FPD has a rich heritage of student involvement in the arts. The faculty of the fine arts department is proud to carry on this heritage as we celebrate the creative gifts God has given to our students. The arts are a powerful tool for learning, self-expression, growth, and most importantly worship.
All of the traditional artistic modalities are practiced at FPD. Elementary students study music through the powerful Orff-Schulwerk method, growing through instrumental and vocal discoveries. The visual arts are studied too with students looking towards the masters of art for techniques and inspiration to fuel their own creativity. In the later years of elementary school, students have the opportunity to begin adapting their instrumental skills as part of the band program, taking their first steps as an actor onstage, or honing their singing skills in chorus.
More options await students in middle and high school. Our band program features six bands. There are three concert bands, the Spirit of the Vikings Marching Band and Vanguard that performs regularly at football games, as well as two jazz ensembles. Visual art options abound too with classes featuring such hands-on activities as drawing, painting, design, pottery, sculpture, and photography. Dance is another option in the arts with performances by the dance line/color guard in the fall and a dance team that represents FPD at national competitions in the spring. Separate middle and high school choruses perform regularly while small vocal ensembles and soloists participate in the music areas of literary competition. FPD Theatre presents a full season each year with at least 5 full-scale productions on our mainstage and smaller pieces in the black box theatre. Many theatre styles are explored including Broadway-style musicals, plays by Shakespeare and other classic masters, and modern works.
All of these programs are led by dedicated artists who are professionals in their artistic areas. It is not unusual to see FPD faculty performing in local venues or presenting professional showings of their work. Our fine arts teachers are deeply committed to presenting Christ through the arts and developing the creative potential of each student.
The fine arts programs at FPD are blessed with wonderful facilities.
The majority of our programs are housed in the newly renovated Clark Fine Arts Center which features:
- A 500-seat, professionally equipped proscenium theatre
- Visual art class rooms with kilns for pottery and a professional darkroom for the photography program
- Band room
- A 45-seat black box theatre/classroom
- A shop for use in building theatre sets and art projects
- A state-of-the-art Mac Lab used for photography, journalism, and broadcast production
- Professional dance studio