TRAINING CREATIVITY AND SKILLSET
The MPCS visual arts program begins in preschool, with hands-on projects, color theory, and creative problem-solving. Lower school students study famous artists and are presented with challenging projects that imitate each artist's style. They experiment in various mediums such as clay, glass, cardboard, wire, paper mache, plaster, watercolors, oil paints, and fabric. Third grade takes on the task of turning raw sheep wool into yarn through the technique of washing, combing, and dying the wool. Another level explores and creates art pieces through weaving.
Art classes at all levels provide students with a creative environment and encourage a desire to explore the history of art and the spiritual influences reflected through art. Middle schoolers study African masks, creating their own in terra cotta and researching the spirituality behind the mask art.
FUNDAMENTAL DEVELOPMENT OF ARTISTIC TALENT
The high school visual arts program offers additional media for students, and allows students to focus on one area of visual arts. High school art course include
- Advanced Placement (AP) art 1/2
- 2D/3D classes
- graphic design
- lighting engineering
- technical theatre — set and costume design
In addition to creating art in class, the visual arts program offers opportunities for students to submit and display their art in our student gallerys, as well as local student shows outside of school. Clubs such as the National Art Honor Society bring service into art and engage in the life of the school.
From AP Art, All-State visual art qualifiers, and Governor's Honors participants in the visual arts, students are prepared to take their gifts into future creative careers. MPCS student artists develop a personal aesthetic through a program that is rich with cultural art experiences, ultimately equipping them to use their skills to tangibly honor God through their artistic gifts.