ADVANCED ART CREDIT: 1.00
This course introduces the student to advanced art techniques in drawing and painting. All the elements and principles previously studied will be further explored and honed on a higher level. The course is skill-based where students are expected to produce many works throughout the year. Upon the completion of Advanced Art, students are eligible to take AP Studio Art.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 15 Pre-requisite(s): One prior credit completed in the Fine Arts Open to grade(s): 10, 11. 12 Co-enrollment: None
BAND CREDIT: 0.50
This course provides a foundation for an instrumental music group that will explore both traditional concert band literature and non-traditional experiences in Jazz, Rock, etc. Students learn instrumental techniques, music literacy, theory and sight-reading skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate in school performances or at concerts and festivals as individuals or as a group.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 10 Pre-requisite(s): Audition; own instruments Open to grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Co-enrollment: None
CHOIR CREDIT: 0.50
In this course, students learn how to improve their vocal techniques, how to recognize different music styles, and how to perform by using the correct musical/vocal interpretation. The group will collectively decide where to put the emphasis, from a variety of available classical, folk, jazz or popular choral repertoires. Students will be asked to perform at school events and functions, and to make a few major school productions throughout the year.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 20 Pre-requisite(s): Audition Open to grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Co-enrollment: None
DANCE CREDIT: 1.00
This course covers an introduction, history and terminology in jazz, modern dance, ballet, and folk forms. Choreography is an important part of this course and enrollment is highly recommended for students interested in participating in the school’s major productions. The class provides excellent physical conditioning in addition to artistic expression.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 20 Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Co-enrollment: None
THEATRE CREDIT: 1.00
This course is an introduction to the multiple skills within the actor's art and craft. Both theoretical and practical aspects of theatre will be covered, and students will be given an opportunity to participate in major school productions and events. The Theatre course does not cover only acting as a theatrical form but also directing and playwriting.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 20 Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Co-enrollment: None
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: 1.00
In the first semester, the course will focus on the development, aesthetic nature, and function of photography, including the creative use of the camera and a variety of technical processes using black-and-white film. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and the work of several photographers. Development of perceptual skills as well as the technical and creative use of the 35 mm SLR camera will be taught. Each student will be asked to provide a 35 mm SLR camera. Additional costs for materials will include purchase of developing paper, film, dry mount tissue, and mounting board. In the second semester, the course will focus on the content and the conceptual aspect of digital photography. Students will learn to merge traditional and digital techniques. Basic use of Adobe Photoshop will be covered. The course will result in an individual project conceived and executed by each student, which should show integrity in form and content.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 12 Pre-requisite(s): 35mm SLR Camera, Digital Camera Open to grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Co-enrollment: None
FILMMAKING CREDIT: 1.00
This course focuses on the process of filmmaking, which embodies the pre-production, production, and post-production aspects of audio-visual creation. Students will go through the experiences of script-writing, casting, acting, shooting, and editing. Students’ films will be presented at a school premiere night in front of an invited audience.
Restrictions: Class estimate:20 Pre-requisite(s): digital camera Open to grade(s): 11, 12 Co-enrollment: None
INTRODUCTION TO ART CREDIT: 1.00
Students are first introduced to the discipline of painting and drawing, the essential elements in art. In the classroom, students will explore the principles of craftsmanship through the study of line, shape, tone, form, composition, and interpretation, using materials such as pencil, charcoal, crayon, brush, and ink. In the area of painting and drawing, an introduction to the materials and subject possibilities of painting and drawing will be explored. The emphasis is on construction, composition, and handling of paint and color. Individual and group critique, combined with field trips and discussion of painting and drawing, supplement the students’ development of articulate artistic perspectives. Thereafter, the students learn the basic techniques of watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and how to combine a variety of materials. The focus is on practical applications of elements and principles of art. Students learn the use of perspective in portraying still life and landscapes, which comprise an integral part of the curriculum.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 15 Pre-requisite(s): One Art credit completed Open to grade(s): 9,10, 11. 12 Co-enrollment: None
AP Art CREDIT: 0.50
This course is open only for senior students who already passed the Advance Art course. Students are first introduced to the discipline of drawing, the essential element in art. In the classroom, students will explore the principles of draftsmanship through the study of line, shape, tone, form, composition, and interpretation, using materials such as pencil, charcoal, crayon, brush and ink. In the area of painting, an introduction to the materials and subject possibilities of painting are explored. The emphasis is on construction, composition, handling of paint and color. Individual and group critique, combined with field trips and discussion of paintings supplement the students’ development of articulate artistic perspectives. The students then learn the advanced techniques of painting and drawing. The focus is on practical applications of elements and principles of art. In portraying still life and landscapes, which comprise an integral part of the curriculum, students learn the use of perspective.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 15 Pre-requisite(s): Advance Art Open to grade(s): 12 Co-enrollment: None