The Arts

The RCDS Arts Program provides both visual and performing outlets for students to express themselves creatively and develop and practice the non-cognitive skills and qualities that are strong predictors of success in life.

Students dressed in costume smiling while performing on stage in a class play.

“As an artist and educator it really is my job to inspire. It is important to lift my students and encourage them to see from creative perspectives so when they leave here they can fly.”

– Melissa Petersen, Head of the RCDS Art Department

Performing Arts
Led by music teachers Amanda Weiss and Valarie Guerrero and drama teacher Anthony Greco, RCDS produces over 25 performances a year. A strong emphasis on the performing arts allows students to learn the fundamentals of public speaking while building confidence and practicing creativity and teamwork. All Lower School classes – Beginners (Kindergarten) through grade four – produce a class play. In addition to the Drama Club, Upper School students enjoy several performance opportunities throughout the year. 

Visual Arts
At RCDS, student artists learn to view the world from unique perspectives. They develop an appreciation of aesthetics while opening their minds to inspiration from the world around them. Students work in a variety of media (drawing, painting, clay, collage) and explore the elements of art (line, shape, pattern, texture, value) to stimulate creativity, design thinking, discipline, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

Young girl painting with bright colors.

One of RCDS's most widely attended events, The Annual Arts Festival was inspired to elevate the arts, both visual and performing.  Each spring, student talent blossoms while artists in Nursery though eighth grade contribute to the broad scope of visual art displayed throughout the building including watercolors, ceramics, mosaics, origami and more. Joyful voices of student song birds ring throughout Riker Hall. Meanwhile the keyboard lab, auditorium and gymnasium are staged to showcase the talents of the Upper School band and young thespians. Thundering applause reverberates the halls in response to impressive solo performances, duets, instrumental and chorale numbers, monologues and skits.

Meet Our Arts Faculty

Anthony Greco

Anthony Greco

Drama Teacher
Valerie Guerrero

Valerie Guerrero

Music and World Language Teacher
Melissa Petersen

Melissa Petersen

Head of the Art Department, Art Teacher
Amanda Weiss

Amanda Weiss

Music Teacher