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Effective instruction in the visual arts provides the student with technical skills and motivation to develop an awareness of his environment and to increase his aesthetic and cultural understanding.

The Visual Arts Curriculum organized at Briarcrest Christian Schools is both vertical and horizontal in approach. Visual Artists/Art Educators, Tonya Loyd (Elementary School), Peyton Burdick (Middle School) and Sarah Lawler Clark (High School) contribute their individual discipline-based curricula to formulate a balanced and age-appropriate art experience for all students.

Through the implementation of a cross-cultural and cross-curricular based approach, each instructor intentionally connects art history and art making to Math, Science, History and Writing. The visual arts are taught from a biblical perspective relating art production to art history, criticism and aesthetics.

Ms. Peyton Burdick

Ms. Peyton Burdick

Middle School Art Teacher
Mrs. Sarah Clark

Mrs. Sarah Clark

High School Art Teacher
Mrs. Tonya Loyd

Mrs. Tonya Loyd

Elementary Art Specialist
Elementary School

Elementary students ages 3-year-old Kindergarten through fifth grade are introduced to a variety of artists, art elements and principles, techniques and materials throughout the school year.

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Middle School

Our students compete and win in art exhibitions around our community as well as regionally in the state of Tennessee. 

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High School

Visual art at Briarcrest is all about learning the full process of making art. Creating is taught as a two-fold process: strong content, communicated through expressive and accurate composing, and careful, intentional craftsmanship.

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Great Works of the Heart

Great Works of the Heart is a celebration of the fine arts of Briarcrest Christian High school and Middle school.

Each year students are honored with medals that signify their devotion to excellence in Visual Arts, Literary Arts with a focus on Desiderata, the school’s literary magazine, theater arts, choral music, instrumental music and studio band.

This album exhibits the winners of the Best Visual Arts at every level. Congratulations 2022 Art Students!!! We look forward to all you will do in 2023!

Great Works of the Heart - 2022 Album