Fine Art Courses
All students are required to take an 'Arts’ course prior to graduation. Art I is also a prerequisite for all other art courses. Students will be exposed to a series of exercises and learn an assortment of techniques with an array of mediums. They will explore the fundamentals in drawing, painting, and art history, as well as learn color theory and composition through a wide variety of projects. Students will also be taught to analyze and view their art as an artist through the critique process. (No prerequisite required)
Because the art courses are sequential in nature, Art II is designed to further investigate different mediums and techniques. Areas of study will include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed medium and art history. Some projects will emphasize the importance of observational skills in art. The projects are more in depth. A more involved study of composition will be taught, through a deeper exploration of the elements of art and principles of design. (Prerequisite: Art I)
Students will be given projects to further their skills, techniques and critical thinking. This studio course will explore drawing, painting and sculpting mediums including but not limited to; pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, chalk and oil pastel, and clay. Subject matter will cover landscape, still life from observation, portraiture, and abstraction, along with study of artist styles of the past and present. Some liberty to choose medium and/ or subject matter will be given. To gain insight into the history and current state of the art of drawing and painting, classwork will be supplemented by guest speakers and examples of outstanding artwork. (Prerequisite: Art II)
Portfolio I & II
This art course anticipates the future while promoting both the professional and the personal development of its students. The curriculum encourages excellence, original thinking, confidence, and curiosity – vital elements for lifelong achievement and learning. Through the innovative and varied projects, students will discover and develop a unique voice. An individual’s success will be determined by their ability to manage information, build knowledge, and generate original solutions to creative and technical problems.(Prerequisite: Passed Art III with a B or better)
This course is designed for the serious art student who will complete either a 2-D Design portfolio or a Drawing portfolio for submission to the AP College Board. Students will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time of content, technique, and process. Students will photograph and edit their artwork throughout the year in preparation for digital submission. This very rigorous course requires students to create 24 pieces that demonstrate their investigation of the three sections of their portfolios, as required by the AP College Board: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. College credit may be earned, based on students’ AP scores.
(Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation)
The Quality section of the portfolio is 5 pieces of work that are chosen from breadth and concentration and sent to the AP Board for judging. In the Drawing and 2-D Design Portfolios, this quality work will be physically sent to the College Board in portfolios provided by the College Board.
The Concentration section of the portfolio will consist of 12 high quality artworks that clearly demonstrate that the student has developed a body of work by investigation of a theme or idea. The concentration section must show growth and discovery. In all three portfolios, digital photos will be submitted to document this process of discovery.
The Breadth section of the portfolios will consist of 12 artworks that show a variety of mediums, techniques, approaches to drawing and 2-D design. The students should clearly demonstrate their knowledge of the elements and principles of art in these works. Units of study will be presented to satisfy this requirement for each portfolio. 12 digital photos will be submitted for this section
This course will introduce students to clay as a source of expression, with artistic and commercial applications. Students will learn how to work with clay and become familiar with its advantages and disadvantages. The student will be required to draw, participate in studio production and work both individually and in teams to produce finished ceramic pieces using basic hand-building techniques: pinch, coil and slab. Students will have the opportunity to experience the potters wheel. A variety of methods will be used to finish and decorate projects. While there are required techniques to learn, students will have the freedom to express themselves. Formal and informal class critiques, individual critiques and written self-reflections will be applied to encourage students to analyze their own creative practices and skillsets. (Prerequisite: Art I)
Photography has entered the digital age. This class will focus on looking through the lens of the camera more creatively. Students will learn how to take stronger photographs using the rules of composition and the elements of art and principles of design. With each assignment students will be exploring a new focus and different subject matter. They will learn about the camera functions that pertain to that lesson. Students will develop technical skills for photo enhancement, editing, cropping, and manipulation through the use of digital cameras, Adobe Photoshop and other editing software. Students will create art projects using the computer. (Prerequisite: Art I)
Band is the development of an instrumental ensemble. The ensemble is a change to develop basic music theory skills as well as become technically fluent on your instrument. A wide variety of musical styles will be studied and performed throughout the year. You will be expected to practice your individual part outside of ensemble on a regular basis and attend all required concerts and performances.
Concert Chorus is the development of a vocal ensemble, striving to improve the concepts of pitch, tone production, vowel formation, blend, balance, dynamics, phrasing, articulation, rhythm, posture, tone color, breathing, music theory, and concert etiquette. A wide variety of musical styles will be studied and performed throughout the year. Chorus members are required to perform in one concert per quarter.
Music Appreciation is semester-long course where students learn not simply to “appreciate” music, but to understand it in terms of its own history, culture, influence, and structure. We explore music of all different periods from around the world, and by doing so, we discover more about the world.
Music Theory is the study of the construction of music, both aurally and visually. The following topics will be covered; staffs, clefs, intervals, major scales, key signatures, minor scales, triads, chords, rhythm, note values, meter signatures, vocal ranges, four part voice leading, four part writing, inversions, non harmonic tones, transposition, orchestration, conducting, computer skills, ear training, dictation, and piano skills. Permission from the instructor is suggested.
This course is open to all students who are interested in learning to play the guitar. The course is designed for beginners, but each student will work at their own pace. Students will learn how to read notes, rhythms, and guitar tablature. They will also learn how to build chords, interpret musical symbols, as well as tune and maintain their instrument. Various styles of music will be explored from folk to rock. We will also explore the use of guitar in society and history.
Vocal Ensemble is the development of a vocal ensemble, striving to improve the concepts of pitch, tone production, vowel formation, blend, balance, dynamics, phrasing, articulation, rhythm, posture, tone color, breathing, music theory, and concert etiquette. Vocal Ensemble will meet one afternoon a week for 1½ hours for a full year. This group is designed to challenge advanced musicians. Vocal Ensemble members are required to perform in one concert per quarter.
Jazz Band is the development of an instrumental ensemble, striving to improve the concepts of pitch, tone production, blend, balance, dynamics, phrasing, articulation, rhythm, posture, tone color, breathing, music theory, fingerings, and concert etiquette. Jazz Band will meet one afternoon a week for 1½ hours for a full year. Musical styles will include jazz, swing, jazz-rock, pop, blues, and fusion. This group is designed to challenge advanced musicians. Jazz Band members are required to perform in one concert per quarter.