Course: Elementary Art
Grade Level: 3-4 (advanced 2nd graders* are welcome to apply)
Day/Time: Monday 9:00 – 10:15am OR 12:05 – 1:20pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $47 per month + $45 application fee
Books: Drawing with Children, by Mona Brookes, ISBN# 0874778271. Order used on-line at Amazon or other used book websites.
Description: This course is an excellent introduction to the arts through two and three-dimensional media.  Students will explore God’s beauty and majesty as they learn elements of design and explore examples in art history! In addition, students will explore art-making practices of today! Some projects in class will include cave painting, realistic drawing, and Greek pottery, and even graffiti! Various materials will include pencil, markers, charcoal, pastels, paint, and clay!  Homework and projects will give each student a chance to explore, more thoroughly, what we have touched on in class as well as sometimes preparing students for what is coming up in class. Homework will be given weekly. Art experiences required outside of class will also further each student’s learning.  Students will grow not only in expressing their individual God-given creativity visually, but verbally as well. Most importantly, students will learn to use their art as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Of note, a 2-year curriculum rotation is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, projects, etc.
*Due to the nature of this course, students must be able to listen well and remain focused on the subject matter or project they are working on. A level of maturity is expected in order for the class to run smoothly. Please advise your student of this expectation.

Course: Middle Grades Art
Grade Level: 5-7*
Day/Time: Monday 10:25 – 11:40am OR 1:30 – 2:45pm OR 2:55 – 4:10pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $49 per month + $50 application fee
Books: Drawing with Older Children and Teens, by Mona Brookes, ISBN# 0874776619; Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures, by Heather Alexander, ISBN# 978-1579129569. Order on-line at Amazon or other used book websites.
Description: In this course, students will learn the basics of two and three-dimensional design as we celebrate the work of our Creator God.  Students will learn to enjoy and build on their knowledge of the visual arts and integrate this learning with examples from art history. Our work in class will include metalworking, wheat paste posters, and gesture drawings! Various materials will include pencil, markers, charcoal, pastels, inks, paint, cardboard, and clay.  Each student will be encouraged to work within their skill level and also be challenged to improve while having fun! Homework will be given weekly. Homework will give each student a chance to explore, more thoroughly, what we have touched on in class as well as sometimes preparing students for what is coming up in class. Art experiences required outside of class will also further each student’s learning.  Students will grow not only in expressing their individual God-given creativity visually, but verbally as well. Most importantly, students will learn to use their art as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Of note, a 2-year curriculum rotation is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, projects, etc.
*If your child is in 8th grade, please refer to our High School Art class.

Course: Elementary & Middle School Drama
Grade Level: 5-8
Day/Time: Wednesday 12:35 – 2:05pm
Instructor: Kim Tisdale
Cost: $47 per month + $40 application fee
Book: Script to be announced and provided for students – a small fee of $6-8 will be charged in early February
Description: Journey through the land of imagination to explore theater in a truly sensational way!  This course looks at drama holistically as we help students use their mind, body, emotions and spirit to explore the dramatic arts!  Beginning with our imaginations, we implement fun and creative workshops to develop and build on the fundamentals of theater, such as: scene setting, expression, vocal technique, character analysis and more.  Students will become familiar with the many functions of a working theater and what it takes to make a successful theatrical production as they prepare for and present a play in the spring semester.  Play and specific production dates in April/early May 2020 TBA.  Please note that extra rehearsals outside of class time WILL be required, 6-8 sessions early in the spring semester (Jan – March).  These rehearsals are mandatory as they are an important part of our rehearsal time.  We will also have a couple fundraisers during the year to pay for our production costs.  Of note, limited spaces (24) are available.

Course: Elementary Choir and Music Appreciation
Grade Level: 3-6 (advanced 6th graders are encouraged to participate in Middle School Choir or Ladies Ensemble)
Day/Time: Monday 2:55 – 4:10pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $33 per month + $25 application fee
Book: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided for students at no additional charge
Description: The goal of this class is to increase students’ capacity for joy in music and encourage a lifetime of loving music. Our hope is that as students develop an understanding of their voices and music in general, singing will become more comfortable and fun. We will explore the concepts of rhythm, pitch, note-reading, and music appreciation in a fun and friendly environment. Students will enjoy singing a wide range of musical styles and genres, as well as learning to work together as a choir. Large motor skills, ear-training, correct vocal placement, mathematical concepts, reading skills, and mental retention are all exercised and improved upon as the year progresses. In essence, this class is educational, unifying and fun!  Plus, no prior musical experience is required. Students will participate in concerts at the end of each semester. What a fun way to learn! “Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth.  Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language.” (Carolyn Phillips, Twelve Benefits of Music Education.)

Course: Middle School Choir (Boys and Girls)
Grade Level: 6-8
Day/Time: Wednesday 10:40 – 12:10pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $43 per month + $40 application fee
Book: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided for students at no additional charge
Description: Middle School Choir provides an opportunity for Middle School Students to participate in a choir.  This format is excellent for the developing young voices at an important time of vocal development, as we often offer group voice lessons during class periods. Our performances and classes are educational, unifying and fun. Students improve musical and vocal skills (becoming comfortable and secure in part singing), while cultivating close friendships among their fellow singers.  No prior musical experience is required. Girls of middle school age have the option to also enroll in ladies ensemble.  We will study music history and appreciation through class work, games, and listening CDs.  Music theory, sight-singing, and rhythm drills will be regular components of the class.  Students will participate in concerts at the end of each semester. “Music classes offer many benefits which make them very indispensable. Performance programs enhance a student’s sense of self-esteem as well as their social skills. Students become a part of a positive group and organization. Not only do students profit socially from music programs, but they also gain academically.” (Resource: The College Board)

 

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