Visual and Performing Arts Department







Visual Arts Department Faculty
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Jared Cowan
Lily Hyde


Course Descriptions
Course Course Number Grade Level Academic Level DL CPE CPS AC C
Foundation of Art ART2403 9-12 E x x x x x
Painting and Drawing I* ART2402 9-12 E x x x
Painting and Drawing II* ART2421 9-12 E x x x
Advanced Studio Art - Drawing & Painting 2D ART2412 10-12 E x x x
Digital Photography ART2416 10-12 E x x x
Advanced Digital Photography ART2416 10-12 E x x x
Pottery I* ART2423 10-12 E x x x
Pottery II* ART2422 10-12 E x x x
Studio Art - Mixed Media ART2411 10-12 E x x x x x
AP Studio Art Drawing/Painting ART2493 11-12 E x x x x x
AP Studio Art 2D ART2496 11-12 E x x x x x
AP Studio Art 3D Design ART2497 11-12 E x x x x x

*denotes semester course and 0.50 credit

Graduation Standards:
DL - Disciplinary Literacy
CPE - Creation, Performance, Expression
CPS - Creative Problem Solving
AC - Aesthetics and Criticism
C - Connections


Course Title: Foundations of Art Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ART2403 Credit: 1

Foundation is an exploratory art course presenting a variety of projects including drawing, painting, sculpture, and design that will enable the student to become familiar with vocabulary, materials, techniques, technology, history, and art appreciation. The student will then be given assignments that will reflect concepts, considerations, limitations, and/or points of view of the art and artists that were introduced. One critical aspect of the assignments will be to use a variety of materials in order to gain an understanding of the different expressive qualities of those materials. The concept that art is driven by aesthetic considerations, expressive intentions and the “magic” that the creative use of materials can bring is one key element in the class. Students also learn how to critically analyze a work of art, in order to achieve creative results. As a class, we may explore opportunities to go off campus to visit local galleries and museums.

Course Title: Drawing/Painting I* Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ART2402 Credit: 0.5

In this course, students will engage with technical, practical, and conceptual based problems involved with the practice of painting and drawing. It will offer studio opportunities to explore the most fundamental requirement for painting and drawing perception. Students will learn to see, analyze, interpret, paint and draw by using the basic components: the composition, space, texture, lights/shadows, and the perception of the “whole”. Students will explore methods of painting and drawing from direct observation of people, landscape, and still life as well as abstraction. Students will also enhance their paintings and drawings by learning to manipulate a variety of techniques and to manage color across its attributes: hue, tint, shade, brightness, saturation and intensity. Students also learn how to critically analyze a work of art, in order to achieve creative results. As a class, we may explore opportunities to go off campus to visit local galleries and museums.



Course Title: Drawing/Painting II* Prerequisite: Drawing/Painting I
Course Number: ART2421 Credit: 0.5

This course is an opportunity for students to utilize all the knowledge and experience acquired in their previous art courses in order to create works that demonstrate expertise in painting and drawing. It will further develop and refine techniques and concepts, as well as understanding of human anatomy for the purpose of artistic expression. Linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground integration, spatial perception, critical thinking, and analytical skills will all be emphasized extensively. In some sections of the course, we will lean toward a realistic approach in our work from still life and models; however, we will also explore other conceptual approaches, such as abstraction. The hope is that students will use this global approach to develop a “critical eye” in evaluation of contemporary painting and drawing. Also, individual and group critiques and discussions will be given throughout the course. Always remember that our main emphasis in this course will be to encourage and nourish creativity.



Course Title: Advanced Studio Art - Drawing and Painting 2D Prerequisite: See description
Course Number: ART2412 Credit: 1

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Drawing, Painting, Foundations, Studio Art Draw/Paint, Studio Art, Pottery, Sculpture
#Portfolio review by Art Teacher

Advanced Studio Art is designed for the qualified art student who is ready to prepare for the AP Studio Art Portfolio course which includes Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. This course emphasizes the refinement of skills gained in previous art courses. Projects are based on individual problem solving and the ability to make subjective choices. Art appreciation with aesthetics and criticism will be integrated into each project. Students in this course will build works for their Breadth, Concentration, and Quality sections for their future portfolio submission. The student will follow the same curriculum but will not submit a portfolio to the College Board for review. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: Digital Photography Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ART2405 Credit: 1

Digital Photography covers the basic steps needed to understand and shoot with a digital camera. Students will learn the steps to traditional digital photography through shooting, uploading to computers, and altering and improving images with Photoshop software. Assignments will help students become familiar with appreciation and aesthetics, to see the world through a photographer’s eyes. The appreciation of photography history is integrated throughout the course with various shooting assignments. Students are expected to do research papers comparing and contrasting famous photographers. Textbook chapters and handouts will be read and quizzed over. Specific shooting assignments will be given. A portfolio will be included as part of the exam at the completion of the course. Exceptional and highly motivated photography students will have the opportunity to explore independent digital photography with the goal of furthering the student’s creative exploration of this fascinating medium. Students will utilize their digital photo making skills to create original and aesthetically meaningful photo images. The students will work to develop their individual 'voice' through purposeful decision-making about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Lessons will guide students in their exploration. It is helpful if students have their own digital camera and thumb drive. Some digital cameras are supplied through the school. Standards: Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Connections.



Course Title: Advanced Digital Photography Prerequisite: Digital Photography
Course Number: ART2416 Credit: 1

Students will continue to work with perfecting their images with the use of computer software such as Photoshop CS5 and the Wacom tablet. Students will follow the AP College Board curriculum, which includes the Elements and Principles of Design. Photography appreciation with aesthetics and criticism will be integrated into each project. Students are not required to submit for the exam. (See the AP description). Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: Pottery I* Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ART2422 Credit: 0.5

Pottery/Sculpture 1 Students are introduced to basic clay hand building techniques as pinch, coil, and slab building. Use of the potter’s wheel will be explored. Students will understand the clay making process, glazing, and firing options. Lectures, slides, and discussion will focus on an overview of the history of sculpture. Identifying significant sculptors and their works. Students will be asked to display work. Students will create projects in clay, wood, wire, and plaster. Standards: Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Connections.



Course Title: Pottery II* Prerequisite: Pottery I
Course Number: ART2423 Credit: 0.5

Pottery/Sculpture II -Students are required to take a Pottery/Sculpture 1 course. Further development of hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab will be woven into the pottery curriculum. Further exploration of glazing techniques and firing options are part of this level of working with clay. Sculpture will be a furthering of student’s knowledge of sculptural techniques and history. Sculpture works created by students will be displayed. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: Studio Art - Mixed Media Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ART2411 Credit: 1

This course is designed to introduce a student to the blending of technology and artwork. The artwork created and photography shot will be combined with the use of the computer. The Wacom Tablets and Photoshop CS5 will be used. The student will create artwork projects such as Zen tangles, mono prints, gelatin prints, relief and foam prints etc. All will relate to the elements and principles of design. Art appreciation with aesthetics and criticism will be integrated into each project. Students are not required to have previous art experience but be willing to experiment. Students will bring their final pieces to critique and will be graded by assignment completion and portfolio. It is helpful if students have a digital camera and a thumb drive. Some digital cameras are supplied through the school. This class provides skills and preparation to build an AP breadth portfolio in 2-D design. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: AP Studio Art Drawing/Painting Prerequisite: Foundations of Art or Portfolio Review and junior or senior standing
Course Number: ART2493 Level: Adv Credit: 1

Studio Art Drawing is a class designed to meet the College Board Advanced Placement standards. It is a time where students who have shown proficiency in art can gather as a class to create, critique and support each other in their growth as artists. This course emphasizes the refinement of skills learned in previous art classes. Projects are based on individual problem solving and the ability to make subjective choices. Art appreciation with aesthetics and criticism will be integrated into each project. Emphasis is based on developing individual expression through confidence and skills, which provide successful and creative art projects. Students are required to have previous art experience. Students will bring their final pieces to critique that will be arranged at the onset of each new topic. Portfolios will follow College Board requirements. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: AP Studio Art 2D Prerequisite: Intro to Photography or Digital Photography
Course Number: ART2496 Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

Advanced Photography: Students will follow the same curriculum but will have a choice to submit a portfolio to the College Board for review. This course is designed to meet the College Board Advanced Placement standards. The course emphasizes the refinement of the skills learned from the beginning photography classes. Advanced Placement Studio Art is designed for juniors and seniors with a strong foundation in art and an interest in completing a comprehensive portfolio for college application or the AP Studio Art Portfolio Art exam. The course follows the three-part format designed for the AP Studio Art Portfolio requirements. Class assignments will further the development of the students knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Sketchbooks and journals will be an important part of the development for ideas and concepts through notes and sketches. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections. Follows the same requirements as below.



Course Title: AP Studio Art 3D Design Prerequisite: Pottery or Sculpture
Course Number: ART2497 Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

This course is designed to meet College Board Advanced Placement standards. The course emphasizes the refinement of the skills learned from the introductory level pottery and sculpture classes. Advanced Placement Studio Art is designed for juniors and seniors with a strong foundation in art and an interest in completing a comprehensive portfolio for college application or the AP Studio Art Portfolio Art exam. The course follows the three-part format designed for the AP Studio Art Portfolio requirements. Class assignments will further the development of the students knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Sketchbooks and journals will be an important part of the development for ideas and concepts through notes and sketches. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Performing Arts Department
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Alison Machaiek


Course Descriptions
Course Course Number Grade Level Academic Level DL CPE CPS AC C
Theatre I ART2415 9-12 E x x x x x
Theatre II THE2417 10-12 E x x x x x
Tech Theatre THE2415 11-12 E x x x x x
Advanced Theatre THE2418 11-12 E x x x x x
Graduation Standards:
DL - Disciplinary Literacy
CPE - Creation, Performance, Expression
CPS - Creative Problem Solving
AC - Aesthetics and Criticism
C - Connections


Course Title: Theatre I Prerequisite: None
Course Number: THE2416 Level: E Credit: 1

This course is designed as an introduction to Theatre. Activities will include those that offer experience as the goal. Students will gain an understanding of Drama as a means of expression through hand-on activities and play analysis. Improvisation, acting exercises, theatre games, as well as participation in both formal and informal productions will be included. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore various elements and techniques of set, light, sound, costume and make-up design. The course may also explore the various aspects of stage management, production and promotion. The class will culminate with a public performance. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.

Course Title: Theatre II Prerequisite: Theatre I
Course Number: THE2417 Level: E Credit: 1

This course is designed for the student with a background in the performing arts and a willingness to study the more formal aspects of Theatre Arts. This course will offer opportunities to explore various acting techniques, student directing and will involve script analysis, interpretation and design. Included will be an overview of Theatre History. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore various elements and techniques of set, light, sound, costume and makeup design. The course may also explore the various aspects of stage management, production and promotion. The class will culminate in a public performance of a dramatic work. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance, Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: Tech Theatre Prerequisite: None
Course Number: THE2415 Level: E Credit: 1

This introductory course offers students a foundation in the basic skills of play production and stagecraft. Theory will be balanced with hands-on activities. First semester students will provide the technical support for the OHS fall musical. Technical elements will include: promotion, publicity, set, light, and make-up design. 2nd semester students in this class will also provide set design and initial construction for the One Act Drama Festival entry. Both semester classes will provide technical support for the Theatre I and Theatre II and Advanced Theatre productions. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.



Course Title: Advanced Theatre Prerequisite: Theatre I & II
Course Number: THE2418 Level: E Credit: 1

This elective arts course is designed for the serious acting student. The goal of the class is to explore plays of major dramatists while gaining an understanding of the cultural, religious and economic events that influenced the writing and staging of these works. This exploration will include the forms and styles of Western Theatre from the Classical Greeks to the present. Students will select, prepare and present scenes and monologues from a classical or dramatic piece. The expectation is that this class will be fully engaged in production throughout the year. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy, Creation, Performance and Expression, Creative Problem Solving, Aesthetics and Criticism, Connections.




Music Department
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Lauren Casey


Course Descriptions

Course Course Number Grade Level Academic Level DL CPE CPS AC C
Concert Choir MUS2423 9-12 E x x x x x
Chamber Choir MUS2424 9-12 E x x x x x
Concert Band MUS2431 9-12 E x x x x x
Symphonic Band MUS2434 9-12 E x x x x
AP Music Theory MUS2436 9-12 E x
Piano Fundamentals MUS2432 9-12 E x x x x

*denotes semester course and 0.50 credit

Graduation Standards:
DL - Disciplinary Literacy
CPE - Creation, Performance, Expression
CPS - Creative Problem Solving
AC - Aesthetics and Criticism
C - Connections


Course Title: Concert Choir Prerequisite: None
Course Number: MUS2423 Level: E Credit: 1

Concert Choir is a full year class open to all students that want to sing together as a group. We will learn how to sing safely, correctly and with expression as a team. The normal feel of an ensemble class will include fun, respect, teamwork, growth, expression and many many other valuable life skills that will continue through life. Participation in concerts and other scheduled events is required. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Aesthetics and Criticism; Connections.



Course Title: Chamber Choir Prerequisite: Audition Process
Course Number: MUS2424 Level: E Credit: 1

Chamber Choir is a full year choral class that requires an audition to become a member. The inclusion of all musical goals and performance goals as outlined in the Concert Choir, continue into the Chamber Choir ensemble. We will be working on a higher level of choral music with higher expectations in the areas of musicianship, vocal usage and part singing. As this is the first time this is being offered, please see Mr. Weston to set up an audition ASAP. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Aesthetics and Criticism; Connections.



Course Title: Concert Band Prerequisite:
Course Number: MUS2430 Level: E Credit: 1

Concert Band is a full year class open to all students wanting to continue their instrumental music study. This is a class dedicated to learning and performing a wide variety of band music. Emphasis is on teamwork, technique, musicality, reading notation, and building music vocabulary. Music will be drawn from diverse cultures, eras, and styles. Individual lessons or small group lessons (sectionals) may be required during Targeted Learning if extra help is required for improvement. Participation in concerts and other events (TBA) is required. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Aesthetics and Criticism; Connections.



Course Title: Symphonic Band Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Course Number: MUS2434 Level: E Credit: 1

Symphonic Band is a full year class open to motivated instrumentalists looking to improve their musical skills as a chamber ensemble. The ensemble will move quickly and efficiently through the various music selections, theory, and scale exercises. Emphasis will be on refinement of tone, articulation, phrasing, breathing, teamwork, and musicianship. Learning secondary instruments will be an option for all students and will be encouraged. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Aesthetics and Criticism; Connections



Course Title: AP Music Theory Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Course Number: MUS2436 Level: E Credit: 1

Advanced placement Music Theory is a year long class that prepares dedicated and driven music students towards the gaining of college credits in music theory. The class will move quickly and will include: notation, clefs, scales, keys, intervals, four-part analysis, four-part writing, ear training, chord progressions and much more. A student considering this class should already have a solid working foundation of musical knowledge. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Aesthetics and Criticism; Connections.



Course Title: Piano Fundamentals Prerequisite: None
Course Number: MUS2432 Level: E Credit: 1

This piano class is for beginners, with emphasis on introductory skills, reading and playing simple music notation, and building good habits at the keyboard. We will use the piano and keyboards in the music room, and will practice rhythms, scales, music notation, major and minor chord, and simple improvisation through a variety of musical styles. Class is limited to 8 students. This is a full year class. Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Connections.