Visual & Performing Arts

Meet the Department
Amy Waud-Reiter – Department Head
Robert Bowman
Kristi Kavanaugh

YEARBOOK-PHOTOJOURNALISM
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Minimum GPA of C+ and Signed Contract with Instructor Approval
One year – Elective

This course will teach students to identify, master, and put into practice the skills necessary in conceptualizing a yearbook. Students will master all elements associated with production of a yearbook, which include reporting, writing, editing, photography, layout, graphics, and finances. There is a limit of 20 students.
NOTE: Each student is required to sell six ads and be willing to take pictures.

ART APPRECIATION: TWO DIMENSIONAL DESIGN (P)
Year (9, 10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

This course provides an introduction to drawing as a means of visual thinking and communication. Training in the fundamentals of drawing is explored with emphasis on the elements and principles of design, composition, and interpretation. Rules of simple perspective, color theory, lettering, and drawing from real objects in natural situations will be stressed and projects assigned to enable the student to develop his/her skills.

CERAMICS
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One semester – Elective

This is a three-dimensional beginning ceramics class that will focus on hand building and glazing techniques. There will be some additional cost to the class (i.e., purchasing materials such as clay). Class size: 10 students per section.

SCULPTURE (P)
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Art Appreciation
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

Students will study sculpture art and artists of varying styles, media, and cultures. They will develop technical, aesthetic, critical thinking, problem solving, and creative molds, assemblages, and structures using a variety of media such as wire, paper mache, cardboard, wood, and recyclables. Working in 2-D in the form of blueprints and sketches, and then3-D in the creation of their design will be a lifelong learning tool in visualizing and manipulating space, form, and high cognitive concepts. This course will involve critiques, presentations, and evaluations, analyzing and responding to works of art, and appreciate sculpture art and artists from diverse angles and form a relationship between the art making process, development, and its effect on communities and cultures as a whole. Class size: 10 students per section.

ADVANCED DRAWING: THEORY AND PRACTICE (P)
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Grade of B in Art Appreciation
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

This course is designed to enable the student to utilize the knowledge of the basic principles of drawing learned in Art Appreciation: Two Dimensional Design. A continued investigation of drawing and painting studies will prepare students to attempt more challenging work in a variety of both wet and dry media, charcoal, pastel, water color, and acrylics. Students will be involved in research and oral reports on various historic art movements: Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism. Students will complete written essays and a variety of renderings in the classroom based on these studies.

ADVANCED PAINTING (P)
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Art Appreciation
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

Students will study artists ranging from the early Egyptian period to Post-Modernism and further develop their painting skills and techniques through experimentation and manipulation of materials. They will define their own style while looking at the styles of artists throughout history. Students will also learn various processes used in painting such as stretching their own canvasses, preparing the canvas, matting and framing, and presenting art work for a gallery or event. Students will participate in critiques, presentations, and evaluations, analyzing and responding to works of art. This course will build students’ abilities to value and appreciate works of art from diverse angles and form a relationship between art, history, and cultures. Class size: 10 students per section.

ART III (P)
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Grade of B in Advanced Drawing and Instructor Approval
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

Art III presents advanced drawing and painting with individualized instruction in various media. Students will be required to develop a body of work (outside of class) based upon the exploration of thematic materials and techniques for presentation at the end of the course.

AP STUDIO ART: TWO DIMENSIONAL DESIGN (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: Instructor Approval
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

The AP Studio Art 2D Design course is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. AP course requirements are significantly more rigorous, and students should demonstrate commitment and accomplishment while enrolled. It is recommended for the AP student to have previous Art 1 and Art 2 classes or be able to demonstrate, through a portfolio, an ability to create fine art. The AP Studio Art: 2D Design course strives for quality of production and experience in the investigation of drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography styles, techniques and reflection of historical influences in design.
The course is designed as an intensive one-year program. The course is the infusion of new ideas and is constructed around meaning and an enduring idea.

INDEPENDENT ART
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Portfolio and signed contract with Instructor Approval
One year- Elective

Subjects are to be determined by student and instructor contract. Time and duration will be defined in the contract.

DRAMA I: HISTORY AND PRACTICUM (P)
Year (9, 10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (f)

In the first year of drama, students will learn about fundamental acting techniques as well as study all areas of acting, from pantomime and improvisation to the monologue, scene, and the one-act play. Students may work with upper level drama students. Additionally, students will study theatre history as well as some corresponding period dramatic pieces. Students will be required to read and/’or view plays outside of class. A minimum of one written project will be required each quarter. No performing – help with Drama II, III, IV. A student may not take Drama out of sequence.

DRAMA II, III, IV
Year (10, 11, 12)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in preceding Drama class and Instructor Approval
One year – Elective

These classes enable the serious drama student to investigate the more creative and disciplined areas of theatre arts. These are production classes where the units and difficulty of work will vary yearly. The students will be working the Drama students of all levels.

There is also encouragement of independent studies in special areas such as scene design and lighting, depending upon the students’ abilities and interests. Students will direct, manage, and/or act in student productions, and may produce their own one-act. Outside rehearsal time is mandatory for all drama classes.

MIXED MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHY
Year (11, 12); Prerequisites: Signed contract indicating ownership of a 35mm digital camera and responsibility to purchase necessary prints.
One semester – Fall Elective

This is an introductory course in the fundamentals photography and mixed media. The basic technical skills cover the operation of the DSLR camera. In addition to class critiques, visual presentations will acquaint the student with the photographers who shaped the medium.

Students will be assigned OFF CAMPUS projects to encourage and develop their creative expression in photographic vision. Students must be clear about their responsibility to purchase their own memory card and prints. Students will also have the opportunity to create art projects using the photographs they have taken during the semester. We will be using a variety of mediums including acrylic, fabric, glass and pastels.

Limited enrollment: There is a maximum enrollment of 10 students.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE (P)
Year (9, 10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU/ a-g criteria (f)

This year long course is designed to introduce students to music history and appreciation, ear training, theory, and improvisation through the jazz idiom. In addition to the core curriculum and full band rehearsal, students are expected to work individually and in small groups on a self-guided curriculum to explore areas of particular interest in further detail. This class is open to all musicians. No one will be turned away based on skills/experience, but placement auditions are necessary for planning and will be held at the beginning of each semester.