The Fine Arts Department cultivates creativity through a Christian world-view to foster cognitive and social development as we pursue excellence in artistic expression.
The Fine Arts Department pursues its mission through a three-fold approach:
- The Spiritual Approach
The Fine Arts Department emphasizes artistic expression as a form of worship and intentionally creates awareness of God’s creative attributes as being the source of all artistic ability.
- The Cognitive Approach
The Fine Arts Department will develop procedural knowledge in theory and practice in order to promote the curricular and performance standards in each respective discipline. The transferable skills attained through studying the arts engage various subjects across the curriculum. The Fine Arts Department will employ various means of instruction, that will include visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and technology methods.
- The Social Approach
The Fine Arts Department creates a supportive environment that builds individual confidence and provides opportunities for collaboration through exhibits, performances and various forms of church and community outreach.
SouthLake Christian Academy believes that a well-rounded education includes instruction in Fine Arts. The arts have numerous developmental benefits including perceptual, cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning. Therefore, we encourage students to be actively engaged in the arts to nurture their creative abilities and expand their appreciation for drama, music, and visual arts. Whether they are learning to form beautiful pottery from a lump of clay, capturing an intricate and fragile image through photography, or creating a character on stage, our students learn to express themselves through art.
Most importantly, the creative experience shows forth beauty…beauty captured in a sketch, beauty that comes from instruments playing in concert with one another, or beauty of the human form and voice. Our Heavenly Father gives us the highest example of beauty in His creation: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge." Psalm 19:1-2
Art and music classes are an important part of our curriculum beginning in junior kindergarten and extending through eighth grade. Students attend both art and music classes each week, and they perform in Christmas and end-of-the-year programs. In upper school, students can choose from a variety of Fine Arts electives to meet their graduation requirements. Upper school students can also be involved in the annual drama production, choir, orchestra, concert band, and ACSI Fine Arts competitions.
It is our objective for each SouthLake Christian student to develop an appreciation of the arts throughout all grade levels. We want to encourage students in the discovery and development of their unique, God-given talents and to provide a positive influence for a lifetime.