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Kindergartners through fifth grade students have Art class each week. Students explore the work of master artists and their use of the Elements and Principals of Design. Students then have the opportunity to use what they are learning when creating their own artwork, while having fun at the same time. 

General classes are available in Middle School, with additional opportunities for students who have a passion in this area. Upper School training occurs in all the various media, including a comprehensive AP course for highly advanced and motivated students. There are a number of gallery-like experiences during the year, and the year culminates with the Prep School Art Show presented by the National Art Honor Society – an evening event that is one of the highlights of the school year at Mount Pisgah. Upper School offerings include Introduction to Studio Art, Intermediate Studio Art, Advanced Studio Art, AP Studio Art, and Introduction to Digital Imagery


 

2016-17 ART AWARD WINNERS

 



As part of Ms. Dover's Honors English class, students created art projects to go along with their supplemental reading assignments.
 
These projects have been on display in Mrs. Dover's classroom.
 

Winners Named for Juried Art Show
By Tiffany Searcy, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

To view all photos from the Opening Reception, click here.

In early fall, Diane Buffington, owner of Wild Hope Gallery in Alpharetta contacted the upper school visual arts department with an amazing opportunity for our students. She asked if we would like to participate in a juried art competition that she would host at her gallery. The offer was too good to pass up so upper and middle school art instructor Anita Hunter and I excitedly accepted. In the months that followed, Ms. Hunter worked closely with Ms. Buffington and members of the Office of Advancement, Pisgah Arts Parent Association (PAPA) and our upper school art club ArtREACH to plan for the show.

All upper school students were invited to participate in the show through an online digital submission process. Senior Lindsey Odom, upper school art intern, diligently processed the work as it came in by creating a master document of both the student’s information and the work.

Lindsey said, “It was an interesting process to not only participate in the art show as a student artist, but also to be behind the scenes in formatting the art work in a presentation for the judges. I also assisted in collecting and preparing the work as the selected finalists submitted their pieces for display at Wild Hope.”

Lindsey also reflected on being one of the 35 students selected for this show. “It really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As a senior, my experience was very special, particularly since this was the first time Mount Pisgah has done something like this. While I plan to create art in college, this really was a memorable opportunity to participate in a juried competition.”

Out of more than 120 works of art submitted, 55 pieces by 35 student-artists were selected for display in the gallery after the first round of judging. Each of the artists brought forth a diverse perspective and contributed to the show’s complexity by offering varyingly levels of skill and backgrounds. Additionally, the students gave breadth to the show by exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography and sculptures. While many of these students have taken a visual arts course at Mount Pisgah, there was also a large number of students who exhibited works that they created outside of school.

This show, according to Christopher Boehm, one of the three judges, “was a collection of outstanding work as a whole, and was by far the best show I have ever judged.” Barbara Childs, another judge, mentioned her delight by saying she really enjoyed making personal connections with each of the artists through the work that was created.

The show’s opening reception was held at Wild Hope Gallery on Feb. 7 and was attended by Mount Pisgah students, families, friends and faculty members. It was truly a blessing to be able to participate in an event such as this. It provided our students a wonderful experience to participate in an art competition with a panel of judges.

Diane Buffington has invited Mount Pisgah to participate again next year and said she has a vision for an Independent School Art Show that would include other north Georgia schools.

Generous sponsors of the show—including Art & Beyond, Josephine’s Antiques and Fine Linens, and Thomas Lawn Care—enabled Wild Hope to provide monetary awards to our winners. Congratulations to the following students for placing at the Upper School Juried Art Show: Best in Show - junior Lukas An for “Atlanta 1980s; Perplexity” (mixed media), First Place - sophomore Nick Bullock for “Don’t Leave Me Hanging” (digital art),  Second Place - sophomore Tim Chen for “Wire Portrait” (sculpture), Third Place - freshman Lynn Liu for “Face” (watercolor), Honorable Mentions - junior Lukas An for “Two Faces of a City” (drawing), junior Ashleigh Porter for “Fabulous Fox Theater” (photography) and sophomore Sydney Jarvis for “Holocaust” (photography).

 

2015 NAHS Art Show Winners

 

Pisgah Artists Spotlighted

Congratulations to 11 Pisgah Arts students who have been featured in the Celebrating Arts publication. This competition encourages student creativity and increases the learning experience.The contest showcases talented student artists and awards more than $5,000 in prizes. We invite you to browse through this photo gallery to see all of the artists' names and their creations. Learn more at CelebratingArt.com.

 

 

 

 

Students Create Art for Memory Project

Visual Art students create custom portraits each year to support the Memory Project. This This wonderful program encourages art students to create portraits for youth around the world who've been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged.

The Memory Project organization sends photos of kids to art teachers and students create heartwarming portraits of the children which are delivered around the world. Pisgah students have been proud to be a part of this program for many years.

The students of Mount Pisgah Christian School have participated in this program for many years and treasure the experience of seeing the children's faces when they receive the gifts of their custom portraits. 

Learn more about this incredible program.

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Georgia All-State Art Symposium 

 

Four Mount Pisgah Upper School students were honored on Jan. 11 as state winners at the annual Georgia art competition. The District 3 State Winners from Mount Pisgah were: 9th graders Jane Kim, Linda Chen and Mia Wilder, and 12th grader Lukas An (2 pieces). The competition received an impressive 1,200 total submissions from across all 9 districts this year! As a State Winner, our students have been invited to exhibit their selected work at the Symposium this year on Friday, Feb. 24 in Columbus, GA., where they will be eligible to be considered for an award for their work. Please see the slideshow below to view their impressive work.

Tiffany Searcy

US Visual Arts

 

Mrs. Tiffany Searcy has worked at Mount Pisgah Christian School since 2014. She has worked with both our Middle School and Upper School visual arts’ programs as a studio art and digital art instructor. She is also the sponsor of the National Art Honor Society and the upper school’s art club ArtREACH. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Oglethorpe University. She also completed her Masters of Arts in Art Education from the University of Florida. 

 
She holds a certification through College Board to teach AP Studio Art. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and the Georgia Art Education Association. She co-chairs the Independent School position on the GAEA board with Mrs. Hunter.
 
She attended the NAEA National Conference in San Diego, CA during the spring of 2014, GAEA fall Conferences in 2015 and 2016, and she has attended countless workshops at SCAD Atlanta. During the summer of 2017, she will attend the summer seminar with our students to SCAD Hong Kong. 
 
Prior to her Mount Pisgah experience, she worked as the Assistant to the Dean of Students at Marist School for five years. Mrs. Searcy lives in Alpharetta with her husband Brian and daughter Reagan. Mrs. Searcy and her family also are a host family for our international students. 
 
During her free time she enjoys working with paint, mixed media, and digital photography.