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Rectory's rendition of Aladdin Jr. with the Genie, Aladdin, and dancing girls dancing on stage.

Rectory's diverse art programs offer invaluable opportunities for creative expression and personal growth. Imagination and innovation, fostered by the immersion in the arts, spill into the classroom and enhance our students' academic skill development. Creative expression provides opportunities to be a part of a group, build confidence, develop a passion, and connect hands-on creativity with practical knowledge and learning.

Visual Arts

Elementary School Visual Arts

In the Elementary School visual art classes students’ explore their science curriculum through a variety of hands-on and multimedia projects. Students are encouraged to take risks and work through their mistakes.

5th-Grade Art

Throughout the school year, fifth-grade art students create 2D and 3D projects. Along the way students learn two-point perspective, new ceramic building techniques, and create both painting and drawing projects.

6th-Grade Art

Throughout the school year, sixth-grade art students create 2D and 3D projects. Along the way students learn about perspective through creating optical illusions, experiment with new ceramic building techniques, and create both painting and drawing projects.

7th-Grade Art

In the 7th grade, students are introduced to the elements of art. Using these elements as guidelines they produce an array of interesting 2D and 3d projects throughout the term. This course encourages students to experiment with new mediums and express themselves creatively.

8th-Grade Exploring Art

The eighth-grade Exploring Art class focuses on developing prior art and design knowledge and provides new opportunities to explore these skills. This course exposes students to a wide array of 2D and 3D projects and encourages students to challenge themselves along the way.

8th-Grade Ceramics

The Ceramics class uses the hand building techniques of slab, coil and pinch pot construction to create a variety of decorative or functional ceramic pieces. Students experiment with various sgraffito techniques and colorfully finish their work using paint or glazes. Ceramics terminology and history are also discussed.

8th-Grade Printmaking

The eighth grade printmaking class builds on previous drawing and painting knowledge to develop a new set of skills. In this course, students will learn the basics of printmaking and create projects using several printmaking techniques.

8th-Grade Woodshop

Woodshop is an introduction to the basics of woodworking. Students focus on safety, the understanding of terminology and techniques, and tools. Students also learn the difference in wood types and their characteristics and uses. They work on a variety of projects throughout the term and produce items that showcase their skills. 

9th-Grade Photography

The 9th-grade photography class is designed to introduce students to basic camera operation, film development, and darkroom techniques. Students also work with pinhole cameras, cyanotype printing, and building camera obscures to help them better understand the photographic process. Projects are based on the elements of photography and students are encouraged to develop their own unique photographic eye.

9th-Grade Introduction to Art

The purpose of the ninth-grade visual art class is to provide students with the opportunity to challenge their artistic abilities and build a deeper understanding of how to think creatively. Throughout the year the ninth grade art students explore painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D mobile sculptures, and ceramic construction. No matter the project, students are encouraged to take risks and develop their artistic voice along the way.

Digital Media

This course uses technology to help students express themselves creatively in three disciplines: digital filmmaking, electronic media communications, and graphic design. Essentially, the classroom becomes the center of Communications for Rectory School. Students learn to make their own audiovisual presentations through iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Photoshop.

Performing Arts

9th-Grade Ensemble

The ninth-grade ensemble is one of the ninth-grade related arts choices. This group consists of instrumentalists with several years of experience on any woodwind, brass, string, percussion instrument, or piano. Students in this group focus on playing in chamber ensembles, in duets and solos. Students have the opportunity to utilize classtime in order to practice their instrument of choice or to prepare for state-wide music festivals. This group performs in three concerts during the school year: The Fall Family Weekend Prism Concert, December Winter Concert and the Spring Family Weekend Concert. 

Jazz Band

Rectory's middle school jazz band is an audition-based group consisting of woodwind, brass, percussion, and string players with prior experience. The jazz band meets one morning per week before school starts and prepares a variety of repertoire for three concerts throughout the year including: the Fall Family Weekend Prism concert, the December winter concert and the Spring Family Weekend Spring Concert. 

Blues, Bop, and Beats

Blues, Bop, and Beats is one of three eighth-grade music Related Arts offerings. During this course, students have the opportunity to learn about a smattering of topics within music history and appreciation such as: the history of jazz, pop music, rock, fusion, the art of sampling, and many more!

Beginning Band

The beginning band is part of the fifth and sixth-grade music curriculum at Rectory. During the fifth-grade year, students select a band instrument (woodwind, brass, or percussion) to study during their fifth and sixth-grade years as they learn the basics of musicianship. 

World Drumming

World Drumming is one of three eighth-grade music Related Arts offerings. Throughout this course, students learn how to play the djembe (a type of drum originating in West Africa) as well as a variety of traditional songs, instruments and dance throughout the world including: Japanese taiko drumming, steel pan from Trinidad and Tobago, American sea shanty and many more. This group plays during the Fall Family Weekend Prism concert.

Ocarina

Ocarina is one of three eighth-grade music Related Arts offerings. During this course, students receive an ocarina (an ancient vessel flute) and method book. Through the course of the term, students learn how to play the ocarina, the basics of rhythm and note reading as well as student-selected music. This group plays during the Fall Family Weekend Prism concert.

Orchestra

Rectory's middle school orchestra consists of students in grades 5-9 with several years prior experience playing a musical instrument (woodwind, brass, string, or percussion) and who has an interest in playing in a large ensemble! The orchestra meets three times per week and prepares a variety of repertoire for three concerts throughout the year including the Fall Family Weekend Prism concert, the December winter concert and the Spring Family Weekend Spring Concert. 

Guitar Class

The Guitar class is one of the ninth-grade related course offerings that students can choose from. This class is for students of all levels, as students set their own goals with the teacher and learn everything from basic chords and strumming patterns to more advanced tablature and other fingerpicking styles. Students work in group instruction as well as on individual projects, choosing their own music and working together to perform at several concerts throughout the year.

RECapella

RECapella is Rectory's audition based acapella group of 12-16 students. This group meets one time per week before the start of the academic day. They are a highly motivated and talented group of students who sing more complex music in four part harmony. The group participates in the song selection process and sings mostly pop songs. In addition to performing at the three Rectory school-wide concerts, the group is often asked to perform at special events such as Board meetings, alumni weekends, and other special ceremonies.

Spring Musical

Each year, Rectory does a Spring Musical which is open to all students in grades 4-9. All are welcome, but specific parts are determined through an audition process in January. Throughout the winter and spring terms, students work together to learn music, choreography, and blocking for their final production in May. There are also opportunities for students to help with lights, sound, set design, and costumes. Whether students come with prior experience or are simply curious to try something new, the annual spring musical has proven to be a fun, creative, and safe place in which students can explore the many aspects of theater. Past shows have included Annie, Willy Wonka, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Once On this Island, and many more!

Chorus

The Rectory Middle School Chorus meets three times a week and is open to all students in the grades 5-9 Students learn a variety of repertoire ranging from pop and musical theater styles which are performed at the fall Prism Concert to more traditional choral music which is performed during the Holiday Service of Lessons and Carols and the Holiday Pops Concert. We pride ourselves on working on three to four-part music in which students can improve their reading skills as well as their ability to hear and sing harmony while developing healthy vocal techniques. There are opportunities for students to sing short solos both within the ensemble and at the many on-campus performing venues such as monthly chapels and open-mic events.