Developing the Arts Created in Us
The visual and performing arts offer all students the opportunity to use the creative gifts that God has given them. Through the arts our students learn to solve problems and make informed decisions. They learn how to work collaboratively and develop skills in organizing, evaluating and interpreting information. They become adept at making decisions concerning materials and techniques. Research shows that students who complete cooperative creative group tasks tend to have higher academic test scores, stronger social skills and greater content knowledge and skills.
Students may continue their fine arts development in high school, participating in a variety of fine arts coursework in theatre, visual art and music. Students may decide to pursue advanced study in the arts through the Masterwork Studios Pathway. Whether it is written, visual, or performance based, the Masterwork Studio is designed to offer an in depth study of the Liberal and Fine Arts categories. For more information about Masterwork Studios, click here.
The visual and performing arts classrooms at Cherokee Christian Schools provide students an environment where the process of discovery, exploration and creativity is celebrated. The creative ability of each student is developed into talent through practice and perseverance. In elementary school, students progressively build on the foundational fine arts skills and knowledge learned in the year before. By the time the students enter middle school, they are offered more specialized fine arts training. The students can chose from Visual Arts, Choral Performance or Theater Arts. Those students wishing to take their talents to the next level of proficiency may elect to specialize in a three-year fine arts track, concentrating their study in one discipline for the duration of their middle school career. Those students that complete all three years of their elected fine arts specialty will receive recognition of this achievement in their middle school transcript and diploma.
The fine arts high school student also has access to leadership opportunities through the Student Arts Guild, teacher assistantships and international travel through special arrangement with the Director of Fine Arts.