Students are required to successfully complete 40 hours (8 semesters) in the Fine Arts. Twenty hours is built into student's required courses, and they are able to choose at least two more electives to fulfill their hours.
Speech- Speech is a one-semester course aimed at introducing students to the basic concepts of communication. Students are introduced to public speaking as an important component of their academic, work, and social lives. Students study types of speeches (informative, persuasive, dramatic, and special occasion), read and listen to models of speeches, and prepare and present their own speeches to diverse audiences. Students learn to choose speaking topics and adapt them for specific audiences, to research and support their ideas, and to benefit from listener feedback. They study how to incorporate well-designed visual and multimedia aids in presentations and how to maintain a credible presence in the digital world. Students also learn about the ethics of public speaking and about techniques for managing communication anxiety.
Art 1 is designed to provide a foundation for advanced courses. Emphasis is placed on understanding the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as a basis for composition. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes and materials such as drawing, painting, printmaking, two & three-dimensional design, and digital art. Student artwork will reflect aesthetics & cultural and historical contexts. Willingness to get involved in the creative process is a more important requirement than the student’s talent or previous experience. A lab fee is required.
Spanish I-Using Comprehensible Input, this class will focus on the Sweet 16 (high-frequency vocabulary) and proficiency. Students will be expected to be mentally present and follow along daily to maximize language learning. Various strategies and tools will be incorporated into the class. Grammar will be taught as needed. Reading will be expected (and encouraged).
School Publications- Students will be responsible for the school year book and other publications throughout the year.
Choir-High school choir is a mixed-voice (male and female) choir. In this class, students will learn how to sing well and blend as a group, as well as learn music theory, music history, and sight reading skills.
Band-Junior high/high school band is a concert band. In this course, students will also play in a pep band capacity at football and basketball games throughout the school year. Students will also learn basic theory and how to blend and play as a group.
Digital Design-This course (previously titled Computer 2) introduces students to the principles of graphic design and visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on the design-process using methods, strategies, and techniques to create original student artwork. Students will apply their knowledge of the elements and principles of design in order to strengthen their ability to visually communicate ideas. We will explore a range of design techniques using various art materials and software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will analyze, critique artworks and learn about the origins of graphic design in the history of art. Students will be exposed to a variety of disciplines within the Graphic Design field, which include but are not limited to logo design, poster design, typography, packaging design, and illustration. Career opportunities in digital design fields will be explored.
Prerequisite: Art 1
Art 2-A second year course that provides an opportunity for students to expand on the concepts and medias introduced in Art 1. Emphasis is placed on experiences with design principles, 2-dimensional media specific skills leading to the development of abilities that are necessary for continued art courses. Students are given more in depth problems to solve creatively while becoming more adept through a broad exposure to various media. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Art 1
Art 3-This is an upper level course designed for the student who wishes to further develop skills and techniques that were introduced in previous Art courses. Students will be continually encouraged to expand their creative ideas as well as their technical potential. The course will approach art utilizing various techniques and materials. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Art 2
Art Studio 2-D-In this course advanced students will focus on portfolio development as they continue to develop skills in producing high quality works of art. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements. A wide range of materials and processes will be further explored, and students will have the opportunity to focus on a chosen subject or medium at various points in the course. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Art 1,2 and 3
Art Studio 3-D-This course will introduce students to 3-dimensional art medias utilized in the creation of artistic work. Medias to be studied and practiced will include lampworked glass, blown glass, stained glass mosaics, clay sculpture, metal sculpture and recycled sculpture. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Art 2 or Pottery 1
Pottery 1-An introductory studio consisting of both hand and wheel methods of construction. The course will include an examination of clay, glaze, decoration methods, and firing process. The emphasis of this course focuses on understanding and applying the aesthetics, processes, form, and function of the ceramics art form. Students will develop a vocabulary specific to the medium and be aware of the safety issues involved in working with ceramic materials and techniques. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Art 1
Pottery 2-Continued exploration of basic handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques. Emphasis on developing proficiency in clay use, surface applications, and kiln firings. Emphasis is on continuing development of personal expression, aesthetic, technical competency and craft in the functional and sculptural ceramic art form. Safety issues continue to be addressed. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Pottery 1
Spanish II-IV Using Comprehensible Input, this class will focus on the Sweet 16 (high-frequency vocabulary) and proficiency. Students will be expected to be mentally present and follow along daily to maximize language learning. Various strategies and tools will be incorporated into the class. Grammar will be taught as needed. Reading will be expected (and encouraged).