Art is a gift from God. As man is created in God’s image, he is given the ability for creative expression. This God-given creativity is intended to be used for God’s glory and for man’s pleasure.
Therefore, the art program at Asheville Christian Academy focuses on understanding and appreciating this gift of art. It involves creating art, looking at and responding to art, and displaying art. Through art education a student will be led to see and feel visual relationships, produce works of art, know and understand various art forms, and evaluate art products.
Art is a process of expressing values. It is a method of presenting in aesthetic form personal ideas, beliefs, and feelings. Inventive work with natural and man-made materials has potential value for individual creation. It promises a widening of the perceptive horizon of each student, as well as his understanding of major art expressions of the past and present. The teaching of art should foster the sensitive perception of the elements and principles of the visual arts and lead to understanding quality in design.
Martin Luther stated, “Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.” Believing that God has given music both as a means of worship to Himself and as a gift for mankind’s enjoyment, Asheville Christian Academy teaches and promotes music unto both of these great ends. Singing in particular is centrally important to the Christian life because it is a practice in which all believers are to be engaged, throughout this life and in that which is to come. We are convinced that training and participation in vocal music are of benefit to believers and to the Church of Jesus Christ, for all time and eternity.
God is the creator and sustainer of all life (Colossians 1:16-17). Physical education reveals unique aspects about God and His nature through exploration, movement, creativity, recreation, and physical development. Each child is unique, with different physical capabilities, yet all are fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:13-16).
Asheville Christian Academy’s physical education program will develop in students a Biblical understanding of the importance of being exemplary stewards of the body God has given them and challenge them to develop physical discipline as well as spiritual (Luke 2:52).
To introduce each student to the library media center and provide them with the necessary skills they will need to be good readers, researchers and library patrons throughout their educational career. To recommend books that will awaken student’s curiosity and stimulate their imagination. To teach students how to recognize various authors/illustrators, to properly care for books, to be able to locate books by using the Dewey Decimal Classification System, to expose students to books of various genres and to be able to identify critical story elements. To help students recognize the beautiful gift of literacy that God has given them.
The lower school works to secure a foundation of basic skill building and integration of technologies into the classroom. In preparation for middle school the lower school student engages in research, creates documents and presentations, and makes use of multi-media communication. The lower school works to facilitate learning and productivity to help students become familiar with and confident in the use of technology in order that they may become self-directed, lifelong learners and communicators.