CCA: Drawn to Art
An old man wrapped in a light robe reaches, across the horde of angels that hold him, toward His creation. His outreached arm ends only centimeters away from making contact with the relaxed Adam, lying naked on a hilltop.
Michelangelo’s fresco magnificently spread across the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is debatably the best single piece of art. Much of the fame is credited to the three hundred and more figures, but the work also has a beautiful interpretation. God reaches toward Man, waiting for Man to reach out as well. Yes, Michelangelo’s technique and methods are remarkable, but his idea is nearly flawless. Through this painting, Michelangelo exhibits how art is one of the purest connections mankind has to God.
At Calvary Christian Academy, art is recognized as an ideal medium of expression. To create an environment supportive of artistic experimentation, CCA is home to one of the top Art departments.
“Art will always reflect its time, said Mrs. Noemi Klipfel, secondary art teacher. “It will always leave a story behind about humanity, where we are, where we’ve been, what we think and what we believe. I love teaching here. My CCA students energize me with their love, enthusiasm and talents.”
The teachers at CCA have done an unbelievable job inspiring the students to see the divine purpose of expression through art. Man is made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27), and as He clearly enjoyed creating, so does His creation. “Art is a reflection of God, He is the Master Artist and He created everything with a sense of purpose and value. God blessed artists with the gift to create, and as a Christian, I believe our purpose is to lift up all art to the glory of God,” says Senior Alexis Kuchenbecker.
Students like Alexis continue that purpose daily with every stroke cast against a blank canvas, bringing a reflection of life out of nothingness. As CCA continues to “raise disciples of Jesus Christ…spiritually, academically, and socially,” Calvary students continue to grow artistically as well.