Fine Arts Courses (MS)

Art

FA007 – 6th Grade Art Special

This full year course will introduce students to a wide variety of art materials and processes. Both design inspired 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: Printmaking, Pop Art Ceramic Portraits, Optical Illusion Drawings and Radial Name Drawings.

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 portfolio and a folder of class handouts.
Students must maintain a “B” average, both fall and spring semester, in order to continue to the advanced level courses.

FA012 in Middle School) – Art II – Advanced Art

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 and teacher permission.

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. Eighth grade students have priority. Students must consult with instructor and provide their own digital camera before requesting registration.

Strings

FA004 – 6th Grade 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 may enroll in Beginning Guitar starting in 8th grade.

FA022 Intermediate Strings (Grades 7-10)

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

FA023 Strings Orchestra (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. 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. Placement by audition. Students progress into Orchestra from Intermediate Strings or Symphonic Band.

Band

FA005 6th Grade Beginning

Band is a full year course that will introduce students to techniques for playing a band instrument. This class is for students who want to learn how to play flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, oboe, or tuba. The purpose of Beginning Band is to provide its members with the training and development necessary for future membership in Symphonic Band or Orchestra. Members of this group will lay the groundwork for music mastery on one of the listed instruments. Middle and High school students may take Beginning band as a refresher course before moving up to a more advanced group.

FA029 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.

FA094 Beginning Jazz Band (Grades 7-8)

Beginning Jazz is open to grade level student with 1.5 to 2.5+ years of playing experience. The bar is higher for Jazz Band which is a concert format. Students in beginning jazz 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. By director recommendation or audition only.

Choir

FA041 6th Grade Beginning Choir

Students will learn basic music theory, sight singing using Solfege (Do, Re, Mi…). Students will also learn unison and two-part songs and rounds. There will be a concert at the end of each semester.

FA041 GLEE (Grades 7-8)

Middle school performance group. Students will learn and perform songs – 2 and 3 part, learn additional music theory and sight singing using Solfege (Do Re, Mi…). There will be a concert at the end of each semester as well as community performances, middle school honor choir opportunities, and a possible festival in the spring. Prerequisite: None
Drama

FA402 Theater (Grades 8-12)

Students will learn acting techniques, improve, and stage tech – including set building, costuming, lighting and sound. Students will learn and practice scenes, as well as monologues. During the spring semester students will learn songs from musicals and practice musical audition pieces. There will be at least one performance each semester: students will perform a play in the Fall and in the spring students will perform a musical.

Guitar

FA035 Beginning Guitar (8th-12th Grade)

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

Dance

FA031 Beginning Jazz Dance (7th Grade only)

Jazz Dance will focus on jazz technique and building a strong dancer. Class will consist of learning jazz warm-ups, progressions, turns, kicks and leap steps. You will learn dances throughout the year and be part of performances each semester.

FA032 Advanced Jazz Dance (8th Grade only)

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