Ex veritate Dei, pulchritude
From God’s truth, beauty
The fine and performing arts are uniquely poised to both tutor and inspire the individual to reach the fullest expression of his value in Christ. The study of music, art, and drama from a Principle Approach® not only elevates the purposes and intent of the Creator but it also serves to satiate the soul’s need to outwardly express the high knowledge of these truths to the praise and glory of God.
Beauty is a moral teacher. God fashioned us this way! Unless we intentionally nurture young hearts and minds with beauty and truth, we accept for them the standards and values of our current pop culture—a daily barrage of the crass, the vulgar, the desperate. The purposes of the fine arts are to cultivate our aesthetic tastes and to help us see, feel, and appreciate the poetic joy of discovering beauty wherever it may be found.
Fine art classes include instruction in sketching, acrylic and water color painting techniques, and sculpture. Students study three or four major artists each year and learn about their lives and contributions to the Chain of Christianity. Visits to the Chrysler Museum are made each year, and student artists compete in both the StoneBridge Art Show and the Metro Art Show. High school art electives include Foundations of Color and Design, Design Technique and Development, and Communication through the Visual Arts.
StoneBridge School offers opportunities for student musicians to excel, both as individual musicians and as members of a larger ensemble. Classes are taught using the Principle Approach and students learn to play more than notes on a page—they learn the importance of playing from the heart and using music as a tool for ministry. Music classes provide our students with training in choral work, one-on-one attention in singing techniques, instruments, music appreciation and folk dancing. Students are taught to read music by learning to play the recorder in fourth grade. Band instruction begins at this level as well. For the advanced musician, the high school offers a choral ensemble as well as a worship band. Students are given many opportunities to perform in chapel and on Special Days, as well as in concerts and community service.