The dynamic Visual Arts program at Metrolina Christian Academy plays an integral role in the education and development of the total child. Students from preschool through 12th grade have the opportunity to explore Visual Arts both academically and hands-on within a Christian framework.
Viewing beauty and art from the biblical viewpoint helps to instill the importance of aesthetics and design in a proper context. Having been created by the Master artist in the image of God, all students have the capacity to create and are nurtured by passionate visual arts instructors in an environment that encourages both exploration and self-expression.
Metrolina’s award winning students have been recognized for their artistic talents in a variety of venues, contests, displays and exhibits, including: Waxhaw Youth Art Kaleidoscope, ACSI, Mint Hill Arts, Indian Trail Youth Art Exhibit, and Potter and Company.
Lower School students spend the year exploring a variety of media through creative expression as well as age appropriate art history and technique. Elementary art is designed to introduce and expand student knowledge of visual art through study of the elements of art and principles of design. Students focus on exploration of media combined with personal experiences to enhance skill development and the creative process. The Visual Arts program emphasizes creative art expression, development of knowledge and skills relating to art, and the continuing growth of aesthetic awareness and appreciation of art, all from a Christian perspective. Major content areas include: drawing, painting, collage, graphic arts, sculpture, and crafts.
Middle School students in 6th – 8th grade build on the foundations laid in lower school art to receive greater instruction in areas of art history, the elements of art, the principles of design and technique. In this elective, students will have opportunities to explore in the areas of drawing, painting, collage, graphics, and sculpture. A focus is placed on color theory and compositional elements, as well as maintaining a sketch journal to foster personal artistic growth. Students experience the benefits of peer critique as well as using visual art vocabulary to be able to discuss and evaluate various works of art.
High school students have the opportunity to explore various mediums and work with a wide range of art supplies and materials. We look at the importance of God in today’s art as well as the origins and history of art. Here is a sample of the many projects students can work within our high school art program:
- Painting- Watercolor and Acrylic
- Drawing- Charcoal, Pen, Pencil, Ink and Crayon
- Printmaking- Linoleum block, and Foam Relief
- Pottery- Hand Thrown, Hand Built and Mosaic
- Glass- Stained Glass, Fused and simple Lampworking
- Woodworking- Lathe Work and Wood Burning
- Papercraft- Collage, 3D and Cut Out