COURSE CATALOG: VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

FACULTY DIRECTORY: VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

Graduation Requirements/college recommendations:

9th Grade - Freshman Rotation or Ensemble
10th-12th - One year

Courses Offered:

Music 9

Music 9

Grade 9

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course is an introduction to the process of active music listening. It also serves as an opportunity for hands on exposure to music making on guitar, keyboard, and drums, plus the art of singing and rapping. The basic elements of music such as form, rhythm, harmony, melody and texture are explored. The importance of various music styles such as Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Electronic, World Music, and Popular music are discussed with analysis of the most important composers and performers in those areas. It is expected that through this process, the student will gain a greater awareness of formerly unfamiliar music as well as a deeper understanding of the music they may already know.

Introduction to Studio Art

Introduction to Studio Art

Grades 9

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation; Required (Ensemble students excused)

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This 12-week course is a study in the foundations of visual art. This class will introduce the elements of art history, art criticism, and design with a focus on the basic skills of drawing, painting and sculpture. The study in drawing will emphasize contour line and shading techniques with pencil.

Students will learn and utilize the symbolic, expressive and descriptive qualities of the elements of art: line, shape, form, color, texture, space, and value. The course will offer an opportunity to build an art vocabulary in order to describe and write about art. These concepts will be reinforced through a variety of media.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Grade 9

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation; Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course offers the students an introduction to the art of public speaking. This class will focus on public speaking as a performance. Students will be assigned 6-8 speeches during the term. Focus will be on technical skills such a volume, posture, structure and personality. Students will make two presentations, one individual and one collaborative.

Drama

Drama

Grades 10-12

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course will focus on fundamental acting skills. Class will include work on stage movement, voice, diction, basic theater history, makeup, auditions, monologues and scene work. Students will also have outside assignments such as attending theater productions. In addition, all students will be required to work on some aspect of the Dramatic Arts Department play. Textbook required as well as a basic makeup kit.

Drama - Advanced

Drama - Advanced

Grades 10-12

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

Previous Drama course

Description:

This course will focus the Dramatic Arts student on a performance that will culminate in a theater production for an audience outside of class.

It will include auditions for all roles, rehearsal, technical theater elements, marketing and other requirements for producing a play. All students will perform in the play and will be encouraged to help create many elements of the production. In addition, students in VPA Drama-Adv Drama will be required to work on the Spring Drama production as part of their grade.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.


Studio Art I

Studio Art I

Grades 10-12; 9th with instructor approval

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course will facilitate the study of the elements and principles of art with drawing, painting, and sculpture projects. Students will create works individually and collaboratively. Students will see contemporary and historical art. There will be at least one creative writing/research assignment involving study of an artist or period of art chosen by the student. You will learn an art vocabulary and about art careers. Guest artists share their work and experiences with students. Field trip fees approximately $40.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts.

Studio Art II

Studio Art II

Grades 11-12; 10th with instructor approval

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

Studio Art I or Graphic Design or teacher approval

Description:

The Studio Art II class is where students begin the artistic cognitive process through critical judgment and hands-on experience in several mediums. Students will create works individually and collaboratively. They will be exposed to contemporary and historical art, they will learn to critically deconstruct the work through the application of critical analysis framework. There will be at least one writing/research assignment involving the study of an artist or period of art. Students will learn art vocabulary and about art careers. Guest artists will be invited to share their work and experiences with students. Field trip fees approximately $40.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art

Grade 12; 11th with instructor approval

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

One year of art instruction: Photography, Graphic Design, or Studio Art I & II, and instructor approval.

Description:

Students must present portfolio for consideration to instructor prior to enrollment. PhotoShop and Photography are recommended in preparation for this course or to be taken concurrently. Adobe Creative Suite will be utilized.

This course is a springboard for continuing study in art or work in the field of art. Students are encouraged to and will work in a variety of mediums. Students will submit a portfolio to the AP College Board consisting of 24 to 30 excellent works of art focusing on one emphasis: Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design. The College Board AP Portfolio Fee is $90, billed separately in the spring. Field trip fees approximately $40.

All students are required to take the AP test in May.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Grades 10-11

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

Previous Art Courses

Description:

Graphic Design involves a world of dynamic concepts and ever-changing ideas. This course will promote personal and innovative thought in visual problem solving. It will emphasize conceptual thinking through research-based problem solving and creativity, pushing the student to “think outside the box”. This course is designed to prepare and motivate students to pursue the graphic design field as a career by working on real-world projects for organizations on and off campus. Projects will involve computer-based designs using programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

Ensemble

Ensemble
Grades 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

At least two years of music instruction or consent of instructor. Audition required.

Description:

Audition with instructor is required. Brass, percussion, woodwind, keyboard, bass and guitar qualify for the course. Open to all students with an intermediate or higher performance level on their instrument. Emphasis is on Popular Styles, Jazz Big Band and Jazz-Rock Fusion. Much of the music is learned by reading standard music notation, as well as developing the ability to learn parts by ear from recordings. In fall semester the Ensemble will perform one required evening concert and at four required home varsity football games (Jock Jams Sports Band). In spring semester, the Ensemble will perform at a required evening concert and required lunchtime concerts in the music room.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Grades 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Instructor approval required.

Description:

This course is intended for guitar players of all abilities and interests. The class will include developing repertoire in many styles, as well as scale and music theory. The instructor will assess each student’s abilities and knowledge at the beginning of the semester in order to design a program for that particular student. The emphasis will be on understanding the guitar as both a rhythm and lead instrument, and will include instruction in playing both open and closed chord positions, improvisational soloing, and learning songs for pleasure and performance. This class will include time for practice and self-study so the student can develop their guitar playing skills and work toward goals established by the student and teacher.


Performance Guitar

Performance Guitar

Grades 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Instructor approval required.

Description:

This course will allow the guitar student to learn fundamentals of music as applied to the guitar while building a performance repertoire. Each student will receive an assessment at the beginning of the year and a planned course of study tailored to his/her strengths and interests. Emphasis will be placed on playing the guitar solo and with an ensemble both as a rhythm and lead instrument. Training in both reading standard music notation and learning parts by ear from recordings will be given. This class will include time for practice and self-study. Performance opportunities will be included.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

Photography 1-2

Photography 1-2

Grades 10-12

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

None.

Description:

This course covers all the aspects of PHOTO 1 described above. In addition, students will receive instruction in the use of digital cameras and editing programs including Photoshop®. This class will also cover historical aspects of photography, artistic perception, peer evaluation, and creative expression through this medium. A 35mm SLR camera in good working order and a high level of responsibility and behavior is required from all students.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual and Performing Arts requirements.

Photography 3-4

Photography 3-4

Grade 12

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

PHOTO 1-2.

Description:

This intermediate level photography class will cover darkroom and exposure techniques such as the zone system, the use of toners, studio lighting, artistic perception and creative expression. Students will work extensively with the 4X5 view camera and digital equipment in the studio and in the field. Aesthetic valuing and creative analysis of published photographic work will be a regular feature of the class. Students will be expected to identify and work on an outside project of their own choice under the supervision of the instructor and assist in research projects. A high level of responsibility and behavior is expected of all students.

Dance I

Dance I

Grades 9-12

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

None.

Description:

Together we will explore the importance of physical fitness, artistic expression, and how to achieve personal goals. Students will develop a dance vocabulary and participate in various dance forms such as ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and multi-cultural dance. Students will be guided through technical and creative exercises on how to interpret music, use expression, execute various styles of movement, interpret, critique, and build choreographic skills. Pilates and yoga basics will be included.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

Dance II

Dance II

Grades 10-12

One-year course; Elective

Prerequisite:

DANCE I or previous dance training outside of school with instructor approval.

Description:

This course will continue to explore those aspects covered in Dance I, while also focusing on working as a team, performance techniques, and strong choreographic skills through improvisation, plus analyzing and critiquing professional work. Students are given more opportunities to choreograph, create ideas for the shows, and perform in extra school performances such as Arts Alive and So Show Me.

Meets the UC/CSU Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

Dance III

Dance III

Grade 10-12

One-year course. Elective

(Single Semester option available w/ teacher approval)

PREREQUISITE:

DANCE II or previous dance training outside of school with instructors approval.

DESCRIPTION:

This course is a continuation of Dance I and Dance II. Students in Dance III will demonstrate the ability to use perceptual and movement skills at a more advanced level in order to perform, use expression, and communicate meaning through dance. Students will further develop organizational and life skills through collaboration, constructing dances, and using improvisation based on experiences, emotions, concepts, and literature. Students will identify, analyze, and critique works to develop an understanding of dance aesthetics and the value of creative and critical thinking. Dance III will have the opportunity to participate in outreach performances, 2 full productions, master classes, and to observe professional work.


Digital Music Composition

Digital Music Composition

Grades 10-12

One-semester course. Elective

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

Ambient music, orchestral reproductions, music for games, techno dance music, film scores, unearthly sound effects, electro-acoustic music, music publishing, pop, rock, synthesized sound, practicing jazz improvisation: What do they all have in common? They all use techniques of music production that can be explored in Digital Music.

This class offers students the opportunity to create their own professional sounding music for the project of their choice - whether it be music for a game they have written, a video that needs scoring, an electronic composition, Hip Hop production, or any other music recording project. Students are introduced to MIDI recording and editing techniques, as well as basic digital audio techniques. Students also learn scoring/notation techniques for producing professional quality printed music. Using these various techniques, students are free to explore their own personal area of musical interest in a project-based environment.

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