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Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department at First Baptist School aims to produce artistically literate students who are educated in mind, body, and spirit. The arts programs guide students through the artistic process; integrate the Christian faith and the arts; and meet the National Core Art standards of creating, performing/presenting/producing, responding, and connecting.

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FINE ARTS FACILITY
2051 GEORGE L. GRIFFITH BLVD.

Fine & Performing Arts

While at First Baptist School, every student is encouraged to engage in the arts through classes, clubs, and performance opportunities. All lower school students participate in classroom music and visual arts. Increased offerings with age mean that many students can choose from elective classes in photography, visual art, band, choir, and dance, all of which are taught by an accomplished faculty with years of experience. Additionally, students on both campuses are invited to participate in our musical theatre program. Other performances include chapel presentations, semesterly music concerts, and annual dance performances.

First Baptist School is proud to provide a strong arts program, and we invite every student to engage in the arts through a myriad of classes and performance opportunities. 

Fine & Performing Arts
Fine Arts Offerings
Offerings
Art

Grades K2 -12th

Our art classes expose students to a variety of mediums, artistic styles, and age-appropriate art projects. As students progress through the program, they are taught the basic principles of drawing with an array of mediums. Art students regularly have the opportunity to enter SCISA and local art competitions.

Choir

Grades 3rd - 12th 

The Choir program at First Baptist School is aligned to the National Standards for Music Education, which focus on students learning to sing, create, read, and listen to music. Choir students also have the opportunity to collaborate with guest musicians, perform for local radio programs, and attend a yearly chorale festival.

Music

Grades K2 - 5th

Classroom music is offered to every student in grades K2 to fifth. Students are exposed to a wide variety of instruments and learn basic musical skills like matching tempo, singing, and identifying patterns. The classroom music program is also designed to reinforce academic curriculum for grades K2 to K5 and to provide students with a foundation in music basics in grades first through fifth. Students who enjoy the classroom music program may elect to continue music education through band or choir. 

Theatre

Grades 1st - 12th

The Theatre program at First Baptist School is aligned to the National Standards for Theatre Education, with a focus on students learning to create, refine, and present a piece of work for performance. Students are invited to participate in at least one musical theatre production each year.

Band

Grades 4th - 12th

The band program at First Baptist gives students the opportunity to learn a new instrument and participate in concert band. Students meet during the school day and actively work on the National Standards for Music Education, including learning to create, read, perform, and actively listen to music. Band students also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Charleston Symphony and work with guest musicians from across the country. 

Dance

Grades K3 - 12th

The dance program includes improvisation and choreography projects for all ages, as well as technical instruction in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz.  Older students have the opportunity to work with guest artists from around the country and are invited to attend “Project Dance” in New York as seniors.

Photography

Grades 9th - 12th 

Beginners in the photography program learn to become visual problem solvers and to create artistic and iconic images by using light, composition, and subject. Students begin shooting in automatic mode and then progress to aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode. Students have the opportunity to explore Charleston and James Island as they learn photography basics, and their work is frequently featured and printed in The Post and Courier.

Yearbook

Grades 9th - 12th 

Using Josten’s Yearbook Avenue program, students collaborate with one another in this student-led elective. This class emphasizes creating design spreads, choosing a yearly theme, and formatting photographs for First Baptist School’s yearbook. Students also craft and edit the yearbook’s content.

Events
Fine Arts Events
  • FBS Spring Dance Showcase
    FBS Spring Dance Showcase
    Sun, Apr 28
    Burke High School Auditorium
    Apr 28, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Burke High School Auditorium, 244 President St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
    Apr 28, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Burke High School Auditorium, 244 President St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
    Join us for the annual First Baptist School Fine Arts Spring Dance Showcase!
  • Field Day Family Lunch (1st-8th Grade)
    Field Day Family Lunch (1st-8th Grade)
    Fri, May 03
    James Island Campus
    May 03, 2024, 11:00 AM
    James Island Campus, 2051 George L Griffith Blvd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    May 03, 2024, 11:00 AM
    James Island Campus, 2051 George L Griffith Blvd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    1st-8th grade families are invited to join us for a Field Day family lunch!
  • Spring Football Practice (5th-8th Grade)
    Spring Football Practice (5th-8th Grade)
    Sat, May 11
    James Island Campus Athletics Facility
    May 11, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    James Island Campus Athletics Facility, 2051 George L Griffith Blvd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    May 11, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    James Island Campus Athletics Facility, 2051 George L Griffith Blvd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    Current FBS 5th-8th graders are invited to learn football fundamentals during our spring football practice!
  • B-Team Banquet
    B-Team Banquet
    Tue, May 14
    Downtown Campus Fellowship Hall
    May 14, 2024, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Downtown Campus Fellowship Hall, 48 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    May 14, 2024, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Downtown Campus Fellowship Hall, 48 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Our B-Team athletes are invited to join us for a fun end-of-year celebration!
  • Hurricanes Summer Camp 2024
    Hurricanes Summer Camp 2024
    Mon, Jun 03
    FBS Downtown Campus
    Jun 03, 2024, 7:30 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 5:00 PM
    FBS Downtown Campus, 48 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Jun 03, 2024, 7:30 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 5:00 PM
    FBS Downtown Campus, 48 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Registration opens to current FBS families on January 20th and non-FBS families on February 1st!
  • Camp Jumpstart: Summer Enrichment Program
    Camp Jumpstart: Summer Enrichment Program
    Mon, Jul 15
    Downtown Campus
    Jul 15, 2024, 8:30 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 2:30 PM
    Downtown Campus, 48 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Jul 15, 2024, 8:30 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 2:30 PM
    Downtown Campus, 48 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Join us for Camp Jumpstart! Rising FBS K5-8th graders are invited to get a head start on preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.

Susan Cram-Smith

FINE ARTS DIRECTOR

Susan Cram-Smith joined our faculty in 2009 and serves as our Fine Arts Director, Founding Director of the FBS Dance Program, and Yearbook Advisor. Before moving to Charleston, she established a performing arts studio in east Tennessee and also coached The Carson Newman University Dance Team to the program's first ever Nationals appearance. Mrs. Cram-Smith studied Dance Performance and Dance Education at Winthrop University, where she received the Producers Circle Scholarship in Dance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carson Newman University, is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor for all levels. An award winning choreographer, Susan has worked with dance programs at the highschool, college, and studio level for over 20 years. While some of her students have gone on to pursue dance in college programs and even professionally, she enjoys helping students of all levels and abilities to discover a life-long love and appreciation of dance, especially through our Arts Literacy elective and Elementary Dance Enrichment classes. In addition to her roles at FBS, Susan Cram-Smith is on faculty at Dance Conservatory of Charleston, where she serves as a teacher and rehearsal director.

Fine Arts Faculty
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James Cannon

Band

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Kelsey Nelson

Theatre

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Debbie Bowers

Lower School Art

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Reagan Lethco

Classroom Music, Choir

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Holly Rodelsperger

Photography, HS Art

Fine Arts Faculty
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