The Visual Arts program at North Raleigh Christian Academy strives to provide each student with:
An awareness of their God-given gifts and abilities;
A sensitivity to God's creation and a means to respond to what they see;
The opportunity to express ideas visually, by developing skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, designing, and crafting.
A fundamental knowledge of artistic heritage and how art history relates to the present.
The opportunity to make qualitative visual judgments as they learn to appreciate diverse expressions of creativity.
Specific guiding is fundamental. Step-by-step guiding that produces satisfactory results is valuable even when the means of accomplishment are not fully understood. A core knowledge of the foundations of art will be taught, encouraging each student with the understanding that these are learnable skills that require diligence, practice, and persistence. Their key to success is practicing one small concept at a time, while they are developing an understanding of the various mediums and techniques.
The Art program at NRCA promotes creativity throughout Elementary, Middle School and High School. Students begin with the opportunity to learn about the old masters and then apply what they learn to their own masterpieces. Beginning in K-5, art class is a hands-on Art History program with slides, practice sheets, and then replications of the works of Masters like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Pollock. This practice continues throughout the Elementary classes with each study presented at the level of difficulty appropriate to each grade.
Middle School Art is an elective subject comprised of both seventh and eighth graders. At this level, art students receive more specific instruction concerning the elements and principles of art and how these affect artwork that is pleasing to viewers. This group is now divided into either Drawing/Pen & Ink/Ceramics, or into Painting/Printing/Graphic Design.
High School students are presented with a more advanced level of instruction in composition and design, with the further offering of advanced studies in Advanced Drawing, Painting, Pen & Ink, Ceramics/Sculpture, and Digital Photography.
NRCA provides Advanced Placement Studio Art at the High School level for serious art students who are planning on their studies in college to center on Art. Students at this level of study prepare and present a portfolio of college-level assignments to the College Board for assessment and, depending on the grade received, students may be able to enter their college studies at a higher level than Beginning -101. This class offers students the opportunity to develop portfolios in Drawing, Two Dimensional Design, and Three Dimensional Design. In the past three years, students in the AP Studio Art program have consistently received a score of at least 3 and more recently 4’s and 5’s on the AP Studio Art.
In 2007, the National Art Education Art Honor Society was established at NRCA. Students, who achieve consistently high scores and are community minded individuals, are asked to join the Art Honor Society. The students honored as members have college scholarship opportunities available to them for consistently high grades in Art.
The 2010-2011 school year brought advances in the Art program at NRCA. Students in Middle School now have the opportunity to choose Art as an elective every day. Students also have the opportunity to continue art studies with the addition of a new elective.
The Art program has exhibitions twice a year at NRCA. The Art Extravaganza is open to all students. The District ACSI Fine Arts Festival is only for students who have been adjudicated and received a Superior rating. Students also participate in several out of school competitions. Students have entered the North Carolina State Fair Art and Photography Contest, the North Carolina State Senator artwork competition, the Southeast District of the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Jostens Photography contest.
NRCA art students have regularly received Excellent and Superior ratings at competitions. NRCA hosts the ACSI Southeast District Art Festival annually. Over 300 students participated from 12 schools throughout the Southeast Region of North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Broadcast Production/Video Production has expanded to an Honors level class.
NRCA composes an award winning all-color yearbook. Students learn photography, writing skills and design.
The Shield is NRCA’s student newspaper/magazine. This year, 26 students will learn journalism writing and graphic design layout and produce three professional issues. The staff is launching a digital internet Shield this year that will be updated on a weekly bases and will reside on the NRCA website. This class also produces special school publications such as the AP Survival Guide and the Senior Memory Book.