Fine Arts

  • VISUAL ARTS

    ART 1,2

    Course Code: QFA941, QFA942
    Art 1 focuses 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. Upon completion of the course, the student will be better able to select art courses for further study. Art 2 is designed to allow the serious art student an opportunity for more in-depth pursuit of the skills and concepts presented in Art 1. Students will contract with the instructor for approval of projects, which meet course requirements. Approved projects will be completed during the semester in which the student is enrolled.

    CERAMICS 1,2

    Course Code: QFA945, QFA946
    Basic course in creative design and construction of pottery and sculpture. The pottery unit includes instruction in the primary hand building techniques and wheel throwing. Basic skills of glazing and decoration are included in the course. The sculpture unit offers experience in modeling, carving and constructive techniques. Students will work with clay and a variety of other materials. Pottery and Sculpture 2 is an in-depth continuation of Pottery and Sculpture l with a more individualized curriculum.

    COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND DRAFTING College Credit

    Course Code: QVO957, QVO958, QFA051, QVO052
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Gain hands-on exposure to the world of 3D modeling and animation using 3ds Max and Rhino, leading programs used by manufacturers, animators/computer game designers, and other 3D industries. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent semesters allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

    JOURNALISM 1,2

    Course Code: QFA009, QFA010
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grades
    These semester 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

    Course Code: QFA166, QFA167
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Courses expose students to the manufacturing process and develop the skills necessary to design, produce, and repair jewelry. Participants will work with hand tools, processes, and machinery to design and build jewelry in an efficient and safe manner. Students will apply basic academic skills in the manufacturing of jewelry and further develop listening, research, recording, design, quality control, and problem-solving abilities.

    MULTIMEDIA College Credit

    Course Code: QFA020
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Multimedia represents the convergence of text, pictures, video and sound into a single form. The power of multimedia lies in the way in which information is linked and students will use a variety of software applications to produce multimedia projects that explore different ways to communicate through technology. Projects students will complete include: image editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements, editing sound and audio files using Audacity, and video editing using Adobe Premiere Elements. In addition to working with the software several pieces of multimedia hardware will be utilized and explored including: digital cameras, digital camcorders, and scanners.

    VIDEO PRODUCTION

    Course Code: QFA962, QFA963, QFA964, QFA965, QFA966, QFA967, QFA968, QFA969
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Video Production provides students the opportunity to develop fundamental knowledge and basic 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 semesters are an in-depth continuation of coursework with a more individualized curriculum.

    VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS College Credit

    Course Code: QFA011, QFA012, QFA013, QFA014, QFA 115, QFA016, QFA017, QFA018
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    The Visual Communications course focuses on developing skills in all aspects of graphic design. Areas of study include design principles, typography, illustration, computer graphics, photography, print design, web design and video. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent semesters allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

    WEBSITE DESIGN 1,2 College Credit

    Course Code: QFA052, QF053
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    These semester courses are designed to provide students the opportunity to:
    • Develop and publish web pages, integrating a variety of technologies to browse, select and retrieve information from multiple sources;
    • Learn to produce text that is individualistic, expressive, and engages the readers; and
    • Work collaboratively with others

    YEARBOOK College Credit

    Course Code: QFA266, QFA267, QFA300, QFA301
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    First year students have the responsibility for developing and producing a yearbook, which reflects all aspects of the academic and extracurricular activities of the school. Class members will be concerned with making layouts, writing copy, picture composition and cropping, editing, proof reading and distributing the yearbook. A second year of credit will be given to students who take this course as they assume the prime responsibility for planning and producing the yearbook.

    PERFORMING ARTS

    A CAPPELLA CHOIR/CONCERT CHOIR 1,2

    Course Code: QFA026, QFA028
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA950, QFA951
    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. In Drama 2, 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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA030, QFA031
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA931, QFA932
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA024, QFA025
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA003, QFA004
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA924, QFA925
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA920, QFA921
    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 semester course. Students must receive a passing grade in Guitar l to enroll in Guitar 2 where they will study more advanced techniques including barre chords and various guitar styles, i.e., jazz, classical, rock, etc.

    JAZZ ENSEMBLE 1,2

    Course Code: QFA021, QFA022
    Prerequisite: Concurrent membership in school choir or band and/or band director’s approval, audition may be required
    This a selective-elective class 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: QFA029
    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 1,2

    Course Code: QFA922, QFA923
    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/KEYBOARD 1,2

    Course Code: QFA036, QFA037
    This course is open to students with at least sophomore standing. 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. Keyboard 2 will continue with more advanced techniques and literature.

    SYMPHONIC BAND 1,2

    Course Code: QFA034, QFA035
    Prerequisite: 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. This is an elective-selective course 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.