Course: Elementary Art
Grade Level: 3-4 (advanced 2nd graders* are welcome to apply)
Day/Time: Monday 9:00 – 10:15am OR 12:10 – 1:25pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $48 per month + $45 application fee
Books: Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists, by Marion Deuchars, ISBN# 978-1780672816. Order NEW on-line at Amazon or other book websites.
Description: Does your child enjoy doodling, being creative, and making fun, imaginative things? If so, this is a hands-on and highly engaging class to further your child’s artistic ability and creative mind! This year we will study art history, beginning at the tail end of the Renaissance, making our way through movements like Romanticism, Impressionism, Pointillism, and Fauvism.  During this process, we will learn about different artists, their styles, and how they can teach us through what they did. We will look at various masterpieces and examples of artwork that defined many cultures, even Japanese art! During class we will experiment with many different types of media like acrylic paint, watercolor, inks, clay, found materials, Styrofoam, and pastels. Students will have weekly homework, and projects will be assigned each quarter. Homework will reflect and expand what we have studied and done in class, as well as sometimes preparing students for what is coming up in class. Each class will be a journey into how God’s creation reflects His character, beauty, and creativity, as students see how history was told by the art that was made.  Students will also learn how to use their creative abilities as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Of note, a 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, 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.
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Course: Middle Grades Art
Grade Level: 5-8*
Day/Time: Monday 10:30 – 11:45am OR 1:40 – 2:55pm OR 3:10 – 4:25pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $50 per month + $50 application fee
Books: Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures, by Heather Alexander, ISBN# 978-1579129569; A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk: An Inspirational Drawing Book, by Sterling Children’s Books, ISBN# 978-1454920830. Order NEW on-line at Amazon or other book websites.
Description: This course will be an exciting hands-on journey through Art History!  We will work through the major art movements of the Western World, as well as important artwork in Asia. We will begin our studies at the tail end of the Renaissance and carry on our journey through movements such as Romanticism, Impressionism, Pointillism, and Fauvism. We will study specific artists and their techniques.  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. We will use all sorts of media such as acrylic paint, sumi-e ink, clay, chalk pastel, and mixed-media!  This fun survey course will guide your student through art history, while giving your child the perspective that our Creator is evident in what man creates through time and around the world.  Students will also learn how to use their creative abilities as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Of note, a 2-year rotation of books is incorporated, so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, etc.
*If your child is in 8th grade, you can choose between this and our High School Art class.

Course: Elementary & Middle School Drama*
Grade Level: 5-8
Day/Time: Wednesday 12:40 – 2:10pm
Instructor: Kim Tisdale
Cost: $50 per month + $50 application fee
Book: Script to be announced and provided for students
Description: Come explore the exciting world of theater!  In this course, we will help students use their bodies, minds, and emotions to delve into the dramatic arts.  In the fall semester we implement fun and creative workshops to develop and build on the fundamentals of acting, such as vocal technique, expression, creating character, movement and more.  In the spring, students will become familiar with what goes into a successful production as they prepare for and present a play at the end of the school year.  Play and production dates in April or early May 2021 TBA.  Please note:  extra rehearsals outside of class time will be REQUIRED, 6-8 sessions on select Fridays in the spring semester (Jan – April).  Please plan ahead to accommodate these important rehearsals.  Of further note:  A production fee of $50-75 (charged in October) will be required of all students in order to help pay some of our production costs.  We will have a couple of small fund raisers; specifically bake sales, to help offset the production fees.  Maximum student enrollment in this class is 25 participants.
Supplies List: 1″ (inch) 3-ring Binder with Dividers, Notebook Paper,  and plenty of Pencils
*This class will not be offered via Online Real Time (ORT)

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 3:10 – 4:25pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $34 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 singing. 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.)
Supplies List:  1-2″ (inch) Black 3-ring Binder, Mechanical Pencil, and Water Bottle.

Course: Middle School Choir/Ladies Ensemble (Boys and Girls)
Grade Level: 6-8
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:25 – 3:55pm Combined Choirs/ 3:55 – 4:25 Ladies Ensemble
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $44 per month + $45 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.  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.  We are excited to offer this class in a combination format.  The group will meet together until 3:45, while the girls will continue for an additional 30 minutes for Ladies Ensemble. We will be learning additional women’s repertoire during this time.  No prior musical experience is required.  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.  Additional opportunities may be available through the East Tennessee Vocal Association for choral festivals and honor choirs if the students are interested.  “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)
Supplies List:  1-2″ (inch) Black 3-ring Binder, Mechanical Pencil, and Water Bottle.

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