Art and Communication Services

  • ART & COMMUNICATION SERVICES PATHWAY 
     
    VISUAL ARTS 
     
    Exploring the Arts 
     
    This course provides students in grades 7 and 8 an exploratory introduction to the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of media such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, paint, clay and digital art. Subjects such as landscape portraiture and still life will be practiced through realistic as well as abstract art techniques. Perspectives drawing and design, as well as art history and art criticism will also be explored. Students will build a portfolio of their work throughout the course to demonstrate their growth. There will be weekly homework, tests, quizzes, reading and written assignments. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to conceptualize and plan project ideas. 
     
    Art Foundations (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Art Foundations is an exploratory introduction to the basic elements and principles in visual art. The processes of drawing, painting, printmaking, and three­ dimensional design will be covered. Students will experience and understand the links between design, process and product. Art history and art criticism techniques will be explored and practiced. A sketch journal, weekly homework, exams and quizzes are required. Students are required to maintain portfolio
     
    Drawing and Painting I (CP) ½ unit 
     
    This course provides an opportunity for students to work in a variety of two­ dimensional media. Drawing and painting techniques are covered. Composition is emphasized as students learn to use the design elements and principles in their work. Observation and analysis of master art works will be included. A sketch journal, binder, weekly homework, exams and quizzes are also required. 
     
    Drawing and Painting II (CP) ½ unit
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drawing and Painting I or administrative approval. Advanced Drawing and Painting is designed for the experienced and accomplished art student who wishes to work at a deeper level in two dimensional media. This course will build on the foundations of Drawing and Painting and will enhance and advance student proficiency in composition, technique and media. Students will create a significant portfolio and will be expected to turn in weekly homework assignments as well as maintain a sketchbook and binder. 
     
    Fashion I (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Art Foundations or Drawing and Painting or administrative approval. This class introduces students to traditional fashion sketching and illustration, and the elements of art and principles of design utilizing a variety of media. In addition to studying proportions of the human figure, and clothing garments, students will also study fashion in the following components: Fashion production, globalization, identity, ethics & value exploration, and the social, political, and cultural influences on fashion. By semester’s end students will have accumulated a portfolio of designs. A sketchbook and binder are required. 
     
    Fashion II (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Fashion I or administrative approval. Using industry­standard computer design software, students continue to build on figure drawing and fashion illustration techniques, with emphasis on fabric rendering and design skills. Original themed­collections will reflect individual artistic skill. Three­ dimensional fashion designs will also be constructed with recycled materials. Building on the exploration of personal identity, media, and societal influences, students will also utilize terminology and specialized vocabulary in fashion, consumerism and consumer responsibilities and rights. Students research career paths and opportunities in the fashion industry. By semester’s end, students will have accumulated a portfolio of digital designs. A sketchbook and binder are required. 
     
    Page Pottery I (CP) ½ unit 
     
    This course introduces students to the basic techniques of hand building with clay. Pinch, coil, slab, drape, glazing and surface decoration methods will be covered. Slip casting and wheel­throwing will be introduced. Craftsmanship, elements of art and design, art history, and art appreciation of clay work of various cultures are emphasized. 
     
    Pottery II (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pottery I or administrative approval. This class is a more in­depth exploration of the ceramic processes of building, wheel­throwing, slip casting and surface decoration. Students are encouraged to combine techniques in order to create more complex forms. Students are expected to engaged in research and sketching as they are necessary components of the creative process. Exhibiting their work, research papers, quizzes and exams are an integral part of the course. 
     
    Advanced Pottery (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pottery II or administrative approval. Advanced pottery students learn how to go from digital to tangible and back again. In this course, sculptures will be designed on the computer and then built in real life, recreating existing 3D spaces in a digital world. We will also designing sculptures to be printed via a 3D digital printer.
     
    Design and Visual Communications I (H, CP) ½ unit 
     
    The overall objective of this course is to acquaint students with a variety of media communication tools included in the Adobe CS5 Design Suite. This course provides practical step by step instruction on learning graphic design principles, desktop publishing and digital photography. Students will become familiar with operation and functions of a digital camera, in order to get the best photos in all conditions including exposure, aperture, shutter speeds, depth­of ­field. Students will be involved in hands­ on assignments using the computer as a design and production tool. Students will learn to develop and publish using software from the Adobe CS5 Suite. Adobe InDesign will be used to combine text and graphics into useful publications. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will be used to create graphics that contribute to the overall appearance of the finished product. Skills related to text, graphics, scanning, digital photography, printing, and general computer use will be covered. Students must be prepared to take photos after school hours, and are encouraged to provide their own cameras if possible. Class presentations and exhibits are an integral part of the course.  
     
    Design and Visual Communications II (H, CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Completion of Design and Visual Communications I or administrative approval. This course will build upon the skills introduced in Design and Visual Communications I. Students will be creating more in­depth, hands­ on projects. Students will use the Adobe CS5 Design Suite to create a wide range of printed and digital media. Students will continue building on the photography and editing photo editing skills learned, and further explore the practice of transforming ideas into artwork. Using state ­of­ the ­art painting and drawing software, the computer acts as a tool to create digital art. Assignments will emphasize a broader scope of graphic design techniques, which include the development of visual solutions to problems while designing attractive publications for print and electronic media. An introduction to printing on a variety of substrates will be explored. Students must be prepared to take photos after school hours, and are encouraged to provide their own cameras if possible. Class presentations and exhibits are an integral part of the course. 
     
    3­D Computer Animation I (H, CP) 1 unit
     Prerequisite: Completion of Drafting Communication I or Computer Game Programming and Design with a B+ or better or administrative approval. This course will introduce students to the concepts of 3­D space and animation using Maya 2015 and Mudbox 2015 computer software. Students will use their 3­D Computer Aided Drafting and basic animation skills developed in Drafting Communication classes as a foundation for this course. Areas covered will include 3­D modeling, lighting, rendering, texturing and animating. Digital environments will be created and controlled on the computer and various methods of video output and editing will be explored. Students will create ABS plastic rapid prototypes from Maya models using CatalystEX software and our Stratasys 3D printer. The design and development of video games using Game Maker Studio and Unity Pro 5 software will be explored. Students will use a wide variety of graphic communication and video editing software programs including Adobe After Effects CS5, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and Adobe Photoshop CS5. Students will also explore various programs from the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2015. 3­D
     
    Computer Animation II (H, CP) 1 unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3D Computer Animation I with a B+ or better or administrative approval. This course will allow students to build upon the skills they developed in 3D Computer Animation I and Drafting Communication. Highly Complex 3D models, advanced rendering and video editing techniques will be covered. Students will create ABS plastic rapid prototypes from Maya models using CatalystEX software and our Stratasys 3D printer. The creation of animated short videos and DVD’s will be emphasized. Students can also further explore video game design and development using Unity Pro 5 software. Independent study students will be allowed to focus on areas of interest they develop in 3D Animation for career exploration and future educational opportunities. Students will use a wide variety of graphic communication and video editing software programs including Adobe After Effects CS5, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and Adobe Photoshop CS5. Students will also explore various programs from the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2015. 
     
    Honors Art Portfolio/Advanced Placement Studio Art/ (AP, H) 1 unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Students must have passed at least two high school art courses and have recommendation from the art teacher. This course is designed to demonstrate the competencies expected of the advanced placement art applicants as identified by the College Board. Light and shade value, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and the illusion of depth are all addressed through projects of media. Students choose between drawing, 2D design, or 3D design techniques. Final AP Portfolios are made up of three parts: twelve works that show Breadth of their work and abilities, 12 works that show a focused concentration (both are sent digitally), and 5 quality original works that are physically shipped for the portfolio examination. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam, instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation by the College Board at the end of the school year. Honors Art Portfolio is open to juniors and seniors who would like to build their art portfolio for college, but do not intend to submit to the AP College Board.
     
    Digital Photography & Arts I (CP) ½ unit 
     
    In this course, students will become familiar with operation and functions of a digital camera, in order to get the best photos in all conditions including exposure, aperture, shutter speeds, depth­of­field. They will learn to develop visual aesthetics through various types of lighting, good composition and elements of art. Students will further their artistic pursuit through the practice of portraits, still life, landscapes, and other assignments. Included will be instruction on how to transfer images from camera to computer, print digital prints, and how to edit and improve images in Adobe Photoshop. Students must be prepared to take photos after school hours, and are encouraged to provide their own cameras if possible. Class presentations and exhibits are an integral part of the course. 
     
    Digital Photography & Arts II (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Photography & Arts I or administrative approval. This class will afford students with the opportunity to become familiar with more advanced camera controls and techniques. Students will continue building on the photography and editing photo editing skills learned, and further explore the practice of transforming ideas into artwork. Using state­-of-­the-­art painting and drawing software, the computer acts as a tool to create digital art. In addition to digital photography and digital art, other topics covered will be graphic design, animation, website design, investigation of cultural and historical images, design principles, and opportunities for careers using digital media. Students must be prepared to take photos after school hours, and are encouraged to provide their own cameras if possible. Class presentations and exhibits are an integral part of the course.
     
    Photo I Film and Darkroom (CP) ½ unit 
     
    This course introduces students to basic techniques of black and white photography from manual 35mm camera operation to darkroom printing. Students will also understand the history of photography through slide discussions and hands­on projects as inspired by masters of photography. Quizzes, exams and weekly homework are an integral part of this course. Students must be prepared to take pictures after school hours and are encouraged to provide their own film camera. Disposable camera or Advantix camera will not work. (Due to size of darkroom and use of chemicals, there will be a limit to class size.) 
     
    Photo II Film and Darkroom (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photo I or teacher recommendation. This course will build on skills and concepts learned in Introduction to Photography. Students will improve exposure and development skills through structured visual and technical assignments. Weekly homework, slide discussions, analytical essays and a research paper are designed to help students develop an aesthetic approach to photographic work. Alternative darkroom and studio processes may be introduced. Quizzes and exams are an integral part of this course. Students are required to maintain a 3­ring binder. Students must be prepared to take pictures after school hours and are encouraged to provide their own film camera. Disposable camera or Advantix camera will not work. (Due to size of darkroom and use of chemicals, there will be a limit to class size.) Chemicals, paper and film are provided.
     
     PERFORMING ARTS 
     
    American Popular Music History (CP) ½ unit
     
    Open to students in grade 9­12 with no prior experience needed. This course is an overview of the American Popular music from the Civil War to present day. Topics to be discussed will include blues, Dixieland, ragtime, jazz, rock, country, hard rock, folk, metal, punk, hip hop, grunge, alternative, and electronic music, as well as a variety of other important musical genres that have played a major role in the development and evolution of American popular music. Students will develop a project during the semester and will have the opportunity to use technology and musical instruments to explore different genres. Throughout the class, there will be active discussions, guest speakers, video and audio recordings, as well as individual and group explorations. This course is open to all high school students. 
     
    Concert Choir (H, CP) 1 unit 
     
    This course will be open to any student in grades 8­12. No prior singing experience is needed. This ensemble will learn a variety of repertoire spanning different styles and languages. There will be performance opportunities throughout the year as well as a winter and spring concert. Members of the concert choir will be eligible to participate in auditions for honors festivals. Attendance is required at all performances. After a year in Concert Choir, students may audition for Chamber Choir.
     
    Chamber Choir (H, CP) 1 unit 
     
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Concert Choir and/or administrative approval. This course will be open to any student in grades 9­12. The repertoire for this ensemble will be more advanced and feature a diverse range of styles, languages, and time periods. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year as well as a winter and spring concert. Members of the chamber choir will be eligible and encouraged to audition for honors festivals. Attendance is required at all performances. 
     
    Band (H, CP) 1 unit 
     
    This course is open to all students with sufficient training and understanding in instrumental performance. The primary aim of the class is to develop fundamental performance skills, i.e., tone production, finger control, scales, notation, embouchure, intonation, etc. Anyone playing band instruments is eligible to join band. Attendance at concert performances is required. 
     
    Jazz Band (by audition) (H, CP) 1 unit 
     
    This course is open to all advanced band students. The goal is to introduce and develop improvisational skills through a varied repertoire of jazz music. *Concert Choir, Treble Ensemble, Jazz Band, and High School Band members may receive honors credit by pre­registration with his/her school counselor and the director? and completing 25 points of extra requirements each term. 
     
    Music Theory I (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Open to students in grades 9­12 with no prior experience needed. This is course is an introduction to basic music theory and piano fundamentals. The music theory component will include the study of standard notation, rhythm, time signatures, key structures, scales, chord harmony, and dictation. The piano component will be an introduction to basic melodies, harmonies, scales, chords, and beginner level repertoire. More advanced piano students will be given more suitable repertoire based on individual skill level. This course will act as a stepping stone to AP Music Theory. 
     
    Music Theory II­AP Music Theory (CP, AP) 1 unit 
     
    Prerequisite: 85 or better final grade in Music Theory I and teacher recommendation. Music Theory II is a continuation and expansion of the techniques learned in Music Theory I. Emphasis is on composing, arranging (score transposition), ear training and transcription. Students will have a long­-term project due at the end of each term. Participants in this class will be encouraged to take the AP Theory Exam. Advanced Placement Music Theory (AP) 1 unit Prerequisite: Music Theory I and teacher recommendation. The AP Music Theory class will be an intense study of music theory following the standardized AP Music Theory curriculum. It will cover? notation, intervals, scales and keys, chords, metric organization, rhythm patterns, melodic and harmonic dictation, aural skills, composition, figured bass and Roman Numeral progression realization, sight singing and analysis of repertoire. The class is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam. 
     
    String Ensemble (CP) 1 unit 
     
    String Ensemble students will study a wide and varied repertoire and will develop ensemble and solo performance skills. Ensemble opportunities include playing duets to septets and full string orchestra selections. Solo experience is gained through All Cape, Southeast and All State solo auditions and concerto pieces. Skills such as ensemble listening, tone, intonation, articulation, bowing and rhythm will be developed through sight reading and performance preparation. Students’ understanding of scales, musical vocabulary and the elements of music are reviewed. The individual member should gain more confidence in his/her abilities. While the course is geared primarily to string players, it can include wind instruments. 
     
    Guitar Class I (CP) ½ unit 
     
    This class is designed for beginning Bass and Acoustic Guitar players. Students will learn basics guitar techniques, chords, melodies, phrasing and rhythm. 
     
    Guitar Class II (CP) ½ unit 
     
    Prerequisite: 85 or better in Guitar Class I. This class is designed as a continuation of Guitar Class I. Students will work on advanced chords, playing techniques and theory. Final presentation will include a recital. 

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