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Visual Arts


Survey of Visual Arts

50.02117 | 9th grade | half-year | .5 credit

This is a hands-on class that introduces art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgment and studio production: emphasizes the ability to understand and use the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of media, processes and visual resources; and explores master artworks for historical and cultural significance. This course is organized to develop the art skills of beginners, and to enhance the skills of the more experienced artists. Artwork created by students is displayed throughout the school. This builds student confidence and creates a stimulating environment.

Studio Art

50.02147 |9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade| half-year | .5 credit

Studio Art students continue to refine and enhance their skills in this is a hands-on class that introduces art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgment and studio production: emphasizes the ability to understand and use the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of media, processes and visual resources; and explores master artworks for historical and cultural significance. This course is organized to enhance the art skills of the more experienced artists. Artwork created by students is displayed throughout the school. This builds student confidence and creates a stimulating environment.

AP Studio Art

50.08137 | 11th & 12th grade | full year | 1 credit

AP Studio Art – 2D Design, Drawing, or 3D Design - is a challenging course that is appropriate for the advanced student who is serious about art and is considering taking studio art courses at the college level and/or as a career direction. Students will produce a portfolio of 24-29 quality art works during the year in the area of 2D Design, Drawing or 3D Design. Students must submit a portfolio of their artwork along with a completed application form to be considered for acceptance in the course. Artwork created by students is displayed throughout the school. This builds student confidence and creates a stimulating environment.

band

53.03617 | half-year | .5 credit

In band, students are taught the fundamentals of playing and maintaining their individual instrument, music reading, and ensemble performance. Music of a variety of styles is employed and the work of great band composers and arrangers is explored. Students are taught the fundamentals of critical listening and music analysis. Great emphasis is placed on active participation and working together. Opportunities for individual performing are offered and all students are encouraged to take advantage. There is an expectation of performance outside of the school day for all students, in particular, marching band; students enrolled in band will be required to participate in marching band unless they participate as a competitor in a fall sport. On the other hand, coaches and the band director will make every effort to allow a student to participate in both athletics and marching band.

Digital Photography (available every other year)

50.07117 | 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade | 1 semester | .5 credit

This is an introductory course designed to explore fundamentals of composition using digital photography. Students will be introduced to the basic technology necessary for the production of their art work, as well as learning about the visual arts, how to look at and critique photography, photographic vocabulary, using tools such as framing, composition, "rule of thirds", light, texture, pattern, lines, symmetry, depth of field, distance, perspective, culture, space, balance, color and black and white photography, and be introduced to many works by well-known photographers. This course stresses the application of the elements of design and the principles of composition through traditional photographic assignments. Instruction includes use of a digital camera and basic image manipulation programs. Students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to use the tools competently in the production of their art work, however, the production and analysis of expressive and thoughtful art work is the main objective of this course. Students must provide their own camera.

Donovan Singers

54.02117 | 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade | 1 semester | .5 credit

In chorus, students are taught the fundamentals of singing, music reading, and ensemble performance. Music of a variety of styles is employed and the work of great choral composers and arrangers is explored. Students are taught the fundamentals of critical listening and music analysis. Great emphasis is placed on active participation and working together. Opportunities for individual singing are offered and all students are encouraged to take advantage. There is an expectation of performance outside of the school day for all students.

Drama Survey

54.02117 | 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade | 1 semester | .5 credit

This course focuses on the Introduction of Drama and Theater. The course consist of students reading and interpreting plays, comparing film adaptations of plays, learning how to write their own plays in proper script style format, and the inner workings of a Theatre; including important roles, direction, set and costume design, and publicity.

Yearbook

23.03217 | 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade | 1 semester | .5 credit

Students in this class will be members of the yearbook production staff. The course is designed to expose the student to the skills of photography, journalism and page production, and to assist them in acquiring the responsible attitude necessary to meet the demands of a production schedule and a publication deadline.