Visual & Performing Arts
The visual and performing arts program provides students with opportunities to experience beauty in music and art and to explore the processes necessary for attaining that beauty. Students are involved in a “hands-on” approach so that they develop interests that provide a lifelong vehicle for enjoyment and personal expression.
Marching & Concert Band
Throughout the eastern United States, R-MA’s award-winning band has earned a reputation for excellence. The band performs several concerts each year and plays for sporting events and Air Force JROTC parades. The band travels throughout the region to perform in parades and takes at least one extended tour each year. Recent tours have included Orlando, Florida; Holland, Michigan; Sandusky, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Performance on a frequent basis is expected, which further develops the talent of individual players.
The chorus, which has earned numerous awards in regional competitions, performs concerts and at chapel services on campus, in addition to competing in contests and festivals off-campus each year. The chorus makes a spring tour, performing in such locales as Virginia Beach, Florida, and North Carolina.
Drama provides instruction in the basic skills and principles of the theatre. Students will develop an awareness of play production, improvisation, history of the theatre, character development and a variety of acting skills and techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in the drama productions that are offered during the school year.
Handbell choir provides an in-depth study of the mechanics of music through the performance of music literature on the Academy’s three-octave set of English handbells. The handbell choir performs often on and off campus for chapel services and special events. This course is offered only if seven or more students express interest.
Students develop abilities to recognize visual arts content, concepts, and create, discuss, and understand original works of art. Students develop art with personality, emotion, and for the purpose of visual communication between the artist and his/her viewers. Students explore the following areas: design, drawing, painting, print making, and commercial design, as well as three-dimensional activities including clay, wire and architectural design. Students analyze the cultural context and art history, judgment and criticism, and aesthetics in order to understand and appreciate the visual arts. Students maintain a portfolio documenting their accomplishments. The culminating portfolio will demonstrate quality, breadth of experience, technical skill, concentration, and growth over time.
Students in this year-long course design and publish RMA’s Randomac. Students learn all aspects of producing a publication including layout and design, copywriting, photography, graphic arts, and advertising. The overall objective is to develop the skills needed to produce quality publications.
AP Art History
AP Art History is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history. In the course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from the ancient world to the present and from a variety of cultures. They learn to look and analyze works of art within their historical context, and to articulate what they see or experience in a meaningful way. A meaningful way to experience works of art is learning to frame an understanding that relates how and why works of art communicate visual meaning.