Fine Arts

Art      |    Music (Band, Choir, Guitar, Strings)    |     Dance    |      Drama

Graduation Requirements: one credit within Grades 9-12

All courses listed satisfy the requirement. All three public Arizona universities require one credit of fine arts. Although students are only required to earn one credit of fine arts, many NPA students take multiple art or music courses during their high school years.

Art

NPA’s art program covers the Arizona Essential Skills for art in grades 6-12. It includes techniques for using various art materials, basic art vocabulary, art concepts and art history. The emphasis is on student participation.

FA007 – 6th Grade Art Special

This full year course will introduce students to a wide variety of art materials and processes. Both designinspired projects and fine art-inspired projects are investigated. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity through a series of individual and group projects. Projects include: Styrofoam printmaking, shadow puppets, resist drawings with crayons, and comic design.

FA101 (FA011 in Middle School) – Art I – Introduction to Art

This full year course will introduce students to a media based program, laying the basic foundation for both art appreciation and art production skills. Studio production will include: sketching/drawing (using various graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels), painting (watercolor and acrylics) pen and ink, printmaking, graphic design, and 3-D design (sculpture and ceramics) Each unit of study will include lessons which incorporate the elements and principles of art and design, technique demonstrations, art history, and art criticism. Personal interest and exploration are encouraged! Students are required to keep a sketchbook and a folder of class handouts to prepare for tests.
Students must maintain a “B” average, both fall and spring semester, in order to continue to the advanced level courses.

FA102 (FA012 in Middle School) – Art II – Advanced Art

This full year advanced course will further develop foundation skills learned in the Introduction to Art course by continuing a sequential study of drawing and painting. Artwork and studio projects will include: realistic, abstract, and non-objective styles while incorporating multimedia, three dimensional approaches, and compositional development and/or balance placement/layout into their work. Students will continue to cover techniques for various media, and continue to explore art concepts and history through studio projects. Art history and appreciation will be linked to each unit. Students are required to keep a sketchbook, portfolio, and folder of class handouts. Project assignments will be given in class. There is a greater emphasis placed on personal interest projects at this level. If students are unable to finish the assignments in class, the work needs to be completed at home. Prerequisite: Intro to Art and teacher permission.

FA103 Art III – Advanced Art
FA104 Art IV – Advanced Art
FA105 Art V – Advanced Art

These full year advanced courses will further develop foundation skills learned in Art I & Art II by continuing a sequential study of 2D and 3D media. Increased study in 3D is a possibility. Artwork and studio projects will focus on compositional development. Art concepts, art history and appreciation will be linked to each unit. Students are required to keep a sketchbook, portfolio, and folder of class handouts. Project assignments will be given in class. There is a greater emphasis placed on personal expression and interest projects at this level. If students are unable to finish the assignments in class, the work needs to be completed at home. Projects completed in these courses are eligible for inclusion in an AP Portfolio submission.
Prerequisite: Art I and teacher permission.
Students must maintain an “A” average, both fall and spring semester, in order to be considered for placement in Advanced Placement Art. AP Placement is determined by an interview process and portfolio review.

FA106 – Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art

This is an accelerated course designed for the highly motivated, talented art student who wishes to pursue college-level studies while still in high school, and for the student who is seriously interested in the practical experience of art. This AP course will give students more opportunity for individualized instruction geared towards their own interests and expertise by developing an area of focus/concentration. Students are expected to work at least 6 hours per week outside of class on their projects in order to complete 24 pieces of artwork by the end of the year. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a portfolio to the College Board for evaluation at the end of the year with 24 slides and five pieces of artwork from the following three sections: Breadth, Concentration, and Quality. Projects will be assigned in class. Two AP Studio Art approaches are offered within our AP Studio Art program: Two-Dimensional Design and Drawing. Projects from previous art courses may be included in the AP portfolio submission. Portfolios are submitted to the AP College Board for scoring and will be returned via mail over the summer. Portfolio submission only applies to Juniors and Seniors. Students who receive a score of a 5, 4, or 3 on their portfolios can potentially receive up to twelve credit hours of art course work depending on the university or college the student attends. AP Art students must be capable of meeting deadlines and maintain at least a “B” average at the end of fall semester to continue. Prerequisites: Art 1, Art 2 and/or teacher recommendation with portfolio review and interview questionnaire. See Art III-V description above for further detail. Students are encouraged to progress through the course sequence at NPA and reserve their AP year for their junior or senior year. AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94
This course may count as one the 20 core courses required for graduation.

FA131 – Art Portfolio Development

This full year course will focus on the development of college entrance or advanced portfolio. NOTE: Enrollment by permission only.

FA132 – 3D: Sculpture/Jewelry/Clay I

This full year course will focus on the integration of design principles as they relate to depth and space, volume, and surface. Projects will include figurative and non-figurative artwork, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, installation, assemblage and fiber arts. Projects completed in these courses are eligible for inclusion in an AP Portfolio submission.
NOTE: Enrollment is limited to high school students. Priority given to students who have completed Art 1.

FA107 (FA007 in Middle School) – Digital Photography I

Students learn photographic principles and techniques that are common to both digital and traditional photography, as well as techniques that apply only to digital photography. Students will become proficient in the use of basic digital camera and photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. The course explores technical features that are common on digital cameras, and artistic considerations, such as photo composition. Students investigate exposure control and studio lighting as they investigate the elements and principles of design in a variety of photography approaches such as sports photography and portraiture. Photo editing techniques including special effect filtering, collaged digital, collated scanned images and a variety of other beginning to intermediate photo editing techniques are explored. Students will use an image editor to altering images for both image improvement and artistic considerations.
NOTE: Enrollment is limited. High school students have priority. Students should consult with instructor before requesting registration.

FA108 (FA008 in Middle School) – Digital Photography II

This full year advanced course will further develop foundation skills learned in Digital Photography I. Advanced topics in exposure control and special lighting considerations are investigated. 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. For students interested in photography, it is possible to complete AP Studio Art using photography as their focus.
NOTE: Enrollment is limited. High school students have priority. Students should consult with instructor before requesting registration.

Music

FA004 – 6th Grade Strings Special / Beginning Strings

This full year course will introduce students to techniques for playing a (bowed) string instrument. Beginning Strings is for students who would like to learn how to play violin, viola, cello, or string bass in a classroom setting. The purpose of Beginning Strings is to provide its members with the training and development necessary for future membership in Concert or Symphonic Strings. Members of this group will lay the groundwork for music mastery on one of these four instruments. Middle and High school students may take Beginning Strings as a refresher course before moving up to a more advanced group. Private lessons are optional for students in this ensemble. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required. Auditions are not necessary for this group but the strings director reserves the right to limit the size or participation on some instruments. Students are generally responsible for providing their own instrument.
Guitarists, classical and otherwise, should enroll in Guitar classes.

FA007 – 6th Grade Music Special / Introduction to Choral Music

Students will learn a variety of Folk music from all over the world. This music will be used to help them develop proper vocal sound, musical literacy and theory concepts such as: beat/rhythm, meter, musical form, tempo, dynamics, and use of Curwen Hand Signs to guide musical pitch.

FA211 (FA021 in Middle School) – Concert Strings I

This is a course for students who already play an orchestral string instrument (bowed strings) and want to develop orchestral skills. The format includes time and instruction in sectionals and time for ensemble as a whole to rehearse. Members of this group will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions. This group will perform regularly throughout the year. Students are responsible for providing their instrument. May be repeated for credit.
Placement by audition. Students who do not play a bowed stringed instrument but want to learn, or students who play harp, may be admitted into the class by permission of the instructor. Guitarists, classical and otherwise, should enroll in Guitar classes.

FA221 (FA022 in Middle School) – Concert Strings II

This is a course for students who already play an orchestral string instrument (bowed strings or harp) and want to develop orchestral skills. The format includes time and instruction in sectionals and time for ensemble as a whole to rehearse. Members of this group will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions. This group will perform regularly throughout the year. May be repeated for credit.
Placement by audition. Students who do not play a stringed instrument but want to learn may be admitted into the class by permission of the instructor.

Guitarists, classical and otherwise, should enroll in Guitar classes.

FA231 (FA023 in Middle School) – Chamber Strings (Orchestra)

This class is intended for students who play an orchestral string instrument and want to polish their orchestra skills. Students will explore a variety of musical styles. Class time includes rehearsal as a large group, instruction in advancing techniques, and sectional work. Regular practice is required. This group will perform regularly throughout the year. Students will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions and may travel for competitions and/or festivals. Bring instruments the first day of class unless otherwise notified. This course may be repeated for credit. Placement in this group is by audition only.

FA041 (Middle School) – GLEE

Open to all students who would like to learn skills in singing and performing. This class is designed to introduce students to singing and performing skills through the use of pop, folk and classical music. This class will introduce and reinforce the importance of ensemble cooperation and discipline. Skills will include basic theory and sight reading. Participation in Solo/Ensemble and Regional auditions encouraged. There will be two mandatory performances per year. Prerequisite: None

FA242 – Show Choir

Open to students with prior experience. This class is designed to broaden the students’ experience in the art of performing and singing through the use of madrigal, classical, and Broadway style music. Skills will include intermediate theory and sight reading. Emphasis will be placed on unified ensemble sound and cooperation as well as personal discipline. Students will be encouraged to participate in All-Region and
All-State music festivals. There will be four mandatory performances per year.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Choir and/or teacher approval.

FA250 (FA050 in Middle School) – Beginning Jazz Choir

Open to students with some music experience looking for a broad look at jazz music. This class is designed to introduce students to the history of vocal jazz and the basic elements of performing vocal jazz. Skills will include intermediate music theory and beginning jazz theory as well as ear training and sight reading. Emphasis will be placed on ensemble unity, sense of community and discipline. All-Region and All-State Auditions and participation in Solo/Ensemble festivals expected. There will be at least four mandatory performances per year.

FA251 – Jazz Choir

Jazz Choir will provide opportunity for the vocal musician to learn vocal technic and theory of jazz music. Skills will include advanced theory, some jazz theory; sight reading and ear training; composition; stage presence and performing skills. Emphasis will be placed on ensemble unity. All-Region and All-State auditions and participation in Solo/Ensemble festivals required. Performances will be scheduled and mandatory. Prerequisite(s): Open to Grades 11-12; prior participation in Beginning Jazz for at least one year; by audition.

FA235 (FA035 in Middle School) Beginning Guitar

Beginning guitar is for students who have never played guitar before or who have had limited experience. We will learn a variety of guitar techniques and styles, all of which include chord accompaniment and note reading. We focus primarily on classical technique and encourage both pick and finger-style playing. Nylon string guitars are recommended, but steel string acoustic guitars are also acceptable. Electric guitars are not used in this class. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required. Prerequisite(s): None; Open to Students in Grades 8-12

FA236 (FA036 in Middle School) Intermediate Guitar

This continuation of Beginning Guitar focuses solely on solo guitar playing using fingerstyle techniques. The students in this course will gain knowledge of solo guitar literature, including current and historical compositions. Left and right hand development will be focused on using a classical technique to enhance the student’s knowledge of the instrument and experience the wide range of techniques available as a solo instrument. Nylon string guitars are highly recommended.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Beginning Guitar or instructor permission

FA238 – Advanced Guitar

Advanced Guitar builds upon the foundations of classical technique for the left hand but only develops pick style playing with the right hand. Nylon string guitars are recommended, but steel string acoustic guitars are acceptable. This course covers theory, popular music, and jazz. Electric guitars are not used in this class unless otherwise noted by the instructor. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Intermediate Guitar or audition.

FA237 – Guitar Performance Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble at NPA is a professional style performing ensemble. We compete nationally each year and locally. Students may enter after completing all other levels or by audition. The group will perform a wide variety of styles at or approaching a professional level. The group will perform at area restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, etc., as well as travel to guitar festivals and competitions. Players must be well versed in all fundamental chords, including barre chords, and be able to read treble clef music. Players must also be familiar with positions I – VIII on the fret board. Classical guitars are used – nylon string of reasonably good quality. Private lessons are recommended for students in this ensemble. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required.
Prerequisite(s): Placement by audition or permission of the instructor.

FA229 (FA029 in Middle School) Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is open to any grade level student with less than 1.5 years of playing experience.
Symphonic Band will teach students how to play a musical instrument or learn a new instrument.
Students will be challenged to complete state and national proficiencies in order to pass to Honor Band.
Students will be involved in music composition, theory, explorations, and rhythm training through World Music Drumming (Djembe) techniques. Students will compete in regional/state competitions and solo and ensemble festivals. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required.

FA277 (FA029 in Middle School) – Honor Band

Honor Band is open to any grade level student with 1.5 to 2.5+ years of playing experience. The bar is higher for Honor Band which is a concert band format. Students in Honor Band will be playing graded music level 2.5 or higher. Students will be involved in music composition, theory, jazz explorations, and pep band for varsity basketball events. Students will be challenged to complete state and national proficiencies.
Prerequisite(s): 1.5 to 2.5 years playing a concert band instrument

FA293 – Advanced Jazz Band

Advanced Jazz is comparable to an honors elective in other humanities. Students can only be placed in this group by audition and permission of the band director. Advanced Jazz Band will focus on the performance of jazz, blues and funk styles as well as the application of music theory through improvisation. The music is difficult and requires highly motivated participants. The Advanced Jazz Band may perform for a variety of smaller venues around town in addition to concert programs here at NPA. Members of this group will be offered the opportunity to compete individually in regional/state jazz competitions. Private lessons are recommended for students in this ensemble. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required.
Prerequisite(s): 3 years playing experience. Placement by audition only.

Dance

FA301 (FA031 in Middle School) – Dance

The dance class style is Jazz. We will be working on Jazz dances, technique, steps that are progressive, along with correct body posture, rhythm, flexibility, coordination and conditioning. A variety of turns, leaps, jumps and across the floor combinations will be taught. We will also be working on Lyrical dances, expressing music and lyrics through dance. Students will have the opportunity to actively participate with choreography in selected parts of a dance. There will be at least two performances throughout the year with other opportunities to perform.
Prerequisite(s): None; Open to Grades 8-12

FA302 (FA032 in Middle School)  – Dance II

A continuation of dance for students at an advanced skill level beyond the first year course. Prerequisite(s): Dance I and/or permission of the instructor.

FA303 – Dance III

A continuation of dance for students at an advanced skill level beyond the second year course. Prerequisite(s): Dance II and/or permission of the instructor.

FA304 – Dance IV

A continuation of dance for students at an advanced skill level beyond Dance III.
Prerequisite(s); Dance III and/or permission of the instructor

FA311 – Elevation Dance

Entrance into this class will be by audition. Dancers will be required to show advanced levels of technique, flexibility, style & expression. This is a physically challenging class for highly motivated students.
Prerequisite(s): Dance III &/or permission of instructor

Drama

FA402 (FA002 in Middle School) – High School Drama

Drama develops the basics of theater, technical theatre, and stage craft. Stage-play, special effects, makeup, set design, costuming, lighting, and set design are components of the class. Musical theatre instruction will include the above basics of drama/stage acting plus singing for stage acting. Auditions for the spring musical take place from class members. There is some homework during the school year with the bulk of after school commitment the weeks prior to major play performances. Rehearsals for performances are required.
Prerequisite(s): none