Art - Elementary, Middle, and High School
ART CLASSES AT ELCA
At ELCA, your student will build on basic level art classes that include the elements and principles of design, and then have the opportunity to move into more advanced classes including advanced drawing and painting, ceramics, and art history. They also have the opportunity to visit the High Museum of Art to take advantage of this world class collection including the Louvre-Atlanta exhibit. Many other educational field trips are included during the school year. ELCA not only has classes for the advanced art student but also will provide classes for the merit student in order to give them a sense of accomplishment in using the talents God has given them in order to feel successful in an atmosphere of positive reinforcement.
The middle school students at ELCA are eligible to be a part of the National Junior Art Honor Society. This program was specifically. designed to help generate interest in art programs to inspire, encourage, and recognize the younger art student. When a student completes their junior membership they are encouraged to begin anew with a membership in the National Art Honor Society for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. For students to achieve high standards art programs must maintain a substantive focus by choosing art content that includes complex problem solving and higher order thinking skills, and serious alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development that results in student learning. Participation in these programs is a mark of accomplishment in the school and community and is well recognized by institutions when your students apply for entry into colleges or universities. NAHS BY-LAWS
Gayle Gordon, Elementary and 6th Grade Art Instructor
I am so excited about teaching art this year. I currently teach K-5 through 6th grade. I have over 18 years experience in early childhood education in the public and the private sectors. I studied at Clayton State University and Mercer University. I am currently working toward my Art History degree. I previously taught K-3 and K-4 preschool here at ELCA for nine years. My husband Bob and I have been married for 20 years and members of Eagles Landing First Baptist for 13 years. We have one daughter,Torrie, who is alumni of ELCA, class of 2016. I am very passionate about photography, traveling and my animals. I love sharing the love of Jesus through such a great medium such as art and creativity. I am looking forward to spending time with each student and sharing those gifts that God has given me.
Jana Caison, High school and Middle School Art Instructor
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. I have an extensive background in design and early education. My mission for our visual arts students is to study and master visual arts while learning to integrate God into their art work. God is an artist in every aspect. Being made in God’s likeness, we are all equipped with the skill to become artists. It is an artist’s calling to bring God glory through the creation of art.
LEARN . CREATE . GIVE GLORY
Middle School 7th and 8th grade Art – Although 6th grade Art is not a prerequisite, it is beneficial to have completed before enrolling in 7th and 8th grade Art. 7th and 8th grade Art is a further exploration of Art using knowledge previously introduced to students in elementary and 6th grade Art. Students will learn more about the Elements and Principles of Art and will create many works of art using a variety of media including some sculpture. Throughout the year, they will complete weekly sketchbook assignments, which will be due every Friday, and several art projects. Students will continue to learn more of the academic side of art through the art textbook and new digital site-ArtTalk and Scholastic Arts Magazine. Students are graded on a combination of classwork, sketchbook assignments, projects, and daily participation.
Advanced Placement Art - This class is for the serious art student who is looking to work on the college level. These students MUST be self motivated because much work will have to be done outside of class. Assignments are given to students in the spring before they leave for the summer. These assignments are discussed with the teacher in class during the first few weeks of school. Several prescribed projects will be assigned during the first 6 weeks of school. After that projects will get more and more open ended until by the third 6 weeks, students are beginning to define their concentration and begin working on pieces for their individual concentration projects. Ultimately students create a portfolio including 12 pieces for the “breadth” section showing the variety of work they can do and media in which they can work and 12 pieces for the “concentration” showing serious focus and growth in artwork based on a particular subject. Student’s portfolios will be completed with 5 “quality” pieces. Student’s complete their AP Art year with a student show of their pieces. Portfolios are judged by the Advanced Placement Institute and students may earn college credit if they score well on their portfolio.