Art is a dynamic and energizing element to add to any subject. Discuss the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric of art and discover how to use art to enhance the skills of each level of the trivium and energize your students in every subject: history, science, geography, even math! Our future leaders need a good foundation of visual literacy and a clear understanding of how Christians should think about art in order to lead confidently in an increasingly visual world and perhaps reclaim the art community for Christ. (How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by: Francis A. Schaeffer, State of the Arts From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe by: Gene Edward Veith, Jr., PreScripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons: Medieval to Modern World History by Courtney Sanford).
Courtney Sanford earned a BA in Environmental Design/Graphic Design from North Carolina State University summa cum laude. She worked as a graphic designer and writer for the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlo e, NC and as an art teacher at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She began homeschooling in 2005 and became a tutor for Classical Conversations that same year. She is now the Creative Director for Classical Conversations specializing in new products and marketing. She is also an international speaker, training parents to become classical Christian educators. She also tutors Challenge I (ninth graders) in math, Latin, economics, government, drama, debate, science, and literature. Her enthusiasm for art education was born from frustration when as a graphic designer as she had to educate CEOs of major corporations on basic art concepts so they could make decisions on their own logos and printed materials. She feels that our current paradigm which o ers art education in middle and high school to only those with a talent for drawing should be challenged. All students need to become visually literate, especially those who will become leaders. By integrating visual literacy into other subjects, all students can improve their visual communication skills and be prepared for leadership.