Classical educators understand the importance of truth, beauty, and goodness, and perfection and there is no better way to cultivate a love and appreciation for beauty than by learning to create beauty for oneself. When a student learns to make music or paint, they also learn to see and enjoy the details and skill in someone else’s music and art. The fine arts also overlap, perhaps inextricably, with the liberal arts. For instance, the fine arts of painting and music also express ideas — the goal of rhetoric — and music is itself listed as one of the liberal arts.
We approach art education from an academic standpoint to foster great minds. Liberty students study and analyze art history so they can see themselves within a greater context and embrace their cultural inheritance. Lastly, through guided studio practice, students become better craftsmen. Creating art with care allows our students to see the world with “artists’ eyes.”
Fine arts opportunities for 7th–12th graders come in the form of core classes and electives. At Liberty Common High School, students progress through an academically rigorous art program exploring a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, sculpture, and mixed media.
The k-4 music curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of music. Students learn to read and write standard notation, perform through singing and playing instruments, and develop an appreciation for the great masterworks of the Western tradition. These lessons culminate in an annual concert for each grade level.