The Arts at FCA
Honoring the Ultimate Creator
The Arts are a cornerstone of the FCA education experience. Decades of research have shown that students who are exposed to the arts as part of an integrated curriculum do better in areas of problem-solving, critical-thinking, creativity, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and overall health. This is of course a passion-area for our expert instructors in this field, but is also truly shared by our administration, faculty, and athletic department. Our educators work together when scheduling practices and events, to allow and even encourage students’ participation in multiple discipline areas. We have seen incredible things happen in the FCA community when students who never thought they could step on a stage or create a work of art are given the freedom to try these things and spread their wings creatively without judgement. We strive to make our Arts program a place where we point budding artists and performers to God’s fingerprints — His glory, beauty, creativity, and inclusivity. They, in turn, will learn to do the same thing with all of their gifts and talents in the future.
Middle School: Daily Foundation in Arts Education
In grades 5 & 6, FCA students have an Arts class every day of the week. Studies show that creativity and activity should be a part of every child’s school day, in order for the brain to work most effectively. These courses help our youngest students to learn the foundations of music theory, acting, visual art, and even dance as they move through a sequence of curriculum units. They use a variety of art mediums from painting canvases to sculpture to digital animation, and they have multiple opportunities to showcase their growing performance skills - at our Coffeehouse Talent Showcase, the Middle School Christmas Musical, and more.
In grades 7 & 8, FCA students are given a choice to continue their exploration of the Arts and take those skills to the next level. We offer elective choices which include Visual Art and Theatre Arts. These courses are taught by some of the same instructors who teach and direct in our excellent high school program and truly prepare our 7th & 8th graders for the next stage of their arts career at FCA or even beyond. They get to work with new mediums, learn higher level skill sets, and spend more focused time on the thing they love to do. These students also prepare a class number for the Coffeehouse Talent Showcase, and can audition for roles and solos in the Middle School Christmas Musical. Students in grade 8 are eligible to work backstage on the high school Spring Musical, giving them a head-start learning the ins and outs of a large scale theatre production.
High School: Excellence in Artistic Expression
FCA high school students have many opportunities to excel and pursue artistic expression. As a small school, the level of excellence and opportunity we are able to provide students is surprising.
FCA visual arts students experience expert training and a safe, loving creative space to hone their skills led by Tammy McDonald. She and her frequent guest artists teach everything from art history, sketch, painting technique, and sculpting across mediums, to 3D printing, digital animation, and more. Our alumni have received scholarships to attend elite programs in Animation, Digital Art, Industrial Design, Visual Arts Studio, and more at universities such as: University of Southern California School of Animation, Full Sail University, Colorado College of the Arts, Auburn University, and more.
Our theatre program has risen to a position of notoriety in the local arts community. We will have as many as 55 out of 110 eligible students audition, and we will mount productions with casts as large as 37. This is unheard of among other small private schools! Melanie Sutton and Annette De la Torre have extensive experience in theatre and music- as directors, vocal coaches, and performers themselves in well-known programs. They have a passion to bring out the best in their actors and singers- helping them create authentic characters and find their voice. FCA music and theatre students have received scholarships to programs at Belmont, Lipscomb, Berklee School of Music and Point Park University. We have alumni now performing with Nashville Shakespeare Company, Nashville Children’s Theatre, and even in several major Hollywood motion pictures.
High School students have a variety of Arts courses and co-curricular opportunities to choose from, including:
- Theatre Class
- Music Theory & Performance Class
- Visual Arts I, II, III Classes
- Video Production Class
- Yearbook Design Class
- Stagecraft Class (Technical Theatre & Design)
- Worship Team (planning & performance of chapel worship music)
- Coffeehouse Talent Show (performance by audition of solo or group pieces)
- Fall Straight Play
- Spring Musical
- Backstage crew or Technical crew for theatrical productions
- Art Club
- Rotating student-led clubs have included: Photography Club, Film Club, etc.
Recent FCA High School Theatre Productions
And Then There Were None
You Can’t Take it With You
The Curious Savage
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Diary of Anne Frank
West Side Story
Twelve Angry Jurors