Christ School’s arts curriculum fosters the critical thinking, communication, and creative problem solving skills valuable to any classroom or professional setting. Our department believes in the power of the arts to unite diverse peoples, spark conversation and change, and provide a means for personal expression. Our variety of studio courses take place in our new arts facility, the Kennedy-Herterich Art Building.
Students new to art are encouraged to take Studio Art I, a semester course that allows students to explore the basics of design as well as a range of media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and stained glass. Experienced artists may participate in Advanced Studio Art, providing them the opportunity to pursue special interests, develop their own portfolios, and discover how to market their work. Other arts electives include Digital Photography, Environmental Art, and Pottery.
Christ School also offers AP Art History for students interested in the analysis of images and architectural spaces from various cultures. As a cross-disciplinary course, AP Art History explores the interaction of politics, economics, religion, and literature with the art of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
The art department enters student work in several local arts competitions, including the regional Scholastic Competition, the district Congressional Art Contest, the STA Art Contest, and the Brevard College Small Works Exhibit. Students are also encouraged to publish their work in Christ School's annual journal of writing and art, the Struan, as well as display their artwork in our two beautiful gallery spaces on campus.
Finally, Christ School offers the Weil Award, which recognizes artistic ability and assists students in advancing their interests and talents in art. This annual $2,000 award, given to a current student, can be used to help finance a student's education at Christ School or for supplies and additional instruction.