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Grammar School
Art is a part of our cultural heritage. In class, students learn how art has changed and developed throughout history. The art curriculum is designed in conjunction with the classroom lesson in order to reinforce a historical context. For example, as 4th grade is learning about the Renaissance in the classroom, art class is introducing Renaissance art forms and working with materials such as metal and stained glass.

Knowing that God is a creator and that we are made in His image suggests that we are innately creative. Therefore, we are creating and drawing from "many wells" in our learning experience here in the Trinity art room.

Knowing that God is a creator and that we are made in His image suggests that we are innately creative. The art curriculum seeks to:

  • Teach all students the basic fundamentals of drawing to enable them to create adequate renderings
  • Encourage the students to appreciate and imitate the beauty of Creation in their own works
  • Introduce the students to the works of the masters in Western culture
  • Equip the students to knowledgeably use a variety of art media

Logic School
For 7th and 8th graders, Art is one of the required courses to be taken for one semester as part of the "elective wheel," which allows students to get a taste of art, music, drama and computers.

Art provides engaging artistic development to students through an exploratory range of mediums and skill development focusing on tactile art, realism, graphite drawing, pointillism and abstract, non-representational self-portraits. All work is designed around a semester theme that illustrates how we have been created with good sense to reflect truth, beauty and goodness. Students articulate artist statements and present their work for classroom critique. In addition, their work is featured regularly on display for the student body following the completion of each key project. Fine arts features a gallery in the fall semester and highlights work for the Trinity community at large during concerts and corporate gatherings.

By invitation/application, some Logic School students may be able to take Orchestra or yearbook, in lieu of some of the classes in the "elective wheel."

Rhetoric School
For our 9th-12th graders, Art and Yearbook are the elective choices in the Visual Arts.

Art I

In Rhetoric Art the emphasis is placed on understanding the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as a basis for composition. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes and materials such as drawing, painting, printmaking, two & three-dimensional design. Student artwork will reflect aesthetics & cultural and historical contexts as it relates to the world we live in. Students will also need to define their artwork by having an artist statement and be able to present it in a class critique. The purpose of this class is to gain understanding & skill in various art forms & techniques.  

Art II

Prerequisite:  Art I or a letter of recommendation for transferring students.

This course is designed to further develop the concepts and skills learned in art one and is available for second level art students.   Students will use the skills and techniques learned previously to enhance artwork in two and three-dimensional design using a variety of different media. 

Art II builds upon the skills and knowledge learned in Art 1.  Stronger emphasis is placed on composition and the creation of original pieces of art for portfolio or display. The general areas of study included in this course are a focus on art history, recognizing works and artists from different periods of art history and world cultures. Students will be expected to express their ideas in a variety of styles and methods. Students will be required to participate in class discussion, discuss works of art, critique a formal work of art, study styles of art through slides and videos, and create projects that illustrate these styles in order to earn credit for this course. 5 pieces will be need to be completed and displayed for a 'studio gallery style presentation' at the end of the year.

Yearbook/Graphic Design

Another visual art is the Yearbook/Graphic design course, which is a two-semester course that combines the high-level critical thinking, reading and writing skills of print journalism with the artistic, creative and aesthetic skills of visual and graphic arts, including photography, photo editing and graphic design. Students use Josten's Yearbook Avenue to create and design the yearbook. They also receive instruction in Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign.

For Logic School, the course is available to select 8th graders (as an alternative to their regular elective wheel) and they create the Grammar School yearbook.

For Rhetoric School, the course is available to all 9th-12th graders and they receive their Fine Arts credit. They create the Upper School yearbook.

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