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VISUAL

AP STUDIO ART

(WCW) (1 yr) 12th grade                                      

Prerequisite:   Creative Expression (MS course), Visual Art I-P and Painting, Sculpture, as well as teacher recommendation.  This course                                                                                                requires completion of summer assignments for fall enrollment.

 

AP Studio Art is a two-semester course for seniors.  Students may elect to take it one semester.  This course is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art.  Students will independently explore problems, techniques, art history, and art careers.  A quality portfolio based on the students' interest in a particular visual concern in a variety of means and materials is the primary goal.  Quality, concentration, and breadth will be stressed throughout the course.   This course requires completion of summer assignments for fall enrollment.  *Students will take the AP Exam or an equivalent exam as part of their final course grade.

 

Film and Video Production (ROP)

(WCW) (1 yr) 10th – 12th grade                           Prerequisite:           Mass Media 1

 

This course introduces students to the art and language of film and video production. Students are required to learn specialized vocabulary and use it to express themselves clearly in their writing about film and video. The course will focus on film and television history, criticism, analysis of video and film and shooting and editing techniques using video cameras and digital and linear editing systems.

 

Film as VISUAL Literature-p

(WCW) (1 yr) 11th  – 12th grade                          Prerequisite:       Passing grade in previous years English                                                                                                                                                 class/Art Survey and/or teacher approval.
 

Students enrolled in this class study film both as a visual art form and as a form of visual literature.  Although the average American views  “moving images” for hours each day, most watch uncritically and passively, rarely analyzing how the film works to create meaning or shape images.  This course will promote “cineliteracy,” an understanding of how film communicates, by analyzing the complex network of language systems that film employs through the application of the techniques students have already been taught for analyzing and reviewing literary communication.  They will learn to “read” film by analyzing its narrative structure, literary elements, genre conventions, technical and artistic factors, and purpose.  The emphasis will be on the various language/sign systems and the spectrum of techniques, both visual and literary, used by filmmakers to communicate a message.  In addition, students will examine how film has become a primary medium for reflecting on and conveying the history and conditions of society, as well as sometimes shaping its very attitudes and values. Students will also Produce student media and films demonstrating the concepts they have learned throughout the course.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

(VHS/WCW) (1 sem) 10th – 12th grade                   Prerequisite:  Intro to Art (MS course), Creative Expression  (MS course),

                                                                                                        Visual Art I-P and/or teacher approval

                                                                               

Graphic Design is a one semester course which includes the study of artistic expression, communication, and commercial applications of art.  Assignments incorporate elements of art and principles of design.  Visual communication for selling products will be investigated as well as use of various lettering styles.  Students will understand the visual impact of art in everyday life from the commercial standpoint to environmental design.  Emphasis will be placed on originality, creativity and visual appeal.  Students will investigate art-related careers and artists.

 

MASS MEDIA 1

(WCW) (1 sem) 10th – 12th grade                            Prerequisite: Any Fine Arts Class or teacher recommendation

 

Mass Media 1 is a one semester course designed to establish an understanding of video (video as being defined as the mixing of word, sound, and visual image). Students will explore the influence of media on themselves, and the world around them.  They will study and analyze current and past media forms.  They will create their own work in "video," using camcorder, computer, and editor.  Students will learn to "speak" in this "new" language, and will experience working in groups.  They will also gain experience in various careers, within the field.

 

MURAL PAINTING

(VHS/WCW) (1sem) 10th  – 12th  grade                  Prerequisite:  Minimum one semester of high school art

 

The emphasis of this course is on the production of art using a variety of media and methods, but primarily drawing and painting media and methods.  This class provides the student with an overview of techniques that develops their drawing and painting skills. The individual entering this class should be familiar with basic drawing and painting techniques and have a willingness to experiment with materials. Student learning will involve various media, art history, aesthetic value, criticism, creative expression and problem-solving skills.The student should be receptive to new ideas.

Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Standards will be the foundation for this course, with emphasis on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  A variety of drawing and painting materials will be utilized including:  pencil, pen and ink, pastels, watercolor and acrylic paints.  The projects will include a self-portrait, chair/furniture painting, and a mural or murals on the interior/exterior walls around campus buildings.

Students will research art movements, various cultures and careers of artists.  Students will examine the relationship and impact the world of art has on our lives through an art history component that will require reading, written assignments and a report on a well-known artist or art movement.

 

PAINTING

(VHS/WCW) (1 sem-may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits) 10th – 12th grade         
                                                                                Prerequisite:  Visual Art I-P and/or teacher approval

 

Painting is a one-semester course, which emphasizes the importance of technique, color and composition in assisting individual painting expression.  Students will create painting on paper, canvas and 3-D surfaces using tempera, acrylic or oils, watercolor and mixed media.  Students will study art movements, a variety of cultures and the careers of artists, especially twentieth century artists.

 

 

 

Photography i-P

 (VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 9th – 12th grade                       Prerequisite:  None

 

Photography I-P is an introductory black and white art photography course.  Time is taken to familiarize the student with photographic equipment, materials, methods, and processes, but the main emphasis of the course is to introduce students to the theories of composition and artistic perception that will allow them to develop a personal photographic style.  Students will also be introduced to computer technology, as a tool to continue their individual educations in photography through use of Internet sites, as well as a means of storing, manipulating, transmitting and printing digital images.

 

SCULPTURE

 (WCW) (1 sem-may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits) 10th – 12th grade

                                                                                Prerequisite:   Creative Clay/Sculpture (MS course), Visual Art I-P, and/or                                                                                       teacher approval

 

Sculpture is a one semester course in three-dimensional design and creativity.  Emphasis is on form, spatial organization and expression.  Students will become familiar with the tools and materials of the sculptor and how the tools and materials are used to express ideas.  A variety of cultures, art periods, sculptors and sculptures will be studied in order to broaden the student's awareness of numerous areas of expression.  Students will investigate art related careers and artists.

 


 

SURVEY OF ART I-P

 (VHS/WCW) (1 yr – may be taken in semester units)Prerequisite:  None

9th – 12th grade
 

Survey of Art I-P is an introductory course that provides the foundations of visual expression in different media, selected art history lessons, aesthetic valuing and criticism.  Special emphasis is placed on creative expression and problem-solving skills.  The art elements and principles of design serve as the foundation for units covered.  Students will become familiar with tools, vocabulary, technique, processes and possibilities of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design.  Selected historical or cultural contexts will be applied with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment of student work as well as appreciation of works of art from other cultures.  The emphasis in this class is in production using a variety of media.

 

VISUAL ART I-P                                                  

 (VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 9th – 12th grade                       Prerequisite:  None

 

Visual Art I-P provides the foundations of visual expression in different media, selected art history lessons, aesthetic valuing and criticism through alignment with The Visual and Performing Art Standards and Framework of California. Emphasis in this course is for the student who has an interest in beginning a portfolio and deepening skills in drawing, design, sculpture, and painting.  Students will utilize the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, as the foundation for units covered.  Students will become immersed in the process of creative expression, problem-solving skills, technique, and acquire the ability to visually communicate thoughts and ideas.  Reflective practice, assessment, and rubrics will be utilized throughout the class.  Students will gain insight into past and current art history periods and become aware of art-related careers.

 

INSTRUMENTAL

 

ADVANCED SYMPHONIC BAND-P

(WCW) (1 yr may be repeated) 9th – 12th grade         Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor following evaluation of student skills.

 

The Advanced Symphonic Band-P is the second most advanced of the four large performing bands.  The ensemble concentrates on exploring challenging high school literature written for band.  The Advanced Symphonic Band-P performs at concerts, festivals, and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Advanced Symphonic Band-P, the students are offered other performance options such as honor bands, solos, small ensembles, pep bands, marching band, school musical and concert tour.

 

AP MUSIC THEORY

(WCW)  (1 yr)  10th – 12th grade                                 Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor following evaluation of student skills or prior music                                                                                                              enrollment at the high school

 

AP Music theory is an advanced academic courses in music designed to instruct the student in harmony through a step by step analysis of compositional techniques used in the baroque, classical and romantic eras of western art music history.  Musicians will further their oral and aural skills by learning to identify, by musical example, different harmonic and melodic structures and demonstrate these structures by voice.

 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA-P

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr -may be repeated)                   PrerequisiteConsent of instructor following evaluation of student skills.

9th –12th grade
 

The Chamber Orchestra-P is an advanced string ensemble that concentrates on exploring the various original works and transcriptions for its medium.  The ensemble performs at concerts, festivals and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Chamber Orchestra-P, the students are offered other performance options such as honor orchestras, solos, small ensembles, school musicals and concert tours.

 

CONCERT BAND-P 

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr – may be repeated)                     Prerequisite:  l year of band instruction or consent of instructor following

9th – 12th grade (mostly 9th graders)                                                   evaluation of student skills

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The Concert Band-P is the entry level band of the four large performing bands in the music department.  The ensemble concentrates on basic performing and rehearsal techniques.  The Concert Band-P performs at concerts and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Concert Band-P, the students are offered other performance options such as pep band and marching band.

 

ORCHESTRA-P

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr - may be repeated)                       Prerequisite:  2 years of string orchestra instruction or consent of instructor following

9th – 12th grade                                                                 evaluation of student skills

 

The Orchestra-P concentrates on exploring the various original works and transcriptions for its medium.  The ensemble performs at concerts, festivals and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Orchestra-P, the students are offered other performance options such as honor orchestras, solos, small ensembles, school musicals and concert tours.

 


 

SYMPHONIC BAND-P 

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr – may be repeated)                      Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor following evaluation of student skills

9th – 12th grade

 

The Symphonic Band-P is one of four large performing groups in the music department.  The ensemble concentrates on exploring the various original works and transcriptions for its medium.  The ensemble performs at concerts, festivals and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Symphonic Band-P, the students are offered other performance options such as honor bands, solos, small ensembles, school musical and concert tour.

 

WIND ENSEMBLE-P

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr - may be repeated)                       Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor following evaluation of student skills

9th – 12th grade
 

The Wind Ensemble-P is one of the four large performing bands.  The ensemble concentrates on exploring challenging high school literature written for band.  The Wind Ensemble-P performs at concerts, festivals, and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Wind Ensemble-P, the students are offered other performance options such as honor bands, solos, small ensembles, pep bands, marching band, school musical and concert tour.

 

JAZZ BAND-P

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr - may be repeated)                   Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in another Music Dept. course OR consent of 

9th – 12th grade                                                                   instructor following evaluation of student skills.

 

The Jazz Band-P is the first of two limited enrollment performing ensembles in the music department which are composed of set numbers of saxophones, trumpets, and trombones, with rhythm instruments to include piano, bass, electric guitar and percussion (drum set and auxiliary percussion).  The ensemble concentrates on exploring the various original works and transcriptions for its medium.  The ensemble performs at concerts, festivals and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their membership in Jazz Band, the students are offered other performance options such as honor jazz bands, solos, small ensembles (combos), school musical and concert tour.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE-P

(VHS/WCW) (1 yr - may be repeated) 9th – 12th grade          Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in another Music Dept. course OR
                                                                                                                        consent of instructor following evaluation of student skills

 

The Jazz Ensemble-P is the second of two limited enrollment performing ensembles in the music department which are composed of set numbers of saxophones, trumpets, and trombones, with rhythm instruments to include piano, bass, electric guitar and percussion (drum set and auxiliary percussion).  The ensemble concentrates on exploring the various original works and transcriptions for its medium.  The ensemble performs at concerts, festivals and other public events as time and performance ability allow.  Through their enrollment in Jazz Ensemble-P, the students are offered other performance options such as honor Jazz Ensemble-P, solos, small ensembles (combos), school musical and concert tour.

 

VOCAL

 

MIXED CHORUS-P

(WCW) (1 yr - may be repeated)                           Prerequisite:  None.  Mandatory attendance at all performances

9th – 12th grade
 

This course is open to students who demonstrate an interest in vocal music and learning to sing in a choir.  Students will study beginning vocal production, sight reading, ear training, and expressive singing.  Students will be exposed to a wide variety of standard choral literature.

 

MUSICIANSHIP (INSTRUMENTAL) (CHOIR)

 (WCW) (1 sem -may be repeated) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in another music course

 

This course is for students that plan to do more than is required in their music class.  Students will receive credits for pre­paring and auditioning for honor bands, forming or participating in other music groups, or completing other music projects.

 

 

VOCAL ENSEMBLE-P 

 (WCW) (1 yr) 9th – 12th grade                                Prerequisite:  None

 

This course will cover instruction in vocal production techniques, music reading, ensemble and solo singing and performance skills.  Appreciation of music in a variety of historical periods and styles will be studied and practiced.  This is a more advanced vocal music course and students should have prior choir experience or consent of the instructor for entrance into this course.

 


 

 

THEATRE

THEATRE ARTS I-P

 (WCW) (1 yr) 9th – 12th grade                                Prerequisite:  None

 

This is a course that will strengthen the student's understanding of and appreciation for Theatre Arts.  Techniques and fundamentals of acting will be studied.  Activities will include pantomime, voice and diction practice, improvisation, auditioning, and group work in prepared scenes and reading of different kinds of plays.  Basic instruction in set design and theatre technology will be offered.  Fundamentals of play production will be covered.  A minimum of 5 hours work outside of class is required in order to pass the class.

 

ADVANCED THEATRE ARTS

(WCW)  (1 sem can be repeated) 9th – 12th grade   Prerequisite:  Theatre Arts I-P, teacher permission

 

This course is designed to give the student further specialized training in developing techniques of acting and more subtle character presentation as well as to increase his appreciation for the drama as a cultural and social force.  With teacher permission the student will be able to repeat this class each semester.  The focus of each of the subsequent semesters work will change to accommodate different levels of competence.  In class the students will apply their skills of acting, handling technical aspects, and in evaluating a performance.  The students will receive further instruction in set design, lighting, costuming, make-up and theatre technology.  The students will study the techniques of directing by selecting scenes to produce for the class and other outside of class audiences.  As the students reach a certain level of competence and experience in directing, they will direct and produce a one-act play for a paying audience.  The students will be expected to widen their repertoire of performances by adding a complete audition piece each semester.  The students will continue to study selected plays.  It is expected that the students will show a greater involvement with the major productions offered each semester.  A minimum of 15 hours work outside of the class is required in order to pass the course.