Course Catalog: Fine Arts Department

INTRODUCTION

The Fine Arts Department offers courses designed to develop the skills necessary for appreciation of and participation in the creative process embracing music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. Students are required to take two semesters of Fine Arts electives to fulfill graduation requirements. All courses are sequential in nature. Some are presented during 8th period, which are outside the regular school hours. 8th period performing arts classes are taken in addition to, not in lieu of, a student's six classes during the regular school day. Students enrolled in an 8th period performing arts class will not be allowed to drop a course that meets during the regular school day.

FINE ARTS COURSES
First semester, choose from:
Art and Architecture 1A (6100), Studio Art A (6120), Sculpture A (6150), Photography 1A (6160), Drama 1A (6210), Music Appreciation A (6500), Dance 1A (6601), or Multimedia Design 1A (6710)

Second semester, choose from any class above or complete the A/B sequence with:
Art and Architecture 1B (6105), Art and Nature Intensive: Art and Architecture 1B (6106)*, Studio Art B (6125),  Art and Nature Intensive: Studio Art 1B (6126)*, Sacred Symbols Studio Art B/C  (6130), Sculpture B (6155)*, Art and Nature Intensive: Sculpture B (6156)*, Photography 1B (6165), Drama 1B (6211), Music Appreciation B (6515), Orchestra A (6521)⁸, Orchestra B (6522)⁸, Jazz Band A (6526)*⁸, Jazz Band B (6527)*⁸, Mixed Chorus A (6551)*⁸, Mixed Chorus B (6552)*⁸, Dance 1B (6602), or Multimedia Design 1B (6720)

PLEASE NOTE:
University of California and California State University require students to complete the A/B sequence (two semesters) of one visual or performing arts discipline.  The two semesters need not be taken in the same academic year. Students not applying to the UC/CSU systems can take two semesters from any discipline. Please see your counselor if you have any questions about this requirement, and to help you plan your classes accordingly. 

Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 may fulfill their requirements with one of these sequences alone.  Orchestra A&B (6521/6522), Jazz Band A&B (6526/6527), Mixed Chorus A&B (6551/6522)


This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30pm school day.  Courses may occur after school, evenings, and/or weekends.  See course description.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment. 

PERFORMING ARTS ELECTIVES
The Fine Arts Department additionally offers Performing Arts Electives:
Int Dance Workshop C (9703), Drama 1C (9710), Orchestra C (9803), Jazz Band C (9813), Jazz Combo C (9817), Mixed Chorus C (9853), Chamber Singers C (9863),  Chamber Orchestra C (9843)These are courses with “C” in the title or a course number in the 9000 that occur outside of the 8:00-2:30 pm school day and may include after school, evening, and/or weekend rehearsals.  

These courses may involve assignments outside of class time, but do not fulfill the SI Graduation Requirement or the UC/CSU entrance requirements for Visual and Performing Arts.  These repeatable courses appear on the student’s transcript, but are not factored into a student’s SI GPA.

I. SEMESTER ONE COURSE OPTIONS

ART AND ARCHITECTURE 1A (6100)

Grade Level - 9, 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - None
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - Designed to offer students the chance to learn about the art of architectural design in society and its effect on our sense of culture. Particularly interesting for students who plan to major in architecture and/or design of any kind, the class will provide field trips, involvement with our rich cultural environment and an introduction to “hands-on” skills involving design and composition. Coursework will include short papers, a non-written final project, and opportunity for original creative expression. Students do not need to have experience in drawing in order to take this course.

STUDIO ART A (6120)

Grade Level - 9, 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - None
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - This course is a "hands-on" class designed to develop skills in design and composition, a variety of drawing styles, and acrylic painting. Students will receive instruction in a variety of media and will be required to use each of them in the creation of original work. The study of historical examples will be a springboard for the student’s creative expression. No previous drawing skills are required to take this class; just come with an open mind!

*SCULPTURE A (6150)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

 Course Description — A studio-based problem-solving course that uses a variety of materials; paper, wood, plaster, found objects, and wire to explore the design process in 3 dimensions. Study of historical examples of sculpture will serve as a "spring board" for inspiration directed toward solutions to design projects. The work of 20th century sculptors such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and Henry Moore will challenge the student to understand their own creativity. Field trips to local museums and some written work will complement the original work created by the student in the studio and at home.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 1A (6160)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Students should have a 35 mm camera, an SLR camera is preferable.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — The Photography 1A class provides a comprehensive study of photography as an art form. The course will expose the student to fundamental issues unique to the medium through the study of the history of photography. The students will experience a variety of approaches to the medium of black and white photography beginning with photograms and also including pinhole photography and 35 mm cameras. Students will create their own photograms, use pinhole cameras to get negatives and make positive images, learn how to process black and white film and enlarge. Portrait and still life are a two major aspects of the Photography program. The work of portrait photographers such as Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Yousuf Karsh will be presented in class. For still-life, images from the following artists will presented: Edward Weston, Renger-Patzsch, Minor White and Aaron Siskind. Students will end the year working on a final project consisting of one of the following: portrait, self-portrait or still-life. In addition to creating original work, students will do research on the biography and style of a photographer who has made important aesthetic advances in history.
 

 

 

DRAMA 1A: INTRO TO THEATRE (6210)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirementPrerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – None 

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — In Drama 1A, we will explore various approaches to acting. We will begin by playing a series of theatre games, move to improvisations, then perform professionally scripted and student-written monologues. Students will develop an approach to enact short monologues from professional play scripts for final presentation. Students will receive an overview of the major historical periods of theatre history throughout the world from Ancient Greece to the 19th Century using student projects and teacher presentations. By the end of the course, students will have developed an appreciation for the art of the theatre, a respect for working within an ensemble of artists, and an appreciation for the variety of approaches to actor training. 

MUSIC APPRECIATION A: SURVEY OF WESTERN MUSIC (6500)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — Music Appreciation A is designed for non-musicians and develops the art of perceptive listening and performance in musical composition through experiential activities. Lectures and experiential learning will cover the instruments of the orchestra, composers, performance practice, musical composition techniques, major compositions of the era, baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century eras, and Broadway musicals. Students will have practice in playing, singing, creating, listening to, analyzing, and describing music. They will evolve specific criteria for making informed critical evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of performances and compositions. Students will identify, explain and perform stylistic features of a given musical work. This is an introductory level course, meeting three times per week with extensive participation in musical activities, class projects, demonstrations and live performances.

DANCE 1A: BALLET, JAZZ, AND SOCIAL DANCE (6601)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval
 

Course Description — This course introduces beginning technique, warm-up exercises, in-class choreography, movement in space, and improvisation.  Students will study ballet, jazz, and social dance forms including Charleston, swing, and hip hop.  As a final project, students will create a dance in small groups and will research the history of a style of dance.

NOTE:  Dance 1A will also fulfill the second semester of the Physical Education requirement for graduation. 

MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 1A (6710)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Computer Science Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement and UC Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Interest in developing computer multimedia and design skills through creative web, print, and animation projects.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — This is an introductory computer graphic design course with a focus on graphics and video-editing software. Coursework includes a variety of web and print projects created with software programs Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, as well as music and video projects using Apple’s software programs GarageBand and Final Cut Pro. The learning of traditional art and design principles supports creative work and students are required to consider and critique mass media, the historic study of art and graphic design, and the study of contemporary multimedia artists and designers. Student work will culminate with a digital portfoilio.

 

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