Fine Art Department

To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must earn one credit in a fine art. Students not planning to attend a four-year university have the option of waiving this requirement, but must complete 3 additional Focus credits. Students choosing this option must return a completed World Language/Fine Art waiver form to their counselor.


VISUAL ART I

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12

Art 1 focuses on art history, art criticism, and art production. This course will cover all the elements and principles of design.  Students will use pencil, pen and ink, paint, charcoal, pastels, and various other media.  10-12 students are required to keep a sketchbook.


VISUAL ART II

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Art 1 with a required grade of a B or better.

This course is a more in depth study of Art History, Art Criticism, and Art Production.  Students should be interested in an art career.  The course will explore Art Elements & Principles of Design at a higher level.  The students are required to keep a sketchbook and will be expected to perform at a more advanced level.


 

CERAMICS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12

Basic hand-building techniques will be used to construct containers in pinch, coil, and slab configurations.  Combinations of methods will be used to make complex shapes.  An introduction to wheel-thrown pottery will be presented.  Glaze applications and firing methods will be shown using the electric kiln model.



CERAMICS II

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Pottery I with a required grade of B or better

Advanced hand-building and wheel throwing techniques will be used to create complex pottery shapes. An in-depth study of Pottery, Ceramics and Ceramic History will be explored as well as complex glazing techniques. Students should be interested in an art career. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook and to perform at a more advanced level.


AP STUDIO

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Art II or Ceramics II with a grade of B or better or teacher recommendation. This course requires teacher approval prior to registration

In AP Studio Art students will creatively and systematically investigate formal and conceptual issues, make art as an ongoing process that involves students in informed and critical decision making, develop technical skills and familiarize themselves with the functions of visual elements, and become independent thinkers contributing inventively and critically to their culture through artmaking. The AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation near the end of the school year. Students select from one of the following modes: 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing.


THEATRE ARTS 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12

This course introduces students to the art of dramatic performance. Students taking this course will learn acting techniques that include the use of body language, voice, and script analysis. In addition, students will understand the history of drama, the methods of creating unique characters, the concepts of public speaking, and the process of play production from auditions to final performance. The course is oral intensive. No prior acting experience is required.   


THEATRE ARTS 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1

This course focuses on the development of a full-length production that the students will develop for performance.  Students will perform the production staff positions as well as the acting.  Students will go through the entire process of a production, from selection of the play, direction, technical development, business management, and performance.


THEATRE ARTS 3: SHOWSTOPPERS 1 & 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit each semester
  • Grade 10-12
  • Audition or Director Recommendation ONLY; Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1; class can be taken multiple times

Students must participate in forensics events - Interpretation, Speaking, Limited Preparation Performance, and Acting.  Student must be in fall semester to participate in spring semester.


 AP MUSIC THEORY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • Spring Semester Class
  • Grade 10-12
  • Recommended: Strongly advise that students have at least one year of band, choir, or orchestra

The AP Music Theory course corresponds to one or two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills, including dictation and other listening skills, sight singing, and harmony, are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of tonal music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the curriculum through the practice of sight singing. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are also emphasized.