Visual Art Program

Visual Art Program

Calvary Christian High School’s Visual Art program exists to provide college preparatory training in the field of visual art with a Christian purpose. We aim for students to have the knowledge and skill sets they need to succeed while exhibiting the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and Christian values. Our visual arts department’s philosophy is that we believe art is an intellectual and God inspired process. We stress visual thinking, creativity, skill development, and critical analysis. Our program emphasizes the skills of seeing and drawing, problem solving, persistence, and personal expression. Learning to take informed risks and being inventive in making images and objects are central to the program. We use the critique process regularly to clarify conceptual issues and to celebrate the uniqueness of personal vision. Students will be able to recognize and become successful at using the elements of art and principles of design in their work. Fundamental and advanced levels of design, drawing, painting, art history, and contemporary art are pillars of the curriculum. Students will work through a wide variety of mediums, and see works of art live with the field trip opportunities offered in the Tampa Bay area’s nationally recognized museums and galleries. Students have the opportunity to compete in local, and area competitions. Advanced art classes are designed to equip students with the foundation that will position them to move to the next level of art education. For those who have satisfied all requirements, three AP courses are offered to develop their own portfolio of work: AP Drawing, AP 2D, and AP 3D.

Visual Art Courses

  • Elements of Art (Art I)
  • Principles of Design (Art II)
  • Advanced Design (Art III) 
  • AP Drawing 
  • AP Art-2D 
  • AP Art-3D


Mrs. Cheney’s Advanced Placement Studio Art students have an impressive ninety percent pass rate, one of the highest in the country.

Routine Awards

  • Best of Show at Regional ACSI Art Festivals
  • Young Arts Awards
  • National Award, Gold Key, Silver Key + Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Arts Program

The Next Level

Our visual art alumni have continued their art education at such universities as Samford University, Ohio State, University of South Florida, Savannah College of Art and Design, Flagler College, and many others and have earned degrees ranging from architecture, art therapy, art education, film, and photography.

Mrs. Kristin Cheney

Mrs. Kristin Cheney
Visual Arts Instructor


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing + Ceramics • Reading Validation Ohio University

Mrs. Cheney's passion for visual art grew during high school as she attended classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the evenings and then went on to earn her multifaceted degree in art at Ohio University and continued with master level courses at Ohio State. Mrs. Cheney is originally from the mid-west first teaching in Columbus, Ohio and then at Loudon County schools outside of Washington DC. In addition to teaching at Calvary, she maintains an active studio practice and continues to work with art galleries that exhibit and sell her original works of art in Southwest Florida and Maine.

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. (Proverbs 27:19)

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