High School Fine Arts
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- Art I
Art I is a "learn to draw" class designed to teach everyone to draw and enable the already experienced artist to advance to a higher level of skill. Basic principles of drawing and color theory are taught. The class is balanced with studio practice, homework drawing assignments and art history. There is a textbook to study elements and principles of art and design. Art history is also taught to give students a concept of the development of art from cave painting to the present time.
- Art II
Advanced art is an application and practice class. Skills developed and principles learned in Art I are applied to studio painting, silk screen, sculpture and drawing. Art history is explored to develop a better understanding of particular styles and movements throughout the ages. Prerequisite: Art I.
Students in grades 9 – 12 with at least one year of playing experience are eligible to participate in Concert Band with approval of the band director. Band students receive one full academic credit and meet every day. The focus of Concert Band is the development of musical skills through instruction in intermediate and advanced playing, reading, and listening techniques. Students are eligible to audition for Mid-State and All-State Band. This performing group will present a minimum of three concerts during the school year.
Members of all choruses receive a full academic credit and meet every school day. A "Commitment to Excellence" is the motto of the choral program. A placement audition is held in the spring for the following year, except for rising freshmen. The goals of the group include promotion of proficiency in singing and appreciation for musicianship in all areas of music. Members should possess a desire to improve and strive to put group goals over self interests. Chorus in grades 9-12 divides into 2 categories - beginning and advanced. The Concert Chorus is an auditioned ensemble for grades 10-12. They perform at numerous church concerts and adjudication festivals annually. The configuration of the other choruses is determined each year based on the numbers and ability levels of those wishing to be in chorus. Freshmen may be in one of these beginning choirs without an audition. There may be gender specific choirs (Men's and/or Women's Choruses), or an additional mixed chorus (Chorale), or a combination of these scenarios. These ensembles also perform on some of the concerts with the Concert Chorus.
Painting will focus on enhancing the knowledge of the elements of art and the principles of design while developing the skills using a variety of painting materials such as oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Prerequisite: Art I & II.
Photography will improve the sense of design and content while emphasizing on visual awareness. Students will learn the basic principles and creative uses of the camera, learn the steps in developing black and white film, and learn how to print their own pictures in the dark room. Students will also learn the basics of digital photography, storage, and reproduction. Prerequisite: Art I & II.
- Theatre Arts
This course is designed to actively involve students as observers, organizers, creators and evaluators in challenging experiences that develop the whole person physically, intellectually and emotionally. It involves the development of language, communication abilities, higher order thinking, problem solving skills and creativity.