Fort Defiance High School
Fine Arts DepartmentTeaching the “Arts” of LifeFaculty
Mrs. Carleigh Rittenhouse, Art Instructor
Mrs. Jessica Herr, Art Instructor
Ms. Shannon Light, Instrumental Music Instructor
Mrs. Melissa Dull, Vocal Music Instructor, Drama Instructor, Department Chair
Why do we teach the Arts?
Fine Arts are a SCIENCEFine Arts are MATHEMATICAL
Fine Arts are a FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Fine Arts are HISTORY
Fine Arts are LANGUAGE ARTS
Fine Arts are PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Fine Arts are TECHNOLOGY
The Fine Arts are all of these things, but most of all,the Fine Arts are ART!
That is why we teach the Arts!
Not because we expect you to major in Art, Music, or Theater.
Not because we expect you to create art or music all of your life.
Not so you can relax or just have a hobby.
We teach the Arts
So you will be human.
So you will recognize and appreciate true beauty.
So you can communicate from the very depths of your soul.
So you will be sensitive to life and the peoples within it.
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world.
So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness –