“The fact is that what we are we owe to the hand of God upon us. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do those good deeds which God planned for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10 Phillips
Westminster Academy is dedicated to training the next generation in the visual arts from a biblical worldview because we believe that to embrace visual mediocrity is an affront to a Holy God who said, “Let us make man in our image.” This training involves not only principles of composition and technique but also a critical study of great works from the past. Grades K-11 meet for studio art one session weekly. Senior art meets daily, with one day reserved for slide lectures.
Students from both Kindergarten and First Grade work in a variety of media, 2-D and 3-D. Basic concepts include art vocabulary, lives of the artists, classic themes, elements of art, color wheel principles, and imitating master works. From the Second Grade through the Sixth Grade, lessons build on aspects of the Elements of Art, viz. Line, Shape, Color, Mass, and Composition and correspond with the period of history being studied. Seventh Grade spends the year Painting, from egg tempera on board to acrylic on canvas. Eighth Grade is immersed in Printmaking. Editions include linocut, etching, woodcut, monoprint, collograph, blind emboss and serigraphy. The Ninth Grade focus is on Graphic Design, beginning with principles and stages of the design process and ending with typographic design. The Tenth Grader sculpts in plaster, clay and stone and is introduced to the potter’s wheel. Eleventh Grade art integrates math and art by introducing the students to Architecture.
Senior Art students spend time on extended studies which begin with drawing, progress to watercolor, then, oil on canvas. Time is next spent working with Three Dimensional media such as clay, plaster, stone and steel. The culmination of Senior Art is the Senior Art Exhibit. Usually held in a local coffee shop, the senior exhibit affords the students a gallery experience and an opportunity for parents and the public to view the progression in style and skill.
Westminster Academy 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition of Original Art