As image bearers of the one true God, each individual comes hard-wired for creative expression. Education within a Christian context would be hollow without the opportunity to express, through the arts, the beauty of God's creation. As a result, Stillwater places a high priority on student participation in vocal and instrumental music, drama, and the visual arts of drawing, painting, and sculpting.
The arts amplify and enhance our lives. Creative thinkers have a competitive advantage—they provide greater value in their fields because they are accustomed to working hard, digging deep, seeing clearly, and articulating their insights. We believe that this is what Jesus was talking about when he said that he had come to give us an abundant life. But we don’t believe that this means the arts are extra: they are profoundly important to the human experience. Because of that, we seek to be a place where every student can belong, improve, and create—as we ourselves were created to do.
The goal of the visual arts curriculum is to build a strong foundation for students
in the areas of historical thought (art history), analytical reason (art criticism),
and creative ideas (art production), teaching objective standards of
form and beauty all testifying to the glory of God.
“Mrs. B always encouraged me to pursue my passion for art,
but more importantly, she truly cared about me.
Her interest in my own personal growth helped me
to work hard and apply myself in all that I did,
both inside and outside of school.”
- C. Fetveit, class of 2020
Conservatory of Music
Stillwater’s Conservatory of Music provides a solid foundational music education, meaningful recognition, and excellent opportunities in performance and musical study to serious high school musicians in the Flathead Valley.