Fine and Performing Arts

Music I

 

Course Type: Core                               Course Length: One semester               Credits: 1.25

 

This is an introductory course for freshmen that will teach the students about the elements of music and expose them to a variety of genres and historical periods. This course is designed to help the students develop “active” listening skills and will help the students become educated consumers of music.

 

Piano Lab

Course Type: Elective                          Course Length: Full year                      Credits: 5.00

 

Students will learn about the fundamentals of piano playing and will learn how to read music at a basic level. Students will have the opportunity to perform regularly for the instructor and their peers.

 

Band

Course Type: Elective                          Course Length: Full year                      Credits: 5.00

 

Band offers a performance based experience where students will have the opportunity to perform on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Special attention will be given to music literacy.  Several performances will occur throughout the school year.

 

Chorus

Course Type: Elective                          Course Length: Full year                      Credits: 5.00

 

Chorus offers a performance based experience where students develop their vocal abilities and music literacy skills.  Several performances will occur throughout the school year.

 

Art I

Course Type: Core                               Course Length: One semester               Credits: 1.25

 

This 2-D studio course introduces students to the fundamentals of art: the concepts and ways of creative problem solving used in the actual process of making art, and the essential skills and techniques needed to produce various art forms. Throughout the course, various masterpieces of art will be viewed, analyzed and discussed to acquaint students with a variety of exemplary works from other cultures and time periods.

 

The art elements and principles of design serve as a foundation for each unit of the course. These terms are taught as a visual vocabulary for students to use when planning, discussing, writing about, analyzing and describing their own artwork as well as that of other artists.

 

Art Studio I

Course Type: Elective                          Course Length: One semester               Credits: 2.50

 

This course is the foundation for students considering careers in architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, fine arts, animation and other fields related to the arts. Completion of the course is recommended by the sophomore year but required by junior year for art majors. It is a basic foundation course focusing on the element and principles of design, aesthetic awareness, problem solving and developing observation and technical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics. The course offers study of the basic design fundamentals necessary for any further experience in art, with a major emphasis on observational drawing, drawing primarily from life. Research and reflective analysis of works created and of those created by master artists of various cultures and media is required. The creation of a digital art portfolio is required

 

Art Studio II

Course Type: Elective                          Course Length: One semester               Credits: 2.50

 

This course is designed to develop skills of three-dimensional problem solving and allows students to work with a variety of media. Materials to be explored may include resistant materials: plaster, stone, wood and metal, as well as, plastic materials: clay, plasticine, Paris Craft, wire, papier maché, fabric and fibers. The student is introduced to basic techniques in mask making, figure sculpture, installation/site specific sculpture, low and high-relief work, assemblage, and mixed media constructions. The student will have the opportunity to do individual research on sculptors, sculpture directions in art history, art careers, specific media and techniques that are of particular interest to him or her. Research and reflective analysis of works created by master artists from diverse cultures and media is required. Students interested in a career in 3-D art fields: industrial design, architecture, interior design, ceramics, special effects, stage craft or set design, may begin building a portfolio for continuing study in the arts from this course. An additional requirement is the digital art portfolio creation

 

Advanced Art Studio

Course Type: Elective                          Course Length: Full year                      Credits: 5.00

 

Advanced Art Studio picks up where Art Studio left off. This class is for students that are serious about studying Art as a career after graduation. The projects, deadlines and grading is more rigorous. Careers in Art are studied in depth.