At Orangewood Christian School, we believe that God has given each of our students unique and wonderful talents. It is our goal to help our students discover and develop these talents, giving them many opportunities to use these gifts, while establishing a life-long appreciation of the Arts. Students have the opportunity to develop their talents in the Visual Arts (Art, Video Production, Computer Graphics, and Photography), Choral and Instrumental Music, and Drama.
Our Fine Arts instructors are gifted in their own right, and passionate about sharing their love of the Arts. Our goal is that our students will strive for excellence while using their gifts as an act of worship unto God.
Fine Arts Faculty
Laura Nelson Kelly
Laura Nelson Kelly serves as Orangewood's Fine Arts Director, and the Choral Director for 5th - 12th grade music students. She brings many years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. Laura's High School Choir students travel to New York each year to perform in a Broadway show at Lincoln Center produced by Manhattan Concert Productions. Laura is a three-time quarter-finalist in the Grammy for Music Teachers competition. In addition to teaching, Laura enjoys singing, performing, and writing music.
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Hugh Rechner serves as the Instrumental Music teacher at Orangewood Christian School. Hugh comes to us from Yellowknife, N.W.T in the Arctic region of Canada. He received his undergraduate degree from North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta, and his Master's in Theology from Wheaton College. In addition to teaching, Hugh is an accomplished drummer, and worked in ministry as a Worship and Arts Pastor for 17 years.
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Brittney Hamilton serves as the Kindergarten through 6th grade art teacher at Orangewood Christian School. Brittney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Brittney has a strong interest in pastels, life drawing, painting, art history, drafting and color theory. Brittney has enjoyed working at Orangewood Christian School and finds it a great honor to inspire children to have a better understanding and passion for art.
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Michelle Brightman serves as the Middle and High School Theatre teacher. She also directs three OCS mainstage productions each year. Michelle received her degree in Theatre Education from Oral Roberts University, and spent the first half of her career as a professional actor and television host. Michelle is happy to be at OCS inspiring students to strive for excellence in the arts.
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Liz Hogan comes from a background in the creative world. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, a Master’s degree in Studio Art from Azusa Pacific University in California, then went on to work with the creative teams at American Greetings and Anthropologie.
Liz has experience in Illustration, Graphic Design, Studio Art (drawing, painting, sculpting), Gallery and Museum work, Product Development, Packaging, Branding, Interior Design, Photo Styling, and Merchandising, and has worked with Marketing Reps, Buyers and International Vendors. She loves painting, drawing, building, sculpting…the list goes on!
But she especially loves helping others to understand and navigate the Visual Arts world, especially from a Christian perspective. Art is a universal language capable of communicating one's strongest ideas and emotions. Used well, this language can inform and bless humanity and the Body of Christ.
Mr. Sloan teaches Video Production and Digital Imagery at Orangewood. In addition to working with our visual arts students, Jacob also works with OCS Athletics. Jacob received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
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Mrs. Pittman recently rejoined our upper school faculty after three years living abroad. Mrs. Pittman teaches Yearbook, Photography, and Journalism, and has her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University. She has nine years of teaching experience and has her professional teaching certification in Journalism.
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Erin Enyart serves as the K4-4th grade Music teacher at Orangewood's Lower Campus. Erin received her degree in Music Education from Hobe Sound Bible College and is an accomplished pianist. In addition to teaching our K4-4th graders general music, Erin teaches recorder to all 3rd grade students and keyboard to all 4th grade students.
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Fine Arts Booster Club
All are invited to join us in supporting Orangewood's Fine Arts. The Fine Arts Booster Club promotes Fine Arts education, programs, and activities, provides scholarships for outstanding Fine Arts students, purchases equipment and instruments, and supports and recognizes OCS Fine Arts students and teachers.
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Dr. Wilstrup Fund
In August 2014, The Dr. Mark Wilstrup Fund was established to honor Dr. Wilstrup and his love for the fine arts programs at OCS. This fund particularly provides assistance to students for tours and competitions, as well as for the general use of the fine arts program. If you wish to honor Dr. Wilstrup and the Fine Arts program by making a gift, please use the link provided and select “Wilstrup-Fine Arts Fund” from the dropdown window.