Although a relatively small school, Sierra View Junior Academy offers quality, individualized Fine Arts!
The art program K-8 is designed so that the lessons lay groundwork for those that follow and reinforce those that have come before. Perceptual skills and media skills repeat within grade levels and from one level to the next. Art techniques present sequences that build students’ confidence with materials and equipment. New and challenging applications follow the acquisition of basic skills. The art curriculum at each grade level focuses on three main themes: Creating Art, Looking at Creation and Growing closer to our Creator. Aspects of these themes develop throughout each year and continue across all nine years of the program. Within each year, students create in two-and three-dimensions and study drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphics, design, architecture, textiles, collage, ceramics, and crafts. Artistic achievements of women and ethnic groups, past and present, consequently provide inspiration and knowledge.
Music instruction in grade K-6 is intended to encourage and promote a love of music. It also prepares students to successfully participate in band, choir, or hand bells when they reach grades 7-10.
Students in grades K-6 learn basic music vocabulary and the fundamentals of rhythm. They experience a variety of musical genres and composers and listen to and learn how to recognize different instruments. Children experiment with basic rhythms; sing an assortment of songs, and gain performance experience.
Students participate in annual Winter and Spring concerts to showcase their talents and to demonstrate achievement from music classes. Upper level students who participate in band, choir, or hand bells also provide special music for local churches throughout the school year.
In every school year we feature a Winter and Spring Concert where students showcase their talent and material learned. Music classes include a choral setting in preparation for such events so that students may understand the proper conduct of performance and vocal technique as well as apply the learned ear training and note reading.
We aim to encourage in each drama student the confidence and ability to transform observation, sensitivity, and imagination into believable stage characters through monologues, scene work, and Choral ensembles. The students take on the leading roles in the Christmas and Spring musical programs and often in chapels and assemblies.
Teachers at SVJA all combine Fine Arts into their curriculum through other subject areas as well. For example, at times students produce drama along with their Bible Study, or choral readings with Language Arts class and music throughout the day!