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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.
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.
AP Studio Art
AP Studio Art is offered as a fourth level Art class for high school students with a committed interest in pursuing the study of Art after high school. A strong application of technique, design, ability, and creativity will be necessary for evaluation. A strong work ethic and commitment of time to develop pieces of art will be expected. (College credit depends on the individual college’s policies regarding acceptance of AP courses and each student’s performance on the AP exam). Prerequisite: Teacher approval.
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 I
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. Included in this class is the study of many forms Theatre, history of Theatre to modern day techniques, stagecraft, acting, improvisation, play literature, play writing, media, and the technical side of stage lighting, set building and design, sound and sound effects, music, costuming, and much more.
Theatre Arts II
To enhance the Academic plan for students interested in delving deeper into a study of Theatre, there is now a Semester Class of Theatre Arts II. This class will have a more intense study of acting, character analysis, method acting, auditioning techniques, and play writing. This course of study would be for the student who is considering majoring in Theatre in college, OR It could also include students that want a deeper study of acting, students considering broadcasting, public speaking, marketing, sales, real estate, law, ministry, or other related fields as their future careers. The class would meet 1st period either first or second semester (whenever ONE ACTS are on the calendar), opposite of HS Speech, which I would also recommend to these students. Pre-requisite for this course is; 1.) Theatre Arts 1 AND/OR 2.) Being a member of SRO or ITS, and Participation in a HS Theatre Production AND 3.) An Application and Interview Process with Mrs. Craig 4.) Must be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Dual Credit Introduction to Technical Theatre
(2453) University Campus Only MWF - 10:00-10:50 - FALL SEMESTER ONLY This course will analyze technical problems of production, including construction, scene design and lighting. **New Dual Credit course for Fall 2013 available to Seniors with permission of the LA Fine Arts Director and recommendation of LA Theater Director. It is not covered by the Dual Enrollment Hope Scholarship Grant.
Dual Credit Fundamentals of Music
(1103) University Campus Only This course is designed for music majors, worship ministry majors, music minors, and non-majors with little or no previous training in music theory. Written and aural skills, notation, scales, key signatures, time signatures, intervals, and triads are included in the course of study. (Minimum grade of “C” required to advance to Music 1133.)
Dual Credit Sight-Singing, Ear-Training I
((1111) University Campus Only This course includes rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation, error detection, improvisation, and sight-singing. Prerequisite for 1111 is MU 1103 or pass theory placement exam. Co-requisite, respectively: Music 1133 and 1143. Prerequisite for Music 1121 is a passing grade in Music 1111. (Minimum grade of “C” required to advance to Music 2111.)
Dual Credit Music Theory I
((1133) University Campus Only This course is the first year of written theory. Involves part-writing skills and musical notation of the “common practice” period (1600-1900). Prerequisite for 1133 is MU 1103 or pass theory placement exam. Co-requisite - Music 1111. Prerequisite for Music 1143 is a minimum grade of C in Music 1133. (Minimum grade of “C” required to advance to Music 2133.)