The Jackson Christian Fine Arts Program gives students the opportunity to participate in a variety of visual arts including Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Multimedia, and Web Design.
It is our belief that God is the ultimate Creator and that since we are created in His image, each student is hardwired to be creative. Through the avenue of art, it is our hope that students will grasp how awesome our Creator is and gain insight into strengths and talents they possess! Jackson Christian art students are exposed to various media in order to broaden their view of art and develop their artistic skills. In Art 1, students are introduced to drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, and sculpture! Art 2 builds on those skills and Art 3 is solely studio time in which students develop their own artistic style and create a portfolio.
Art students compete for the opportunity to have their art displayed in the Annual West Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humboldt, TN. Each year we have participated, we have had student art chosen from over 400 entries, with only 150 total works being selected to be on display!
In 2016, our first year of participating in the DevCatalyst Coding program sponsored by theCo in Jackson, two Jackson Christian students won top awards and a trip to San Francisco as a result. Winning students were selected from more than 500 students representing 16 West Tennessee schools participating in the program. Competitors were required to design a five-page website and code it. They also participated in an online interview. Junior Maria McConkey finished in the top 10 and was named a Code Champion; senior Colton Graves was among the top 24 and was designated a Code Leader. The all-expense-paid trip to San Francisco included visits to Google, LinkedIn, Apple and Pivotal Labs.
In 2017, with over 700 participants in the DevCatalyst program, our students again took top awards. Seniors Shane Elder and Sara Maners both placed in the top 10 of the competition and won a trip to San Francisco. Senior Maria McConkey won the Advanced Web Development competition for second-year students. Again in 2018 and 2019, Jackson Christian students had two Web Design students each year who were chosen for the San Francisco trip: 2018 - Junior Zach Shelton and Senior Saylor Greer, Thad Springfield was a finalist; 2019 - Seniors Connor Richardson and Zach Simpson.