Thank you to everyone who helped make the
Art Show and Art Expo a success!
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Kindergartners through fourth 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 Studio Art and Digital Imagery.
Mount Pisgah Students Place First
At National Art Honor Society Conference
On March 8-9, the Visual Arts Department took five Mount Pisgah students to the 2018 National Art Honor Society Conference in Columbus Georgia.
During opening day of this two-day conference, students participated in an Art Throwdown and a variety of visual art workshops. An Art Throwdown is like a sports event for visual arts. Students enter timed competition challenges from Face-off portrait drawings to ceramic sculptures, figure drawing, plein air painting, digital photography, and collage challenges.
Mount Pisgah took first place in the Collaborative Collage Challenge. Jane Kim and Carly Phares were tasked with creating a completed artwork within 90 minutes using only the supplies provided at the beginning of the challenge. All of our contestants created impressive works of art and experienced art as a competitive sport.
Day two was spent in workshops at Columbus State University. Students participated in a variety of visual art workshops including life drawing, architectural workshops, metal and jewelry works, and spray paint abstracts.
After two amazing days, the conference concluded with a dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate art education in Georgia and our high school National Art Honors Society students.
GA Capitol Art Exhibit
The GA Capitol Art Exhibit was held at the Twin Towers in downtown Atlanta on Feb. 21. Four Mt. Pisgah students exhibited at this youth art show; Upper School Students Reagan Kruse and Andrew Sawyer and MS Students Grace McGee and Kamiso Dawe. The students and their teachers had the opportunity to meet Chairman of Public Safety and State Representative John Albers.
Visual Arts Instructor
Art Education Certification, Georgia State University
B.A., Studio Art, Georgia Southern University
Why did you become a teacher?
I have wanted to be a teacher since my childhood! I've had a passion for art since I was very young and I always loved to "play school" with my dolls. God gave me two gifts, one of artistic ability and the other to teach, so I combined these gifts together and became an art teacher.
Who was the most influential teacher/coach when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
My high school art teacher was a very influential person in my life. His classroom was a safe haven where I felt free to create and express myself. He was a caring and interesting person who made learning fun. It was in his class during my senior year, that I decided to pursue art education.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy the intrinsic rewards my students receive upon successfully completing a challenging work of art.
Do you have any special experiences or interests you would like to share?
My life is defined by travel so I have many travel experiences to share: I grew up in Dublin, Ireland and as a child had many opportunities to travel around Ireland, Britain, France and Spain on summer vacations. I moved to the U.S. during high school and established Georgia as my new home. My husband, Michael, and I have spent a few summers backpacking around Ireland and France. We had our wedding in Ireland and then a second ceremony in Colombia, South America with his family. We love to travel so much that some years back we moved to Guatemala for three years and worked at an American International school. During my time in Guatemala I had the opportunity to drive my Mitsubishi Lancer all around Central America. I think travel is the spice of life and I hope to always have opportunities to visit new places!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
1 Timothy 4:14-15: Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
Visual Arts Instructor, Upper School
M.A., Art Education, University of Florida
B.A., Studio Art, Oglethorpe University
What was your biggest a-ha moment as a teacher or school administrator?
When my spring 2014 Drawing 2 students realized that ideation could be enhanced using specific techniques, organizational tools, and personal life experiences to make more meaningful connections to the art they made.
Ten years from now, how will your classroom look differently?
Ten years from now I envision a new Fine Arts building for our visual arts students. A place we can offer multiple levels of digital courses, pottery classes, and space for the students to collaboratively make meaningful connections to both our community and to the artistic experience we offer at Pisgah.
Lower School Art Teacher
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY
New School, NYC, NY
Art Students League, NYC, NY
Why do you love teaching or working at Mount Pisgah?
Mount Pisgah has been my family's community and home for the past 11 years. The Christ centered environment here at MP is very loving and personal. I started teaching here a few years ago and I've really enjoyed learning about the students individually and their interests. It's also lots of fun to watch their excitement when they are shown new art concepts and techniques. I can tell what they have connected with because they will continue to use that new information to create in their own time outside of school and show their work to me.
Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
Mrs. Moak was my talented an inspiring art teacher. I had her all through my HS years. She encouraged me to pursue my passions and dream big!
What is your favorite moment/memory as a Mount Pisgah employee?
The LS art show. The kids were so excited to show off all of their hard work from the year! So many parents and students helped out with putting it together and it showed!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
2 Corinthians 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
SCAD Hong Kong
During the summer of 2017, Anita Hunter and Tiffany Searcy, Mt. Pisgah Visual Arts Educators, took students to study at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong. This was a week long seminar. Both students and educators participated in courses lead by SCAD faculty that were specific to areas of interest. This experience is just one way our students get to experience culture and creativity on an international platform.