The arts enrich our lives, and artistic gifts are gifts of God's Spirit.
God Himself wants to be glorified through artistic and musical expression. The arts enrich our lives through joy, delight, and creativity.
The benefits of the arts clearly extend into other areas of learning and are essential to the holistic development of students of all ages.
Students in middle school receive a well-rounded education in the fine arts. Through exploration and critical contemplation of works of art-whether visual arts, music, or drama-students become aware of art in culture.
Throughout the year, students have opportunities to perform, and as opportunity arises, may participate in large-scale theatre productions.
Art classes in the middle school grades focus on drawing and painting, patterns and design, and art appreciation. All students in grades five and six take art, while those in grades seven and eight may choose it as a Fine Arts option.
RCA has a strong music program with opportunities for students to develop their talents and creativity through a variety of experiences.
Students up to grade five have an eclectic program that provides instruction in choral and instrumental techniques, music appreciation, theory, and history.
Our band program begins in grade six and continues for a second year in grade seven. Students learn to play an instrument, while also developing motor skills, music literacy, teamwork, and self-discipline. Students interested in continuing with band or pursuing choral music may do so as a Fine Arts option.
Fine Arts Options
To further our desire to give middle school students the opportunity to make decisions and identify their personal interests and strengths, students have the chance to choose some electives in grades seven and eight. These electives may include art, advanced band, choral music, and drama classes.