• Fort Defiance High School

    Fine Arts Department

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     Teaching the “Arts” of Life


    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 SCIENCE

    Fine Arts are MATHEMATICAL
    Fine Arts are a FOREIGN LANGUAGE
    Fine Arts are HISTORY
    Fine Arts are LANGUAGE ARTS
    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 –

    more life.


Last Modified on September 3, 2020