Art & Music
STUDIO ARTCourse #981 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: All students
This course is an elementary exploration of the various media of the studio arts. Basic drawing, one and two point perspective, color theory, tempera and watercolor, sculpture and design will be introduced.
DRAWING AND DESIGNCourse #982 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: Sophomores, Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art; recommendation of current art teacher
Students will participate in an in-depth study of the drawing process, using the text "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. The course consists of contour works, value studies, and includes portraits. "Design" will examine the basic components found in quality works of art, color and poster design.
PAINTING (Fall)Course #983 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Drawing and Design; signature of Mr. Marseglia
Acrylic or watercolor processes are explored through controlled studies in color and subject matter. (Material cost for acrylics and oils is approximately $150; watercolor is approximately $80).
PAINTING II (Fall)Course #990 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2Open to: SeniorsPrerequisite: Painting; signature of Mr. Marseglia
Acrylic, watercolor or oil paints are employed at an advanced level in the exploration of representational and expressive topics, including the human figure, surrealism, fauvism and intangibles such as emotion, culture and abstraction. Emphasis is placed on drawing, composition, modeling, the use of color and techniques used to convey surface texture. (Material cost for acrylics and oils is approximately $150; watercolor is approximately $80).
SCULPTURE (Spring)Course #985 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Drawing and Design; signature of Mr. Marseglia
The course includes an exploration of three dimensional art forms. Sculpture types examined include mobile, monolith, sculpture with base, penetrated mass, papier-mâché, clay, assemblage and bust works.(Material cost is approximately $80).
SCULPTURE II (Spring)Course #996 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2Open to: SeniorsPrerequisite: Sculpture; signature of Mr. Marseglia
The course is designed for those students who have taken one semester of Sculpture and wish to take it for another semester on a more advanced level. Various mediums and techniques are used with an emphasis on the development of a 3-dimensional product from concept through completion. Projects include a three part “triptych”, a halfscale human figure and may include portraiture and plaster casting. (Material cost is approximately $80).
ADVANCED DRAWING (Fall)Course #987 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Drawing and Design; recommendation of current art teacher
The premise of this class is to solidify drawing as it relates to models and props. The goal is to attain a strong comprehension of drawing an entire situation. Drawings from this class should be able to stand alone, not as studies of particular subjects but as finished presentations. (Material cost is approximately $35).
AP STUDIO ARTCourse #988 Level: AP Credit: 1Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Painting, Sculpture or Advanced Drawing; recommendation and signature of current art teacher
Students will work in a variety of media to explore either drawing, 2D Design or 3D Design. Students will concentrate in one particular area of interest as well as explore a wide range of artistic problems, techniques and materials. Students will compile a portfolio to be submitted to the Advanced Placement Program for review and possible granting of college credit. (Material cost is approximately $150).
ART ASSISTANTCourse #997 Fall / #998 Spring Level: * Credit: 1/2Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Recommendation of present art teacher
This will be offered to those students who may be interested in pursuing a career in Art and the Art Education or related fields. The student should possess leadership skills and a mastery of art concepts with the ability to demonstrate the proper use of materials and media presented.
INTRO TO THE ARTSCourse #991 Level: * Credit: 1Open to: All Freshman and Sophomores except those enrolled in Music, Art or a second Math course
This full year course includes four one quarter sections in rotation. The selections will include music, theater, art and music business/production.
- Music - This selection is designed to help students enhance their personal involvement with music and learn to listen perceptively. It helps students achieve greater understanding, increased discrimination and deeper enjoyment of music. Students are exposed to recordings, live performance and audio-visual presentations. They also have the opportunity to perform themselves. Students will explore predominant ethno-musical styles within each of the five continents.
- Theater - This selection introduces students to the theater as a performing art. Students become acquainted with numerous aspects of production: blocking, directing and acting. They also learn the technical requirements of a play: lighting, sets and costumes. Students will explore the various types of theatrical production around the world.
- Art - This selection will introduce students to the element of 2 and 3 dimensional art which includes line, shape, space, form, value, color and texture. There is selected history of artists and their work, exposure to a wide variety of traditional and alternative media and the fundamentals of design, composition and the creative process. Students will explore the question "What is Art?" in relation to all visual media.
- Music Business/Production - This selection educates students about music production, technology and business. They will achieve a greater awareness of the way the music business functions by analyzing record labels, producers and artists' interactions. Students will also have the opportunity to produce their own tracks and learn how to use an interactive online studio. They will learn about reference tracks, songwriting and composition.
CONCERT BANDCourse #952 Level: * Credit: 1Open to: All StudentsPrerequisite: Student must play a band instrument; admission by audition only; signature of Mr. Lavalle
The Concert Band is a large performing group consisting of flutes, clarinets, horns, saxophones, oboes, bassoons, trumpets, trombones, baritones, tubas, string bass and percussion. Students will work on music of a medium to advanced level of difficulty. Most of the course time will be spent on preparing for performances.
PIANO/KEYBOARDCourse #954 Level: * Credit: 1Open to: All StudentsPrerequisite: Signature of Ms. Brazauskas
Students will learn basic keyboard skills in our piano/keyboard lab. Ideal for singers and those who wish to acquire a basic background in keyboard music in preparation for music technology. Students who already study piano can continue to develop their skills in this class. Students will learn to read treble and bass clef. They will also learn to play pieces of various difficulties involving both hands. Enrollment limited to 20.
GUITAR & BASS ENSEMBLECourse #955 Level: * Credit: 1Open to: Any student who plays guitar or bass guitarPrerequisite: Audition and signature of Ms. Brazauskas
Students will learn to read treble and bass clefs, chord notation, and acquire basic musical skills needed to play in an ensemble. The styles of music studied will include Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Pop, Jazz and Rock. Students will have the opportunity to develop improvisation skills as well as compose music. Students must own their own acoustic or bass guitar. Enrollment limited to 15.
CONCERT CHOIRCourse #961 Level: * Credit: 1Open to: All StudentsPrerequisite: Basic singing ability; basic reading skills
Concert Choir will sing medium to advanced four-part music (SATB). Students will practice music of various styles and composers, mostly with accompaniment but occasionally a cappella (unaccompanied). Music reading skills, ear training, and basic vocal technique will be a priority. In concerts, this group will perform combined with Chamber Singers ensemble.
CHAMBER CHOIRCourse #962 Level: * Credit: 1Open to: Sophomores, Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Audition; recommendation of Ms. Brazauskas
Chamber singers will be a fast-paced singing ensemble with 3 or 4 singers per part (SATB). Students will sing an advanced level choral repertoire of various composers and styles from memory, mostly a cappella (unaccompanied). More emphasis will be placed upon the students learning their music independently, using their music skills, keyboard knowledge, and practice compact discs. This group will perform alone in concerts as well as combined with Concert Choir.
MUSIC THEORY CPCourse #971 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Student must have a basic knowledge of music before taking this course; signature of Ms. Brazauskas
This course teaches the basics of music notation, such as reading, writing, composition and analysis. It also focuses on the development of individual musicianship through sight-reading, sight-singing and performance. There is homework, quizzes, tests and a final exam. Students will learn to conduct, write for various instruments, use midi technology and sequence melodies. This full year course is highly recommended for the serious music student.
AP MUSIC THEORYCourse #978 LEvel: AP Credit:1Open to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Successful completion of Music Theory CP or equivalent proficiency; signature of Mr. Lavalle
This course is designed to develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music theory and composition. It will include extensive study and practice of basic musicianship including, but not limited to, aural skills, harmony and dictation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam.