The picture above was done by our WCS art students for an end of the year project. It is based on a scene from the Smoky Mountains with a beautiful skyline and the sun bursting through an unusual shape. That shape was then changed into our United States, representing that America has been the light to the world because we have honored God. The blessing of God is shown symbolically in the picture by what looks to be a hand drawn in the mountains. The blessing of God has given us our freedom, symbolized by the eagle. When a nation rejects God, his hand of blessing will be removed. We will cease being the light of the world and will lose our freedom. Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”. This mural currently can be seen hanging in our elementary hallway. Art is taught by Mrs. Tricia Segar. Mrs. Segar is a self-taught portrait artist who has a passion for guiding young children in the development of solid artistic skills and, more importantly, guiding them into a Biblical world view through the visual arts.
For the past four years, Mrs. Segar has been bringing art history and appreciation to life through weekly media presentations for ages 3 through the ninth grade. These presentations are then combined with corresponding art projects in class.
Our Westgate students are being challenged to think Biblically in a radically degenerative culture and to appreciate the work of Christ through the works of the Master Artists.
Parents are always welcome to join us for our art appreciation lectures and to enjoy what could be likened to an art college prep class for elementary students!
In addition to art history, appreciation, and general classes, Westgate is also involved with the SCACS Fine Arts Competition in the elementary and jr/sr high divisions. Yearly, WCS ranks at the top of the art categories, boasting several high marks and State winners!
Below you will find a sampling of some of the artwork of our students.