Fine Arts

Graduation Requirement: 1 credit (Performing Arts or Visual Arts)

PERFORMING ARTS

600 – BAND

1 year – 1 credit Grades 9–12

This course is a study in the performance of instrumental music and is open to any student who plays a band instrument at a proficient level. The band functions as a performing ensemble including: Marching Band, Concert Band and Pep Band. Attendance at rehearsals and performances, including football games, basketball games, parades and concerts, is mandatory.

610 – CHOIR

1 year – 1 credit      Grades 9–10

This course is open to any student who wishes to join a vocal ensemble. This course teaches proper vocal techniques, reading and interpretation of choral music, and performance in two– and three–part harmonies. The group performs mixed choral literature at selected concerts throughout the year. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

630 – CHORALE

1 year – 1 credit      Grades 11–12

Chorale is a vocal ensemble that studies and performs mixed choral literature at selected concerts throughout the year. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory.  Req.: Successful completion of choir or teacher approval.

640 – MUSIC THEORY

1 semester – ½ credit      Grades 11–12

This course is for students who have already participated in music and wish to further their knowledge. Students discuss the basics of music and progress to composing their own original pieces.
Req.: Successful completion of previous music course OR Music Teacher Approval.

642- THEATER WORKSHOP

1 year- 1 credit      Grades 11-12

A class that would require an audition to participate in. This class will participate in a Fall standard play and in the Spring musical. An interview will be made available for students that have an interest in the technical aspects of theater.
Req.: Audition Process of Drama Teacher Approval

650 – MUSIC APPRECIATION

1 semester – ½ credit      Grades 9–12

This course is for any student who wishes to begin or further his or her understanding of music. Discussions include what is music, history of music and music theory. This class is ideal for those students who do not wish to be in a performance ensemble but still enjoy music.

680 – DRAMA & THEATER 1

1 semester – ½ credit      Grades 9–12

Students study and perform various styles of acting and genres of theatrical literature. Students read and write critical essays regarding the different styles of acting and theatrical literature. Critiques of live and recorded performances are incorporated into the class. Career opportunities in theatre are examined.

690 – DRAMA & THEATER 2

1 semester – ½ credit      Grades 9–12

Students continue the studies from Drama & Theater 1. Students direct scenes and learn camera acting methods. Req.: Drama & Theater 1 OR Drama Teacher Approval

VISUAL ARTS

011 – ART 1

1 semester – ½      credit Grades 9–12

This is the introductory course to art that explores the elements of art. Students experience the use of a wide variety of media and technique in both two and three-dimensional work. Art history, art criticism and aesthetics are integrated into the course through the use of the use of books and audiovisual materials.

012 – ART 2

1 semester – ½ credit      Grades 9–12

This course continues the exploration started in Art 1 to include the organizing principles of art. Students again use a wide variety of media and techniques in both two and three-dimensional work. Art history, art criticism and aesthetics are integrated into the course through the use of the use of books and audiovisual materials.

013 – ART 3

1 semester – ½ credit Grades 10–12

This is the course for students wishing to develop their artistic skills with the presentation of a variety of studios focused on problem solving. Students follow an integrated study of art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and studio production through the use of textbooks and audiovisuals materials.
Req.: B avg. or higher in Art 2 OR Art Teacher Approval

014 – ART 4

1 semester – ½ credit Grades 10–12

This class focuses on the further development of art skills to prepare students for the upper level studio classes of Advanced Art and Ceramics & Sculpture. It is a continuation of Art 3 and offers an integrated study of art history and studio production through the use of books and audiovisual materials.
Req.: B avg. or higher in Art 3 OR Art Teacher Approval

031 & 032 – CERAMICS & SCULPTURE 1 & 2

1 semester – ½ credit Grades 10–12

This course is for students who enjoy working 3-dimensionally and want to further explore clay as an artistic medium. A variety of building and glazing techniques will be studied including throwing on a potter’s wheel, hand building, and glaze trailing. Students make both functional and sculptural pieces and develop an understanding of historical and contemporary ceramics.
Req.: B avg. or higher in Art 2 OR Art Teacher Approval

040 – DRAWING & PAINTING

Drawing & Painting is no longer offered, but students can continue their studies in this discipline in the Advanced Art courses listed below.

045 & 046 – ADVANCED ART 1 & 2

1 semester- ½ credit      Grades 11-12

This course is for any artistically driven student interested in advancing his or her 2-dimensional and/or 3-dimensional skills and techniques. Students work independently and make many choices about the types of projects they pursue while staying within a given framework. Peer feedback is given and received to help develop artistic concepts and ideas. Students gain inspiration and knowledge by staying informed about the contemporary art world. 
Req.: B avg. or higher in Art 4 OR Art Teacher Approval

070 – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1

1 semester- ½ credit Grades 10-12

This course enables students to recognize and build their individual strengths and interest in photography. Students enhance their understanding and technical skills using the camera as a creative tool for self-expression, composition, and technique. The history of photography is also surveyed, with attention to its impact on society. 
Req.: B avg. or higher in Art 2 OR Art Teacher Approval

075 – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2

1 semester- ½ credit Grades 10-12

Students with a genuine interest in becoming better photographers expand the techniques learned in Digital Photography 1 and explore how to effectively add creative and artistic elements to photographs. Students learn advanced photo manipulations using Adobe Photoshop to create photographic works of art. Knowledge of manual camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture are developed, and historical and contemporary photographers are studied. Students will develop a photographic portfolio of their work throughout the semester. 
Req: Successful completion of Digital Photography 1.