Fine & Performing Arts
Explore Endless possibilities through Art
Across all four schools, arts play an essential role in a King’s Way Christian Schools education.
In the Elementary School, students are introduced to the fundamentals of art. The goal of the Elementary School creative arts program is to nurture each child’s creativity and install a sense of enthusiasm for the creative process. Students spend focused time in classes devoted to various visual and performing arts, and graphic arts are integrated in the curriculum.
Middle School Art is designed to introduce students to the elements and principles of art and design. Along with a growing understanding of these basic fundamentals, students will explore how an artist’s creative endeavors are reflective of the nature of God. As the Master Creator of all, God has provided us with an ethical framework in which to express ourselves in artistic and imaginative ways. Focus is placed on developing the ability to create using a variety of mediums, as a means of responding to God’s amazing creation. Art history, art appreciation, and critical thinking are integrated into each unit as well as an introduction to proper presentation etiquette and attention to detail.
Middle School Art & STEAM
Mrs. Martin has been sharing her love of God’s creation through artistic expression for the past seven years, most recently as the Middle School Art Teacher at King’s Way. While she finds joy in the process of most artistic mediums, her go-to tool in the art room is a very sharp pencil. Earning her undergraduate degree from Western Oregon University, she is currently working on her Master’s (June 2020). Continually striving to learn more, she is an active Pro Member with the Art of Education, completing extra training in the arts in effort to better the educational experience for her students. The guiding verse for her classroom is John 1:3, “for through God, all things are created.” Mrs. Martin believes that our creativity is a gift to be cultivated.
King’s Way gives our students numerous opportunities to develop their God-given gifts through our Art Program offerings. We feel that involvement in the fine arts is critical for academic, personal, and social development. Courses include: Visual Arts, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Sculpture, and Printmaking. We show our students various styles and genres within each of these disciplines.
Our King’s Way Art program includes a chance to help in a way that no other high school in the country can. Every year King’s Way hosts the Marcus Mariota Foundation’s My Cause My Cleats Contest. It gives every student a chance to create a pair of cleats to be worn in an NFL game that will then be auctioned off to raise money for amazing causes. King’s Way students through the My Cause My Cleats contest have raised thousands of dollars for the ALS Therapy Research Institute, a company devoted to discovering and developing treatments for ALS, and The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville’s VA hospital. Our student’s gifts are truly helping the world we live in.
Art is more than an elective. It is essential in expanding self-expression, imagination, and creativity. As students made in the image of God, we want them to recreate the love and beauty of the Master Artist by developing and expressing their creativity through involvement in the arts. Our robust offerings and highly qualified teachers make this more than just a goal, but a reality here at King’s Way.
King’s Way offers:
- Beginning art
- Advanced art
- Shoe design
- Mixed media courses
- Graphic design
- Various drawing classes
- Multiple pottery classes
CReating and Learning and growing as an artist
Our High School Art teacher make no secret of his love for athletics- and after the WNBA draft this year, Mr. Tigner got out his sketch pad and created a jaw-dropping portrait. Watch!
High School Art
Justin Tigner has been teaching art at King’s Way since the fall of 2016. He has expanded the art program from just two periods of general high school art in 2016 to six full periods of a broad array of offerings in just two years’ time.
Mr. Tigner has also brought his professional sports art background into his classroom. King’s Way is home to The Marcus Mariota My Cause My Cleats contest. Students have the opportunity to design, on paper, a pair of cleats from which Marcus Mariota will choose to wear in the NFL’s week 13 game. Once the five finalists are chosen, those students are given a pair of Marcus’ cleats to hand paint. The winner of the hand-painted design will have their cleats worn in an NFL game.
Outside of King’s Way, Mr. Tigner works with several athletes and charitable organizations in his free time donating his artwork to help raise money for amazing causes. He currently works with The Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Motiv8 Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, and Food for Lane County to name a few. In the past, he has helped raise funds for The Ronald McDonald Houses of Portland and Southwest Washington, The Brian Grant Foundation, and Assist Australia.
Along with his art classes, he has been the head Boys Varsity Golf coach since 2018 and has been an assistant Varsity Boys Basketball coach since 2016. He loves the relationships that he is able to build, not only in the classroom, but on the course and the court.
Mr. Tigner feels blessed and honored to be part of the King’s Way family.