Visual Arts

Miami Valley Christian Academy’s visual arts program is based on the truth that God is the Master Artist, and that creation is God’s handiwork (Genesis 1:1). The program encourages students’ appreciation of creation as having been made by our Creator and encourages their taking an active role in creating art. Biblical concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum while classes incorporate the elements of art and principles of design, and include art history, aesthetics, criticism, and production.

Middle School Art

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High School Ceramics

Students will learn the basic skills, techniques, and approaches to hand-built and wheel-thrown clay.  Students will create both functional and decorative objects using a variety of methods including pinch, coil, slab, and wheel. Surface decoration, glaze application and basic kiln operation will be addressed in addition to historical and current trends in ceramics.

High School Photography

This is an introductory class covering basic camera functions and compositional skills.  Students will learn guidelines and techniques for creating successful photographic images through the elements and principles of design, manual camera controls, and lighting.  Students will work with digital cameras and the most updated version of Adobe Photoshop on a MacBook Pro and experience basic image editing and program fundamentals. Famous photographers throughout history will be covered as well as the origins of photography.  Most of the photos required for this class must be taken outside of school, on the student’s own time.

High School Drawing

This is a foundational art course providing experience with a variety of drawing methods.  It is an ideal art elective for those earning a Fine Arts credit, however, students are encouraged to take this class during the 9th or 10th grade to satisfy the pre-requisite if Advanced Art is desired.  Students will learn to use the elements and principles of art in creating finished works while expanding the ability to evaluate and critique artwork.  They will look at the works and influence of artists throughout history as well as artists currently making history.  Art making will include graphite and charcoal, scratchboard, colored pencil, pastel, and ink.  In addition to studio work, students will be expected to keep a sketchbook and turn in weekly drawings.

High School Sculpture

This is an introductory class into 3-D art-making using a variety of materials and approaches.  Students will create both functional and decorative works using both additive and subtractive techniques, including low-relief, figure sculpture, and mixed media construction.  Media will include wire, wood, metal, plaster, ceramics, nature and found objects.  Understanding the form in space will be the focus. Students will be introduced to the works of famous sculptors and trends, both historical and current.

High School Graphic Design

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High School Painting

This class will focus on painting techniques and media.  It will allow students to begin to develop a personal style using acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media.  Students will be introduced to basic principles of color theory as well as composition and process.  Opportunities to express original ideas and develop technical and design skills will be provided through still life, landscape, portrait, and abstract work.  Students will expand creative and critical thinking skills through critique and the study of famous artists.  Sketchbook will be maintained for process work as well as weekly drawings.

Advanced Art (10-12)

This course is designed for students who wish to continue and gain further experience in studio art.  Individual skills will be developed at a higher level, and understanding of the fundamentals of art and application of the principles of design will be expanded.  Emphasis will be on beginning to explore personal artistic expression and developing a portfolio of work.  Students will further explore art and art movements, historical and current.  Studio work will be more self-directed and independent depending on the student’s experience and interests and may include drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture or digital art.  Students will be expected to engage in individual and group critiques and maintain weekly sketchbook work.