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Arts

 

From infants touching and manipulating clay for the first time to teenagers performing hit songs in front of thousands of concert-goers, Riverfield students experience art on a daily basis.  At RCDS, artistic encounters are valued as a means of creativity and self-expression, and representation of understanding.  They are also valued as a vehicle for deepening and extending learning and thinking. Art, in its various forms, provides opportunities to construct knowledge and to engage students of all ages.  Our commitment to the arts is evident in each Division.

Art is encountered in every area of the Pre-School.  With materials like wire, clay, paints, and textiles, the Pre-School is alive with creativity. Experiences in the Atelier, or art studio, complement classroom investigations, introduce new materials, create social encounters, and motivate children to represent and communicate their thoughts, feelings, and understandings of the world around them.  
 
Additionally, students may enroll in extracurricular classes such as ballet, drama, and visual arts.

The art program in Lower School balances a study of techniques, styles of artists, and creative representation of ideas and understanding.  Each week students in Lower School attend art classes in the art studio as well as in their respective classrooms. During the art class time some of the materials used are clay, paint, wire, pastels, collage, and mark-making mediums. Students also have daily access to quality artistic materials in their regular classroom encouraging representation and further development of their knowledge in language arts, math, social studies, and science.  The observation skills, editing, and creativity encouraged through artistic expression supports our hands on, minds on approach to learning.

Additionally, students may participate in extracurricular activities like ballet, drama, instrumental music lessons, chorus, and visual arts.
Electives
Students in 6th-8th grade have the following art-based electives options:
  • Art 
  • Drama 
  • Filmmaking
  • Newspaper 
  • Photoshop 
  • Rock Band
  • Speech & Debate
  • Yearbook
Extracurricular Opportunities
Additionally, students may participate in extracurricular activities like instrumental music lessons, chorus, Orff, and visual arts.
Students in 9th-12th grades have the following art-based elective options
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Filmmaking
  • Newspaper
  • Photoshop
  • Rock Band
  • Speech & Debate
  • Yearbook