Fine Arts at RCS
The fine arts program at RCS is dedicated to enriching students not only through learning about the masterworks of art and music, but also by teaching them the basic principles of artistic creativity and musical performance. Both are taught in a way that maximizes student engagement and promotes artistic development from a young age.
Elementary Fine Arts
Resurrection Christian School’s elementary music program is taught with a Kodály teaching method, which focuses mainly on bringing kids towards musical mastery with their own natural instrument: the voice. As kids experience musical concepts through games, dances, and songs, they connect with the concept in a deeper way, thus improving retention of musicality and quality of performance.
This methodology lends itself to cross-disciplinary instruction and ensures that not only will their musical skill increase, but it will also help in overall memory and skill retention.
Each musical concept builds on a previous concept. All concepts are taught through a simple sequence:
Before understanding a concept, a student should subconsciously experience it through either a game, song, or dance.
Once a student has experienced a concept to the point of mastery, they will use musical terminology to make them aware of what they have been doing.
The student, now knowing the concept on a conscious level, can practice that skill both in and out of the context of the activity, as well as identify it through hearing, reading, writing, deriving, and creating.
Secondary Fine Arts
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6th grade choir
6th grade choir provides an avenue for young students to worship and glorify God, while developing their voice, musicianship, creative skills and teamwork. Fundamental note reading, vocal technique, beginning musical theory concepts, and exposure to various genres of music are some of the components that make up the content of this course. Students prepare for concerts in November, March and May.
7th and 8th Grade Choir
No previous choral experience or audition is required. Sight singing, vocal technique, music theory, stage presence and general musicianship are among the units of study that make up this course. Students prepare for concerts in November, March and May as well as a variety of festivals and contests in the spring. These festivals include: Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival, and CHSAA Large Group (8th), and various community service oriented concerts. Choir members in these grades are eligible to audition for Colorado Middle School All State Choir, where RCS often leads the numbers of Northern Colorado acceptance levels for this event.
High school concert choir is made up of singers from grades 9-12. This group does not require an audition, but previous choral experience is recommended. Fundamental note reading, vocal technique, musical theory concepts, and exposure to various genres of music are some of the components that make up the content of this course. Mixed choir members prepare for three concerts during the school year, in November, March, and May, and also regularly compete at large group CHSAA, the Elitch Gardens Music Festival, and lead community service oriented concerts. Students from this group are eligible to audition for Colorado All State Choir and regional honor choirs.
Avenue North is an advanced, audition only, mixed choir whose focus is to glorify God through acapella song. Members of this group are chosen by audition and is open to all students in grades 9-12. Previous experience in mixed choir is recommended, and required in some cases. Acapella music from all genres, time periods, and countries will be studied and performed. Music theory, history and sight singing are also an integral part of this class. Avenue North performs in school concerts in November, March and May, and participates in various competitions and festivals throughout the year. The choir has represented RCS at the CHSAA Jazz and Acapella competition for numerous years, where they receive Superior ratings consistently. Avenue North performs at the Elitch Gardens Music Festival, performs community service oriented concerts, and leads a very successful Singing Valentines program every February. Students from this group are eligible to audition for Colorado All State Choir and regional honor choirs.
Middle School Drama
Drama is offered as a quarter elective for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of acting: characterization, concentration, physicality and movement, vocal production, and imagination. They will use these aspects to create rich, meaningful characters on stage. They also participate in building sets, creating props, and maintaining costumes and makeup. The students incorporate all of these skills into an end-of-quarter performance.
High School Drama
Students will learn the following foundations of acting, directing, and technical theater skills:
- RCS Theater Department
- RCS Theater Department
- Auditioning: monologue and song selection
- Script and Character Analysis: beats and objectives, character physicality, vocal production, and diction
- International Phonetic Alphabet: use of trans-Atlantic speech on stage and creating accurate accents and dialects
- Performance: preparing for a live production
- Technical Theater: assistant-directing and stage management, set designing and construction, lighting and sound, props, costumes, and make-up
- During the course of the year high school students partner with middle school students in several productions. This facilitates mentoring relationships in the theater department on various levels, which increases the overall quality of performance.
As the program develops, there will be increasing opportunities for students to present their skills both individually and collectively in the area of technical theater, directing, competitions, and festivals.
There is also a continuing effort to increase the opportunities of effective integration for those students who are interested in pursuing the different areas of technical theater.
Middle school students take art classes each year beginning in 6th grade! These classes focus on developing a basic and applied understanding art. Students experience a variety of art media and techniques to express their skills as they glorify the Lord through art!
At the high school level students have opportunities in 2D and 3D art. Students build on their foundational knowledge with drawing, painting, as well as building and sculpting beautiful individual pieces of art!
Through their involvement in art classes our student body is able to make a global impact through the “ART for WATER” project. This year, through the sale of student art, we were able to raise $6,000 to dig a well for a group of orphans in $6,000 in Mankayane, Swaziland. CarePoint, which is a kitchen setup for public use helps provide clean water for 250 refugee students