Course Catalog: Fine Arts Department
 

II. SEMESTER TWO COURSE OPTIONS  

 All "A" options will fulfill the second semester Fine Arts SI graduation requirement. In addition, a student may choose one of the following classes.  A course chosen in conjunction with an "A" option of the same subject fulfills the UC Fine Arts requirement.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE 1B (6105)

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

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - Art and Architecture 1A
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - Art and Architecture 1B is a follow-up course to Art and Architecture 1A and is designed as a continuing study of the wealth of artistic expression manifested in the architecture, sculpture, painting and artifacts of traditional cultures and modern architectural expressions. An exploration of earth-friendly, sustainable and green architectural techniques will compliment the hands-on approach to building practices and inspire new thinking about shelter and cultural values. Studio assignments in architectural design, drawing and mixed-media architectural structures created from original student designs, will compliment our study of how particular architects and cultures have used architecture as an expression to image themselves, their culture, and their God.

*ART AND NATURE INTENSIVE 8˚

Instructor: Katie Wolf
Grade Level - 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - Art and Architecture 1A , Studio Art A, Sculpture A and/or approval of instructor
Criteria for Enrollment - None
Length - Friday evening through Sunday evening -- one weekend, plus four evening meetings.

Courses Offered:
Art and Nature Intensive: Art and Architecture 1B (8W) [6106]
Art and Nature Intensive: Studio Art B(8W) [6126]
Art and Nature Intensive: Sculpture B(8W)  [6156]

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

 PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Three pre-weekend evening meetings will be held.
  2. One post-weekend evening meeting will be held.
  3. This class does NOT meet during regular school day. As with other 8th period classes, it does not qualify the student for a study hall.
  4. No textbook is required, but additional fees will be incurred.

Course Description - A weekend workshop that utilizes a "hands-on" exploration of earth-friendly techniques to demonstrate respect for resources and creative problem-solving. A variety of individual and collaborative assignments will be presented in a manner that challenges the student to experience growth in awareness of the creative process, Nature as master designer, and creating a community of gratitude. A pristine natural environment on the edge of a wilderness area is the setting for the workshop retreat. Aspects will include:

  • all weather campsites
  • bathroom facilities with hot showers
  • nature trails
  • a campfire circle gathering area
  • personal private meditation sites
  • architectural demonstration structures
  • a sculpture garden
  • meals provided
  • workshop materials provided

* This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.
8˚ This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30pm school day. 

*VISUAL ARTS PRACTICUM 8˚

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

Type of Course - Elective - Sequencing the A and B levels will fulfill the S.I. graduation requirement in Fine Arts and will satisfy the UC Fine Arts requirement or courses may be taken as "stand-alone" electives.
Prerequisite - Permission of the instructor
Criteria for Enrollment - Permission of the instructor. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor.  Students should  list this course on the Schedule Request Form.  Before turning in their schedule to their counselor, they must meet with Ms. Katie Wolf and get her signature for approval.
Class Meeting Times - Wed. and Thurs. 7:30-8:15 am and Tues. 2:30-4:20 pm.  Students' resource periods and any "Open Studio" time can be used to work on projects. This course requires work outside of the 8:20-2:30 pm shool day.
Application Process - Students must meet with Ms. Wolf before submitting the schedule request form to their Counselor.  Ms. Wolf will approve qualified individuals.

Courses offered pending adequate enrollment:
Visual Arts Practicum: Art and Architecture (8P) [6107]
Visual Arts Practicum: Studio Art B (8P) [6127]
Visual Arts Practicum: Sculpture B (8P) [6157]

UC/CSU Subject F Approval  

Course Description — A course of study that allows students who have an interest in working with composition and design in the visual arts to explore their own creative process and to create an expanded body of work.  The design of this class will reflect the student’s particular focus area; 2D studies, 3D studies, or architectural design.

The study and application of historical styles and design solutions will serve as inspiration for the development of original student concepts brought into manifestation.  Studio time will allow students to delve deeply into design thinking and the creative process; from research, compositional design, use of various materials to competed art pieces.  In addition to six major studio pieces, students will create 14 smaller works reflecting the breadth of visual expression throughout history and their own creative imagination.

Students will submit a final process portfolio containing research papers, artist’s statements, reflections on museum visits, and all small works created during the semester.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.
8This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30 pm school day.
 

    STUDIO ART B (6125)

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

    Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite - Studio Art A

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

    Course Description - As a follow-up course to Studio Art A, the Studio Art B class will place emphasis on the concept of connection and progression in developing and expanding a visual image. A more refined sense of visual decision-making and creative initiative will be stressed and expected of the mature visual arts student. Students will use a variety of materials, techniques, and styles to explore themselves in relationship to their personal history, community, and their God. We will work in acrylic paint, water color paint, pencil, oil pastel, colored pencil, linoleum block prints, and a variety of mixed media materials. A special project involving an in depth self study through visual images will urge the student to see her/himself in various aspects; with a connection to a specific community, a realistic self portrait and a non objective symbol that strikes a familiar resounding chord.

    SACRED SYMBOLS ~ STUDIO ART (B/C) (6130)

    Instructor: Katie Wolf
    Grade Level – 12
    Length – One Semester

    Type of Course –
    Senior elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement AND see Note below
    Prerequisite – Studio Art A or permission of instructor
    Criteria for Enrollment – None

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval

    Course Description — An experiential class focused on the exploration of the human desire to remember and recognize the Creator.  Through our exploration of symbols used as visual expressions in art, architecture and religious imagery, we will study various faith traditions to gather an understanding of praise older than language and the written word; to “see God in all things.”  In this integrated approach to learning about culture, religion and the arts, each student will create 15 major art pieces that represent the faith traditions studied and their own original works that express an understanding of aesthetics.  Through research, studio work, field trips (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, S.F., First Church of Christ Scientist, Berkeley, St. Mary’s Cathedral, S.F.), written papers, prayer, and reflection, each student will gain an ability to understand the role of the Creative spark in our lives.  An understanding of  their  own creative process will allow them to embrace the universal call of the Beloved to us, His instruments, and our response – an expression of praise.

    NOTE: Sacred Symbols will also fulfill one semester Senior elective Religious Studies requirement for graduation.

    *SCULPTURE B (6155)

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

    Type of Course – Senior elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture
    Criteria for Enrollment – None

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval

    Course Description - 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture B continues the exploration of the visual world; its relationships of form and space -- in the context of historical examples, environmental/cultural impact, creative self-expression and collaborative pieces. Field trips to local museums and sculpture collections 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 1B (6165)

    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 1B 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 1B 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.
     

     

    MUSIC APPRECIATION B: ROOTS OF JAZZ: EXPLORING MUSIC IN CULTURE (6515)


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

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

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval
     


    Course Description —
    Roots of Jazz: Exploring Music in Culture is designed for non-musicians and develops the art of perceptive listening to music of Africa, Latin American, India, Bali, China, the Middle East, Asia, Japan, and Eastern Europe. Learning will be balanced between theoretical and experiential song-writing activities. Students will evolve specific criteria for listening to, describing, analyzing, understanding, and creating music as it is understood and experienced in different cultures. Students will play instruments and explore digital media. This is an intermediate level course, meeting four class hours per week with extensive lectures, experiential learning, audio-visual presentations, class projects, demonstration and attendance at live performances.

    *MUSIC APPRECIATION B: ROOTS OF JAZZ: EXPLORING MUSIC IN CUL TURE 8˚ (6516)

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

    Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – Music Appreciation A
    Criteria for Enrollment – Concurrent enrollment in Mixed Chorus, Orchestra, or Jazz Band during the same semester. Final enrollment will be verified via roster submitted by
    instructor.

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

    Course Description — Roots of Jazz: Exploring Music in Culture is designed for non-musicians and develops the art of perceptive listening to music of Africa, Latin American, India, Bali, China, the Middle East, Asia, Japan, and Eastern Europe. Learning will be balanced between theoretical and experiential song-writing activities. Students will evolve specific criteria for listening to, describing, analyzing, understanding, and creating music as it is understood and experienced in different cultures. Students will play instruments and explore digital media. This is an intermediate level course, meeting four class hours per week with extensive lectures, experiential learning, audio-visual presentations, class projects, demonstration and attendance at live performances.

    Students who have completed Music Appreciation A and who are actively participating in Mixed Chorus, Jazz Band, or Orchestra may enroll in this online version of Music  Appreciation B.  The student’s music ensemble director would report performance grades to the Music Appreciation B instructor to be recorded in conjunction with grades earned for online work.

    *This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.
    8This course is offered outside of the 8:20-2:30 pm school day. 
     

    DRAMA 1B: ADVANCED ACTING (6211)

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

    Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – Drama 1A: Intro to Theatre or equivalent experience
    Criteria for Enrollment – None

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval

    Course Description — Students will continue the study and development of acting through scene work. While building on the principles and techniques learned in Drama 1A, students will participate in group warm-ups (vocal and physical), theatre games, improvisations, and advanced theatre exercises. Students will work on scenes from professionally produced plays. Students will study 20th Century theatre through the study of playwrights such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and August Wilson

    ORCHESTRA A/B 8˚ (6521/6522)

    Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
    Length – One Semester; offered after school/evenings ONLY
    First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (6521)
    Second Semester Taken: Orchestra B (6522)

    Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – Participation in middle school orchestra program, or private lessons for at least six months
    Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is made by audition. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
    Time Commitment – Meets 1 evening per week, plus performances.

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only

    Course Description — This is the advanced orchestra for which an audition is required to participate. Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester, and again in December for the following Spring Semester. Students develop technical mastery in all aspects of ensemble playing, including tone production, intonation, rhythmic execution, and musicianship. The Advanced Orchestra performs works from the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire from MENC grades 4-5, and will perform at the CMEA festival in the spring.  

    8˚ 
    This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30pm school day.

     

    JAZZ BAND A/B 8˚ (6526/6527)

    Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
    Length – One semester; offered after school/evenings ONLY
    First Semester Taken: Jazz Band A (6526)
    Second Semester: Jazz Band B (6527)

    Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – Private lessons for at least one year, or preparation in middle school Band program.
    Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is by audition. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
    Time Commitment – Meets 2 afternoons per week for 2 hours each, plus performances.

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only

    Course Description — Jazz Band prepares students to perform a variety of musical compositions from the 1920s through the present, focusing primarily on large-ensemble jazz in the Big Band and swing tradition.  This class is available to students who have taken private lessons for at least one year, or participated in their middle school Band program.  Jazz Band will perform at the Winter Concerts, the Spring Pops Concerts, the Performing Arts Assembly, and several festivals or adjudicated performances.

    8˚ This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30pm school day.  

     

    *MIXED CHORUS A/B 8˚ (6551/6552)

    Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
    Length – One Semester; offered after school/evenings ONLY
    First Semester Taken: Mixed Chorus A (6551)
    Second Semester Taken: Mixed Chorus B (6552) 

    Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – None
    Criteria for Enrollment – Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms. 
    Time Commitment  – Meets 1 evening per week, plus performances.

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only

    Course Description — This course is open to all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students will be introduced to good practice procedures for choral rehearsal and to an awareness of different styles of choral music. Student achievement will involve study of sight-singing, notation, phrasing, rhythm, harmony and musical terminology. Students will be expected to spend additional hours beyond the regular class time. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. Ensembles will perform at concerts and may attend choral festivals.

    *This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.
    8This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30pm school day. 

    *AP MUSIC THEORY (6590) 8˚

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

    Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement 
    Prerequisite – Prior training and experience in vocal or instrumental music AND music theory.  A Fundamentals of Music Theory entrance exam will be administered the first week of classes to determine eligibility in the course.
    Class Meeting Time - This is a spring semester class that meets 2:40-4:00 pm on Tuesdays.  
    Criteria for Enrollment – Students who sign up for this class will be contacted by the instructor in the Fall to take an entrance exam in order to qualify for the course.  Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. 

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval
    Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations

    Course Description — Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory is an independent study course that meets once a week and includes a substantial amount of homework in preparation for the AP music theory exam in May.  This course prepares students to complete college level work in the areas of reading and analyzing notated music and aural training.  Particular emphasis will be placed upon developing listening skills, sight-singing ability and knowledge of rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and oher compositional devices.

    *This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.
    8This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30 pm school day.  

    DANCE 1B: MODERN DANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY (6602)


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

    Type of Course –
    Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – Students must complete Dance 1A before taking Dance 1B
    Criteria for Enrollment – None

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval
     

    Course Description — Building off the foundation of Dance 1A, modern dance movements and form are presented.  The class will trace the history of 20th century modern dance through the present using both the history and the movement of major choreographers such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. With that history as their foundation, students will experience the choreographic process themselves. Using various creative stimuli, the dancer/choreographers will create new dances both individually and in small groups.

    DANCE 1B 8˚: MODERN DANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY

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

    Type of Course – 
    Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
    Prerequisite – Dance 1A, or permission of instructor**
    Criteria for Enrollment – Dual enrollment in Dance Workshop C, or permission of instructor.  Final enrollment will be verified via roster submitted by instructor.
    Class Meeting Time - Course will meet two afternoons per week from 2:45-4:15 pm in addition to a dancer's regular Dance Workshop rehearsals.

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval

    **Dancers may have the Dance 1A prerequisite waived to take this class, but without Dance 1A, it cannot be used to complete the UC/CSU sequential requirement.  This course can be repeated by dancers wanting to continue developing choreography skills.  Those repeating will see Dance Workshop C on their transcript.

    Course Description — Building off dancers’ existing training, modern dance movements and form are presented.  The class will trace the history of 20th century modern dance through the present using both the history and the movement of major choreographers such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey.  With that history as their foundation, students will experience the choreographic process themselves.  Using various creative stimuli, the dancer/choreographers will create new dances both individually and in small groups.  In this 8th period course, dancers will be required to be dual-enrolled in Dance Workshop C and have previous dance training.  Class will meet twice a week for 90 minutes and student choreography projects will be incorporated into the semester-end Dance Concert. 

    *This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.
    8This course is offered outside of the 8:00-2:30 pm school day. 
     

    MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 1B (6720)

    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 – Multimedia Design 1A
    Criteria for Enrollment – Interest in developing computer multimedia and design skills through creative web, print animation, music, and video projects.

    UC/CSU Subject F Approval

    Course Description — This class further develops skills learned in Multimedia Design 1A using various Adobe and Apple software programs, as well as an introduction to 3D design.  The development of effective narrative structures will be emphasized so that students learn to use the various media to create intentional works with meaning. Particular attention will be paid to the design process and students' conscious development of their own creative process.   Sample projects include stop motions, animations, music videos, special effects, and student documentary films. Student work will culminate with a digital portfolio.

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