Introduction to Art CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR001
Students are introduced to painting and drawing, essential elements in art. Students explore principles of line, shape, tone, form, composition, and interpretation, using pencil, charcoal, crayon, brush, and ink. An introduction to materials and subject possibilities of painting and drawing will be explored. Construction, composition, and handling of paint and color is emphasized. Individual and group critique, combined with field trips and discussion of painting and drawing, supplement students’ development of articulate artistic perspectives. Students learn 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.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Choir CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR002
In this course, students learn how to improve their vocal techniques. Students learn how to recognize different music styles and how to perform by using the correct musical/vocal interpretation. The group will collectively decide where to focus their performances 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 prepare for and perform a few major school productions throughout the school year. Students wishing to take this course are required to audition for acceptance to the program.
Pre-requisite(s): Audition Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Band CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR003
This course provides a foundation for an instrumental music group performance that will explore both traditional concert band literature and non-traditional experiences in Jazz, Rock, and other music styles. 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. Students in this course must own their own instrument for both practice in school and at home. Students wishing to take this course will audition in advance for acceptance to the program.
Pre-requisite(s): Audition and students must own their own instrument for the class Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Dance CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR004
Choreography is an important part of this course. Enrollment in the High School Dance class 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. Throughout the year, students learn different dance styles and enrich their perception of movement to music. By the end of the class students will have been exposed to and had opportunities to perform dance various dance styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary Ballet, Latin, Ballroom and others.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Theatre (Play and Performance CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR005
This course is an introduction to the multiple skills within Theatre and Drama as an art forms. The course is based on “learning through practice” principle. The course covers three major theatre aspects - acting, playwriting and directing. Apart from the practical tasks and exercises, through which the students will experience different theatrical techniques in acting, directing and playwriting and raise self-awareness through speech and body language, they will, also, be given an opportunity to participate in major school productions and events.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Film Studies (Visual Media) CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR006
This course focuses on the specific characteristics of various media - film, theater and TV – in their capacity for telling dramatic stories in different visual forms like movies, dramatic performances and TV shows. The course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of the creation of visual art. Students gain knowledge and skills to tell stories through pictures and visual representations, as well as to read, analyze, write, film and edit short scenes or adapt stories for visual media. Students will go through the experience of creating a finished visual art form such as short fiction movie or a short documentary movie. Their works will be shown at the end of the school year in front of an audience.
Pre-requisite(s): Digital camera or a phone with a camera Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Photography CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR007
The first semester focuses 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 are introduced to the history of photography and the work of several photographers. Development of perceptual skills, technical and creative use of the 35mm SLR camera are taught. Students are required to have a 35mm SLR camera. A 40 Euro fee is charged for purchase of photo paper, films, chemicals and accessories. The second semester focuses on digital photography. Students learn to merge traditional and digital techniques. Basic use of Adobe Photoshop is covered. The course will result in an individual project conceived and executed by each student that shows integrity in form and content.
Pre-requisite(s): 35mm SLR Camera, Digital Camera (smart-phone) Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Advanced Art CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR008
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 to 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.
Pre-requisite(s): One prior credit completed in the Fine Arts Open to grade(s): 10,11,12
AP Studio Work (Art) CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR009
In AP Studio Art portfolios are designed by students seriously interested in the practical aspects of art. submit Portfolios are evaluated at the end of the school year. These are prepared through organized AP instruction, planning in advance in order to complete the portfolio on time. There are two portfolios: Drawing and 2-D Design. The 2-D Design portfolio requires a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods. Student demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery through Sustained Investigation. Student are asked to demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques. Students also select works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and content.
Pre-requisite(s): One prior credit completed in the Fine Arts Open to grade(s): 10,11,12
IB Visual Art CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: AR008
In IB Visual Arts students challenge their creative and cultural expectations and boundaries in a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency. Students explore different arts perspectives and contexts, engaging in, experimenting with and critically reflecting upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media . The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts and the increasing demand for creativity. The course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. This class spans two years.
Pre-requisite(s): One prior credit completed in the Fine Arts Open to grade(s): 11,12