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Dream and Believe. Learn and Achieve. 

HIGH SCHOOL FINE ARTS

 

Art I

Art I introduces scholars to basic art processes. Scholars will understand the creative process through: visual problem solving, brainstorming, editing, re-working and reflection. The course is designed to provide Scholars with the foundations of artistic expression. Historical and contemporary artists and styles will be incorporated into many projects to provide cultural understanding and context. Assignments are hands-on project-based learning that focuses on the elements and principles of design. Art I scholars create artwork using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques and mediums, including but not limited to drawing and colored pencils, oil pastels, paper mache, and paint. Through in-class writing and critiques, scholars analyze their artwork and the artwork of peers and major artists. Scholars develop a personal portfolio that includes in-class and independent projects.

Art II

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Art I 

 

Art II continues art skills learned in Art I with increased expectations regarding developing technique, craftsmanship, and self-efficacy. 

 

Scholars will understand the creative process through: visual problem solving, brainstorming, editing, re-working and reflection. The course is designed to provide Scholars with the foundations of artistic expression. Historical and contemporary artists and styles will be incorporated into many projects to provide cultural understanding and context. Assignments are hands-on project-based learning that focuses on the elements and principles of design. Art II scholars create artwork using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques and mediums, including but not limited to drawing and colored pencils, oil pastels, paper mache, and paint. Through in-class writing and critiques, scholars analyze their artwork and the artwork of peers and major artists. Scholars develop a personal portfolio that includes in-class and independent projects.

Drama I

 

Drama I teaches scholars the basics of drama. Drama I will cover drama through the use of theater activities, monologues, and scene work. Scholars will learn acting techniques and improvisation. Scholars will learn drama terminology, types of stages, and stage positioning. Scholars will study theatre history from Greek to Elizabethan to modern theatre. Scholars will study plays from each era and learn how to analyze a script. In addition, scholars will learn how theater skills are utilized daily in life, careers, and entertainment.

 

Speech I

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Speech/Drama I 

Speech I teaches scholars the art of speech writing, preparation, and delivery. Scholars will learn about impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, and narrative speaking. In addition, scholars will learn to prepare and present an informative, persuasive, special occasion or ceremonial, oratory speech typically used in speech tournaments. The overall goal of the speech class is to prepare scholars to speak in public settings and help to overcome the fear of speaking in public.

Vocal Music

Prerequisite:  None

An introductory choir experience is available to any scholar interested in studying choral music and who desires to work toward proficiency in sight-reading, part singing, and improving their vocal range and tone. This ensemble performs music from various styles, formats, and historical periods.  Scholars will work on learning music theory fundamentals while learning new music literature.  Both male and female scholars are welcome to join the choir. As opportunities are available, concerts and community presentations will be offered throughout the school year.