About PCA's Visual Art Program
At Prestonwood Christian Academy visual art is a dynamic and active part of the Fine Arts at PCA. As students develop their creative skills, they also learn to appreciate the Creator of the universe. PCA's incredible dedicated art faculty is talented with a passion for sharing their skill set and love for visual art with their students, all while modeling a Christ-like lifestyle and attitude toward their students.
Students in PreK-3 through First Grade explore a variety of different media and are encouraged to explore their creativity freely. Basic skills and art vocabulary are used to begin building a foundation for further study. Second through Fourth Grade students increase their technical skills and begin a more in-depth study of art and design principles, such as color theory and form. Drawing from observation, a variety of painting media and collage are emphasized. Lower School art students participate annually in the ACSI art festival as well as the Lower School "Art Explosion".
In Fifth and Sixth Grade, students are introduced to even more art techniques and tools and have a larger focus on 3D sculptural works. Moving into Seventh and Eighth Grade, students learn basic color theory and compositional elements as well as the building blocks to any successful work of art. An emphasis in critical analysis is stressed along with peer critique as the students progress through the semester. The students learn value, spacing, and form while being introduced to a wide array of new materials and media. The Middle School art department also competes in ACSI every year as well as participating in various events throughout the year in which artwork is displayed for the student body and parents.
Tammy Click graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Graphic Design. She began teaching at Prestonwood Christian Academy in 1997. Her children are both alumni of PCA - Austin graduated in 2005 and Tiffany Click Willis in 2008. She and her husband Marty Click met in an advanced Drawing class at ACU and have been married for 32 years. They have been members at Prestoncrest Church in Dallas for many years. Tammy specializes in drawing, architecture, pastels, watercolor and printmaking and teaches a variety of mediums at PCA’s North campus. Tammy loves teaching students about visual art and how it is a reflection of our awesome Creator.
Comment from a recent parent survey:
My favorite thing about PCA is the well-rounded approach that emphasizes the importance of each area of the school - from academics to bible to athletics to the fine arts.