Visual Arts

Creativity in visual arts offers a meaningful way for students to express their thoughts, feelings, and appreciation for God’s creation. Art classes at Concordia Academy are designed to give students opportunities for that expression while growing in skills, learning new techniques, and gaining confidence.

High school classes, which include instruction in a variety of media, include:

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Intermediate Art
  • Advanced Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Select Studio

In addition, CA offers the following college-level art classes on campus:

  • Intro to Drawing
  • Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Ceramics

Major displays of student work are a key piece of Christmas and spring concerts. Students also participate in the Skyline Conference Fine Arts Festival, the District 4A Art Festival, and other festivals and competitions. The academic year for students in college art classes often culminates with a major exhibit at the Concordia Galleries of Concordia University, St. Paul. CA art students have often taken first or second place in the District 4 Congressional Art Competition, resulting in their work being displaced in congressional buildings in Washington, DC.

Grace Erickson (CA ’22) was named the Second Place Winner in the 2022 4th District Congressional Art Competition. Her winning charcoal drawing (“Jubilant”) hung for a year in the Washington, DC office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum (pictured here with Grace). In 2020, Grace was the First Place Winner in the same competition.

Concordia Academy was one of the schools participating in “God Our Refuge,” a 2021 traveling art exhibit sponsored by Great Commission Artists. The mini-documentary below interviews the students involved as they talk about finding refuge in God…and art…in the midst of Covid-19.