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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Auburn Art Exposure Program

Enrollment is open for the Fall series of Art Exposure.  This homeschool program began in 2010 and utilizes the collections and exhibitions of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn.  Educators will facilitate discussion about what makes something "art," why artists make objects, and the aesthetic choices that go into creating. The study of art is more than the final product, or a created work, but the ability to talk logically about what one sees, and discuss the content issues that some artists explore. Art Exposure encourages students to experience art first hand, and respond through engaged dialogue with other students, and museum educators. This conversation in the galleries leads to a personal, inquisitive relationship with art, building critical thinking skills that apply to the many facets of children's lives.  The sessions will cover art history, critique of art, and aesthetic choices, with hands-on projects to encapsulate the learning objectives of each session.

The 10-11:30am 2nd Thursdays (Aug-May) session is for K/1st through 5th/6th.  Please use your judgement if your child is ready for this class or for the higher level one.   Let me know if you need to discuss this.   A parent or trusted adult who knows your child must attend each session (feel free to take turns!).   The JCSM staff provides the program, not the supervision or discipline, nor do they keep track of your kids.

The 2-3:30pm 2nd Tuesdays (Aug-May) session is for 6th-12th graders.   Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not required.   (Often the parents have a nice visit about homeschooling or other matters while the kids are doing their own thing.)  Since this  program is presented at a high school level, you can start keeping track of hours spent on Art for high school credit.  Depending on your cover school, typically, 1/2 credit is awarded after 60 hours of the subject and 1 full credit after 120 hours.   These hours can include other art experiences and you can call the course Art, Art History, Art Appreciation, Studio Art, etc, or combinations thereof, depending on the majority of the hours.  We will have approximately 15 hours of programming in 1 year, so it may take a while for credit if this is the only art you are doing.   

JCSM Education Curator, Andrew Henley, tells me that many of the exhibits will be painting this year, so that will likely be much of the art done as well.   You can discover more about the JCSM here: http://jcsm.auburn.edu/

There are still summer programs for K-12: http://jcsm.auburn.edu/programs/2014_art_clubs.html   (These can count toward credit for high schoolers.)

The cost per semester (Aug-Dec and Jan-May) will remain the same at $15 per student with a $30 family max.  Checks are preferred, payable to JCSM, and are due at the first class meeting.   

To hold your place in Art Exposure or for further information, reply to this message (n_melkerson@hotmail.com) by August 11.

This program is sponsored by Everest Academy and open to all homeschoolers.  Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending:  http://www.alabamahomeschooling.com/2014/07/everest-academy-participation-policy.html .