The Tide

RM students discuss possible new art classes

Saanika Mahashetty

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






“RM has an amazing arts program,” freshman Anjali Natarajan said, after discovering all of the unique classes RM offers students. Although RM has a great variety of classes–ceramics, three levels of chorus, band and orchestra–there’s always room for improvement.

 

“I’m truly honored to be attending a school with such artistically talented students,” Natarajan explained. “Everyone has a chance to showcase their expertise in terms of singing, instrumental music, photography, etc. Adding a dancing class would definitely bring out a lot of artists in our community.”

 

For the many dancers present at RM, students juniors Rebecca Jang and Layali Al-Jirafi have created the RMHS Dance Club. The club usually performs at school events with hip-hop based choreography.

 

Dancing reaches people in a different way; it’s emotional, it’s exciting, it’s eccentric,” said junior Rebecca Jang. “Dance class as an art elective could help students to consider art more broadly – art isn’t limited only to the production of something tangible. A dance class will not only teach students about dance as an art form but it can enlighten students on the impact dance can have on their lives.”

 

Jang’s opinion on dance is a unanimous thought process that every dancer believes in. Her passion for dance led to the creation of a club with more than 30 members, allowing other people to express their passion for dance.

 

Another class that was mentioned by several students was an animation class. Natarajan, who took Media Productions for the past three years, mentioned how much she enjoyed creating short films. “We had an assignment to create a documentary,” she mentioned. “We had to use our creative and artistic skills to create a professional looking short film. Honestly, I can’t help but think as to how taking a class beforehand could have improved the final product.”

 

Senior Heather Konan, who currently takes a film class here at RM, mentioned a class that ties film design and art into a single class. “Essentially, it would be learning how to create motion pictures with drawings,” Konan said. “I feel like a lot of students would genuinely be interested in this class since it also has several career prospects.”

 

Other students mentioned a musical theater class, for students who wanted to act and sing at the same time. “Although we already have a theater class, a musical theater class would be for students who mainly want to sing and dance while playing out their parts,” said freshman Alexis Cheng. As a member of a theater troupe outside of school, she was hoping she would be able to join a musical theater class at RM. “I’ve always enjoyed watching musicals as a child, and it would mean everything for me if I could actually be a part of a musical.”

 

This year’s musical at RM is Little Mermaid, with lots of fun and interactive songs such as “Under the Sea”. By adding a musical theater class, not only will the students be able to perform and showcase their talents, however, they will also be able to earn credits and learn the art on a more educational basis. Upon mentioning this idea, Cheng said, saying, “People would tend to put more effort and dedication if musical theater were an actual class, compared to an extracurricular activity.”

 

The different classes that were mentioned were a reflection of the students’ interests and hobbies, however, these students were only a small population of all the students at RM. This shows the variety of artistic talents that are present in the students and how by adding these classes, we can encourage these talents and make RM an artistically diverse school.

 

Featured graphics by Caroline Dinh

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    Cast, crew, and pit orchestra members talk rehearsals, roles, and little kids

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    Kanye West tweets about 13th Amendment

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    “Ready Player One” leaves viewers underwhelmed and uninterested

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    How Oscar Best Picture winner fairytale “The Shape of Water” reflects reality

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    Streaming services and movie studios fight to be the future of film and TV

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    How Netflix’s “The Cloverfield Paradox” broke all the marketing rules

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    Predicting the Academy Award for Best Picture

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    Ele Eschenburg’s brush with inspiration

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    Spring 2018 trend predictions: expect boldness to spring into fashion

  • RM students discuss possible new art classes

    Popular

    The five best love songs from the past century

The Student News Site of Richard Montgomery High School
RM students discuss possible new art classes