“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God, the Father for everything.” Ephesians 5:19.
The visual and performing arts program at Cornerstone Christian Academy offers tremendous opportunities for Lower and Middle school students to share and refine their God given gifts and talents. Students have opportunities to integrate biblical correlations, art and music history, and a wide variety of music and art media in the Fine Arts classroom. We believe that each child is uniquely and wonderfully created in God’s image and we foster and encourage the development of these talents through participation in the many offerings of our Fine Arts program.
In the Lower School, grades K-4, students receive art and music instruction once per week for 30-40 minutes. Included in the art curriculum are various creative and challenging projects which teach students formal elements of art (line, shape, form, texture, value, and color) and principles of art (emphasis, balance, harmony, variety, movement, rhythm, proportion, and unity). Likewise, the elements of music (dynamics, tempo, pitch, rhythm and beat) are infused in curriculum directed instruction. In music class, students explore music through movement, instrument playing, music games, listening to music, and note and rhythm reading activities. Lower School students have the opportunity to participate in many events throughout the school year. Performances include participation in the annual Veteran’s Day Chapel Service, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas musical, and Talent Show. Additionally, students in fourth grade learn to play the recorder, third grade students explore the lives and music of famous American composers, and second grade students learn about the instruments and music of the orchestra. Third and fourth grade students may also audition for dramatic roles in the Christmas musical.
In Middle School, students may choose electives in art and Chorale. These electives meet twice weekly. In addition to many creative art projects using a variety of media, Middle School students learn the relevance of art in their lives, how they can honor God through their creativity, and how art can be used in other areas of their academic lives. The Middle School Chorale performs throughout the school year in school sponsored events and community based events. School sponsored events have included singing in the Veteran’s Day Chapel Service, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas musical, and spring musical. Students also have opportunities to audition for dramatic roles in our musicals. Past community performances have included singing at the Biltmore Estates and caroling at The Forum. Curriculum related field trips to venues such as the Fox Theatre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and the High Museum of Art also enrich the Middle School Fine Arts curriculum.