Fine Arts

Emphasizing appreciation and participation in the beauty of the fine arts.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
– Psalm 57

Lower School fine arts Experience

Music

In kindergarten through second Grade, students use songs to worship and take the first steps of music literacy, learning to read and write music using singing, rhythm instruments, hand bells, and body movement.

In third and fourth grade, students explore using instruments, along with voices as tools to enhance worship. Third grade begins a two-year study of violin. This is a great time for students to explore worship beyond the words of a song and make music instrumentally.

In fifth and sixth grade, students choose a string, wind, or percussion instrument in addition to singing in choir. Students are encouraged to invest their talent into the Kingdom by performing in a fall community performance, two concerts, and a local fine arts festival.

Fine Arts

Art

Grammar School visual art is a hands-on introduction to the elements of art, various art mediums, and a beginning foundation of art history. Kindergartners through sixth graders attend art weekly, learning the fundamentals of drawing that will carry over to other mediums such as painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Each art lesson features an artist that serves as an example of beautiful art done by a master. Going back as far as ancient Greek and Egyptian art, students look to outstanding examples of art throughout history. Each grade of art overlaps lessons in the Bible, history, and science that is being taught in the homeroom. While fourth graders are learning about the Renaissance in history, in art class they are learning about Renaissance contributions to art, such as one-point perspective and illuminated manuscripts while creating artwork of these genres. Grammar school art is a colorful walk through the creative process, looking to the order and beauty of God’s world.

Drama

Beginning in Kindergarten, students in the Lower School perform in class and on the stage through yearly classroom productions.

Kindergarten: The Kissing Hand

First Grade: Famous Kansans

Second Grade: Egyptian Performance

Third Grade: It’s a Jungle Out There

Fourth Grade: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Fifth Grade: Living History Museum

Sixth Grade: Underground Railroad Experience

Upper School fine arts Experience

Rhetoric school students are required to earn one fine arts credit each year for graduation.

Music

Students in Logic School and Rhetoric School music continue to hone their skills of musical literacy. They not only learn to sight read at a high level, but they practice dictation and basic composition skills as well. Each member of Logic School and Rhetoric School choir is an active learner, responsible for teaching themselves the rhythms and melodies of each song. With extra opportunities such as Logic School Stage Band, Pep Band, Madrigals, and Musicals, students put these skills to valuable use. By the time a student arrives at graduation, they will be fluent in the language of music.

Fine Arts

Art

The focus of the upper school program begins with drawing in the 7th and 8th grades followed by two years of design study in 9th and 10th and then capped off with a semester of art history in the 11th. The program builds on itself, with the knowledge and skills learned in the 7th needed in the 11th.

All students are required to take visual art. CPLS recognizes visual art as a language and like any language it requires continuous practice.

Drama

Middle School Musical (6th-8th Grades)
During the third quarter of the school year, students in grades 6-8 may participate in a full-length musical production. Auditions for this musical include both singing and script reading.

Past Performances

2017—Oliver Twist
2018—Charlotte’s Web
2019—Tom Sawyer
2020—Alice in Wonderland
2021—Cancelled (Covid) 

Rhetoric School Drama (9th-12th Grades)
Each fall, the high school students have the opportunity to participate in a full-length dramatic production with performances spanning two weekends.. Auditions are open to all students in grades 9-12.

Past Performances
2017: You Can’t Take It With You
2018: Arsenic and Old Lace
2019: The Importance of Being Earnest
2020: The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong
2021: Harvey 

Rhetoric School Musical (9th-12th Grades)
Each spring, high school students have the opportunity to participate in a full-length musical production, with performances spanning two weekends. Auditions are open to all students in grades 9-12 and include both singing and script reading. 

Past Performances 
2017—Mary Poppins
2018—My Fair Lady
2019—25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2020—Music Man Cancelled (Covid)
2021—Variety Show!