Arts

 

Life without music or art is quiet and dull – the arts uplift the spirit and inspire emotion in us. The arts program at Real Life Christian Academy strives to nurture and develop the God-given creativity in each student. RLCA has a vibrant arts program for all students from preschool through 12th grade utilizing a dedicated arts room, a band/chorus room and three performing arts venues. Our programs ensure all of our students can express themselves creatively through art – painting, drawing, theater arts, singing, dancing, playing music, photography, journaling, and more. The arts are a critical part of a student’s growth and self-expression.

Visual Arts

At Real Life Christian Academy, we have a wonderful visual arts program that teaches about the arts, providing students with the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of mediums to creatively express themselves.

Students in lower school study artists and various forms of art in class. Then, each student creates a piece of art in the style of the artist studied. For example, first graders learn about Picasso and how he drew. They then make their own personal “Picasso.” Hands-on activity is a much more effective way to learn a number of skills, they also use their imagination to create and gain knowledge about an amazing artist in history.

Upper school students continue to build upon the broad foundation of art knowledge they have established. Our teachers instruct in technique and theory, then guide students in using these tools and techniques to develop something special and personal to each individual.

Annually RLCA hosts an art fair at which students can display their work. Our talented students also participate in the ACSI regional art competition and have received recognition and awards for their artwork.

Performing Arts

Students interested in pursuing vocal arts can be a part of our active choir to learn breath support, intonation, tone production, music reading, and more. They learn to sing as part of an ensemble, learning to blend their sound, shape their vowels, and sing in parts with the addition of harmony in more complex musical arrangements that are performed throughout the year. We offer middle and high school choir with opportunities.

In 2016, our high school choir was selected to participate in the Candlelight Processional at Disney’s EPCOT Center. Our choir was one of the groups selected to perform from thousands from around the world who auditioned to be a part of these celebratory performances.

Our music program allows students to express themselves through playing music. Our program offers a combined concert band, jazz band and pep band. For students studying stringed instruments, we offer guitar ensembles and violin ensemble opportunities.

  • Concert band plays pop and classical symphonic style with wind and percussion instruments for upper school students. Our students receive group instruction providing basic music reading and instrument playing. A number of master classes are held for specific sections throughout the year. The band performs pieces appropriate to skill level and lesson progression twice a year.
  • Jazz band features our high school students who play rhythm and horns with a high concentration on jazz and swing style music. This group plays big band music infused with opportunities for improvisational solos.
  • Our pep band entertains the crowd at our athletic events, playing traditional upbeat stand tunes during timeouts and quarters to keep the energy high.
  • Beginning guitar or violin ensemble elective is for students new to guitar, violin or music reading. The class teaches students the basics of guitar/violin playing in symphonic style to include chords and finger placement, reading music, strumming techniques, and more.
  • Students can also participate in our advanced guitar ensemble, which is for those who have the basics mastered and are ready to learn more challenging techniques and hone their playing. Both beginner and advanced groups demonstrate their skills at two performances during the school year.
  • The violin ensemble is a segment of our Fine Arts Academy which is held after school with paid group lessons each semester. The class, open to 4th – 8th grade students, teaches students the basics of violin playing in symphonic style to include chords and finger placement, reading music, bowing techniques, and more. The group is a performance ensemble which plays two concerts per year.

Our music program offers weekly lower school classes focusing on music reading, singing, playing classroom instruments, movement, and general performance skills. In middle school, students begin to pursue different aspects of music from playing an instrument to singing in the choir, our program fosters students’ passion for a particular area of music. High school students are highly focused in their pursuit of music, honing their skills and craft with more attention to the intricacies of playing an instrument or singing.

With three amazing performance spaces available on our campus, Real Life Christian Academy student performances are outstanding. An annual spring production, traditionally a musical, is a collaboration of students of all ages, teachers, parents, and artists who bring the presentation to life. Participation in the performance teaches students about the intricacies of producing a quality event, the time, effort and organization it takes to execute a Broadway-style event for an audience.

We also host annual Mystery Dinner Theater and Spring Fairy Tale performances, presented by our middle and high school students in theater arts elective classes. The Mystery Dinner Theater Guests enjoy dinner and good who-dunnit that is often original student works which encourages audience participation and keeps you guessing until the very end. A Spring fairy tale is performed for elementary students and the high school comedy we perform for upper school students are all performed by the theater arts elective classes.

Our productions provide RLCA students as well as homeschool students, with a variety of opportunities to be involved in every aspect of event, from providing backstage, lighting and prop support, building sets and working with the church production team to the acting on stage, makeup, costuming, marketing, and advertising of the event to the ushers welcoming guests.