The Performing Arts Program presents a curriculum that is composed of studies in theory and exercises in stage performance, technical theatre, and in music. Through such a balanced curriculum, this department seeks to instill in its students a love for and an appreciation of the performing arts; an understanding of the complexity of theatre production in all of its forms; and the ability to recognize the historical importance of performing arts in the development of culture. It is the desire of the department that its offerings will establish in the students a life-long love for theatre and music.
Upon completion of the Performing Arts program, the students will be able to:
- read and analyze a script on various levels and written in various styles;
- perform short scenes before an audience;
- communicate directions and solve problems in production, design, and direction;
- read three-part vocal harmonies in a variety of musical styles.
They will know and understand:
- the historical development of drama as a genre and theatre as a cultural reality;
- the concepts of color, rhythm, and focus in theatre design;
- the impact of correct lighting design on a scene;
- the musical content of musical history from the Baroque Period to modern day.
Finally, they will value and appreciate:
- the self-esteem and confidence that is nurtured by performance;
- the effectiveness of teamwork and collaboration toward a common goal;
- the aesthetic dimension reflected in music and drama.
The Visual Art Department focuses on the development of the students creative thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. With the application of the design process, students learn to communicate their creative ideas through strong visual statements. The art program provides the opportunity for students to develop independent thinking skills as well as an understanding of the role of Art and Design in society.
Students interested in an art or design career path, such as fashion design, graphic design, architecture, fine arts, etc. should take the following schedule of courses.
First Year – Foundation Studio
Second Year – Art Studio
Third Year – Advanced Art Studio
Fourth Year – Portfolio
Students who have an interest in art but not necessarily as a career, may also take the schedule of courses listed above. An art portfolio can demonstrate creative thinking abilities and be used in any college admission package.
CLASSES ARE LIMITED TO 20 STUDENTS
Upon completion of the visual arts program, the student will be able to:
- express herself with the acquired discipline and technical skills necessary to communicate effectively through visual form;
- appreciate her own creativity and the diversity of artistic styles and techniques;
- develop creative solutions to design problems;
- articulate an understanding of the influence of art on society in a historical and contemporary context;
- analyze the effective use of elements and principles of design.
- apply the design process to problem solutions
- 7900 Foundation Studio - Level 1 - Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12
- 7000 Art Studio - Honors - Grades 10, 11 & 12
- 7100 Advanced Art Studio - Honors - Grades 11 & 12
- 7200 Portfolio - Honors - Grade 12
- 7204 AP Art Studio Drawing - Grade 12
- 7002 Ceramics - Level 1 - Grades 10, 11 & 12
- 7101 Ceramics 2 - Honors - Grades 10, 11 & 12
- 7201 Ceramics 3 - Honors - Grades 11 & 12
- 7202 Ceramics 4 - Honors - Grades 11 & 12
- 7901 Art Experience - Level 1 - Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12
- 7004 Digital Art and Design 1 - Honors - Grades 10, 11 & 12
- 7005 Digital Art & Design 2 - Honors - Grades 11 & 12
- 7006 Digital Photography - Honors - Grades 10, 11 & 12
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