The department of visual arts at GRACE is based on the understanding that God, the original Creator, is a creative God who designed mankind to be imaginative and creative. He gave us the ability to appreciate beauty and produce artwork that is glorifying to Him. God is the greatest creator and artist. He made us in His image; therefore God has imprinted upon our hearts the desire to create. Students at GRACE are introduced to a variety of art materials and techniques at an early age, and the first years in art are about joyful exploration and discovery as students learn about new media, processes, and art elements and principles. Some art lessons also make connections to other subjects, incorporating science, history, math, and Bible units.
K-6 Raleigh Campus
Students in kindergarten through second grade have art class once a week for thirty minutes, while third graders have art for forty minutes and fourth and fifth graders have art for forty-five minutes each week. Beginning in sixth grade, students may choose to take art as an elective, and in the upper grades students sharpen their drawing skills and focus on mastering techniques and media introduced in earlier grades.
The GRACE art department loves to show off our students’ artwork, and we prominently display student art at both campuses. We participate in the yearly NC State Fair art exhibit, the ACSI Art Festival for the southeast region, and the annual Young Artists Exhibition at Visual Art Exchange. (In 2012, a second-grade student from GRACE received first place among all elementary students in the VAE Young Artists Exhibition!) GRACE high school students also participate in the artSPARK street painting festival held in the fall in downtown Raleigh and the Congressional arts show in the spring. We currently have student art work in a yearlong NC General Assembly Student Exhibit at the legislative building. We also show student artwork in April at the Barnes & Noble bookfair in Cary and often in the spring at Crabtree Valley Mall. In March, art students participate in an Empty Bowls fundraiser as part of our missions month. Please contact the art department for more information on upcoming events!
7-12 Crossroads Campus
The Middle and High School art students at GRACE Christian School are devoted to creating art for the glory of God. Our talented GRACE art students are active in the local art community. It is our hope that the GRACE art department will shine a light into our community and return the arts to His Glory. GRACE art students participate in community art projects, competitions, and exhibits. During the school year, our middle and high school art students participate in a broad range of activities including:
- ACSI Art Festival
- Barnes & Noble Art Show
- Congressional Art Competition
- Crabtree Mall Art Exhibition
- District VI Art Show
- Empty Bowls
- GFWC Raleigh Art Show
- Google 4 Doodle Competition
- NC State Fair Art Exhibit
- North Carolina Women’s Club Art Show
- Scholastic Art Competition
- State Employees Credit Union
- Triarco Taste of Art Competition
- Visual Arts Exchange Student Art Show