Visual and Performing Arts

  • All courses listed in this catalog under Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts count toward fulfilling the 1.0 credit fine arts graduation requirement. Cross-credited courses in various departments also apply towards fulfilling this requirement.

     

    Music

    Concert Choir (MUS 155/15E)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition and director approval

    This advanced-level group is a large mixed voice ensemble for experienced vocalists. The development of vocal skills and musical concepts is achieved primarily through the study and performance of varied literature.  Increasing importance is placed upon exploration of advanced performance opportunities, along with continued work in music theory, foreign language, sight singing, and part independence. Our “flagship” ensemble is active at school performances, community, and district/regional music festivals and competitions.

     

    Vocal Ensemble (MUS 156/15F)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition and director approval, as well as enrollment in another choir

    This smaller and advanced level mixed ensemble is designed for experienced vocalists.  Students will explore and perform choral music of various styles that require a smaller more select ensemble.  Students must be able to demonstrate with competence, skills in sight-reading, pitch, tone, foreign languages, and part independent. This ensemble is active at school performances, various community, regional/state festivals and competitions. See individual school group requirements.

     

    Bass Choir (MUS 205/206)   

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable  

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Students will learn to sing a variety of choral literature and styles, correct breathing and choral techniques including diction, blend, balance, phrasing, intonation, articulation, and tone quality.  Special emphasis is put on the development of sight singing skills necessary for future placement into advanced choral groups.

     

    Treble Choir (MUS 207/208)

    Grade Level: 9,10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Students will learn to sing a variety of choral literature and styles, correct breathing and choral techniques including diction, blend, balance, phrasing, intonation, articulation, and tone quality.  Special emphasis is put on the development of sight singing skills necessary for future placement into advanced choral groups.

     

    Select Treble Choir (MUS 157/158)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition with director

    This advanced treble ensemble is designed for experienced sopranos and altos. The development of vocal skills and musical concepts is achieved through the study and performance of varied literature. The importance of advanced musicianship is studied, along with continued work on music theory and sight singing skills. This ensemble is active at school performances and may participate in music festivals and competitions.

     

    Orchestra (MUS 111/112)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite: Prior orchestra experience and/or approval of the orchestra director. Students may be asked to audition.

    Students with playing experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass will learn about the elements of music through a wide variety of orchestral and chamber music.  Students will build on the musicianship and technique learned in prior orchestral training through appropriate literature, and develop playing skills using vibrato, advanced rhythms, and bowings. The orchestra will perform several concerts throughout the year. Home practice is expected. Students will be required to attend periodic rehearsals and performances outside of the school day.



    Chamber Orchestra (MUS 211/212)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition and director approval

    This is a mastery-level course designed for students with advanced skills in string performance. Members of this ensemble will be actively involved in a variety of performances including solo work, chamber and full orchestral settings, formal concerts, and community events. They will achieve mastery over the concepts and skills of tone production, group and individual intonation, rhythm, balance, blend, dynamics, articulation, and elements of stylistically appropriate expression. Repertoire will be selected from the most advanced music for string and full orchestra.  Home practice is expected. Students will be required to attend periodic rehearsals and performances outside of the school day.

     

    Concert Band (MUS 151/15A)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Prior band experience at the middle school level

    Concert Band is a course specifically designed to meet the needs of experienced band members.  Students will concentrate on techniques development and musical literacy. The development of musical listening and rehearsal skills will be stressed. Topics of study include development of individual tone, rhythmic skill, and musicality. Topics for group study include rehearsal skills, balance, group tone, musicality, and music theory.  Home practice is expected. Attendance is required at all concert performances and designated pep band performances.

     

    Symphonic Band (MUS 152/15B)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Prior band experience at the middle school or high school level

    Students will continue individual technique and musical development through preparation and performance of a varied repertoire of music. Topics of study include continued development of individual tone, rhythmic skill, musicality, balance, group tone, and music theory.  Home practice is expected. Attendance is required at all concert performances and designated pep band performances.

     

    Wind Ensemble (MUS 154/15D)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition and director approval

    Students will be exposed to a broad range of band repertoire, styles, and performance settings.  Individual technique and musical development will be stressed. Continued focus on group tone, musicality, and balance will be a focus of rehearsal. Topics of study also include music theory and listening.  Home practice is expected. Attendance is required at all concerts and designated pep band performances.



    Jazz Ensemble (MUS 153/15C)  

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition and director approval.  Concurrent enrollment in one of the concert bands is required. This course is an extension of the larger ensemble experience. Students will study and perform a variety of swing music styles and its derivatives, reflecting the traditional “Big Band” instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section). Through listening to recordings, critiquing, analyzing, discussion, and application, students will learn a variety of jazz styles found within this genre. Students will understand the history of jazz and be able to associate specific musicians to distinct types of jazz.  A strong focus of this class will be the development of improvisation skills. As a performance class, attendance is required at all rehearsals, sectionals, and performances. Home practice is expected.

     

    Percussion Ensemble (MUS 165/166)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Audition and director approval. Previous experience preferred.

    Percussionists in the band program will participate in a percussion ensemble.  Students will be exposed to a broad range of repertoire, styles, and performance settings, focusing on intermediate and advanced snare drum skills, as well as technique development on all other percussion instruments including but not limited to keyboard percussion, timpani, and Latin percussion.  Individual technique and musical development will be stressed. Students will learn the concepts of rhythm, texture, balance, blend, and rudiments as they develop their role as an ensemble member and become proficient on battery and mallet instruments. Percussion sections will be selected from this ensemble to perform with the various bands. Home practice is expected. Attendance is required at all performances.




    Beginning Guitar (MUS 163/164/573)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Students will learn to communicate musically by becoming proficient guitarists, acquiring the basic elements of music reading, theory, and playing technique.  Students will play in small groups, with the class as a whole, and as a soloist. They will learn to play melodies and chords, receiving whole class and individual instruction within the class. Students are expected to work independently at their own pace, as well as cooperatively with small groups and with the class as a whole.  Completion of the course will give players the basic skills to become life-long musicians.

     

    Advanced Guitar (MUS 251/252/575)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Completion of Beginning Guitar or equivalent basic formal training (ability to read all natural notes in first position, play basic chords, and demonstrate basic technical fluency)

    Students will increase reading skills, chord vocabulary, technical facility, and will apply basic theoretical concepts to the guitar fingerboard, such as playing and spelling scales and triads. Students will have the opportunity to play and perform music in a variety of styles, including Classical, Jazz, and Popular. Students will work individually at their own pace as well as cooperatively with small groups and the entire class.  Completion of the course will give players skills enabling them to succeed in a variety of musical situations and to appreciate various styles of music.

     

    Musical Performance (MUS 175/176)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    This course emphasizes basic techniques of musical performance including concentration exercises, musical theatre games, improvisation, monologue development, and the fundamentals of preparing a musical scene. Students will engage in creative musical performance exercises to develop imagination, observation, and concentration; conditioning their bodies and voices to be flexible, coordinated, and expressive. Performances are a part of this course.

     

    Musical Performance - Advanced (MUS 475/476)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Prerequisite: Completion of Musical Performance

    Credit: Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand his/her techniques of musical performance. The focus will be on concentration, observation, sensory skills, movement, voice, and characterization through activities such as musical theatre games, improvisation, monologue development, and the fundamentals of preparing a musical scene and performance. Students will participate in musical performances in front of an audience.

     

    Music Theory (MUS 201/202)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Students will learn the basic structures of music in this course. Musical notation, chord construction, melody and harmony lines will be studied as students focus on the aural and visual understanding of musical structure and composition.

     

    Advanced Placement Music Theory  (MUS 461/462/563)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 1.5

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course is designed to prepare students for a possible major in music at the college level.  Students learn the basics of tonal harmony, including chord construction, 4-part voice writing, harmonic analysis, and harmonic sequence. Students will also study ear training, sight singing, melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation, 20th century techniques and form/structure. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Composing & Arranging Music Composition (MUS 203/204)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Membership in high school instrumental or vocal ensemble OR demonstration of intermediate-level piano skills OR completion of 1st semester of AP Music Theory.)

    Students with basic knowledge and skills in music theory will build on those abilities and apply them in composing and arranging music. Projects will involve a variety of assigned and chosen forms, orchestration and styles. Students will learn and use MIDI software to aid in the creative, editing, arranging and publishing processes.

     


    Theatre

     

    Theatre (ART 111/112)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    This course emphasizes basic acting techniques of the theatre including concentration exercises, theatre games, improvisation, pantomime, storytelling, character development, and the fundamentals of preparing a scene. Students will engage in creative theatre exercises to develop imagination, observation, and concentration; conditioning their bodies and voices to be flexible, coordinated, and expressive. Performances are a part of this course.



    Advanced Theatre (ART 161/162)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Completion of Theatre

    This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand his/her acting skills and expertise. The student studies concentration, observation, sensory skills, movement, voice and articulation, and characterization through such activities as oral interpretation, reader’s theatre, radio plays, children’s plays and one-act plays. The student also is expected to perform pantomime, monologues, and scenes; to read and analyze plays; and to perform a final acting scene.



    Improvisational Theatre (ART 207/208)

    Grade Level:  9,10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Completion of Theatre

    Students in improvisational theatre class will focus on both short form and long form theatre improvisations. Both forms include the processes of co-creation of scenes using spoken works and actions, while identifying character relationships, objectives, and setting.  Each performer must act according to the objectives they believe their character seeks. Long form improvisation will include units from classroom-based performance arts assessments established by OSPI .



    Theatre Design and Stagecraft - Introduction (ART 113/114)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    This is a one-semester course designed to familiarize students with the basic areas of technical theatre. They will learn about set design, set construction, scene painting, light design, and production technologies. This course will include theory and hands-on experiences.

     

    Theatre Design & Stagecraft - Advanced (ART 361/362)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Theater Design and Stagecraft 1

    Students continuing in theatre production will take a leadership role in all aspects of supporting school productions. Students will be responsible for building sets and properties, operating lighting and sound systems, and running a theatre production.


     

    Visual Arts

    Art Survey (ART 101/102)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    Students will explore a variety of tools, techniques, and media while applying the elements and principles of the visual arts. Studio activities will focus on drawing, printmaking, painting, and sculpture. Through the art that students produce, they will develop reflective and art criticism skills. Historical styles and artists will be studies in conjunction with current careers in art.

     

    Drawing, Painting, and Cartooning (ART 155/156)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite: Art Survey or teacher approval. - Fees may apply

    Students will explore more advanced realistic drawing techniques, applying their developing skills to cartooning. Using the elements and principles of the visual arts, students will explore painting techniques in a historical context as they develop their own style.



    Drawing (ART 115/116)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    This is an art studio orientation course using the elements and principles of art. Students will study contour, gesture, negative space, sighting perspective, and proportion.  Subjects include but are not limited to: still life, landscape, fantasy, illustration, objects from everyday life, and ideas from students own experiences. Students are encouraged to display their work.

     

    Advanced Drawing (ART 165/166)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Drawing or teacher approval. - Fees may apply

    Students continue to refine their drawing skills through the use of a variety of media, techniques, subjects, and styles.  Development of a personal style, aesthetic, and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques.



    Painting (ART 201/202)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Drawing or teacher approval. Fees may apply

    Students are offered a wide variety of painting experiences emphasizing composition and color study. Experiences include pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and oils.  Development of a personal style and sense of aesthetics is encouraged. The course includes the study of the elements and principles of art.



    Advanced Painting (ART 267/268)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Drawing, Painting, or teacher approval. Fees may apply

    Students are offered a wide variety of painting experiences, emphasizing composition and color study. Students will use media such as tempera, watercolor and acrylic.  Development of a personal style, aesthetic, and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques with emphasis on the elements and principles of art.

     

    Ceramics/Pottery (ART 151/152)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    As students produce pottery through hand-building and wheel experiences, they are introduced to a variety of building techniques and decorative styles.  Development of a personal style in the fine and functional arts is encouraged. The importance of pottery in historical cultures is studied. The course includes the study of the elements and principles of art.

     

    Advanced Ceramics/Pottery (ART 263/264)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    Prerequisite:  Ceramics and/or portfolio review. Drawing is recommended.

    After mastering the basic skills in ceramics, students have an opportunity to further develop their understanding of clay as a medium for artistic expression. Hand-building techniques and use of the pottery wheel are explored in depth with emphasis on the elements and principles of art.



    Sculpture (ART 153/154)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    Students will explore three-dimensional formats using additive and subtractive techniques. Clay, metal, fabric, cellu-clay, paper-maché, found objects, wax, and casting mediums may be included. The elements and principles of the visual arts will be used as they apply to three-dimensional work.  The historical and cultural importance of sculpture will be studied.

     

    Advanced Sculpture (ART 163/164)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Sculpture or Teacher Approval - Fees may apply

    Students will continue to develop and refine their three-dimensional skills. Development of a personal style, aesthetic, and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques. This course includes the study of the elements and principles of art.



    Advanced Studio Art (ART 363/364)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 repeatable Credit:  Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  C or better in previous visual arts course or teacher approval. Fees may apply – Refer to fee for area of specialty’

    Motivated students have the opportunity to continue developing their skills in a chosen area of specialty. Students must be responsible and able to work independently on a contract basis.  Personal expression and development of technical expertise are encouraged. Study of master artists and historical styles are included. Weekly individual critiques and a culminating student show are required. This course includes the study of the elements and principles of art.

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art

    These courses are rigorous, college level courses and require higher levels of thinking and workload. Advanced Placement provides the high school student with the opportunity to receive university credit by submitting a portfolio to the AP College Board.  Students must be responsible and able to work independently on a contract basis. Students must declare a focus in Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design, as well as a concentration within their area of focus. To assist the student in the successful completion of a portfolio, development of a personal style, aesthetic and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques. Weekly individual critiques and a culminating student show are required. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required. The Advanced Placement Studio Art classes are:

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art – Drawing (ART 461/462/563)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 repeatable Credit:  Occupational, Fine Arts or Elective 1.5

    Prerequisite:  Advanced Studio Art is recommended. There is an application process for this class

    Explore drawing issues including line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making through a variety of means, such as painting, printmaking or mixed media. Develop technical skills and familiarize yourself with the functions of visual elements as you create an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course.

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art – 2D Design (ART 463/464/565  or CTA 461/462/563)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 repeatable Credit:  Occupational, Fine Arts or Elective 1.5

    Prerequisite:  Advanced Studio Art is recommended. There is an application process for this class

    Learn to use 2-D design principles to organize an image on a picture plane in order to communicate content. Demonstrate mastery through any two-dimensional medium or process, such as graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting and printmaking. Develop technical skills and familiarize yourself with the functions of visual elements as you create an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course.

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art – 3D Design (ART 465/466/568)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 repeatable Credit:  Occupational, Fine Arts or Elective 1.5

    Prerequisite:  Advanced Studio Art is recommended. There is an application process for this class

    Demonstrate mastery through any three-dimensional approach, such as figurative or non-figurative sculpture, architectural models., metal work, ceramics, glass work, installation, assemblage and 3-D fabric/fiber arts. Develop technical skills and familiarize yourself with the functions of visual elements as you create an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course.



    The Visual Arts courses listed below are offered through the Career and Technical Education

    Department.  

     

    Digital Photography 1 (CTA 201/202)

    Grade Level:  9-12

    Credit: Occupational, Fine Art, or Elective 0.5

     

    Digital Photography 2  (CTA 255/256)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational, Fine Art, or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Digital Photography 1

     

    Graphic Design  (CTA 253/254)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D Design (CTA 262/263)

    Grade Level: 11,12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational/CTE, Fine Arts or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  There is an application process for this course.

     

    Metals/Jewelry & Design 1 (CTA 251)

    Fees may apply

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Occupational or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

     

    Metals/Jewelry & Design 2 (CTA 261262)

    Fees may apply

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5   

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Metals/Jewelry Design 1

     

    Video Productions 1  (CTT 103/104)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational, Fine Art or Elective 0.5

     

    Video Productions 2  (CTT 163/164) Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 (repeatable) Credit: Occupational, Fine Art or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Video Productions 1 or instructor permission.

     

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