Visual and Performing Arts

FINE ARTS STUDIES

731 HONORS ART I (6PPC, 1CR, HL, GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12)

This course is designed to introduce students to the World of Art. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the elements of art and the principles of design. Students will be introduced to various art media and techniques. Various artists and periods in art history will be examined. Creative problem solving skills will also be developed. Students will assess their own work as well as the work of others, thus attaining healthy critical and analytical skills.

 

Pre-requisites: Departmental approval and the approval of the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.

 

732 HONORS ART II (6PPC, 1CR, HL, GRADE 10, 11, 12)

This course is designed to further explore creative involvement through exposure to a wider range of media and processes. Various principles of design are applied to problem-solving situations. Students are encouraged to continue to evaluate their own work. This critical analysis is enhanced by the opportunity to take one of the Art field trips made available to the students at this level.


Pre-requisites: Departmental approval, a grade of at least an 80 in Art 1 and the approval of the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.

 

733 ART III/IV (ADVANCED ART) MAJOR (6PPC, 1CR, HL, GRADE 11, 12)

The advanced art course by means of in-class demonstrations, lectures and critiques is designed to explore a fuller range of studio experience, including conceptual and technical development in painting, drawing, sculpture, print making and computer graphic programs. Art history is examined and discussed to provide a resource of ideas and concepts in art. This is further enhanced by art field trips that are made available to the students throughout the course of the year. Attention is given to students planning a career in the arts with a heavy focus on portfolio preparation and career counseling. Class time is often allotted to guest lecturers and visiting artists.

 

Pre-requisites: Department approval, a grade of at least an 80 in Art 2 and the approval of the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.

 

735 ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART (6PPC, 1CR, AP, GRADE 12)

Students interested in entering the AP Studio Art Program must be highly motivated and capable of doing college level work. It is strongly recommended that all applicants complete at least two years of Art preceding this course. All students must be invited by the Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department, have a grade of at least 95 in the previous year's Art course, and be approved by the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.

 

736 2-D DESIGN / ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

Students will develop graphic design skills through the creation of works including typographical and textile design, commercial and advertising design and the manipulation of the elements of art and principles of design. Some projects will be studio based. Many will be created using the Adobe Photoshop program. Various artists/photographers will be studied as well as the use and style of design in different cultures.

 

737 3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN AND MATERIALS (6PPC, 0.5CR, HL, GRADES 10,11,12)

This course introduces students to the basic principles of design focusing on 3-dimensional forms. Students will learn and develop skills that will enable them to manipulate a variety of different media. The 3-dimensional artwork of various cultures will be studied and discussed, as well as the work of sculptors and other artists who specialize in 3-dimensional media.

 

Pre-requisite: Honors Art I

MUSIC STUDIES

706 INTRODUCTION TO CONCERT BAND (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADE 9, 10)

This is a beginning and intermediate level course open to all interested freshmen and sophomores. Basic fundamentals of music theory, reading music, and the development of technical proficiency on various band instruments will be emphasized. Each student will take one music lesson per week. Lessons are offered once a week during the school day. Department approval is necessary.

 

701, 702, 703, 704 HONORS CONCERT BAND (6PPC, 1CR, HL, GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12)

The Concert Band is a performing band that is designed to continue the development of technical proficiency of the various instruments along with the basic musicianship through the performance of varied band literature. The group participates in public programs, assemblies, and other school activities. This band is the one from which all the other bands are formed. The Marching, Pep, Jazz and any instrumental performing ensemble are all extensions of the Concert Band. Students in this course must participate in the Competitive Marching or Pep bands. The grade will be determined by the student's ability to perform the band literature, proficiency on their instrument, solo performance, music theory quizzes and participation in all band performances. Each student must take one lesson per week. Lessons are offered once a week during the school day.

 

705 VOCAL (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADE 10, 11, 12)

 

In this class, students will learn the basics of singing: producing a good vocal tone, diction, breathing, phrasing, note, and rhythmic accuracy, singing in harmony, and sight singing. Once these skills have been learned, the course will proceed with an emphasis on classic choral literature as a further development of the voice and an appreciation of the masters.

 

707 INTRODUCTION TO STRING ORCHESTRA (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12)

This course is designed to introduce students with little or no musical background to violin, viola, cello or bass. Students will learn proper technique, note reading, basic theory and music history. In addition to classroom instruction, each student will receive a lesson once a week during the school day. Performance at two concerts is a class requirement. Instruments and facilities will be provided.

 

Pre-requisite: Department approval is required.

 

708 HONORS STRING ORCHESTRA (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12)

This course is designed for students with at least one full year of instruction on violin, viola, cello or bass. Students will have the opportunity to play in quartets, trios and/or other small ensembles. Music Theory as well as Music History will be covered. Performance at the Christmas and Spring Concerts is a class requirement. Lessons are offered once a week during the school day.

 

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Strings, Department audition and Departmental approval.

 

711 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY I (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADES 10, 11, 12)

Students will be introduced to the study of music technology and music fundamentals. Areas of instruction include instrument and equipment care, beginning level music literacy (reading and writing music), keyboard performance skills, music technology, related history, concepts, terminology and experience with a variety of computer applications.

 

Pre-requisite: Department approval is required.

 

Students are limited to no more than 2 music courses on their roster.

THEATER ARTS STUDIES

741 THEATER ARTS I (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADES 9,10,11,12)

This course is open to those students who have a desire to study theater production either as actors, technicians, or stage crew. All aspects of production will be taught giving the student a complete overview and first-hand experience in theater roles both on and behind the stage. Classes consist of scene study (acting), vocal production (singing), and movement (basic dance and movement techniques).

 

742 THEATER ARTS II (6PPC, 1CR, CPL, GRADES 10,11,12)

This class is an extension of Theater Arts I.  In this class, more in-depth acting skills are taught.  Students will continue with improvisation and writing will be emphasized.  A one-act show will be performed at the culmination of the course.

 

Pre-requisite: Theater Arts I