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Department Chairperson for Grayslake North and Grayslake Central:  Mark Lard, mlard@d127.org   

Music

 
 

Freshman

 

Sophomore

 

Junior

 

Senior

Concert Band

 

Concert Band

 

Concert Band

 

Concert Band

             

Symphonic Band (H)

 

Symphonic Band (H)

 

Symphonic Band (H)

 

Symphonic Band (H)

             

Wind Ensemble (H)

 

Wind Ensemble (H)

 

Wind Ensemble (H)

 

Wind Ensemble (H)

             

Concert Choir

 

Concert Choir 

 

Concert Choir

 

Concert Choir

             

Treble Choir (H)

 

Treble Choir (H)

 

Treble Choir (H)

 

Treble Choir (H)

             

Mixed Choir (H)

 

Mixed Choir (H)

 

Mixed Choir (H)

 

Mixed Choir (H)

             

Guitar I

 (One Semester)

 

Guitar I

 (One Semester)

 

Guitar I

 (One Semester)

 

Guitar I

 (One Semester)

             

Guitar II

(One Semester)

 

Guitar II

(One Semester)

 

Guitar II

(One Semester)

 

Guitar II

(One Semester)

             

String Ensemble

 

String Ensemble

 

String Ensemble

 

String Ensemble

             

Music Appreciation

(One Semester) 

 

Music Appreciation

 (One Semester)

 

Music Appreciation

 (One Semester)

 

Music Appreciation

 (One Semester)

             

Music Theory I

(One Semester)

 

Music Theory I

(One Semester)

 

Music Theory I

(One Semester)

 

Music Theory I

(One Semester)

             

Music Theory II

(One Semester)

 

Music Theory II

(One Semester)

 

Music Theory II

(One Semester)

 

Music Theory II

(One Semester)

             
   

AP Music Theory

(Two Semester)

 

AP Music Theory

(Two Semester)

 

AP Music Theory

(Two Semester)

 

 

 

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grade Offered

Concert Band*

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Symphonic Band Honors*

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Wind Ensemble Honors*

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Concert Choir*

None

1.0

9 - 12

Treble Choir Honors*

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Mixed Choir Honors*

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Guitar I

None

0.5

9 - 12

Guitar II

None

0.5

9 - 12

String Ensemble*

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Music Appreciation

None

0.5

9 - 12

Music Theory I

None

0.5

9 - 12

Music Theory II

Yes

0.5

9 - 12

Advanced Placement Music Theory 

Yes

1.0

10-12

*Indicates course fee. 

  See course description for all prerequisites

Concert Band

Credit: 1.0

This two‐semester course is designed for instrumentalists focusing on defining a fundamental skill set. The course emphasizes the refinement of performance techniques and interpretive skills while moderate levels of music of diverse styles and historical periods are rehearsed and performed. Performance opportunities provide students with a comprehensive musical experience. Units in the curriculum include marching band, preparation for the winter concert, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, and preparation for the spring concert and graduation performances. The marching band portion of the curriculum includes performances at competitions, local parades, and home football games. Pep band performances are held at varsity home basketball games and school assemblies. Other performance opportunities include the winter and spring concerts, district festivals, performances at local schools, community functions and competitions. The above activities may vary from year to year. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 ‐ $80 for concert apparel. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Prior band experience

Grades offered: 9‐12

Symphonic Band Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two‐semester course is designed for instrumentalists focusing on refining an advanced skill set. The continued refinement of performance techniques and interpretive skills is emphasized while advanced levels of music of diverse styles and historical periods are rehearsed and performed. Performance opportunities provide students with a comprehensive musical experience. Units in the curriculum include marching band, preparation for the winter concert, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, organizational contest, and preparation for the spring concert and graduation performances. The marching band portion of the curriculum includes performances at competitions, local parades, and home football games. Pep band performances are held at varsity home basketball games and school assemblies. Other performance opportunities include the winter and spring concerts, district festivals, performances at local schools, community functions and also required to complete a project and a portfolio which draw upon their personal musical strengths and experiences. The above activities may vary from year to year. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 ‐ $80 for concert apparel. In most cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by audition and/or recommendation

Grades offered: 9‐12

Wind Ensemble Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two‐semester course is designed for instrumentalists with an advanced skill set. Performance techniques and interpretive skills are emphasized while collegiate or professional levels of music of diverse styles and historical periods are rehearsed and performed. Performance opportunities provide students with a comprehensive musical experience. Units in the curriculum include, marching band, preparation for the winter concert, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, organizational contest and preparation for the spring concert and graduation performances. The marching band portion of the curriculum includes performances at competitions, local parades and home football games. Pep band performances are held at varsity home basketball games and school assemblies. Other performance opportunities include the winter and spring concerts, district festivals, performances at local schools, community functions and competitions. Students in this honors level band course are also required to complete a project and a portfolio which draw upon their personal musical strengths and experiences. The above activities may vary from year to year. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 ‐ $80 for concert apparel. In most cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by audition and/or recommendation

Grades offered: 9‐12

Concert Choir

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is open to all students.  Emphasis is placed on furthering a student’s development in sight reading and ear training techniques as well as the study of proper vocal singing technique.  Students are expected to sing with proper articulation, tone quality, intonation, breath support and musicianship. They will create meaningful connections to the music studied and engage in a number of activities, including fall, winter and spring concerts, competitions, and community performances.  The above activities may vary from year to year. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00  Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 - $80 for concert apparel.  In most cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  None

Grades offered: 9-12

Treble Choir Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is open to students through an additional audition with the choral director.  This is an advanced course, exploring a diverse repertoire of music written for soprano and alto voices, in which students receive honors credit upon completion of a project portfolio.  This portfolio will draw on each member’s individual strengths and experiences. Students in this program are expected to complete this work in addition to the performance and participation requirements for Concert Choir.  This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00  Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 - $80 for concert apparel.  In most cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  Concert Choir, placement by audition and/or recommendation

Grades offered:  9-12

Mixed Choir Honors 

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is open to students through an additional audition with the choral director.  This is an advanced course, exploring a diverse repertoire of music written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, in which students receive honors credit upon completion of a project portfolio.  This portfolio will draw on each member’s individual strengths and experiences. Students in this program are expected to complete this work in addition to the performance and participation requirements for Concert Choir.  This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 - $80 for concert apparel.  In most cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Concert Choir, placement by audition and/or recommendation

Grades offered: 9-12

Guitar I 

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course will introduce the basics of the guitar.  Students will learn basic music theory as it applies to learning the instrument, as well as tuning, melody playing, chords, rhythm patterns and beginning performance.  Students will make connections by participating together in ensembles. Students will use school guitars in class, but having their own at home for practice would be helpful. 

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $15 for book and guitar picks.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 9-12

Guitar II

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is a continuation of Guitar I.  Students will add to their skills in playing and reading chords, notes, tuning, melody playing, rhythm patterns performance and tablature.  Students will develop confidence and draw on their personal strengths in playing. Students will use school guitars in class, but having their own at home for practice would be helpful.

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $15 for book and guitar picks.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Guitar I.  Prerequisite may be waived subject to teacher recommendation and student experience. 

Grades offered: 9-12

String Ensemble

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed to further students’ musical development in string instrument performance.  Multiple levels of literature for string quartet and string orchestra are studied along with proper articulation, tone quality, intonation, bowing technique, and musicianship. Activities of String Ensemble include fall, winter, spring concerts and contests.

Course Fee: $25.00

Prerequisite: Prior string performance experience or placement by recommendation  

Grades offered: 9-12

Music Appreciation

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is designed to satisfy a number of musical interests.  Emphasis is based upon learning more about the five aspects of music: listening, playing, creating, singing, and dancing.  Students will engage in projects that will investigate how music throughout history has reflected and influenced social, religious, political, and historical trends.  This is a class for which no previous musical background is needed other than a passion for music and a willingness to pursue knowledge in many musical areas.                                                                                                                 Prerequisite:  None                                                                                                                        

Grades offered: 9-12

Music Theory I

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course provides students with the knowledge of how music is constructed and composed.  The basis of musical notation and composition skills is examined. These concepts are learned through challenging tasks involving musical notation and recognition, construction of the various major and minor scales, elementary chord construction and progression, and basic composition of melodies and accompaniments.  

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $30 for the class workbook. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept. 

Prerequisite:  None

Grades offered: 9-12

Music Theory II

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is a continuation of Music Theory I, focusing on form and analysis, four-part harmonization, and compositional techniques. The coursework is more challenging, allowing students to work to their individual strengths in music theory.   

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $30 for the class workbook. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept. 

Prerequisite:  Music Theory I

Grades offered: 9-12

Advanced Placement Music Theory

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.  The achievement of these goals may be best approached by initially addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises. Building on this foundation, the course should progress to include more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selective appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, and the realization of figured-bass notation.  This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Music Theory Exam. Students will cover topics including the basic elements of music construction, as well as advanced analysis techniques and ear training. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is imperative. It is also assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.   

Prerequisite:  Music Theory I and II, or placement by recommendation

Theatre

           

Freshman

 

Sophomore

 

Junior

 

Senior

Theatre I

(One Semester)

 

Theatre I

(One Semester)

 

Theatre I

(One Semester)

 

Theatre I

(One Semester)

             

Theatre II

(One Semester)

 

Theatre II

(One Semester)

 

Theatre II

(One Semester)

 

Theatre II

(One Semester)

             

Advanced Acting & Directing 

(One Semester)

 

Advanced Acting & Directing

 (One Semester)

 

Advanced Acting & Directing 

(One Semester)

 

Advanced Acting & Directing 

(One Semester)

             

Theatre Production & Design

(One Semester)

 

Theatre Production & Design

(One Semester)

 

Theatre Production & Design

(One Semester)

 

  Theatre Production & Design

(One Semester)

         
 

 
 

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grades Offered

Theatre I

None

0.5

9-12

Theatre II

Yes

0.5

9-12

Theatre Production and Design

Yes

0.5

9-12

Advanced Acting & Directing

Yes

0.5

9-12

See course descriptions for all prerequisites

Theatre I

Credit: 0.5

In this one-semester course, students will explore the creative process of theatre as they draw upon their personal strengths and experiences.  Students will be directly involved in making theatre while working together to solve problems and express ideas. Students will apply the principles and elements of theatre while creating pieces for performance.  With the confidence and character gained from their experience, students will participate in a public performance open to the school and the larger community. This course is open to all students and appropriate for students will little or no theatre experience. 

Prerequisite:  None  

Grades offered:  9-12

Theatre II

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is designed for the student who is interested in further exploration of creating theatre.  Students will continue to develop and refine theatre skills and personal strengths through active experience in the creative process.  Students will vary their roles as they solve problems together to create innovative pieces of theatre. With the confidence and character gained from their experience, students will participate in a public performance open to the school and the larger community. 

Prerequisite: Theatre I or instructor approval 

Grades offered: 9-12

Theatre Production and Design

Credit: 0.5 

This one-semester course allows students to take a look at the collaborative nature of a theatre production.  Students will be challenged to develop innovative problem solving skills as they design, create and execute the technical aspects of a production. Students will create meaningful connections as well as technical skills through construction design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, make–up design and scenic painting.  Students may repeat this course for credit. 

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation or participation in extracurricular theatre program.

Grades offered: 9-12

 

Advanced Acting and Directing

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is designed for passionate theatre students who have a good foundation in basic theatre skills. Students will analyze scenes and plays through a chosen style or genre from both acting and directorial perspectives. Students will make connections between the text meaning and the social setting in which the works were created.  Students will develop and refine their performance or directing skills as they create monologues, scenes or one act plays. Exploring a specific genre or style each semester allows students to have diverse experiences and to repeat this class for credit.

Prerequisite: Theatre I or teacher recommendation.   

Grades offered:  9-12

Visual Arts - Central

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grade Offered

Art & Creativity*

None

0.5

9 - 12

Digital Art, Photography & Design I*

None

0.5

9 – 12

Digital Art, Photography & Design II*

Yes

0.5

9 – 12

Ceramics I*

None

0.5

9  – 12

Ceramics II*

Yes

0.5

9  – 12

Art History

None

0.5

10 – 12

Mixed Media Art *

Yes

0.5

9  – 12

Drawing & Painting I*

Yes

0.5

9 – 12

Drawing & Painting II*

Yes

0.5

10 - 12

Honors Studio Art* 

Yes

0.5

11 - 12 

AP Art and Design*

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

See course descriptions for all prerequisites

*Indicates course fee.  

Art & Creativity

Credit: 0.5

This course is intended for students interested in creating visual art.  Open to all students, though suggested for underclassmen as a prerequisite for upper-level art classes.  Students will be directly involved in art making while developing their creative problem-solving skills and individual expression.  A wide variety of art techniques and processes will be introduced to help the emerging artist master basic art skills, understand art concepts and cultivate creativity.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 9-12

Digital Art, Photography 

& Design I

Credit: 0.5

This course is intended for the entry-level art student interested in working with digital media to create art. A hands-on approach will explore visual literacy through learning digital drawing, painting, photography and graphic design techniques.  Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will be the primary software tools along with the use of a Wacom drawing tablet for drawing and painting projects. Basic level photography assignments will focus on developing the students’ eye as a photographer. Graphic design projects will explore the integration of type and photography in visual communications.

Course Fee: $12.50 

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12

Digital Art, Photography 

& Design II

Credit: 0.5

This course is a continuation of Digital Art, Photography & Design I. Students will further develop their skills in working with digital media to create art. A hands-on approach will further explore visual literacy through learning digital drawing, painting, photography and graphic design techniques.  Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will continue to be the primary software tools along with the use of a Wacom drawing tablet for drawing and painting projects. More advanced projects in photography and graphic design will be included. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating individual expression and working with thematic concepts. 

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  Digital Art, Photography & Design I 

Grades: 9-12


 

 

Ceramics I

Credit: 0.5

This semester course is structured around a design framework aimed at guiding students through a process of how to be creative thinkers.  Students are expected to work independently on their assignments with a focus on finding solutions through research, purposeful exploration in planning and creativity. Therefore upperclassmen are encouraged to take this course. Students are challenged to create their visual ideas in clay by applying learned skills and techniques in hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing of their artwork. Emphasis is placed on creative problem-solving, craftsmanship and perseverance in this energized studio-based class.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None  

Grades offered: 9-12 

Ceramics II

Credit: 0.5

This semester course is a continuation for self-directed, advanced ceramic art students. Students are expected to work independently on designing artwork inspired from personal interests and research on historical and contemporary artwork. Focus will be on hand-built sculptural artwork focused on personal expression and style. Students will continue to develop their artistic skills, demonstrating how design principles function within their artwork.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: Ceramics I  

Grades offered: 9-12

Art History

Credit 0.5

This discussion-based course is designed for the student who is interested in the study of art history. Students will develop visual literacy to help promote their skill in analyzing traditional and contemporary visual art. Topics discussed will focus on the reasons for the existence of art, understanding different art forms, and the growth of an appreciation for the world of art. Students will be challenged to make the connection that art is a reflection of the time and place in which it was made.  

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 10-12

Mixed Media Art

Credit: 0.5

This course emphasizes the creation of art using two or more art media in a single work of art.  For example, mixing painting and sculpture or collage with drawing and painting. This technique provides an individual, inventive, multi-layered approach to the creation of art.  Emphasis is placed on principles of design and expanding the creative process. The history of this approach is studied while students investigate the areas of mixed media art, collage, and assemblage.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: Art & Creativity

Grades offered: 9-12

Drawing & Painting I

Credit 0.5

This course is designed for art students who want to develop their technical and conceptual two-dimensional art skills.  It offers challenging work through a wide variety of drawing and painting media.  A creative, personal approach to studio art assignments is encouraged.  Historical and contemporary artists and art movements are emphasized in relation to style development. Multiple genres such as still life, figure, abstract, landscape, portraiture and fantasy may be explored. Homework assignments are required.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  Art & Creativity

Grades offered: 9-12

Drawing & Painting II

Credit 0.5

This course is a continuation of Drawing & Painting I. It is designed for art students who want to further develop their technical and conceptual two-dimensional art skills.  It offers challenging work through a wide variety of drawing and painting media.  A creative, personal approach to studio art assignments is encouraged.  Historical and contemporary artists and art movements are emphasized in relation to style development. Multiple genres such as still life, figure, abstract, landscape, portraiture and fantasy may be explored. Homework assignments are required.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  Drawing & Painting I

Grades offered: 10-12

Honors Studio Art

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is open to art students who have produced artwork that is clearly above average and have demonstrated a high level of motivation and responsibility. Coursework is determined on an individual basis depending on the students’ goals and interests. For students planning to take AP Art and Design their senior year, Honors Studio can be taken junior year to serve as a foundation for creating an AP Art and Design portfolio.  Independent work outside of class is required. The course is repeatable. 

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation (at least 3 semesters of visual arts classes are recommended)

Grades offered:  11 - 12

AP Art and Design

Credit: 1.0

AP Art and Design is a class for the advanced art student who is looking for a high-level, self-directed art experience.  AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a portfolio at the end of the school year for evaluation.  This portfolio demonstrates the artistic skills and concepts they have developed, refined, and applied while conducting an inquiry-based sustained investigation.   Students will choose to pursue one of three portfolio options: 2-D Design, 3-D Design or Drawing, within the course, for potential AP exam submission.

Course Fee:  $12.50, AP portfolio test fee if applicable.

Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation (at least 3 semesters of visual arts classes are recommended)

 

Grades offered:  11 - 12

Visual Arts - North

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grade Offered

2-D Art & Creativity

None

0.5

9 –12

3-D Art & Creativity

None

0.5

9 – 12

Drawing & Painting I

Yes

0.5

2nd sem. 9, 10 – 12

Drawing & Painting II

Yes

0.5

10 – 12

Mixed Media Art

Yes

0.5

2nd sem. 9, 10 – 12

Ceramics I

Yes

0.5

2nd sem. 9, 10 – 12

Ceramics II

Yes

0.5

10 – 12

Digital Arts, Photography  & Design I

None

0.5

9 – 12

Digital Arts, Photography  & Design II

Yes

0.5

2nd sem. 9, 10 – 12

Art History

None

0.5

9 – 12

Honors Studio

Yes

0.5

11 – 12

AP Art and Design

Yes

1.0

11 – 12

See course descriptions for all prerequisites and associated course fees.

2-D Art & Creativity

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is intended for students interested in the visual arts.  It is open to all students and is a prerequisite for Drawing & Painting.  Students will learn to apply the visual elements of art and principles of design through two-dimensional compositions.  Students will be directly involved in art making while developing their creative problem‐solving skills and individual expression.  A wide variety of art techniques and processes will be introduced to help the emerging artist master basic art skills, understand art concepts, and cultivate creativity.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 9-12

3-D Art & Creativity

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is intended for students interested in the visual arts.  It is open to all students and is a prerequisite for Ceramics and Mixed Media. Students will learn to apply the visual elements of art and principles of design while working on three-dimensional compositions.  Students will be directly involved in art making while developing creative problem-solving skills and individual expression. A wide variety of art techniques and processes will be introduced to help the emerging artist master basic building and modeling skills, understand art concepts, and cultivate creativity.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 9-12

Drawing & Painting I

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course offers challenging work through a variety of drawing and painting media.  It is designed for art students who want to further develop their technical and conceptual drawing and painting skills.  A creative, personal approach to studio art assignments is encouraged.  Several genres such as still life, figure drawing, portraiture, and fantasy will be explored.   Sketchbook homework assignments are a requirement in this course.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: 2-D Art & Creativity

Grades offered: second semester 9, 10-12

Drawing & Painting II

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course offers an opportunity to expand their explorations of drawing and painting media.  It is designed for art students who want to further develop their technical and conceptual drawing and painting skills.  A creative, personal approach to studio art assignments is encouraged.  Several genres such as still life, figure drawing, portraiture, and fantasy will be explored.   Sketchbook homework assignments are a requirement in this course.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting I

Grades offered: second semester 9, 10-12

Mixed Media Art

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course emphasizes the creation of art using two or more art media in a single composition. This technique provides an individual, inventive, multi-layered approach to the creation of art.  Emphasis is placed on principles of design and expanding the creative process. The history of this approach is studied while students investigate the areas of mixed media art, collage, and assemblage.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: 3-D Art & Creativity

Grades offered: second semester 9, 10-12

Ceramics I

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is designed as an introductory level for hand-building and glazing techniques with clay.  Throwing on the potter's wheel will be introduced. Students are challenged to create visual ideas in clay that are both sculptural and functional based on contemporary and historical references. Emphasis is placed on quality, creativity, craftsmanship, and participating responsibly in this independent studio-based class. 

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  3-D Art & Creativity

Grades offered: second semester 9, 10-12

Ceramics II

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is a continuation of Ceramics I for the serious ceramics student.  Students are expected to work independently to design and execute hand-built sculptural artwork. Emphasis is placed on personal expression and style in three-dimensional work. Students will develop advanced techniques while understanding and demonstrating how principles of design function within their artwork.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: Ceramics I  

Grades offered: 10-12

Digital Art, Photography & Design I

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course offers an introduction to the process of digital photography and design. It is designed for beginning students interested in capturing and manipulating images using digital media. Adobe Photoshop will be the primary software tool used to edit images. Emphasis will be placed on the development of an artistic eye and a sense of design when taking photos and creating layouts. Both straight photography and the integration of images with typography or other graphic elements will be explored. Students will not be required to purchase a high end digital camera for this class. 

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  None

Grades offered: 9-12

Digital Art,

Photography

& Design II

Credit: 0.5

This one‐semester course is a continuation of the processes learned in Digital Photography & Design I. The course is designed for students interested in further developing digital media artistry and exploring innovative visual communication solutions. Emphasis will be placed on working through the Creative Process, skill development, and honing of their artistic eye and design sensibilities for more effective digital storytelling. Students will expand their exploration of digital photography, learning new strategies for manipulating photographic images, including animation, and integration with typography and other graphic design elements. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator will continue to be the primary software tools used to edit and create images, as well as other Creative Cloud applications. Students will not be required to purchase a high end digital camera for this class.

 Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  Digital Arts, Photo & Design I

Grades offered: second semester 9, 10-12

Art History

Credit 0.5

This one-semester discussion-based course is designed for the student who is interested in the study of art history. Students will develop visual literacy to help promote their skill of analyzing traditional and contemporary visual art. Topics discussed will focus on the reasons for the existence of art, understanding different art forms, and the growth of an appreciation for the world of art. Students will be challenged to make the connection that art is a reflection of the time in which it was made.  This is a discussion-based class. 

Students will not be directly involved in making art.

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 9-12

Honors Studio

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is open to art students who have produced artwork that is clearly above average and have demonstrated a high level of motivation and responsibility. Coursework is determined on an individual basis in the student’s chosen passions and area of concentration. Individual themes and goals are pursued.  In addition to the creation of artwork, students will be expected to keep a work journal documenting their artwork, participate in critiques, and have a one-person showing of their work.  

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation (at least 3 semesters of visual arts classes are recommended)

Grades offered:  11-12

AP Art and Design

Credit: 1.0

AP Art and Design is a class for the advanced art student who is looking for a high-level, self-directed art experience.  AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a portfolio at the end of the school year for evaluation.  This portfolio demonstrates the artistic skills and concepts they have developed, refined, and applied while conducting an inquiry-based sustained investigation.   Students will choose to pursue one of three portfolio options: 2-D Design, 3-D Design or Drawing, within the course, for potential AP exam submission.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation (at least 3 semesters of visual arts classes are recommended)

Grades offered:  11-12

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