Grade school is a great opportunity for students to experience different extra-curricular activities to learn fundamentals and discover individual talents. Divine Redeemer Lutheran School recognizes the importance of this and offers multiple activities that challenge students to excel in the area of Fine Arts. While other schools have had to cut programs such as these, Divine Redeemer recognizes that students are given different God-given talents that need to be nurtured. The DRLS Fine Arts program offers musicals, choirs, art classes, a band program, music classes, an art fair, an eight drum drumline, "Percussion Explosion" Band, and a NEW Steel Drum Band!
Teacher: Mrs. Rachel Williams
Mrs. Williams is here to help your child grow in their God-given ability to create. Each child is born in the image of our creator God. Mrs. Williams firmly believes everyone is an artist. In her classroom students will have an opportunity to explore many different mediums. We explore painting, drawing, collage, clay, weaving and digital art to name a few. Through the process of creating Divine Redeemer students will use the elements of art to help them learn the principles of art. You can expect to find Mrs. Williams sharing a rich curriculum that highlights works by classical artists and from historical time periods as well as works by our modern artists and from current events. Children will be able to work individually and collaboratively in the art room. Mrs. Williams believes it is important for students to have a balance between defined goals and freestyle creations. The art room is a place to examine art through observation, ask questions, and share our process. Not only will students refine their own artistic abilities, they will learn to see art as a means to learn about others and express themselves.
A lot is happening in Mrs. Williams Art room. The process of doing the art is where the learning happens. Ask your children what artist they are focused on this month. Ask them to tell you all about their artwork. You will be surprised to here all the details.
Divine Redeemer is unique in that we have a ceramics kiln. Each year your child will explore clay! Also Mrs. Williams has her roots in video editing and graphic design. Middle school students will get the awesome experience of doing digital artwork and eventually the fundamentals of videography using Adobe Creative Cloud.
In the fall we have our big fundraiser for our clay and glazes. Your child will create a special Art to Remember artwork. This is a wonderful keepsake. We recommend purchasing your child’s artwork each year to always remember their beautiful designs.
The elementary school art room is a magical place and Mrs. Williams feels mighty blessed to inspire the imaginations of these Divine Redeemer students!
Instructor: Ms. Becky Rohde
Handbells is open to any students in 7th or 8th grade. Ringers work with five octaves of handbells and chimes. The ability to already read music is a plus, but not a requirement. Those entering with no prior music experience will be taught the skills they need- music reading and rhythm skills, along with learning to ring the bells. Ringers perform during chapel services throughout the year and at school concerts.
Percussion Explosion is limited to 10 participants. This program will expose students to many percussion instruments including: Snare drum, bass drum, African and Latin drums and percussion instruments, as well as mallet instruments (xylophone, marimba, bells, vibes). Students will learn various techniques, rhythms, and skills for playing these percussion instruments as an individual and together as an ensemble with a variety of musical styles. This program is different than drumline. No previous music experience required. Students perform at the Christmas and Spring concerts, and other events upon request.