At Napa Christian, we are firm believers in the importance of Fine Arts in a well-rounded education. All of our students will have the opportunity to explore many avenues of artistic expression. All students in grades K-8 participate in music and visual arts programs. In high school, students choose which fine arts they will participate in. The other programs are just some examples of the amazing arts units that are incorporated into our cross-curricular learning projects throughout the year.
Napa Christian has a variety of musical outlets for students to explore. No matter the experience level, there is a place for everyone. One of the predominant goals for every music class is to have fun. Making music is all about learning how to share talent and joy with others.
Elementary music: Kindergarten through fourth grade participate in general music classes that include activities and ensembles. They are provided a holistic view of music through instrumental instruction and music theory, as well as background and cultural information regarding music.
Middle School music: Fifth and sixth graders engage in introductory ensemble skills with beginning band. They choose a common wind ensemble instrument and are instructed on the techniques involved in making music. Seventh and eighth graders are taken deeper into the music with a survey of music history as it applies to music today. They also integrate technology into the classroom with digitized compositions.
High School music:
The K-12 art program is designed to lay the groundwork for future artists to improve upon and to reinforce previously-attained fundamentals. Perceptual skills and media skills are repeated within grade levels and from one level to the next. Art techniques are developed in sequences to build students' confidence with materials and equipment. New and challenging applications follow the acquisition of basic skills.
The art curriculum at each grade level is organized around four main themes: Creating Art, Looking at Creation, Growing closer to our Creator, and Art Through the Ages. Aspects of these themes are developed within each year and across all nine years of the CONQUESTS program, and the High School elective course. Within each year, students create in two-and three-dimensions and study drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphics, design, architecture, textiles, collages, ceramics, and crafts. Artistic achievements of women and ethnic groups, past and present, are represented.
Theatre is the art form of social communication. Through discussion, observation, and practice, students can foster a healthy self-concept, develop personal skills, clarify their perceptions of the world, and nurture an awareness of themselves as physical, social, and creative beings.
Theatre Arts teaches students to be keen observers of human behavior through the study of characters and social interaction in theatre literature. By reading and performing plays, student are encouraged to develop interpersonal skills, cultivate empathy for others, explore relationships, and enhance real-world communication techniques.
Students are encouraged to transform observation, sensitivity, and imagination into believable stage characters through monologues and scene work. Additional opportunities in technical theatre offer students practice in the creation and execution of costume, scenic, lighting, and sound design.
Our goal in the Theatre Arts program at Napa Christian is to promote a greater understanding and enjoyment of theatre through quality performances and strong production values.
Photography is both a way of seeing, and a visual language that allows you to tell your stories and communicate your distinct point of view. Our faculty of working artist/professionals are experts at helping you learn the language of photography so you can share your unique stories to the world in beautiful new ways.
At Napa Christian students in the CONQUESTS program and High School electives have the opportunity to learn the art of photography. Students learn to align technical knowledge and skills gained with their personal aesthetic to reveal their distinct point of view. Courses taught by our passionate staff help to translate passion into a finished portfolio of work.
NCCE begins filmmakers with the curriculum of screenwriting, followed by a filmmaking program.
Screenwriting provides a space for students to draft scripts within a structured environment, giving them the time to carefully and thoughtfully craft the stories they will go on to produce and direct during their filmmaking course. Students receive instruction on conflict and character development, writing techniques, and story structure.
Following screenwriting, students have the opportunity to produce, direct, and edit their screenplays with the help of their fellow filmmaking peers. At Napa Christian, filmmaking introduces students to the method of dual-system, sync-sound production where the image and the sound are recorded by separate crew members, the cinematographer and the sound recordist, on separate devices.
Students take separate classes in directing technique, producing, cinematography and sound recording in order to complete one of their films. When not directing their own work, students crew for one another's films, rotating between the roles of Sound Technician, Director of Photography, and/or additional actors. Each crew is supervised by an accomplished production instructor who helps guide the director and crew to ensure a safe and successful day of shooting.