Nothing builds the self confidence, focus, and perseverance of students quite like the arts. While many schools have cut back on their arts programs, creative expression at RCDS has never been stronger. We offer one of the most robust visual and performing arts program in our area. Students are given multiple outlets to express themselves creatively and develop and practice the non-cognitive skills and qualities that are strong predictors of success in life. Our enriched curriculum includes four full-time faculty members for the visual arts, music, and drama. A complete set of art classes in a range of mediums that are connected to classroom learning. Lower School Plays — a beloved tradition where every student has a role — and 25+ productions on the RCDS stage each year.
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.
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.
“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
The Annual Arts Festival
One of RCDS's most widely attended events, The Annual Arts Festival is a culmination of student efforts in both the visual and performing arts. Each spring, student talent blossoms while artists in Nursery through eighth grade contribute to a broad scope of visual art displayed throughout the building including watercolors, ceramics, mosaics, origami and more. Meanwhile the keyboard lab, auditorium, and gymnasium are staged to showcase the talents of young vocalists, thespians, and band members.