The art programs at Berean serve as vital links within the curriculum throughout all grades. Each class allows students to explore their individual creative talents and to develop their own artistic technique. The rich variety of options and advanced and independent study courses in the arts instill in our students the self-confidence to fully explore their talents.
The Art Department at Berean consists of a series of drawing and painting classes, as well as an entry level sculpture class. Art 1 will expose the student to a wide variety of media with an emphasis on developing drawing skills. Art 2 is an applied 20th Century Art History course. Students study various art movements and then apply the theories they have learned to create actual pieces of art. Advanced Placement Studio Art 1 and 2 is a two year course designed to meet the requirements for submission of a portfolio to the College Board Studio Art Examination. Sculpture is designed to expose the student to 3 dimensional forms and design. The class works with a variety of sculpting media such as paper, found metal, plaster and wood. Student art work is displayed regularly through a variety of venues including community and school exhibits.
The Berean music program teaches an appreciation and understanding of music and valuable performance skills. Our program consists of three choirs, band, and three guitar classes. There are over one-hundred and thirty students in the music program. We have an advanced choir for mixed voices, composed of sophomores through seniors called the Abundant Life Singers. We have an Advanced Girls' Choir for freshman through senior girls, and a Concert Choir, open to all students, freshmen through seniors. The Abundant Life Singers and Girls' Choir go on a yearly spring tour. They each sing at Missions, Retirement Centers, schools, and churches.
Drama is a major focus during the fall and spring, when students stage several productions in November, Christmas, February. Recent shows include One Acts, Robin Hood, Peter Pan and Fiddler on the Roof. Shows are truly all-school events with faculty and students "pitching-in" to help with the acting, choreography, dancing, singing, set design and construction, lighting, costumes, and publicity.