Fine Arts 9-12 Courses
Visual Arts I, II, III, IV
Crafts I, II, III
Senior Art Portfolio
Vocal Studio I, II, III, IV
Music History and Theory
Art AppreciationBeginning Painting*(N _ _ _) Denotes a ninth grade course
*( _ _ _S) Denotes a year long single period course
Visual Arts I (601S) or (N601)
Visual Arts I is an elective art course designed as an overall introduction to the basic techniques, materials and ideas of creative visual arts. Basic drawing and painting techniques and movements, design elements and principles and familiarity with characteristics of art history will be emphasized.
Visual Arts II (602S) Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Visual Arts I
Visual Arts II provides concentrated work in selected areas of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking are included. Students will be expected to work independently and demonstrate growth and understanding in the handling of various materials, techniques, concepts and ideas.
Visual Arts III (603S) Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Visual Arts II
Visual Arts III continues work in selected areas of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. There is concentrated emphasis on drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and art history. Emphasis is on the personal growth and style of the student.
Arts IV (604S)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts I, II, III
Visual Arts IV concentrates work in selected areas of two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual arts including drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Students will be expected to work independently and to demonstrate growth and understanding in the handling of materials and ideas.
Crafts I (605S) or (N605)
This course will provide the students with basic construction methods of a variety of crafts such as: ceramics, metalsmithing, coiled basketry, plaster sculpture and weaving. Appropriate tools will be used (looms, pottery wheel, files, saws and rasps, soldering torches, buffing machine). Additional craft activities may also be explored as per instructor.
Crafts II (608S)
Prerequisite: Crafts I
This course will concentrate work in the areas of ceramics and metalsmithing. Hand building and throwing on the pottery wheel and more advanced metalsmithing techniques will be included. Students will be expected to work independently and to demonstrate growth in each medium.
Crafts III (609S)
Prerequisite: Crafts II
Work will be concentrated in the areas of clay and metalsmithing. Students will be expected to work independently to foster growth and development of a personal style. Advanced areas will include metal casting, enameling and raku pottery.
Metal Crafting (607S)
Metal Crafting concentrates on the use and understanding of handsaws, files, hammers, pliers and equipment as applied to working with metal. Students will be taught to construct projects created with metal. Original ideas paired with cold connections and functional design will generate finished products such as jewelry, keychains, frames, bookmarkers and more. Emphasis will be placed on safety and the student’s ability to work independently.
Senior Art Portfolio (606) Grade 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Visual Arts II or Visual Arts III
Senior Art Portfolio is designed for the serious art student, and those students preparing for a career in some area of the visual arts. Emphasis is on preparation of a portfolio of work reflecting in-depth studio experience using a wide variety of materials.
Art Appreciation (611S)
This course will allow the student to explore the art timeline from prehistoric sculpture and cave paintings to 21st century art. World famous museums will be virtually visited via the Internet. A picture journal of the various styles of art being studied will be kept as well as the students’ interpretive pieces. This course will provide an exciting hands-on experience to art history.Beginning Painting (612)
Prerequisite: Visual Art I
Beginning Painting is designed as an overall introduction to the basic techniques used in watercolors, acrylic, and oil paints. Students will learn a variety of ways to apply paint to capture different textures and styles and be expected to demonstrate these in their own works. Students will study different artists and their painting styles.
Concert Band (660) (660S) or (N660)
Prerequisite: Basic instrumental skills
Band students receive experience in ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. There will be public performances to display acquired skills. An outgrowth of the band class are the following performing groups: woodwind choir, brass choir, and other small ensembles.
Marching Band (661) (661S) or (N661)
Prerequisite: Intermediate instrumental skills
Marching Band will provide students with an ensemble experience in which they can develop advanced instrumental techniques while performing a variety of musical styles. There are numerous public performances to display acquired skills. An outgrowth of this group are the following performing groups: pep band, stage band, woodwind choir, brass choir, and other small ensembles.
Freshman/Sophomore Concert Choir (664) (664S) or (N664)
The Freshman/Sophomore Concert Choir is part of the Cougar Concert Choir. The Choir is designed for all members of the Freshman/Sophomore classes that are interested in participating in the Cougar Concert Choir. This arrangement is made for scheduling purposes. The Concert Choir will have numerous opportunities to preform many styles of choral music at school and public performances. All members of the Concert Choir will study correct vocal production and strive to improve their musicianship.
Cougar Concert Choir (665) or (665S)
Prerequisite: Teacher approval
Cougar Concert Choir is designed for all students of the high school who are interested in performing choral music. All members of the Concert Choir will study
correct vocal production and strive to improve their musicianship. The Concert Choir performs many styles of choral music at various school and public performances. Participation in this ensemble will allow eligibility for District, Regional, and All-State choral competitions and festivals.
Music Appreciation (666S)
For the student who has a desire to study classical music. Music Appreciation is designed to develop students’ knowledge of music as it has progressed to the present day through the enhancement of listening skills. Students should gain enough musical background to become adequate consumers and advocates of music. Time periodscovered are: Primitive, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Jazz, and Rock & Roll.
Music Theory/Technology I (667S)Music Theory/Technology will use computers, synthesizers, and related software to experiment, create and experience different styles of music and sound. Students will gain hands-on experience using technology to develop their individual needs and preferences by creating their own compositions and the analysis of existing compositions. Students will receive instruction in all the elements of music: ear training, melody writing, harmony and other areas of musical terminology. Students will be developing musical skills and the knowledge of the fundamentals of music theory in this course.Advanced Music Theory/Technology II (668S)
Prerequisite: Music Theory/Technology I
Advanced Music Theory/Technology is an extension of Music Theory I with further emphasis on arranging, orchestration, composition, and harmonic analysis. Upon completion of this course, the student will have covered the necessary material to successfully enter a college music program.