MS 2D Studio Art

Course Description:
Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in an art studio—the smell of paint, the heat of the kiln, and the infinite creative possibilities that linger in the air. This is where art is born, and in 2D Studio Art, you’ll learn how to bring your art visions to life. Whatever medium you prefer—painting, drawing, photography—this course will teach you the design elements and principles, as well as the biblical foundations, needed to create an excellent, God-glorifying work of art. It will also help you explore your artistic gifts, gain wisdom about the art of critiquing, and discover art careers both in the church and in the world at large. If you’ve ever dreamed about a vocation in the arts, this rich, biblically integrated course will give you the tools and background that you need to turn those dreams into a reality!

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
6th-8th Grade Recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: In Genesis 1, God creates a world filled with wonder and riveting with light, color, variety, and beauty—the stuff of art, no less! At the pinnacle of creation, he also fashions the human race in his image (Genesis 1:26–27). This means that Adam and Eve and their descendants (us included!) would have a wonderful capacity for creativity. If that wasn’t enough, God then gave us a unique calling among all the creatures of the world: to “fill the earth and subdue it” (v. 28), “to work it and take care of it” (2:15). Subduing the earth, or having dominion over it, does not mean that we can just sit back, relax, and enjoy our status as image bearers. Nor does it mean that we can exploit creation for our own selfish purposes. Instead, God’s original intention for dominion is that we protect, respect, and develop creation, that we help it thrive and flourish. Contributing to the arts is one way to do exactly that.
  2. Fall: Since Adam and Eve’s disobedience in Genesis 3, art is no longer a perfect enterprise. Simply put, it can be corrupted just as easily as any other medium in God’s creation: from cheapening the arts to flat-out abusing the arts in an effort to promote evil and injustice. In fact, the history of Israel shows just how quickly art can be associated with idolatry (see, e.g., Hosea 13:2).
  3. Redemption: Thankfully, sin does not have the final word in this world. Since Genesis 3, God has been in the business of redeeming his fallen creation, and culture and art are included! In fact, the importance of art in God’s redemptive plan can be seen as early as Genesis 4. There, Jabal makes tents and raises livestock (v. 20); Jubal plays musical instruments (v. 21); and Tubal-Cain forges tools out of bronze and iron (v. 22). Fascinating that art is right up there with raising livestock and metalworking, isn’t it? But that’s not all. Art’s importance can also be seen in the fact that it often deepens our worship; increases our sensitivity to others’ joy and pain (cf. Romans 12:15); and communicates something of the beauty, majesty, and mystery of God (cf. Psalm 19:1–4; Romans 1:19–20). In the vision of the new Jerusalem at the end of the book of Revelation, we read that “the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it” (21:24). While such “splendor” could refer to wealth, it more likely refers to any cultural phenomenon that brings glory and praise to God. God-glorifying art, therefore, not only has a role to play in the here and now, but also in the new heaven and new earth!

Required Course Materials
Various art materials to create projects including digital camera or phone, drawing paper, paintbrushes, various paint types, and drawing tools. Please review the course materials page for a complete list of items.