“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills, to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.” Exodus 31:3-5
The Fine Arts Program of Rejoice Christian Schools, elementary-high school, is based completely upon the belief that God has endowed each of us with the gift of creation, with wisdom and understanding, as it is stated in Exodus 31. Each of our students at Rejoice has gifts from our Creator, and as teachers, mentors and facilitators, we are endowed with the blessing of cultivating and encouraging these gifts. From kindergarten through graduation, each student has ample opportunity to express themselves with certified master level teachers in Drawing, Watercolor, Oil Painting, Acrylic, Ceramics, Sculpture, Multimedia, Graphic Design, Calligraphy and Fiber Arts.
Lyndsey Henson, Elementary Art Teacher and Debbie Willey, Middle School/High School Art Teacher believe that with the Arts we “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but are transformed by the renewing of the mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. Through the arts, a student will develop a deeper understanding of himself, others and academics. Students are taught that creativity is a gift from our Heavenly Father that we use to honor Him. These gifts manifest themselves in a myriad of ways- everyone has their own type of creativity. It is our honor to facilitate the development of these gifts. “Whatever you do, so it as unto the Lord.” Col. 3:23
Sherman Miller Jewish Museum, Masks of Purim: A Study of Esther
Jewish Federation, Yom HaShoah: The Hidden Children of the Holocaust
ACSI District Art Show
Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
Oklahoma Fine Arts Institution
“The fact that God is a creator and that man is made in His image suggests that man is innately creative. An education which includes the Arts does help to form a well-rounded individual; however, there are much more compelling reasons to teach the Arts. Understanding Art, philosophy and how Art reflects philosophy will enable a greater comprehension of present-day life and culture as well as the past. Understanding the criteria for evaluating the elements which comprise good Art will access realms of God-given creativity for study and appreciation. Teaching a child the needed skills to create in a specific medium will afford the opportunity to reflect God’s creativity. These higher aims have a greater value than merely offering a vague enrichment.