• VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

    Art

    ART EXPLORATIONS
    (Replaces Foundations of Art)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-11

    Students will explore the concepts of line, structure and design as applied to painting and drawing problems. Basic areas of study will include color theory, two- and three-dimensional design, various drawing and painting techniques and an exposure to several major styles in the history of art. Considerable attention will be given to the realization of aesthetics and the student’s need for self-expression.

    Prerequisite: None

    FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
    (Replaces Photo I)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    Film Photography is an introductory lecture and laboratory course in the production of black and white analog images made with traditional film cameras. There is also foundational information on the history of the medium since the advent of photography in the 1830s. They will learn to shoot film, develop negatives, produce contact prints, and print enlargements in the darkroom and photo lab. The majority of the work in this course is from life and real subjects, relying on the skills of observation and using the 35mm camera to capture that observation. Students will be dealing with art history, art criticism, as well as aesthetics. The essential skills of composition, shooting, and print presentation are also fundamental elements of the course. Skills in design, problem solving, and critical thinking will be used to approach a range of challenging subjects and visual concepts.

    Prerequisite: None

    DIGITAL IMAGING
    (Replaces Photo I)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    Digital Imaging is an introductory lecture and laboratory course in the production of black and white and color images made with DSLR and smartphone cameras. There is also foundational information on the history of the medium since the advent of photography in the 1830s. Students will learn to shoot digital images, RAW files, and work with post production software (Adobe Photoshop). The majority of the work in this course is from life and real subjects, relying on the skills of observation and using the digital camera to capture that observation. Students will be dealing with art history, art criticism, as well as aesthetics. The essential skills of composition, shooting, and print presentation are also fundamental elements of the course. Skills in design, problem solving, and critical thinking will be used to approach a range of challenging subjects and visual concepts.

    Prerequisite: None

    ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY HONORS
    (Replaces Photo II)
    5 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    This course is designed for the advanced photography student. This is a lecture and laboratory course in the production of photographs utilizing analog and digital means. The student will gain knowledge in alternative processes including the cyanotype, digital negative creation, flash photography, medium format cameras, fiber-based printing, pinhole photography, and lithographic film. The photograph as a fine art will be emphasized will involve greater control of creating the image, improving film exposure and darkroom techniques, and refining digital editing methods. Post production software use includes Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Skills and concepts gained in the introductory level courses are built upon and refined including studio shooting and lighting methods. Students gain knowledge in preparing their work for the art public in creating a resume, seeking calls for art, and creating a portfolio website.

    Prerequisite: Completion of Digital Imaging or Film Photography with a final average of no less than a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation

    AP 2-D ART & DESIGN
    5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is designed for the advanced photography student with an interest in art as a career or exhibiting a high level of ability. Ideally suited for students who work well independently, the course focuses on the preparation of a portfolio of photos or photo-based work. The student is expected to work at a college level, leading to the creation of a portfolio of work. Successful students are encouraged to submit the portfolio for evaluation at the end of the year by the AP College Board. Students apply their previous years of photography experience in creating a body of work that shows breath, a concentration, and technical ability in the medium following the portfolio guideline set forth by the College Board. Work will address the Elements and Principles of Art and Design, Rules of Composition, Lighting, and Post Production software (Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom). In addition, students will deal with concepts of art criticism, art history, and aesthetics relating to the areas of photography they choose to pursue. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May.

    Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Photography Honors with a final average of no less than a B+ (87-89); Consultation with and permission of instructor, based on the coursework the student has completed and future college and/or employment plans

    PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SOURCES
    (Replaces Intro to Painting)
    2.5 Credits

    Grades: 9-12
    Upon completion of this course students will understand the technical and conceptual aspects of working from and with photography in painting. Students will explore how to compose and alter photographs using Photoshop to create original works in media such as watercolor, acrylics and oil paint. Using traditional methods of painting, students will explore composition, color and process merging the traditional process with the new technologies.

    Prerequisite: None

    PAINTING HONORS- OUT OF YOUR HAND, ONTO THE PAGE
    (Replaces Painting 1 and 2)
    5 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    In this course students will develop a painting practice that employs imagination and creativity. Through the act of painting students will develop 21st Century skills necessary in today’s ever-changing workplace: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. Students will be encouraged to develop their personal interests and subjects without abandoning formal aspects of painting. Students will use acrylics, watercolors and oils as well as explore mixed media and modern methods in painting including poured painting, and digital painting methods.  

    Prerequisite: Completion of any 2D Art Course with a final average of no less than a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation

    HONORS PORTFOLIO
    5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    In this course, advanced students will focus on portfolio development as they continue to develop skills in producing high quality works of art. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements. Students will explore a wide range of materials and processes, while having the opportunity to focus on a chosen subject or medium. The course is intended for advanced students creating a portfolio, but not taking the AP exam.

    Prerequisite: Completion of 2 semesters of art coursework in the student’s area of interest; Consultation with and permission of instructor, based on the coursework the student has completed and future college and/or employment plans

    DRAWING COMMUNICATIONS
    (Replaces Intro to Drawing)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    This course introduces students to methods of drawing that investigates and encourages exploration in a wide range of approaches to the medium. Students will strengthen basic drawing abilities and knowledge through practice and exposure to wet and dry drawing media. Students will study perspective, portraiture, mark and value making, and a wide range of materials will occur. In addition to learning to draw, students will explore the elements and principles of art and design. Research tools from sketching practice to digital resources are used to develop ideas. Experimentation will be utilized to refine the handling of black-and-white media, expand skills to include the use of color media, and develop drawings that integrate content, concept and composition.

    Prerequisite: None 

    CARTOONING- FROM HAND TO SCREEN
    (Replaces Drawing I and II)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    In this sequential art class, students will have the option of working in hand-drawn or digitally based animations as well as flip-books, comic books, graphic novels, cartoons, comic strips, children's books and storyboards.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their own narrative as well as characters of their own design. This class is meant to serve as a basic introduction to the elements of visual storytelling using traditional and/or digital imaging techniques.  Students will be able to illustrate a narrative through the combination of text and panels sequentially linked. Students will employ digital tools which may include Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash as well as traditional hand-drawn images focusing on layout, text, color and tone. Students will understand associated media markets, delivery systems, copyright and fair use issues while applying Industry Standard Practices relevant in the 21st century workplace.

    Prerequisite: None

    3D DESIGN
    (Replaces Sculpture I and Ceramics I)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    This course is an entry level semester course designed to introduce a variety of three-dimensional art activities with a strong emphasis on understanding and applying the elements of art and design. Students will be creating and expressing ideas and feelings with the use of materials suitable for carving, modeling, and constructing. Its primary purpose is to expose students to the qualities and characteristics of various materials and tools when executing ideas. Each student will be encouraged to develop individual ability in their attempts to achieve a feeling for form and expression. This course will introduce basic three-dimensional processes and materials as well as develop the student’s ability to analyze form and space relationships.

    Prerequisite: None

    ADVANCED 3D DESIGN HONORS
    (Replaces Sculpture II and Ceramics II)
    5 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    In this course, students will work with sculptural issues that will be explored through solving design problems. Students will be building upon their knowledge and skills that were developed in their previous classes. Students will continue to create and express ideas and feelings through various materials suitable for carving, modeling and constructing. Its primary purpose is for students to build upon the knowledge with various materials, executing ideas and developing a personal style. Each student will be encouraged to develop individual ability in their attempts to achieve a feeling for form and expression as well as increase confidence. The main emphasis of this course is the development of critical thinking skills as they apply to three-dimensional art forms and to help you gain a deeper understanding of visual art.

    Prerequisite: Completion of any Studio Art Course with a final average of no less than a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation

    GRAPHIC DESIGN I- ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
    (Replaces Graphic Design)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    This is an introduction to the fundamental elements, skills, and possibilities of graphic design. Emphasis is placed on experiencing a practice of making meaning visual through exploring the expressive potential of design. Students will create visual compositions in which typography and creative concepts play a primary role in communicating ideas through a physical shaping of language. Graphic design tools such as hand skills, analog and digital materials, iteration and research methodology will be applied throughout the semester. An emphasis is placed on basic ideation and the working methods of the designer that combines the practical with the expressive.

    Prerequisite: None

    GRAPHIC DESIGN II- ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
    (Replaces Graphic Design)
    2.5 Credits

    Grades 9-12
    In this studio course, students will approach the subject of visual identities from multiple scales and platforms. Students will spend the semester exploring how individuals, organizations and places use the language of design to develop effective marks and brands. Furthermore, students will consider the characteristics of identity systems – including typography, color, imagery and language. In addition to design, the class will engage in research and strategy when approaching their assignments and will examine historical and contemporary examples of visual identities. Students will develop strengths in the formal and conceptual attributes of successful identity design and branding.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Design I- Adobe Photoshop

    Music

    CONCERT BAND
    5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    This course is opened to any musician playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Through once a week individual lessons and group instruction, the Concert Band focuses on technique building, including scales and basic music theory. This ensemble will expose students to high school level band literature.  The Concert Band will perform in three concerts throughout the school year, as well as during the graduation ceremony. New in 2019-20 students will receive honors weighting in their third and fourth consecutive years.

    Prerequisite: Instrumental music classes in middle school             

    CONCERT CHOIR
    5 Credits
    G
    rades 9-12
    This music elective affords each student the opportunity to perform and study compositions from a highly diverse repertoire including:  classical, jazz, contemporary pop, multicultural and multiethnic music. Field trips and workshops are planned throughout the year to reinforce and round out the students’ performance experience. New in 2019-20 students will receive honors weighting in their third and fourth consecutive years.

    Prerequisite: None

    MUSIC EXPLORATIONS
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    Music Explorations gives students the opportunity to explore, enjoy, and appreciate many different aspects of music. The course will cover topics such as music history, different styles of music, basic music theory, the music industry/career pathways, and basic music production. The class will use the Music Technology Lab and will introduce the programs Mixcraft, Sibelius, and Aurelia.

    Prerequisite: None

    HARMONY AND THEORY
    (Replaces Music Theory)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    A thorough presentation of the fundamentals of music through studies of scales, key signatures, chords, inversions, melodic and harmonic form and progression.  Also, ear training, rhythmic dictation, and reading and writing music on a preliminary level are experienced through the use of a music computer lab. Students will listen perceptively to music, distinguishing such elements as pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, structure, and dynamics as these relate to the expressive whole and be able to discuss the techniques and media used to convey expressive ideas in a musical work.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 2.5 credits in music

    ROCK OF AGES
    (Replaces School of Rock)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    This half year music course will give the student exposure to many different styles of music starting the 1950’s up until the music of today. The student will learn to appreciate and critique various works using digital recording and video streaming via the music computer lab. The student will also explore the creation of music using the music technology program Mixcraft.

    Prerequisite:  None

    FUNDAMENTALS OF PIANO KEYBOARD
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    This course affords students with no previous background or experience in music a hands-on practical study of the keyboard. Pitch and rhythm reading as well as familiarity with both bass and treble clefs will be explored at various levels, which meet the current expectations and previous experience of each individual through the private listen-in instruction keyboard lab.  Group playing aloud will also be included within this course of study with repertoire that is within the individual capabilities of all students enrolled.

    Prerequisite: None 

    INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL GUITAR
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    This course affords students with no previous background or experiences in music a hands-on practical study of classical guitar techniques.  Pitch and rhythm reading as well as familiarity with the types, tuning and performance techniques of the instrument will be explored at various levels, which meet the current expectations, and previous experience of each individual through guided group instruction.  Group as well as solo performance will be included within this course of study with repertoire that is within the individual capabilities of all students enrolled.

    Prerequisite:  None

    Theater Arts

    PUBLIC SPEAKING
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    The main objective of this, one semester, introductory speech course is to promote student confidence when in public speaking situations.  The class will cover how to prepare and deliver formal and informal speeches and provide a comprehensive practical study of every type of oration, well beyond the basic informative and persuasive speeches.  Students will learn research and organization strategies, audience adaptation, and the proper use of visual aids. Students also will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of voice, diction, and body movement. Progress will be assessed by the teacher, peers and the student speakers themselves by means of video tape.

    Prerequisite:  None 

    INTRO TO THEATRE ARTS
    (Replaces Theater Arts I)
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 9-12
    This introduction theatre course will cover basic knowledge of both artistic and technical theatre with an emphasis on performance.  Students will study theatre history, terminology, stage management and directing. Students also will learn basic acting techniques, improvisation, and pantomime.  Once proficient in the basics of acting, the students will move on to monologue work and scene study. As an all-inclusive theatre course, the class will also touch on the fundamentals of lighting, sound, make-up, costumes, and set design.

    Prerequisite:  None                                   

    STAGE ACTING
    (Replaces Theater Arts II)
    5 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    Theatre Arts II expands the breadth and intensity of the student’s knowledge of artistic and technical theatre.  Building on Theatre Arts I material, students will further learn the art of stage lighting, sound, make-up, costumes, and set design.  Acting proficiency will continue with dramatic improvisation, advanced monologue work, character development, and in-depth scene study.  Students will also read plays, compile stage manager prompt books, and analyze scripts.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Intro to Theater Arts

    ADVANCED PERFORMANCE ART HONORS
    (Replaces Advanced Theater Arts)
    5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    Advanced Theatre Arts is for the serious theatre student.  This course explores both artistic and technical theatre on a deeper level than Theatre Arts II.  This intensive work in the performing arts will give students valuable experience for future theatre endeavors, whether in college or in the profession.  This course will allow students the opportunity to study advanced acting, including: dramatic and comedic improve, in-depth monologue work, audition skills; scene analysis and advanced scene study.  In addition, students will write and direct their own original scenes.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Theater Arts & Stage Acting with a final average no less than a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation