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This course provides a basic introduction to the elements of acting, including physical, vocal, spatial, textual analysis, and production foundations. It addresses some of the crosscultural aspects of the art of acting, explores prominent theories of acting technique, and emphasizes solo works, both original and scripted. Improvisation is taught as both an end in itself and a tool for deepening the scripted acting experience.
This course prepares the student for the particular demands and challenges of acting on camera. Students develop a basic understanding of the on-camera production process and of the professional landscape of on camera performance.
Animation production teaches students fundamentals of animation production. From concept to script writing to storyboarding, students will make their own animated film.
This course includes the history of art from ancient to modern time. Focus is given on how to view and talk about art using the appropriate terms and vocabulary. Students gain familiarity with the visual characteristics of art from many periods, as well as an understanding of how works of art, especially public ones, reflect the values of the society that produce them.
Digital Photography is a course designed to help students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Within this class, students will learn to use a DSLR camera, become familiar with the basic terminology and elements of photography, and understand how to use photo editing software to enhance the overall appearance of their images.
Advanced Digital Photography further advances the skills established in Digital Photography and introduces the student to more complex and thought-provoking concepts in the world of picture-making. This course is intended for those students who are serious about the study of digital photography and have a desire to improve their artistic and technical skills.
This course introduces students to the basics of drama. Students learn about the actual performance and the backstage work that it takes to make a play happen on the stage.
Fiber arts is a broad category of creative expression using materials that consist of fibers, including things such as fabric, yarn, and thread. This course is designed to introduce the student to a specific fiber art of their choice, such as embroidery, crochet, quilting, knitting, bead embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, weaving, felting, macramé, lace making, latchhook/rug hooking, basketry, and sewing.
Students explore the elements and principles of design through a variety of hands-on projects. Through the exploration of architecture, product design, sculpture, and urban planning, students will expand their understanding of functional and aesthetic forms and spaces. This coursework is grounded in applied knowledge and techniques from a variety of design and production careers.
Graphic Design provides students an understanding of the powerful role graphic design plays in shaping the way we see the world. The course instructs students in the language, elements, and practice of graphic design. Students will leave the course with an appreciation for the historical significance, as well as modern usage, of graphic design, as well as tools to create their own unique design pieces.
Illustration is an advanced course where students will create projects that explore the art techniques, methods, materials, mediums, and genres of illustration art. Students will create their own comprehensive planning sketchbook and refined illustrations that teach an understanding of composition, perspective, color theory, light physics, rendering, environment creation, human anatomy and proportion, and digital art development. While learning about and completing illustration tasks, students will also explore different genres and careers in illustration, including children’s literature illustration, concept art, environment design, character design, and sequential art illustration.
Intro to Film and Media develops students’ skills in video production, as well enriches their understanding of the impact of film and media across the world and throughout history. Students will analyze films and study filmmakers from various cultures and eras. They will apply the standards and language of art criticism when critiquing their own body of work.
This course prepares the student to develop a creative portfolio of student work representing a selection of performance(s) in music or art. Students illustrate unique talent and personality in a professional works portfolio through the collection and organization of pieces. This course may be leveraged to prepare a portfolio for post-secondary admissions.
Studio Art is an introductory art course that provides the foundation for art appreciation and production. Students participate in and are exposed to the elements and principles of art, techniques, art history, and criticism through hands-on creation.
Advanced Studio Art is designed to broaden a student’s understanding of artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural content, aesthetic valuing, and connections to the visual arts. Students will add original works to a growing portfolio that demonstrates growth in refined craftsmanship, and further mastery of techniques in the visual arts.
Theater Appreciation increases student understanding, critical analysis, and appreciation of stage productions. Students gain knowledge of the history of theater, learn about the technical components of a production, and study major modern and classic playwrights and composers. Students are required to attend three productions during each semester of this course and participate in thoughtful discussions about the production. In addition, students write short reports and make presentations throughout the year.
This course is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the bass. Whether students are an absolute beginner or intermediate level player, each will be at home with the methods used in this class. Students will learn how to construct bass lines, develop an appreciation for iconic bassists, read standard notation and tablature and play the songs they know and love.
Students of this course study the art and mechanics of DJing. This course lays theoretical groundwork in acoustics and their relationships to electronic equipment used in DJing. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in DJing, and establishes a foundation for performing arts. Students learn basic beat matching, key analysis, recording, editing, song selecting, layering techniques, as well as develop critical listening and analyzing skills.
This course is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the drums. Whether students are an absolute beginner or intermediate level player, each will be at home with the methods used in this class. Students will learn how to play drum technique exercises, develop an appreciation for iconic drummers, read standard drum notation and play the songs they know and love.
This course is for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Whether students are an absolute beginner or intermediate level player, each will be at home with the methods used in this class. Students will learn how to play chords and melodies, develop an appreciation for iconic guitarists, read standard notation and tablature, and play the songs they know and love.
Music Appreciation is a broad overview of (primarily western) music in which students interested in music, no matter their experience level, explore music’s various functionalities in order to gain deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. The course studies sacred music, music for stage and screen, music for public entertainment, music as identity, and music as media.
This course will take the student into the theoretical concepts of harmony. Coursework includes a complete study of intervals, chord construction, chord voicing, harmonized scales and modes of the major, melodic minor, harmonic minor, and diminished scales emphasizing instrumental application.
Students will learn the basic skills needed to play the piano successfully, both in reading from a score and playing off of a lead sheet. Students will learn elementary theory (music notation, rhythm, key signatures, major and minor scales, chord structure and type, and basic chord progressions). Towards the end of the year students will be exposed to the technique of improvisation and by the end of the course students will learn how to critique their own music and the music of others using the correct vocabulary.
Students study the science and mechanics of digital recording. This course lays theoretical groundwork in acoustics and their relationships to electronic equipment used in the recording industry. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish a foundation for higher-level courses in the audio programs.
Students of this course study a more in-depth science and mechanics of digital audio recording and composition. This course expands on Recording Arts 1, focusing on digital recording systems and their relationships to electronic equipment used in the recording industry. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish an advanced skill set in Audio Production.
This course is an introduction to the study of voice as a musical instrument and a great song needs more than a beat and a talented singer, it needs structure and powerful words. Learn how to craft a song using form and lyrics, as well as other collaborative techniques used by all kinds of artists.
This course is an introduction to the study of voice as a musical instrument and the development of technique in performance and musical ear training. The student will learn to approach singing from more of a technical standpoint that will not only strengthen their performance abilities, but help to safeguard from health issues related to poor singing technique. This course will give the student an opportunity to not only discover their own voice, but also improve breath control, vocal range, tone, belting ability, clarity and pitch.
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Middle school art and music courses are electives and can be found under our electives courses.