Fine Arts Courses (HS)

Graduation Requirements: At least one Fine Arts credit must be taken within Grades 9-12 per AZ graduation requirements.  Additional Fine Arts courses may be applied towards other elective credits.

Visual Arts

VA 0900 Yearbook (Grades 9-12)

Students in this class will produce NPA’s yearbook. Before actual production begins, however, students will be required to complete units in yearbook rationale and philosophy (including legal issues); photography; copy, caption, and headline writing; yearbook page layout; and advertising. The fourth quarter will focus on additional publications skills in both print and web design.

VA 0901 High School Art I

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 that 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 portfolio and a folder of class handouts.

VA 1001 High School Art II

This full-year advanced course will further develop foundation skills learned in Art I 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: Art I (HS or MS) and teacher permission.

VA 1101 High School Art III

This advanced course further develops foundation skills learned in Art II by continuing a sequential study of drawing, painting and 3-D design (sculpture and ceramics). Artwork and studio projects may include realistic, abstract, and non-objective styles while incorporating multimedia, three-dimensional approaches, and compositional development and/or balance placement/layout. Students cover techniques for various media and explore art concepts and history through studio projects. Art history and appreciation will be linked to each unit. Students may be required to keep a sketchbook, portfolio, and folder of class handouts. There is a greater emphasis placed on personal interest projects at this level. Unfinished assignments may be completed at home.
Prerequisite: Art II (HS or MS) and teacher recommendation.

VA 1201 Art IV

These advanced courses will further develop skills learned in Art I-III continuing a sequential study of 2-D and 3-D media.  An 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 III (HS or MS) and teacher recommendation.

VA 1205- Art Portfolio Development

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

VA 1255 – AP Art and Design- 3D

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 opportunities 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. AP Art students must be capable of meeting deadlines.
Prerequisites: Art 1, Art 2 and/or teacher recommendation with a 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: $94.

VA 0951 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, metalwork, ceramics, installation, assemblage, and fiber arts. NOTE: Priority given to students who have completed Art 1. 

VA 1051 3D: Sculpture/Jewelry/Clay II

This course will focus on the integration of design principles as they relate to depth and space, volume, and surface.   Projects may include figurative and non-figurative artwork, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics installation, assemblage, and fiber arts.  Projects completed are eligible for inclusion in an AP Portfolio submission.VA 1131 3D: Sculpture/Jewelry/Clay III

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, metalwork, ceramics installation, assemblage, and fiber arts. Projects completed in these courses are eligible for inclusion in an AP Portfolio submission.
Prerequisite: Teacher permission.

VA 1151 3D: Sculpture/Jewelry/Clay III

This course will focus on the integration of design principles as they relate to depth and space, volume, and surface.   Projects may include figurative and non-figurative artwork, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics installation, assemblage, and fiber arts.   Projects completed are eligible for inclusion in an AP Portfolio submission.

VA 1251 3D: Sculpture/Jewelry/Clay IV

This course will focus on the integration of design principles as they relate to depth and space, volume, and surface.   Projects may include figurative and non-figurative artwork, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics installation, assemblage, and fiber arts.   Projects completed are eligible for inclusion in an AP Portfolio submission.
Prerequisite: Teacher permission.

VA 0931 High School Digital Photography I (Grades 9-12)

Students learn photographic principles and techniques. 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 for altering images for both image improvement and artistic considerations.

VA 1031 High School Digital Photography II (Grades 9-12)

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 artwork; however, the production and analysis of expressive and thoughtful artwork 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.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography I and teacher permission.

VA 1131 Digital Photography III (Grades 10-12)

This advanced course will further develop the foundation skills learned in Digital Photography II.   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 artwork; however, the production and analysis of expressive and thoughtful artwork is the main objective of this course.  Students interested in photography may complete AP Studio Art using photography as their focus.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography II

VA 1231 Digital Photography IV (Grades 10-12)

This advanced course will further develop the foundational skills learned in Digital Photography III.   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 artwork; however, the production and analysis of expressive and thoughtful artwork is the main objective of this course.  Students interested in photography may complete AP Studio Art using photography as their focus.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography III

VA 1235 AP Art & Design- Photography

This is an accelerated course designed for the highly motivated, talented art student who wishes to pursue college-level studies and is seriously interested in the practical experience of art. This AP course provides more opportunities for individualized instruction geared towards student interests and expertise by developing an area of sustained investigation. Students are expected to work at least 6 hours per week outside of class on projects to complete a minimum of 15 pieces of artwork by year-end. AP Art & Design is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a digital portfolio with 15 digital reproductions to College Board for scoring in early May for Sustained Investigation, as well as submit 5  pieces of artwork for the Quality section. Projects from previous art courses may be included in the AP portfolio submission. Portfolios will be returned via mail over the summer. Portfolio submission-only applies to Juniors and Seniors. Students who receive a score of a 4 or 5 on their portfolios may receive up to twelve credit hours of art course work, depending on the university or college.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography III and teacher recommendation.

Music

Strings

PA 1031  Concert Strings (Grades 7-12)

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 the 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 the harp, may be admitted into the class by permission of the instructor.

PA 1133 Symphonic Strings (Grades 7-12)

For students who already play an orchestral string instrument (bowed strings), this course helps develop ensemble skills. Students will be challenged with more advanced string repertoire, as well as string techniques, such as shifting, vibrato, and three-octave scales. Members of this group perform regularly and will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions. Students are responsible for providing their instrument. Students progress into Symphonic Strings from Concert Strings. May be repeated for credit.

PA 1235 – Chamber Strings (Grades 8-12)

This class is intended for advanced 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 and will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions and festivals.

Band

PA 1013 Symphonic Band (Grades 7-10)

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.

PA 1114 – Advanced Jazz Band (Grades 9-12)

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 of playing experience. Placement by audition only.

PA 1115 Honor Band (Grades 9-12)

Intended for instrumental students who want to play advanced music, students in Honor Band have played 3 or more years on their wind instrument. The course explores a variety of musical styles including orchestral music.  Full Orchestra will meet regularly to rehearse selected orchestral music with advanced strings.   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 and will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions and festivals.

Choir

PA 0950 Choir (Grades 9-12)

In high school choir, students learn and perform standard compositions/arrangements, music theory and learn sight-singing using Solfege (Do, Re, Mi…). Performances may include concerts, community performances, and festival opportunities.  Open to all high school students.

Guitar

PA 0960 Beginning Guitar (Grades 8-12)

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

 PA 1060 Intermediate Guitar (Grades 9-12)

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

PA 1160 – Advanced Guitar (Grades 10-12)

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.

PA 1260 – 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 fretboard. 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.

Drama

PA 0991 Drama (Grades 8-12)

This class develops artistic perception, creative expression, and aesthetic valuing. Students learn theatre terminology for the stage, acting, directing, and technical aspects of production. Much of the course content will be studied through active, hands-on projects where students learn to do acting warm-ups, improvisations, monologues, makeup, and some scenes. If the students opt to sing; it will be for production as a musical.   Each year the production, if there is one, will be decided by the class.

Dance

 PA 0981- Dance I

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 the choreography in selected parts of a dance. There will be at least two performances throughout the year with other opportunities to perform.

PA 1082- 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.

 PA 1183- 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.

 PA 1284- 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

PA 1285- Altitude Dance

Entrance into this class will be by audition only.  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

 PA 1286- 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