colors, how much greater care will He have for those who are created in His own image?
Steps to Christ, p. 91
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