Visual and Performing Arts Courses

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Studio Art

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 9-12  |  Studio Art Syllabus
Successful completion of Studio Art fulfills the minimum fine arts requirement for high school graduation. This comprehensive course is the foundation for all other art electives. At this beginning level, students become familiar with a variety of art forms and media, including pencil, paint, clay, ink and colored pencil. They also learn the basics of color theory, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design.

Graphic Design

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 10-12
In this course, students learn the history and practical application of graphic arts and two-dimensional design, including investigating many sources of visual media, such as print, book, and advertising. Class work consists of creating artwork, lecture, group critique and hands-on design work. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Ceramics

½ or 1 unit  |  half or full year  |  Grades 9-12
This course concentrates on the design techniques of ceramic structure and form. Historical and contemporary examples are studied as students produce unique works of art. Students work hands on to learn such techniques as hand building, coiling, ceramic sculpture, glazing and kiln firing. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Painting

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 9-12
This course focuses on the tools, techniques and media associated with painting. Students develop their skills in a variety of media, including acrylic, watercolor, ink, and mixed media. Many different topics are covered, including still life, cubism, realism, and abstract forms of art. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Two-Dimensional Design

½ or 1 unit  |  half or full year  |  Grades 9-12
Students learn the basics of two-dimensional design, including drawing, painting, and printmaking using a variety of materials. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Three-Dimensional Design

½ or 1 unit  |  half or full year  |  Grades 9-12
This course focuses on the tools, techniques and media associated with three-dimensional design. Students develop their skills in a variety of media, including stone, plaster, clay, mixed media, and found objects. Students learn different techniques, including additive and subtractive forms, as well as low and high relief. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Drawing

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 9-12
This course focuses on the tools, techniques and media associated with drawing. Students develop their skills in a variety of media, including pencil, marker, ink, and mixed media. Many different topics are covered, including still life, negative space, gesture, contour line, realism, and abstract forms of art. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Sculpture

½  or 1 unit  |  half or full year  |  Grades 9-12
This course focuses on the tools, techniques and media associated with sculpture. Students develop their skills in a variety of media, including metal, plaster, clay, mixed media, and found objects. Students learn different techniques, including additive and subtractive forms. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Studio Art (FMCC ART 100)

1 unit & 3 college credit hours  |  full year  |  Grades 11-12
This is a college-level beginner’s course that is designed to introduce the student to a variety of basic art media and visual aesthetic principles. The course focuses on developing self-expression through the media of design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as evaluating art through class critiques. All grading and attendance policies are aligned with FMCC. This course does not fulfill any of the fine arts major requirements for FMCC. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art. There is a fee for this course that is determined by FMCC.

Introduction to Computer Arts

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 9-12
This is an introductory course in which students use computers and digital technology as tools for creating. Students learn the basics of visual art and design and complete projects utilizing various types of computer programs, digital media and techniques. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Observational Drawing

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 9-12
This is a fundamental course in objective drawing using various media. Students develop the skills to accurately record visual observations from life using a variety of drawing techniques. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Animation

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 9-12
This is a course for students interested in 2-D and 3-D animation. After learning observational drawing and rapid drawing techniques, students learn the basics of animation drawing, sequential story-telling, storyboard character development, and narrative techniques. The prerequisite is the successful completion of Observational Drawing and either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Design in Advertising

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 9-12
This is an introductory course in which students use traditional methods, computers, and digital technology as tools for creating successful advertising for mass media. Students learn the basics of visual art and two-dimensional design. Students complete projects utilizing various types of media and techniques with the goal of utilizing a public medium of communication in order to induce people to buy or use a product or service. The curriculum is hands-on and project-based. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Drawing and Design for Production (DDP)

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 9-12  |  Drawing and Design for Production (DDP) Syllabus
This course serves as an introduction to the process of designing and developing a product, building, package or industrial object. Students develop problem-solving skills, design objects or architecture, learn and demonstrate accurate drawing and measuring standards, and develop 3-D models or solid renderings of an object. The prerequisite is the successful completion of either Studio Art or eighth-grade Accelerated Art.

Commercial Photography

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12
In this class, students work hands-on in the field of visual communication, including portrait, product and advertising photography. Both conventional and digital technologies are explored in this broad program that covers a variety of key topics essential for students considering a career in photography.

Music in Our Lives

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grade 9
This course is offered for students who do not participate in either instrumental or vocal music. In this class, students develop a level of appreciation for the various forms, styles, and periods in music and how music is a diverse and integral part of every culture around the world. As the course progresses, students develop beginning skills and techniques necessary to play the guitar and piano.

Band & Instrumental Music

½ or 1 unit  |  half or full year  |  Grades 9-12
The concert band is a performing ensemble that meets two to three times per week during the school day. Students receive individual and small-group instrumental music instruction during the school day on a rotating basis. During lessons, students continue to develop the musical skills they began learning in elementary and middle school. Students also have the opportunity to perform in All-County, Area All-State, solo and ensemble festivals. Evening concert performances are required of all band members. Entering freshmen and transfer students may be required to complete auditions to determine placement. Participation in the marching band is required of all members.

Concert Choir

½ unit  |  full year  |  Grades 9-12
The concert choir is a performing ensemble that meets two to three times per week during the school day. Attendance at evening and weekend performances is required of all members. Students also have the opportunity to perform in All-County, solo and ensemble festivals. Interested students should have a desire to sing, learn to read music, learn to work with others, and demonstrate a commitment to enhancing their musical experiences.

Piano

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 10-12
This course offers interested students a unique opportunity to learn to play the piano or keyboard. Because they meet every day, students have built-in practice time and daily guidance from the teacher, allowing them to progress at a much faster rate than weekly, private lessons usually allow. Along with reading music, students learn to play by ear and to improvise. To keep a record of students’ progress, the teacher will periodically make recordings of the students’ playing.