Fine Arts Courses



Course: Art History
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course explores the history of art from Prehistoric Art up to Modern Art. Artists, art movements, styles of art and how they relate to history and various cultures are examined. Students learn to appreciate the arts through the critique process of description, analysis, interpretation and judgment. A research project will be done at the end of the course.

Course: Visual Art I
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This is an introduction to the visual arts course in which students explore different media and applications of art. The emphasis of the course centers on the basic techniques of two and three dimensional design and art history. There is a materials/supply fee or students may opt to purchase materials on their own.

Course: Visual Art II
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Art I and signed approval of instructor
1 Term, 1 Credit

The emphasis of the course is on the creative application of knowledge gained in Art I. Students are required to use a higher level of technical skills in the application and techniques of the various media. Art history is also incorporated into the course of study. There is a materials/supply fee or students may opt to purchase materials on their own.

Course: Advanced Visual Art (Art III/IV)
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Art II and signed approval of instructor
2 Terms, 2 Credits

This course stresses the ability of the student to explore the arts and begin to develop his/her own personal style. Students must be able to work more independently and show a higher level of understanding of the elements and principles of art, techniques and media used. Advanced Visual Art (III/IV) is a combined class, with higher expectations of the Art IV student. There is a materials/supply fee or students may opt to purchase materials/supplies on their own.

Note: Students may take Advanced Visual Art as a year long course OR take Visual Art III and/or Visual Art IV as single term (1 credit) courses.

Course: Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Art II and signed approval of the instructor
Additional Course Fee: $89 AP exam fee
2 Terms, 2 Credits

This is equivalent to an entry-level college course. The emphasis in this course centers on the further development of students' individual creative skills. Students draw from their personal experiences to create art work geared toward the AP Studio Art Portfolio. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional design will be investigated. College credit may be earned by submitting a passing AP Portfolio through the College Board. Students who are eligible for fee waivers with the school system may be eligible for a fee waiver on the AP exam through the AP Program.

Course: Colorguard
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Audition and signed approval of the Band Director
1 Term, 1 Credit

This class will study movement and dance as it relates to visual enhancement of music. All members will participate in the dance and visual ensemble. This group will participate with the marching band after school in conjunction with this class. After school rehearsals and performances are required. Students must audition for this class.

Course: Varsity Band
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Signed approval of the Band Director
2 Terms, 2 Credits

This course stresses the reading of music, music theory, music history and marching fundamentals. Concentration is centered on a high level of performance. After school rehearsals and performances are required.

Course: Beginning Choir
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

Students sing music from various periods and genres. Basic sight-singing skills and beginning music theory are learned. This class is a prerequisite to concert choir. This is a performance-based class. No audition required.

Course: Concert Choir
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Audition, signed approval of the Choral Director
2 Terms, 2 Credits

This course is for the advanced music student. Advanced sight-singing and music theory are learned. Students sing music from various periods and genres. This is a performance-based class. After school rehearsals and concerts are required. Open to SATB voices.

Course: Theater Arts I
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course will introduce students to basic acting skills, play writing, theater history and plays. Students will become acquainted with the basic elements of stagecraft. Other performing arts, such as film and musical theater, will be covered.

Course: Theater Arts II: Improvisation for the Theater
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Theater Arts I and Instructor approval
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is an in-depth study of improvisation. Students will study various techniques, styles, and "masters" of the craft.

Course: Theater Arts II: Speech and Theater Forensics
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Theater Arts I
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is an in-depth practice in the skills and techniques of Speech and Theatre Forensics Competition. Performance of public speaking, dramatic interpretation, storytelling, mime, monologue, and duo-acting will be included.

Course: Theater Arts III
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Theater Arts II
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course will focus on performance. Students will produce, direct and perform "completion type" one act and/or three and four act pieces. Students will work with lighting and make-up techniques. More emphasis will be placed on competitive areas such as forensics and dramatic interpretations.