Fine Arts Course Descriptions

Art

Art I
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Art I focuses on the elements of art and the principles of design with related projects. It reviews line, shape, form, space, color, texture, balance, and proportion, which are introduced in the junior high classes. These concepts are studied more in-depth at their level with more complicated assignments. Projects include still life, perspective, watercolor, acrylic painting, linoleum block prints, calligraphy, and paper mache.

Art II
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Art I

Art II is an advanced art class that allows students to complete art projects that are more involved and more complex. It allows students to improve techniques learned in Art I and to achieve a higher level of proficiency with media. Projects include pencil drawings, charcoal, pastel, oil painting, 3 dimensional work, and baskets.

Art III
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Art II

Art III is an advanced art class that allows students to complete art projects that are even more involved and complex. It allows students to improve techniques learned in Art II and to achieve a higher level of proficiency with media. Projects include pencil drawings, charcoal, pastel, oil painting, and 3 dimensional work.

Drama

Theater Arts
Units: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Theater Arts will introduce the student to various skills including how to effectively act out or interpret various skills including how to effectively act out or interpret various dramatic episodes and how to create introductions for these scenes. Furthermore, this class will include lessons on different theatrical periods in history, stagecraft, the development of an original character, and the reading of plays and/or related books.

Instrumental Music

Band
Unit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): Prior years in band.

This course will center around a program of performance on the students primary musical instrument. The band program will foster a feeling of accomplishment. The instrumental music program will accommodate groups of widely varying size with a wide variety of ability. The student should have a foundation on his/her instrument starting in grade 6. New students or transfer students will be accepted by audition.

H.S. music students will perform in marching band, pep band, concert band, and small jazz groups as well as the opportunity to prepare solos for state and local contests. One of the most important benefits the instrumental player acquires is self-imposed discipline in developing the skills that allow music to be an emotional outlet and a means of self-expression.

Students will have new musical experiences every year. Band is one of the organizations that build school pride. All band announced public performances are required to earn a satisfactory grade.

Fundementals of Music
Unit: 1/2
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Fundamentals of Music is a course for students who wish to further their musical knowledge, but prefer not to be in a performance class such as band or choir. Students will learn about basic elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, and tone color. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the historical periods in music, as well as the major composers of those periods.

Vocal Music

Vocal Music
Unit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class will be a performance ensemble. They will/can perform on the concert in three ways: 1) With the Junior High mixed group, 2) By themselves or, 3) Be chosen to sing with the Concert Choir. The students enrolled will be taught the basic elements of music a choral singing through the music studied and performed. The students will be involved in singing, written work, and doing activities that relate to the musical concepts being taught. A music history unit may be included.

Concert Choir
Unit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): Audition or Consent of the Director.

Concert Choir is a performance ensemble. The students will continue to study musical concepts on a more advanced level. The spring semester students will attend contest and have the opportunity to learn solos and be a part of a small ensemble. Students will be involved in developing their singing voices. The class attends Frisco League and District Contests.