Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Empowering Students to Impact the World since 1970

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

 

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Rachel Williams, Grades 1-4 and 6-8 Art Instructor

Ms. Williams came on board this Fall with the ELCA Fine Arts faculty to teach Visual Art to elementary students grades 1 - 4, and middle school students grades 6 - 8.   Rachel is a very talented artist and sculptor.  If you've seen the Patrick Henry statue on the McDonough Square or the Truett Cathy statue in the World Congress Center, then you've already had the opportunity to view some of her work.  She has her own studio and foundry that she operates out of the Hood Street Art Center right here in McDonough GA. 

Rachel graduated from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design with a 4.0 (Suma Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Foundry.  She brings to ELCA the highest level of expertise in Armatures, Clay Sculpting, Wax working, Mold making, as well as Painting and Drawing.  And because she owns and operates her own foundry right here in McDonough GA she will be able to work with our ELCA Art students in  Bronze, Iron, Stainless Steel, Brass, Aluminum, Cold Cast Bronze, Marble, etc....  In fact, she has already started a casting project with her 6th grade Middle School Art students.  Each student is in the process of forming a tile mold.  Then Ms. Williams is going take all of the individual molds to her foundry and pour them with metal and bring them back to the school.  She will video the portion of the project that takes place at her foundry, and them bring the video back to the classroom for the students to watch on the Smart Board.   The students will then get to pull their finished piece from their individual molds.  Then when all of the  individual metal tiles are put together it will form a larger full art piece (a decorative cross of Jesus).  We are planning on videoing this project and present the final piece of artwork and the video at Grandparents day.   The students are very excited and are having a GREAT time and an even better learning experience.  See Photos

Ms. Williams also has an extensive background in Christian Art Education.  She has worked at three different Christian schools teaching art including Heritage Preparatory School and Landmark Christian School.   We are very blessed to have Rachel on board at ELCA.  When you see her in the hall, please take a moment to welcome her on board.

 

 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.