How important are the arts at Fountain Valley School?
So much so that all freshmen participate in a semester-long course introducing them to many different aspects of the art world. This is where so many FVS students have discovered their passion for art, and many have gone on to continue that passion professionally or as a serious hobby. The semester is divided into sections taught by individual arts faculty.
In the performing arts, students begin by learning relaxation techniques before moving on to exercises for ensemble acting and nonverbal communication. They also learn various acting terms and present a pantomime of their own creation. At the end of the year, groups get an introduction to digital studio by creating a “trailer” for a film.
In music, students learn basic rhythm concepts and then perform on found percussion instruments. In small groups, they research and deliver creative speeches on favorite composers. At the end of the year students can sign up to be part of a variety show.
In visual arts, groups first make layered monoprints with transfer ink from plastic film. In the winter, students draw from personal experience to produce an individual semi-abstract color composition that uses symbolic shapes. Students then have the option of working with camera and film in the darkroom, and they are also introduced to ceramics, including building 3-D clay projects.