In a required art course in ninth grade and an elective in tenth grade, students are exposed to the history and theories of art while they are involved in tasks that encourage them to express themselves through various artistic media. Students learn to "slow down" so that they can better notice, see, perceive and experience their surroundings. They can then begin to experience and appreciate the beauty and divine spark in all that God created. Through studying examples of artistic works, students learn the fundamental principles that comprise artistic creativity. These principles include the five basic perceptual skills: perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, whole or gestalt; and the seven elements of art: the dot, line, shape and form, space, texture, color, design and composition.