/ PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Join with our Fine Arts Department as we glorify our Creator and celebrate our roles as His image bearers through various means of creative expression and invention! We practice patience and encouragement so we might learn from our mistakes and each other. As students grow in their knowledge of art, it is our hope they will take these experiences and share their art to bring joy, beauty, and truth to God’s world. We invite you to come and see, touch, play, sing, dance, listen, view, and appreciate with us. We invite you to join us at our next performance or production!
Starting already in kindergarten, art education in Holland Christian elementary schools is a balanced study of the elements of art, composition, and art history. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums while learning important skills like how to hold their brushes or blend pastels. We align visual arts classes with classroom curriculums and investigate traditional subjects both close to home and around the world. We help students paint with more detail, create depth in their work, and explore shadows and perspective. We teach a knowledge of skills and understanding so they can respect how others see, think, and express themselves both today and throughout art history.
Lower elementary classes enjoy music through singing and playing instruments in music class regularly, while 4th and 5th graders are introduced to band and orchestra. Fourth grade students are able to participate in orchestra by learning the violin. At the end of 4th grade all students are given a musical aptitude test to determine each student’s best potential instrument placement for 5th grade in either band or orchestra. Directors are responsible for final instrument choice based on which instrument is best suited for the student, needs of the band or orchestra, and student performance. Most instruments may be leased locally or purchased outright. In 6th grade, students choose whether to participate in band, orchestra, or choir. Classes meet three times a week. The 6th grade band participates in the Tulip Time parades.
In 7th and 8th grades, students are able to participate in band, orchestra, or choir, each group meeting three times a week. Besides giving a concert each semester, band and orchestra students are eligible to participate in Solo and Ensemble in November and the MSBOA District 10 Festival in March. The band also participates in the Tulip Time parades. Middle school music students are encouraged to attend summer music camps.
Middle School art celebrates the unique and varied talents and personalities of our students. Building on skills and media introduced in elementary school, middle school artists work on increasing their confidence and pride in their artwork. They work with clay to build 3D pieces, learn watercolor techniques, and practice drawing realistically using basic shapes, perspective drawing, and shading using pencil and charcoal, and more. Students enjoy a semester of Art each year not only to build their skills, but also to learn to express themselves visually and appreciate the visual culture around them.
Eighth graders are introduced to Holland Christian’s theatre program through their winter play. Plays are selected that require a large cast and set crew in an effort to involve as many students as possible, and auditions are open to all 8th grade students.
High School students can participate in a wide array of fine arts programs. Included in this list of offerings is band, orchestra, and the various groups that comprise the instrumental music program. Along with band and orchestra, a large population of HCHS is involved in choir, theatre, and the Visual Arts Department.
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