“But whoever lives by the truth, comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” – John 3:21
We were created to be companions to God, to bring His light to a world darkened by sin. Therefore, we must live every moment of our lives by truth, as an example to others. He equips each of us in unique ways to accomplish this purpose. This does not always win us popularity, but God is the only one we should truly strive to please. Teaching about God’s creation through the visual arts is a ministry, not a job.
Middle School courses are divided by 2D which includes painting, drawing, and 2-dimensional design, and 3D which includes Ceramics and 3-dimensional design. Because God created all things, it is easy to teach with Him as the focus, even though the world sends a very different message!
At The First Academy, we strive to teach the visual arts in a way that brings glory to Him as the Master Artist. All aspects of the Fine Arts are an expression of our internal state of being. God’s word teaches us to overcome the darkness and stay in the light. Our artistic expression must exhibit this wisdom!
The First Academy sponsors a Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society for our Middle School Students. Those who qualify have completed three Visual Art classes in Middle School, and maintained a 97 or above average. NJAHS partners with NAHS (Upper School) on artistic endeavors such as the ‘Windermere Christmas’ Mural sponsored by Vintage Realty, Windermere ‘Wings’ Mural sponsored by the Windermere Public Library, and others in the community.
This fulfills the mission to “Take God’s world, its colors and forms; its lines and textures, its balance, movement and space; combine these into a beautiful statement of what it is to be in the image of God. Give back to the world the same elements of beauty that you, as an artist, take from it. Create beauty in the world with your talents and with your living.”
The First Academy Middle School Visual Art program also shares its creative energy as a testimony in the community through exhibits such as Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Association of Christian School’s International, Florida Art Educators Association Digital Art Competition, and National Art Educator Association Virtual Exhibit. The Middle School Art program is top award-winning in each venue, using honors received to glorify the original Master Artist.
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