All art projects and choices in life can be tested with our One Theme, "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 10:31)
VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure your child is stocked up with their own art supplies. Siblings may share, except sketchbook. We will use Paper Plates for Paint Pallettes.
PAINT BRUSHES will NOT be on loan, or kept by sink to share. Students must have their own. them in Art Box.
6th-12th Grade must keep supplies in Art Room.
Make sure name on all supplies and art box.
ART SUPPY LIST ~
____ ART BOX (no larger than 8” Tall X 12” Wide, to fit in new Cubby):
____ PAINT BRUSHES: at least 1 small/fine detail, 2 sizes flat angled brushes, 1 fan brush, and other preferable sizes
____ Apron or Large Shirt to be kept in art box
____ At least two #2 PENCIL, Any Dark/Soft Led Shading Pencil, or Ebony
____ Colored Pencils
____ Watercolor Pencils
____ Watercolor Paint Set with Lid
____ Water Cup
____ Nice Eraser
____ Clear Ruler (and triangles/half circles if desired)
____ Black Sharpie: Fine & Ultra Fine Point
____ Personal Acrylic Paint or Pastels (if desired/any kind)
____ Personal Disinfectant Wipes (if desired)
____ Personal Hand Sanitizer (if desired)
* All listed above should fit in art box
____ SKETCHBOOK (around 8 ½ X 11)
____ WATERCOLOR PAD (around 9”X 12”)
4th-5th Grade will need same supplies listed above, but bag or art box will be kept in Classroom instead of Art Room. Paint supplies will be needed by early September.
If any supplies listed would be a financial burden, please don’t let that prevent your child from coming to enjoy the whole creative experience with us. Message me if your child needs art supplies.
Friends of PCS Art Dept. wanting to help stock Art Room or provide for a child needing art supplies: Small and Midsize Paper Plates, Stretched Canvases, Canvas Boards, or Masonite (any size/we generally use 16 X 20 or 24 X 30 or 36), Acrylic and Oil Paint, Oderless Paint Thinner, Oil Colour Liquin Original (used to mix/dry/thin oil paint), Glue Gun, Soft Pencil Pastels, Oil Pastels, or any supplies listed above.
Mrs. Girgenti, 4-12th grade art teacher
I’ve come to realize one of the greatest compliments a teacher receives is to hear a student say “you inspired me to want to teach.” 💞 Miss Uporsky will be teaching MS Art at Victory Christian Academy 3 days a week where I first taught. She was one of my first art students 7 years ago at Portage Christian School. She’s finishing senior year in college and plans to get Master’s in Art Therapy. God has great plans in store for you and your students, Brooke. So happy your dreams are already coming true so soon!
Mrs. Girgenti 🤗
Can you find Jesus’ name and Abby’s name in her Self-Portrait?
1st Place/Gold Medal for Most Outstanding Collection of Art was awarded to Pascha Balazs. She has blossomed by leaps and bounds and is a humble role-model in and out of the Art Room. Artist’s biography with her collection photo.
2nd Place/Silver Medal Outstanding Collection of Art was awarded to Ephraim Podgorski in his first year at PCS, and first experience painting. To share life with Ephraim is to know you’ve been with Jesus. Artist’s biography with his collection photo.
3rd Place/Bronze Medal Outstanding Collection of Art was awarded to Julissa Delbry. She is also and excellent role-model whether in or out of the Art Room. Artist’s biography with her collection photo.
3 Most Inspiring Works of Art for the Year came from “Bringing Art to Life”: DariAnna/Darnell Weston, Dain Stover, and Emily Goeman. All 4 students love the Lord and are excellent role-models.
Honorable Mention for Outstanding Work and excellent role-models, in or out of the Art Room: Chloe Hammond, Roger Griswold, Katie Lipowski/Dad, and the Gilles Family.
To all Young Artists who have made beautiful progress with your hands, and grown spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and academically: Keep taking your next step of Faith, and making beautiful things along the way; never forsaking our greatest privilege as children of God; Ever-mindful to “give God glory” in all things. LOVE WELL no matter what, no matter when, and no matter where. Love and serve those in your sphere of influence as if you’re loving and serving our Precious Lord Jesus. You will never regret living like that.
Mrs. Girgenti, PCS Fine Arts Department
1 Corinthians 10:31
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The virus that’s gripped our entire planet did not surprise the Supreme and Sovereign Ruler of the universe. God has complete knowledge and control for every past, present, and future test, trial, and enjoyable experience. Our Precious Lord holds us, and filters every detail of our lives through His fingers with love. Whatever does not have pure and purposeful good, to reveal His will and character, cannot touch us. Regardless of what we feel or see with limited vision, He only permits what will work for our good, and His glory.
Ephraim Podgorski says of his painting, “It represents how the whole world has been encased by the coronavirus. It’s a reminder of sorrow and pain and happy things that happened, and all that God brought us out of. The virus made me realize all the things I took for granted. Once it’s past, I want to look back at the painting and be reminded, all the more, to be grateful.”
Whether our present suffering is a consequence to sin, or for the millions who still reject Jesus, we the children of God can rest in His promises, to bless and not curse us. The coronavirus put a lot of things on pause, and sadly took many lives. God only knows how many were ushered directly into heaven, and how many were separated from Him for all eternity.
This should make us all the more devoted and passionate to reach the lost and disciple the saved... to reach the lost and disciple the saved... The Gospel will go forth in His power, through His surrendered servants/saints.
Beloved, if life as you know it ended today, where would you spend eternity? If you’re not fully sure, Message me. If secure in your faith, what good thing is God teaching you in this difficult season? What is He changing or preparing you for, to join Him in His holy work while you still have life and breath to share the Gospel in your broken little corner of the world?
“Take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5) Teach your children by example that prayer is the most powerful REFLEX we should have.
Abba, develop in us a first-response to talk with you about everything.
Model: Halle Nunley, 4th Grade
Parents, please show your kiddos MS/HS Most Outstanding Works of ART Awards 2019-2020
1st Place/Gold Medal: PASCHA BALAZS
All agree, Pascha is well deserving of this award. She’s blossomed by leaps and bounds, and is a humble role-model for her peers. Pascha says, “This year has taught me about how much I truly do take for granted when it comes to school. It’s been really tough without my teachers inspiring me, and my classmates to hang out with. Being creative has been such a gift over quarantine. I’d like to thank Mrs. Girgenti for always pushing me and letting me be free to explore new art styles and methods, as well. She has helped me grow a lot. I’m very grateful for being recognized for outstanding art collection this year. It has been such a blessing!”
BIOGRAPHY by proud mom, Kari Balazs: Pascha is 14 years old. She was born in Seattle, Washington to loving parents who brought her up in a free-spirited and art-filled world. She’s enjoyed nature hikes with family in the Cascade mountains, the Puget Sound, and Local Zoo. She was 3 years old when moving to Portage to be near family. There has always been a deep appreciation for creative gifts in Pascha’s life. She’s painted since she was a toddler, and used chalk to make drawings. Those pictures were made into cards as gifts for family who lived out of state. It was one of her favorite things to do.
She started PCS in kindergarten. She really learned a lot from the Young Rembrandts Art classes after school. She has been an artist all of her life. She is a creative spirit. Mrs. Girgenti has taught her so much about painting. She has been a loving influence on Pascha. Using digital art to create paintings is something Pascha has improved upon this past year, and practicing digital and traditional mediums.
She received 2nd Place MOC of Art 2018-2019. She’s received a lot of recognition for her paintings over the years, at school and from friends and family. But she is very humble. She is very thankful for God’s gift of artistic expression. She’s also been an encouragement and amazing artistic influence to both of her younger sisters. Their confidence is greater because of Pascha’s success and perseverance to complete paintings, even after she would lose interest, or mess up on a piece along the way. We are so very proud of her in every way, and certainly thank God for Pascha! Some of her art will be available in Notecards in the Fall to support the PCS Art Program.
2nd Place/Silver Medal Outstanding Collection of Art: EPHRAIM PODGORSKI
AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Ephraim Podgorski: I am 14 years old, the oldest of 3 children. I have been homeschooled until this school year at PCS. I enjoy creating art of many mediums. I like to use bold colors and to take a simplistic approach to my subject matter. My favorite piece was of my home church that my father is the pastor of. “The Bride Church” was also my first painting which will later be available in Notecards to support PCS Art Program.
I cannot wait to meet at church, in person again, with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I enjoy animals, fishing, gardening, and reading. I am also an avid glass insulator collector. I love Jesus Christ and He is my Lord and Savior. I have grown in my relationship with Him during this school year and especially during the coronavirus pandemic. As I reflect on my year at PCS I’d like to leave my friends and teachers with this verse: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
3rd Place/Bronze Medal: Outstanding Collection of Art: JULISSA Laura Pomales-Delbrey
Honorable Mention for Outstanding Work:
Chloe Hammond, Roger Griswold, Katie Lipowski/Dad, and Mindy Gilles Family.
3 Most Inspiring Works of Art for the Year came from “Bringing Art to Life”: DariAnna/Darnell Weston, Dain Stover, and Emily Goeman/Goeman/Hajvert
To all Young Artists of PCS who have made beautiful progress in your life, and with your hands:
Keep taking your next step of Faith. And keep making beautiful things along the way; never forsaking our greatest privilege as children of God; Ever-mindful to “give God glory” in and through all things. That means to LOVE WELL no matter what, no matter when, and no matter where. Love and serve those in your sphere of influence as if you’re loving and serving our Precious Lord Jesus. You will never regret living like that.
Mrs. Girgenti, PCS Fine Arts Dept.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Everything to Me” by Avalon
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MS/HS Most Outstanding Works of ART 2019-2020 1st Place: PASCHA BALAZS All agree, Pascha has blossomed by leaps and bounds, and is a humble role-model for he...
Still-Life Reset, and Pets Re-enactment. 😊
Here are several MS/HS works of art to enjoy as we wrap up another year. Some detailed pieces are yet to be completed, and will be posted over the summer. Be encouraged to do (and make) beautiful things, to make a difference in the lives of others “all for the glory of God.”
Included are 1st-3rd place winners receiving their awards. And a few new special reenactments for your enjoyment.
Some Final Works of Art in Quarantine, 4-6th Grade.
Remember those who gave all to serve our country. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
All 3 Re-enactments Representing Family Receive HONORABLE MENTION:
1. Natalie Feliciano, 10th Grade, is re-enacting “Kissing the Face of God” by Morgan Weistling. The Christian artist said of his painting, “It was first inspired by a song that I heard one day. I started to contemplate the awesome privilege that Mary was given, being able to hold God in her arms, but also keeping in mind that He was still her baby. This cute little child whom she bore was also God in the flesh. And yet, she cuddled and kissed Him, just as all mothers do with their babies. This thought propelled me right into this painting which I wanted to be a very human representation of divinity. My prayer is that the viewer will be struck, as I am, with the amazing way that God chose to send His Son into this world--in pure humility.”
2. Katie Lipowski, 6th Grade, and Dad’s re-enactment of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” In 1930, the unknown American painter, born and raised on a farm in Iowa, decided to send one of his paintings to a juried annual open exhibition at the Art Institute is Chicago. Much to his delight, he won the Bronze Medal and $300 cash: no mean sum for a struggling artist in his late twenties, trying to make his way at the outset of the Great Depression.
3. The Gilles Family “Going and Coming” by Norman Rockwell. We hope it inspires you to enjoy and bless each other, while you still can.
Most “Bringing Art to Life” contestants had no idea their re-enactments would end up in a contest. Not sure more effort would’ve been given, had they known. Our quarantined families simply did diligence. They united cheerfully, working as unto the LORD, rather than to please people. (Colossians 3:23, Micah 6:8, Galatians 1:10) Nothing could please this little ole’ Art teacher’s heart more. 🥰
Thanks to every student, teacher, and family for entertaining and inspiring us, and reminding us to think about what really matters in life. Just think about it; if you get a chance to look back when you come to the end of your life, one thing you will never regret is face-to-face quality time with loved ones, that puts a smile on the face of our Father. 💞
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Art Draws Out the Heart
The imagination communicating with the hands to create art, is therapeutic. It cannot be denied; it’s a God-thing. God uses our art to make known what is most important to us; what makes us happy; or why we are sad. For the Christian artist, nothing is hidden. We do not give in to people-pleasing, or fear/shame of what our viewers may think or say. We aim to please God. And in the process, as surrendered instruments in His hands, our works of art becomes a platform where God makes Himself, and His will, known. So whether creating art, or “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
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