Fine Arts

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Basic Art/Drawing I (0.5 units)

Covers the basic elements and principles of design as a foundation for the beginning art student. Students will learn to actually "see" the beauty in the world around us and learn to get it down on paper. A variety of projects will be assigned to reinforce these concepts as well as give the beginning student a taste of the many areas available in art. Through daily practice in seeing as well as drawing he/she will gain confidence and skill to go on to tackle the more complex shapes of animals and people. First semester.

Painting I/Printmaking (0.5 units)
Learning to see and mix colors, learning the differences between various media and their individual characteristics and techniques, and learning various techniques and brush strokes will give the beginning painting student a good foundation for a life-long hobby or career. From creating simple rubber stamps and embossing projects to Linocuts and Mono Prints, the student will explore good design techniques as well as produce unique and interesting art. Prerequisite: Basic Art or permission of instructor. Second semester.

Ceramics/Sculpture (0.5 units)
Concentration on the creation of the "vessel" through hand building methods: pinch pot, slab and coil; as well as working on the potter's wheel. Students will learn how to prepare clay for working, glazing and firing as well as take a look at the history of ceramics. Forming 3-dimensional forms from clay as well as from a variety of media (paper, wood, stone, wire, etc.), students will be asked to render/imitate from real life forms such as the human head and form, animals, etc. Second semester.

Drawing II/Painting II (0.5 units)
Advanced drawing and painting classes where the student will earn through practice as well as by exploring the techniques of the Master Artists and their works. Students work more intensely, yet at their own individual speed. Prerequisite: Drawing I/Painting I or permission of the instructor. Arranged.

Concert Band (0.3 units/semester)
This course is designed to give each student the opportunity to develop better skills on his/her instrument through regular practice and performance. All students are obligated to attend scheduled rehearsals and any performance appointments. Prerequisite: Permission of the director. First and second semesters (year-long registration required).

Handbell Ensemble (0.3 units/semester)
Basic performance skills are stressed along with the proper technique for ringing and care of the hand bells. A good rhythmic ability is a must. All students are obligated to attend all scheduled rehearsals, concerts and tours. Prerequisite: Elementary school bell choir or permission of the director. First and second semesters (year-long registration required).

Orchestra (0.2 units/semester)
A twice a week specialized musical experience combining the talents of selected wind and string players and other qualified students emphasizing preparation for performances, tours, and other functions. Prerequisite: permission of the director. First and second semesters (year-long registration required).

Chorale (0.2 units/semester)

This course is open to all students. Sight-reading, basic vocal production, and part-singing are stressed in preparing for performances. All performances, tours and rehearsals are obligatory once accepted. Prerequisite: Permission of the director. First and second semesters (year-long registration required).

Silhouettes (0.3 units/semester)
A Cappella singing, advanced sight-reading and music terminology are used to learn all the music for performances. All performances, tours and rehearsals are obligatory once accepted. Prerequisite: Admission by audition and selection by the director. First and second semesters (year-long registration required).

NOTE: Private music instruction from local music instructors is strongly encouraged. It is not available at the academy and no credit will be given.

NOTE: All art classes will include a lab fee.