John Drury High School Radio Award for Radio Broadcasting
Reno Jazz Festival Award

Visual & Performing Arts

Creativity is appreciated and encouraged at VCS. Students are exposed to great art and artists, with opportunities to expand their knowledge and develop their skills through high school AP classes. VCS provides an award-winning student-led and student-run radio program and instrumental music program that spans elementary school through high school. Our students play instruments alongside exceptional musicians and are privileged to work with professional music tutors. 


FINE ARTS OFFERINGS

Our fine arts program provides students with a way to express their creativity and to cultivate their talents in praise to God. Below you’ll find descriptions of the various programs we offer for our students. VCS offers fine art programs from Kindergarten to 12th grade.


HIGH SCHOOL

Radio Conservatory

The Radio Conservatory at Vacaville Christian Schools dedicates its mission to use contemporary and historic creative connections to awaken the aspiring artist in everyone through multi-media projects including video, radio / television broadcasting, film and Internet. This, along with live productions, defines the Radio Conservatory at Vacaville Christian Schools as one of the most dynamic and exciting creative arts institutions — with an unusual name. Read more>>>

VCS Radio Jazz
VCS Radio Jazz is a big band, but not in the conventional sense. On stage with Radio Jazz you’ll find saxophones, a trombone, trumpet, clarinet, drums, bass and piano; but also an oboe, a little girl’s music box, a Theremin, a 1930s style radio, a Tesla Coil, a broken phonograph, an electric drill and some of the most interesting sounds dreamed up from the fertile minds of young musicians. It’s not random — everything has its place and the music is thought provoking, entertaining, and immensely beautiful. Read more>>>

VCS Radio Symphony
Recognized for its unique presentations of 19th and 20th century high art music, VCS Radio Symphony is the flagship instrumental performance ensemble at Vacaville Christian Schools. The orchestra is made up of young musicians who have met the rigorous achievement level requirements and advanced commitment necessary to study and prepare top quality music. Only professional works are tackled without simplifying the overall arrangements. Students work with world-class professional musicians, historians and entertainment industry experts to present the highest level possible in their performances. Most of all, these young aspiring musicians work hard, with some projects requiring over 117 hours of study and rehearsal.
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Art
Through our art program, students have the opportunity to gain foundational skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture, and to build upon those skills as they explore different mediums, study various artistic styles, and learn strategies for making aesthetic choices. Students have the option to participate in arts festivals and shows to showcase their work.

In our AP Studio Art class, which is a college-level course, students learn to express their own “voice” through their artwork. They engage in ideation, advanced composition and technique, and critiques, and they produce artwork for a 24-piece portfolio. During the course of this year, the student’s work evolves into mastery.

Radio Broadcasting
Under the direction of the Music Conservatory, Students run a real radio network, including talk, sports, music, and drama production, and produce news broadcasts. Students also get experience in commercial and PSA production, voice acting, basic technical operations, and promotion. Productions are broadcast on VCS Radio 100.9 FM and www.vcsradio.com, as well as on actual commercial radio stations.

Broadcast News
Under our Visual Arts offerings, This course covers three topics essential for students to develop the competence and confidence to work in a TV or visual electronic media newsroom.  Student write and develop visual storytelling for broadcast, develop an understanding of roles within the newsroom, processes
and how economics, ratings, and marketing affect the flow of information, and learn how legal considerations in news gathering with special attention to libel/defamation laws and invasion of privacy. With an emphasis in videography, students will learn the basics of creating video content for websites, filming of live events such as weddings and sporting events, as well as commercial and promotional production.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Art
VCS Middle School offers two levels of art for our students. In this introductory class of Art 1, students will learn the basic elements of art and experience the different mediums artists use in creating their work. One-point perspectives, color theory, water coloring, and printing are just a few of the techniques students will practice.

In Art 2, students explore the student’s creative ability to use various mediums. Course work will include study and practice of the elements and principles of design, two and three dimensional design, and appreciation of themes found in art. Mask making, sculpting, clay modeling, acrylic painting, and creating two-dimensional perspectives are just a few of the projects students will complete.

Radio Broadcasting
Under the direction of the Music Conservatory, Students run a real radio network, including talk, sports, music, and drama production, and produce news broadcasts. Students also get experience in commercial and PSA production, voice acting, basic technical operations, and promotion. Productions are broadcast on VCS Radio 100.9 FM and www.vcsradio.com, as well as on actual commercial radio stations.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Art
VCS Elementary School offers weekly art classes for our students. In Art, students will learn the basic elements of art and experience the different mediums artists use in creating their work. One-point perspectives, color theory, water coloring, and printing are just a few of the techniques students will practice.

Vocal Music
Singing provides a wonderful outlet for our elementary students and gives them the opportunity to praise God through song and through creative expression. Through music games, rhythm sticks and instruments, boom-whackers, hand bells, and other manipulatives, our students come to understand the basics of music theory and vocal techniques. They also learn music history, international music, listening skills, music appreciation, and instrumentation. Each grade level has a special performance each year to showcase vocal singing ability.