Fine Arts

  • VISUAL ARTS

    AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO A, B

    (Art and Fashion)
    Course Code: PFA013, PFA014
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Expand your idea of what Art (and fashion) can be. Through the lens of fashion, students will develop portfolios that show quality design decisions, investigate a strong underlying visual idea, and demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility. This is 3D art, so you will create actual fashion pieces (not just drawings).

     VISUAL ARTS

    Course Code: PFA025, PFA069, PFA070
    This is the study of the elements and principles of design. This course is for the student interested in an in-depth art experience as an introduction to broad art experiences. Students explore a limited variety of media, both 2D and 3D, while mastering the use of specific technical art materials.

     ART I, II

    Course Code: PFA041, PFA042
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Utilizing the broad categories of drawing and painting, emphasis is on developing basic techniques and understanding the elements of art and principles of design. Instruction also aims at enhancing appreciation of art and attitudes toward art in society. Art I and II may be taken in any order, as techniques, mediums and/or projects will be different.

    CERAMICS I, II

    Course Code: PFA043, PFA044
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Both courses focus primarily on hand building techniques, complimentary surface decoration methods and the glazing process/application. Courses may be taken in any sequence since different skills and techniques are taught in I and II.  While many students choose to build functional items (ceramic pinch pots, mugs, coil pots, slab tiles & boxes, wall pockets), more sculptural options are available. Depending on student interest and time, basic wheel techniques will also be taught. 

    CAD ARCHITECTURE

    Course Code: PFA048
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Have you ever thought about how to design and build a house, maybe your dream home? In this course, we will use some very cool computer tools to create and furnish your own virtual three-dimensional residence in which you can simulate walk throughs. We’ll look at some exciting examples of modern buildings designed by the professionals and explore well-paid career opportunities in architecture, interior design, engineering, and construction management.

    COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (CAD)

    Course Code: PFA047
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Have you ever wondered how to convert your imagination into creating products like automobiles, buildings, or even content for computer games? We can learn by starting at a basic level of drawing with traditional drafting tools and pencils on paper. Soon we will be using simplified step by step demonstrations to create cool computer aided drawings. Within weeks, through guided hands-on instruction we will be making three dimensional computerized models of products used in the construction and manufacturing industries.

    GLASS ARTS

    Course Code: PFA039
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Both flameworking and kiln formed glass will be explored. Learn how to manipulate glass by heating it in a torch flame, wrapping the molten glass onto a mandrel, and then using heat and gravity to shape a bead; Discover how to use fusing and slumping techniques and a kiln to create unique glass pieces.

    JOURNALISM A, B, C  

    Course Code: PFA007, PFA008, PFA009
    (Fine Arts elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    These courses cover the fundamentals of journalistic ethics, journalistic law, responsible journalism, news writing, copy editing, proofreading, make-up, caption writing, headline writing, features, editorials, columns, newspaper terminology, page layout planning and the background of the newspaper industry. Students will be responsible for production of the school paper including writing articles and editorials, designing layout, photojournalism, selling and advertising, and paper printing and circulation.

    METAL DESIGN I, II

    Course Code: PFA037, PFA038
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit) Whether you want to learn to make a ring, craft a chain, set stones, or carve wax, this course is for you. Course exposes students to the manufacturing process and develops the skills necessary to design, produce, and repair jewelry. Metal Design I and II may be taken in any order, as forming, joining and surface decorative techniques, and/or projects will be different.

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Course Code: PFA033
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students will develop and expand their skills in producing both artistic and commercial photographs using digital DSLR cameras and equipment. Students learn to take artistic digital photos following rules of composition, light, exposure, elements of art and principles of design which also enhances their ability to produce quality commercial work. Adapting and updating student’s skill set to the ever-changing software and hardware technology is a constant goal of all the photography course.

    VIDEO FOUNDATIONS

    Course Code: PFA045
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Video Foundations course focuses on introducing and developing skills in all aspects of video production, including hands-on experience in proper use of equipment, camera movement, framing, composition, lighting, audio and video editing. This course is required for all subsequent video production courses.

    VIDEO PRODUCTION

    Course Code: PFA046
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Video Foundations
    Video Production provides students the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and skills in video production, including hands-on experience in proper use of equipment, camera movement, framing, composition, lighting, audio and video editing. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent trimesters allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

    VISCOM FOUNDATIONS

    Course Code: PFA031
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course focuses on developing foundational skills in all aspects of graphic design. Areas of study include design principles, typography, illustration, computer graphics, photography, and print design. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent trimesters.

    VISCOM – DIGITAL DESIGN

    Course Code: PFA032
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: VisCom Foundations
    Further explore the Visual Communications field and allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s). 

    WEB DESIGN – HTML & CSS

    Course Code: PFA035
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    With other options, available for building websites such as WordPress, why learn HTML and CSS? Two reasons: Ultimate functionality and control you get by creating a website from scratch, without a solid basis in HTML and CSS you will find it more difficult to customize sites built on other web platforms.

    WEB DESIGN – WORDPRESS

    Course Code: PFA036
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Not just for blogs anymore, 29 percent of all sites across the web are built using WordPress, including Spotify, TIME.com, Disney, Mercedes-Benz and TED. Learn how to set up and customize websites using this popular, open source Content Management System (CMS).

    WELDING & PLASMA CUTTING ARTS

    Course Code: PFA040
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students in this course explore and develop fundamental knowledge and basic skills related to welding and plasma cutting processes. Students explore these skills individually and collaboratively through a series of hands-on art welding projects. These projects are designed to build upon one another while increasing student proficiency with design principles, material types, tools and the welding process.

    YEARBOOK A, B, C

    Course Code: PFA010, PFA049, PFA050
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    First year students develop and produce a yearbook, which reflects all aspects of the academic and extracurricular activities of the school. Class members do page layouts, write copy, take photos, edit, proofread and distribute the yearbook. A second credit will be given to students who take this course as they assume the prime responsibility of planning and producing the yearbook. 

    PERFORMING ARTS

    A CAPPELLA CHOIR/CONCERT CHOIR A, B C

    Course Code:  PFA019, PFA059, PFA060
    Prerequisite: Choral director’s approval; an audition may be required
    This is the most advanced choral class offered for high school students. The singing and studying of the finest types of choral literature, plus the review of basic fundamentals all help the A Cappella Choir members develop creative, interpretive, and appreciative abilities. This group does considerable performing and participation in all performances is required of all members. Considerable opportunity is also given for solo and small ensemble work within this group.

    DRAMA A, B, C

    Course Code: PFA030, PFA077, PFA078
    All students interested in any of the elements making up the production of plays will find this course interesting. The basic skills of effective, dramatic vocal and physical expression will be practiced through improvisation, pantomime, monologues and dramatic scenes, sometimes performed before an audience.  The backstage elements of drama (lighting, scenery, costuming and makeup) will also be considered.  Students organize themselves primarily for play production with the instructor acting as advisor and assistant. They have an opportunity to specialize in an area of their choice.

    JAZZ CHOIR A, B, C

    Course Code:  PFA023, PFA065, PFA066
    Prerequisite: Concurrent membership in school choir or band and/or choral director’s approval; audition may be required
    This is a selective as well as elective course and is designed to develop the techniques necessary to the successful performance of jazz and "popular" music. The class is performance-oriented and will afford members the opportunity to discover and develop their talents individually and collectively. Considerable emphasis is placed upon the fundamentals of music, theory, composition, and arranging. Participation in all performances is required for membership.

    MIXED CHORUS A, B, C

    Course Code:  PFA021, PFA061, PFA062
    A desire to sing in a vocal group encompassing all vocal ranges is the only prerequisite of this chorus. Any high school student may participate with director approval. While considerable emphasis and time are spent in exploring and learning the vast field of choral literature, a major effort is expended for voice development techniques, music fundamentals, and sight-singing skills. This is a performing group and membership entails participating in various performances.

    TREBLE CHORUS A, B, C

    Course Code:  PF022, PFA063, PFA064
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grade
    The desire to sing is the only prerequisite for this class open to any student in the upper three years of high school. More emphasis is given to developing vocal independence through sight-singing skills, voice production techniques and greater utilization of independent study periods. This is a performing organization and members are expected to participate in all performances.

    VOCAL ENSEMBLE A, B, C

    Course Code:  PFA020, PFA081, PFA082
    Prerequisite: Choir director’s approval: an audition may be required
    This class is open to any student with instructor approval. Music will be selected from vocal literature appropriate to the voicing of the students enrolled. Considerable emphasis is given to basic voice production, music fundamentals, music history, and related music activities. This is a performing organization and will appear in various concerts, contests, and assemblies. Members are expected to participate in all performances, production, music fundamentals, music history, and related music activities. This is a performing organization and will appear in various concerts, contests, and assemblies. Members are expected to participate in all performances.

    CONCERT BAND A, B, C

    Course Code:  PF016 PFA053, PFA054
    Prerequisite: Band experience or director’s approval
    Concert Band requires some previous playing experience in band or director’s approval. This course is open to all students who have achieved a minimum level of proficiency on a band instrument. Of primary importance in the program is the development of tone quality, fingering techniques, sight reading techniques and flexibility.  Suitable literature of all periods and styles will be explored and studied. While some marching is done, this is basically a concert organization. Concert Band is a performing group and members are expected to participate in all performances.

    GUITAR A, B, C

    Course Code:  PF028, PFA073, PFA074
    Prerequisite: Student must furnish own instrument
    Students desirous of learning to play the guitar or improving their own playing technique have the opportunity in this trimester course.  During the second and third trimester students will study more advanced techniques including barre chords and various guitar styles, e.g., jazz, classical, and  rock,

    JAZZ ENSEMBLE A, B, C

    Course Code: PF017, PFA055, PFA056
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grade Concurrent membership in school choir or band and/or band director’s approval; audition may be required
    This class is open to students in the upper three years of high school and designed to develop techniques necessary for the successful performance of jazz and “popular” music. The course is oriented so as to acquaint members individually and collectively with the musical demands of the professional musician. The demands of modern music require a workable knowledge of music theory, arranging, composition, and conducting, which receive considerable attention. This is a performing group and participation in all performances is required.

    MUSIC TECHNIQUES

    Course Code:  PFA029, PFA075, PFA076
    Prerequisite: Director’s approval
    This independent study course is open to all high school students who wish to explore areas of musical interest to them. Areas of study may include beginning instrumental instruction, ensemble experience, advanced vocal and instrumental techniques, theory and composition, music history and/or world music.

    ORCHESTRA A, B, C

    Course Code:  PFA018 PFA057, PFA058
    Prerequisite: Some previous playing experience for string
    Instrument players; audition for wind and percussion players
    The orchestra will play and study the finest of orchestra literature. Music from all historic periods as well as contemporary music will be studied. This is a performing group and participation in all performances is required. Opportunities for solo and small ensemble work will also exist for orchestra members.

    PIANO A, B, C

    Course Code:  PFA027, PFA071, PFA072
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grade
    Students will learn the fundamentals of music notation, music theory, and keyboard technique through beginning keyboard literature. The course also will explore music history and styles pertaining to the literature being studied. In the second and third trimester, students will continue with more advanced techniques and literature.

    SYMPHONIC BAND A, B, C

    Course Code:  PFA015, PFA051, PFA052
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grade Band director’s approval: audition may be required
    Symphonic Band consists of the most proficient band musicians in the upper three grades of the school. Participation in this course is based upon competitive tryout. The finest available band literature is studied and performed. An extensive individual technique program is carried on as part of the requirements. While some marching is done, this is basically a concert organization. It makes numerous public performances and membership in the band requires participation in all performances. Opportunity for solo and small ensemble work also exists for band members.