Fine Arts Courses

Supervisor: Jacqueline Cole, 908-284-7157, jcole@hcrhs.org

These courses may be used to satisfy the Visual, Performing Arts graduation requirements. This flow chart illustrates possible course sequencing. Please note: Prerequisite and recommendation requirements are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully, to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course. While we encourage students to challenge themselves in their course selection, the demands of higher level courses can be significant. If you are considering a change in level, talk to your current teacher and counselor for guidance.

2018-2019 Fine Arts Course Descriptions

ART COURSES:

#700 – CRAFT AND DESIGN– 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Note: This course serves as a prerequisite for #718 Sculpture.

Craft and Design is an introductory level course that exposes students to various art & craft materials and projects. Although students are introduced to 2D design projects, greater emphasis is placed on 3D sculptural work. Students may work with ceramics & glazes, various paper arts and various media to create sculptural pieces. Through the use of the elements of design, students will develop skills to design and create aesthetically pleasing works of art that can be utilized in everyday life.



#711 - ART 1 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Art 1 is an introductory course that focuses on using elements of design to produce original 2-dimensional pieces of art that are both aesthetically and visually creative. Students are introduced to a new project through art history and visual examples. They then plan out their ideas, while practicing technique exercises. Students explore various materials such as pens, colored pencils, charcoal and paints. Techniques include shading, line designs and learning how to mix and apply paint. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills, while creating original and unique pieces of art.


#719 - DRAWING AND COMPOSITION - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #711 Art 1

Drawing and Composition is a foundation course which concentrates on the aspects of composition and developing skill with different media. Students explore still life, landscape, perspective and abstract drawing. Students complete daily sketchbook assignments to help develop drawing skills.


#712 - ART 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: #711 Art 1

Having demonstrated success in the prerequisite course, students undertake the advanced nature of the content of Art 2. Art 2 represents a shift from the design-based curriculum of Exploring Art or Art 1 to a fine arts approach. Students develop skills in the techniques of various media in order to create drawings, paintings and sculpture that are appreciated for their aesthetic value rather than serving a useful function. At the Art 2 level, concentration in the practice of art expression is emphasized. The common thread of each ensuing experience is the method of transforming original images into aesthetic material form.


#710 – THE ART OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

In Digital Photography 1, students explore the foundations of photography as a visual fine art. This course guides students through the basics of photography, focusing on how to use a digital camera and learning compositional skills. Introductory Photoshop and printing techniques are explored, so that students may produce photographic prints. Students will use studio lighting equipment to practice portrait and lighting techniques, while also utilizing traditional manual camera functions. At the conclusion of each project, students will critique, evaluate and reflect upon techniques they have learned and the photographs they have produced. At the end of the course, students create a portfolio exemplifying their best photographs. Students are not required to supply their own camera, but are highly encouraged to use their own, if they have one.


#721- THE ART OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #710 The Art of Digital Photography 1

The Art of Digital Photography 2 builds upon the knowledge and skills gained during The Art of Digital Photography 1. In a college-style course environment, students explore advanced camera controls, practice new Photoshop skills and review the elements of design from Digital Photo 1. Digital Photo 2 also delves into new and cutting-edge photo manipulation, using Photoshop and other software to create both conventional and innovative photographs. Students explore more advanced studio photography, as well as independently shoot images outside of school. Similar to Photo 1, students will critique, evaluate and reflect upon their own photographs, as well as have discussions and critiques about each other's photographs. Photo 2 primarily uses manual camera settings to control the in camera light meter, depth of field, and exposure bracketing. Students are not required to supply their own camera, but are highly encouraged to use their own, if they have one.


#716 - ADVANCED DRAWING & PRINTMAKING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: #711 Art 1

Students explore various traditional and experimental techniques and processes using value and color to create original works of art.Themes may include surrealism, abstraction, realism and portraits. Drawings will be created using pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and pastels.Printmaking techniques include linoleum, drypoint and monotype. A weekly sketchbook is required.


#717 - OIL PAINTING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: #711 Art 1

In this course, exercises in composition and color theory are conducted in preparation for painting projects. Creative thinking and innovative approaches are encouraged. In addition to oils, other media including acrylics and watercolors are explored, which will expand the range of the painting experience. Artists, as they relate to paintings, are studied.


#714 –HONORS PORTFOLIO PREPARATION - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Equivalent of two years (7.5 credits) of Art instruction (#700 Craft and Design does not count toward the 7.5 credit prerequisite).

Offerings in this course include portfolio development, art career direction, and advanced studies in specialized areas. A wide range of media and subject matter are explored. A weekly sketchbook is required. The culminating project is a body of artwork which would satisfy the portfolio requirements for art college admissions. If you are interested in applying for admission to an art school, it is recommended that you take this course Junior year.

#715 – CERAMICS 1 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Note: This course serves as a prerequisite for #720 Ceramics 2 and #718 Sculpture; it does not serve as a prerequisite for other Art courses.

A variety of hand-built and wheel-throwing techniques are discussed and demonstrated by the teacher and experienced by the students in this course. Hand-built methods include pinch, coil and slab vessels, as well as bas-relief and in-the-round sculpture. Students design and build ceramic objects that are intended for use in the home or for aesthetic stimulation. Various decorating and glazing skills are learned to enhance the original clay works.

#720 – CERAMICS 2 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: #715 Ceramics 1

The Ceramics 2 course is designed for those students who are highly motivated, self-directed and have excelled in eramics 1. Building upon the techniques learned in Ceramics 1 which include handbuilding, potter’s wheel and sculpture, the Ceramics 2 student will learn further techniques in these areas through cultural and historical references as inspiration. Exploration of different clay bodies, firing methods and surface decoration may be part of the course. Emphasis will be on ceramics inspired from North, Central and South America. The culminating project requires students to create a portfolio of their work.


#718 - SCULPTURE - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: 2.5 credits of art


The sculpture course is designed to acquaint the student with subtractive and additive means of creating in-the-round and bas-relief sculpture. A variety of techniques and media are introduced and practiced. Sculpture is based on the study of natural and artistic forms and objects. Student-produced objects are created in terms of the aesthetics relating to the principles and elements of design and composition.


#731 - HONORS G & T ART 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Students interested in this course must take a drawing test.

Honors G&T Art 1 is designed to develop students' skills in the creation of expressive/conceptual artwork. In addition to developing technical skills, students develop creative and critical thinking skills through problem-solving and peer critiques. In a nurturing and challenging environment, students will work with a variety of media to create conceptual artwork that expresses ideas, emotions and/or makes a statement of a political/humorous/philosophical nature. In order to develop technical skills, students are required to keep a journal of still-life images.

#732 - HONORS G & T ART 2- 5 CREDITS
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: #731 G & T ART 1

The second level course further advances creative and critical thinking skills and provides structured opportunities to forward student self-discipline and independent behavior. The first quarter includes a battery of anatomical drawing activities culminating in a self-awareness/self-portrait. The second quarter is devoted to self-initiated independent studies. In addition to class work, journal keeping is required.

#733 - HONORS G & T ART 3 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: #732 G & T Art 2


The level 3 course provides significantly different learning experiences each semester. The first semester is given to direct instruction in advanced technical skills areas. The second semester is devoted to the design and completion of the culminating thesis and exhibition. Enhanced cognitive thinking skills, technical competencies, and purposefully directed self-initiated behavior are the course's expected outcomes. Journal keeping is required.

#735 – AP STUDIO ART / DRAWING – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #734 Honors Studio Art and an additional 7.5 credits of Art Instruction OR Honors G&T Art 2 OR Honors G&T Art 3 OR Portfolio Preparation (#700 Craft and Design and #715 Ceramics do not count as prerequisites).

Advanced Placement Studio Art/Drawing is a rigorous course intended for students who wish to explore complex ideas and methods in drawing. Works ranging from printmaking, mixed media, and paint will be investigated. Students will be required to: complete summer assignments and homework, keep a sketchbook throughout the course, attend and participate in all critiques and class discussions, submit a digital portfolio and complete a final project. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

#702 – AP ART HISTORY – 5 CREDITS
Grades 11-12

Art history emphasizes understanding works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, class, religion, patronage, audience, gender, function, and ethnicity. The AP Art History course teaches students visual and contextual analysis of works of art. This course is suitable for students interested in exploring art from a historical perspective as well as students interested in studying art at the post secondary level. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

DRAMATICS AND FILM COURSES:

#722 – INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Like movies? Find out how they get produced, and learn the language of film. Students view and discuss a number of excellent classic Hollywood films, many of which appear on lists of the best films of all time. Students cultivate the ability to write concise, articulate reviews of films and explore the concept of what it means to be a classic, with regard to film.


#729 - HONORS FILM STUDIES – 2.5 Credits
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #722 Introduction to Film Studies

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in Introduction to Film Students. and analyze film and director literature. A final research project requires students to select a director, investigate written sources about their subject, critically view at least two of the director's films, and complete an analysis the films based on the literature.


#706 – EXPLORING THEATER – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

What is involved in theater? To find out, interest is necessary; experience is not! Students explore the world of theater arts through theater games and through projects in acting, directing, pantomime, and theater production. Students are required to memorize and perform short scenes for their peers. The course culminates in a final project requiring students to develop as well as perform an original work for an invited audience. This class is for the student with no or limited stage experience.


#707 - THEATER STUDIES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is for the student with previous stage experience in lead roles, supporting character roles, extensive backstage crew experience or the highly motivated student without stage experience. Students memorize and perform 4/5 page scenes for peers and invited audiences. Students study script analysis, acting, directing and stage production. This class is designed for the highly motivated theater student.


#708 - ADVANCED THEATER STUDIES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #707 Theater Studies

Advanced Theater Studies is a course designed for those students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing intensive work in the performing arts. This course provides students with the opportunity to study advanced acting and design techniques through hands-on projects, laboratory assignments, and research. It is highly recommended that students take this class as a junior or senior. Research into theater history and character subtext is geared to the advanced student.

#709 – HONORS THEATER – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #708 Advanced Theater Studies

Honors Theater explores the study of physical acting in voice and body. Serious scene work with intense character development will join the work of physical acting. Students will study technical theater needs to support production work. This may include set design, costumes, props, lighting and sound.

MUSIC COURSES:

#751 - FRESHMAN CONCERT BAND - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

Concert Band is designed for freshman band students who play a brass or woodwind instrument. Students should recognize that this ensemble - although the entry level ensemble at the high school - is not designed for beginning band students. The music performed in this class is designed for students with three to four years of instrumental music training. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary concert band music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state bands. Although not a requirement of Freshman Concert Band, it is recommended that all band students consider enrolling in marching band. An audition is held in December to determine the student’s placement in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony for their sophomore year.


#752 – FRESHMAN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE -5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This course is designed for freshman band students who play a percussion instrument. Students should recognize that this ensemble - although the entry level ensemble at the high school - is not designed for beginning percussion students. The music performed in this class is designed for students with three to four years of instrumental music training. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Students perform as a percussion ensemble as well as part of the Freshman Concert Band. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to audition for region and all-state bands. It is highly recommended that all students enrolled in Freshman Percussion Ensemble also audition for the marching band.


#755 - SYMPHONIC BAND - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: #751 Concert Band or #752 Principles of Percussion or Audition


Symphonic band is the intermediate level curricular instrumental music ensemble. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary concert band music with emphasis on training musicianship skills. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Symphonic String Orchestra. Students enrolling in the symphonic band must have successfully completed Freshman Concert Band and/or pass an audition with the band director. Due to musical limitation, percussion students must pass an audition. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for region and all-state bands. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Although not a requirement of Symphonic Band, it is recommended that all band students consider enrolling in marching band.

#756 - WIND SYMPHONY– 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Audition

Wind Symphony is the advanced level curricular instrumental music ensemble. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary concert band music with emphasis on training musicianship skills. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Advanced String Orchestra. Students enrolling in Wind Symphony must pass an audition with the band director. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for region and all-state bands. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Although not a requirement of Symphonic Band, it is recommended that all band students consider enrolling in marching band.

#750- MARCHING BAND (after School)- 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is an option available to students willing to participate in a credit, curricular program while performing with the Marching Band and its supporting units. Students are required to participate in all events throughout the school year, including football games, parades and community events. Subjective and objective evaluation of student progress in the attainment of group goals, as well as individual musical growth, is the basis of course structure. Because of the group’s very visible role in various community functions, level of performance is a critical factor in determining student progress. In addition to signing up for the course, students are required to submit a separate registration packet in the spring (incoming freshman should see their middle school band directors for the registration packet). Marching Band is an optional course. Students electing to participate in Marching Band are subject to Random Drug Testing and must submit the Pay to Participate fee.

#741 - FRESHMAN STRING ORCHESTRA – 5 CREDITS
Grade 9

Freshman String Orchestra is designed for freshman students who play a string instrument: violin, viola, cello or string bass (piano spots are available in limited numbers). In this course students learn individual techniques, as well as ensemble proficiencies. Students are also encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary orchestral music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state orchestra.

#746- SYMPHONIC STRING ORCHESTRA- 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #741 Freshman String Orchestra or Audition

Symphonic String Orchestra is the intermediate level curricular instrumental music ensemble for string players. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Symphonic Band. Students enrolling in the symphonic orchestra must have successfully completed one semester in the Freshman String Orchestra and/or pass an audition with the orchestra director. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary orchestral music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state ensembles.

#747 – ADVANCED STRING ORCHESTRA – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Audition

Advanced String Orchestra is the advanced level curricular string ensemble. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Wind Symphony Band. Students enrolling in Advanced String Orchestra must pass an audition with the orchestra director. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary orchestral music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state ensembles.

#761- FRESHMAN WOMEN’S CHOIR - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

Freshman Women’s Chorus is an elective open to female freshmen who have an interest in singing and who wish to improve their vocal skills. Students learn proper vocal production, sight-reading, diction, correct phrasing, dynamics, good intonation, and proper blend. Through concert performances, students learn techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to this performing art.

#762 – FRESHMAN MIXED CHOIR 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

Freshman Mixed Chorus is an elective open to male and female freshman who have an interest in singing and who wish to improve their vocal skills. Students learn proper vocal production, sight-reading, diction, correct phrasing, dynamics, good intonation, and proper blend. Through concert performances, students learn techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to this performing art.

#768 - WOMEN’S CONCERT CHOIR - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Women’s Concert Choir is an elective open to all female sophomore, junior and senior students who have an interest in singing. These courses offer the student vocalist a continuing musical experience. Music from various historical periods, styles and cultures is performed. Through the use of repertoire and vocal exercises the student’s musical knowledge is expanded to include proper usage of vowel techniques, good diction, correct phrasing, proper dynamics, intonation and blend. Through concert performances, the student learns techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to the performing arts.

#769 – MIXED CONCERT CHOIR - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12


Mixed Concert Choir is an elective open to all male and female sophomore, junior and senior students who have an interest in singing. These courses offer the student vocalist a continuing musical experience. Music from various historical periods, styles and cultures is performed. Through the use of repertoire and vocal exercises the student’s musical knowledge is expanded to include proper usage of vowel techniques, good diction, correct phrasing, proper dynamics, intonation and blend. Through concert performances, the student learns techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to the performing arts.

#781 - JAZZ/POP CHOIR - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: Enrollment in a large group ensemble (Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, String Orchestra)

Students enrolled in the Jazz/Pop Choir study jazz and contemporary popular vocal music. There may be opportunities for community outreach through singing as part of the class. Students must be enrolled in an additional five (5) credit music ensemble class.


#771 MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: This course is not open to students who successfully completed Harmony and Creative Writing.

This elective course is designed for the student who wishes to become a better musician by understanding the basic principles of musical composition. Included in the curriculum is the study of major and minor keys, meter, rhythm, chord progressions, elementary form and basic harmonization of melodies. Students will have the opportunity to create music utilizing the principles being learned.

#772 - HONORS MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #771 Music Theory and Composition 1

This elective course is an extension of Music Theory and Composition I (previously known as Harmony and Creative Writing I) and expands upon the techniques of writing and harmonizing melodies in a variety of music forms. Emphasis is placed on music composition.

#775 - PIANO KEYBOARD 1 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Group instruction using the music MIDI lab is offered for those students who desire to learn basic piano skills. The course is designed so that each student can learn to play the piano at his/her own pace. No previous background is required.

#776 - PIANO KEYBOARD 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #775 Keyboard 1

Group instruction using the music MIDI lab is offered for those students who desire to enhance their piano skills. Students who have taken Piano Keyboard 1 will continue to learn at their own pace.

#778 – EXPLORING MUSIC 1 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Exploring Music 1 is designed to teach students the essential value of music as seen through various cultures and how it reflects on their life and society. Students examine their own musical tastes and those of other cultures.

#779 – THE EVOLUTION OF ROCK AND ROLL- EXPLORING MUSIC 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #778 Exploring Music 1

This course traces the evolution of music in our society and focuses on the origin of rock and pop music. Students learn to identify major artists and typical sounds of each new style of music.

#703 - HISTORY OF BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATER - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

This course traces the history of the American musical theater from the late 1800's to the present day Broadway "blockbusters". Topics to be covered include historical importance, influences on the culture of the day, and prominent people involved in each musical. The course is augmented by a field trip to see a current Broadway musical, as well as video and audio highlights of previous "hits".

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