Fine Arts Courses

Art I is designed to provide a foundation of skills and knowledge in the field of visual arts. The art forms experienced include illustration, painting, and sculpture, among others.

PREREQUISITE ART I: Art II is designed to elaborate on the skills and knowledge previously experienced in Art I. This course is a student-centered single genre study course. Students will:

  • select a single art form to work on throughout the year, focusing on the refinement of their skills and knowledge of the various media selected

  • decide all projects, timeframes, media, etc. 

The instructor will provide guidance in the development of their works.

PREREQUISITE ART II: Through more individualized instruction, greater independence, and an increased knowledge of media and techniques, students will:

  • continue to develop artwork that reflects a personal style and interpretation and build a portfolio. 

Further study of art criticism and aesthetics will continue to be part of the curriculum.

The AP Music Theory course covers topics such as musicianship skills, including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and harmony. Students will

  • Develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of tonal music that are heard or presented in a score

The development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is part of the curriculum through the practice of sight signing. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music.

Beginning band offers band experience at a beginner level. No experience is necessary to take this course. Students should have the willingness and desire to learn to plan an instrument. Musical topics are introduced such as reading, music notation, analyzing and evaluating music, as well as composing and improvising simple melodies. 

*Students will present a winter and spring concert.

Band is a year-long course open to any student with previous instrumental music experience. Students will participate in pep band, marching band, concert band performances, and solo and ensemble opportunities. 

Memorization of show music, drill, and traditional pieces will be required.

Drumline (percussion ensemble) is a year-long course open to students with previous instrumental music experience. Students will participate in marching band, drumline competitions, concert band performances, and solo and ensemble opportunities. 

Memorization of show music, drill, and traditional pieces will be required.

The color guard will participate in the marching band as well as individual color guard competitions. Newcomers and experienced members are welcome. All students enrolled in color guard are under the same policies and expectations of the marching band ensemble. Tosses, spins, and numerous other flag fundamentals will be taught. Color guard students are expected to memorize an established routine created by the color guard instructor in a timely manner. 

Theatre I Grade: 9-12 

This elective course is an introduction to theatre that requires the expressive use of body and voice in interpreting and performing dramatic literature. Concepts and skills in areas of acting and theatre history will be emphasized. Specific topics include pantomime, stage movement, improvisation, monologue and duet acting performance, and evaluation of theatrical experiences. Note: Performance of scenes and monologues is the main focus of this course as well as class performance. 


Theatre II Grade: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Theatre I

This Performance course further refines concepts and skills of acting. An integral part of this course is the performance of scenes and plays with costumes, make-up, and scenery. 


Theatre III/IV Grade: 11-12 

Prerequisite: Theatre II 

This performance course allows the actor to refine concepts and skills through public performance, specifically, but not limited to one-act play as well as class performances and TAPPS competitions. 

Technical Theatre will introduce the first year technician to the areas of stagecraft and theatrical production. Students will climb ladders, lift things, build (with power tools), paint, work online, research, work with makeup, and handle expensive equipment in this class. The theatre elements to which students will be introduced will include, but are not limited to: stage elements, stage properties (props), crews/assignments, theatre appreciation, costumes/makeup, sound engineering/recording, scene design, lights & lighting design, fly system/safety, box office/ticket sales, stage management, and publicity.

This is an entry-level course to photography designed to offer experiences with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. This course will address photographic theory, applications, composition, practice, and history. Various camera settings will be learned to offer greater creative and technical control. Students learn framing within the viewfinder and explore various compositional principles. Students also learn to examine images critically through photo critiques. Digital processing techniques are introduced using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

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