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Fine Arts/ Music/ Performing Arts

Introduction to the Arts Grades 7-8 (semester)
This is an introductory course to Art in the Middle school. Experiences include experimentation in 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional wet and dry media such as pencil, pen, or brush and ink, crayon, and chalk; and media such as water color, tempera, synthetics, polymer, acrylics, and mixed media. Activities emphasize the development of each student's technical skills and interpretation of one’s own expression. Projects include but are not limited to linear perspective, human proportion and self-portraits, still life drawing, and landscapes. Students will be exposed to the importance of art history as it relates to the principles and elements of art. They will be introduced to basic ceramics for beginners. Students will learn to create basic hand built forms such as a pinch pot, slab form, coil design, and hand built figure. They will learn to use tools made for ceramics and to create items using elements and principles of design.
 
Introduction to the Arts Grades 10-12 (semester)
This course includes experimentation in wet and dry media such as pencil, pen, or brush and ink, conté crayon, and chalk; and media such as water color, tempera, synthetics, polymer, acrylics, and mixed media. Activities emphasize the development of each student's technical skills and interpretation of own expression. Projects include linear perspective, human proportion and self-portraits, still life drawing, and landscapes. Students will be exposed to the importance of art history as it relates to the principles and elements of art. A nominal fee may be assessed for expendable materials/supplies.
 
Ceramics I Grades 11-12 (semester)
Students will be introduced to basic ceramics for beginners. The will learn and create basic hand built forms such as a pinch pot, slab form, coil design, and hand built figures. They will learn and use tools made for ceramics. Students will also be introduced to throwing basic cylinders on the potter’s wheel. They will learn to center their clay and create basic thrown pieces. They will also use tools made for ceramics and create by using the elements and principles of design.
 
4030 Ceramics II ** Grades 11- 12 (semester)
Pre-requisite: Ceramics I
Students will expand their skills taught in ceramic I to create advanced projects. They will be creating hand build objects and a variety of functional and artistic pieces thrown on the potter’s wheel. Students will use of a variety of tools to create clay sculptures, handles, lids, tile works, combination pots, pitchers, and simple plates.
 
Ceramics: Directed Study ** Grade 12 (semester)
Pre-requisite: Ceramics II
This is an advanced ceramics course, students are directed to work on independent projects applying advance skills learned in Ceramics 1 and 2. They will refine their methods in hand building, potter’s wheel, glazing, surface design, and loading and firing the kiln.
 
Digital Photography I Grades 11-12 (semester)
The content of this course includes the instruction of digital photography, layout, and design. Students will learn how to compose a photo with balance and correct photographic elements. They will also learn to use photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  Students must be able to work independently and as a team. It is strongly suggested that students have their own digital cameras. Minimum requirement: 3.5 Megapixels. No zoom requirements.
 
Digital Photography II ** Grades 11-12 (semester)
Pre-requisite: Digital Photography I
Digital Photography II students will learn the basics of photo image capture for events, activities and other school documentation from a photojournalist’s perspective, as well as photography as a fine art. On the photojournalism side, assignments will include school-sponsored events and sports directly connected to yearbook deadlines. The processes of uploading images, file organization, image adjustment and enhancement, using Photoshop, will be taught and used on a daily basis. On the fine art side; project-based photography assignments will cover more advanced levels of lighting, exposure, composition and camera angles. Students will maintain a portfolio, which will include their work in both photojournalism and fine art. It is suggested that they have their own digital cameras. Minimum requirement: 3.5 Megapixels. No zoom requirements.
 
Digital Photography III ** Grade 12 (year)
Pre-requisite: Digital Photography II
This course includes photographing school and outside events for the school yearbook, newspaper, and other school publications. Students must be dedicated, responsible, and willing to spend time outside class or school to record a variety of school activities and events. Subjects covered will include, but not limited to: programs, activities, assemblies, sports, arts productions, etc. Students must be able to work independently and as a team. Most photographic equipment will be provided to the students but must be returned in like condition and working order. It is advised but not mandatory that students have their own camera to avoid shortages in the classroom. It is suggested that they have their own digital cameras.  Minimum requirement: 3.5 Megapixels. No zoom requirements.
 
Yearbook I Grades 11-12 (year)
The primary objective of these courses is to produce the school yearbook. Students must be dedicated, responsible, and independent thinkers. Extra time outside of the class period, for information gathering, photography, and page layout assignments, may be required. Teamwork is an important part of the yearbook producing process. The realization of this goal utilizes skills of verbal and visual communication (planning, writing, computer graphics and design, editing, photography) and traits of leadership and responsibility. The courses present an excellent opportunity for students to learn the principals and practices of journalism, publishing, and related computer software and programs. Students must be dedicated, responsible, and willing to spend time outside class or school to record a variety of school activities and events.

Yearbook II ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Pre-requisite: Yearbook I
Same as Yearbook I, with added emphasis and rigor in practice of advanced skills, concepts, methods and techniques.

Band 07 Grade 7 (year)
Students learn to play a wind or percussion instrument and experience what it is like to be a part of a band. This course offers the development of proper practicing and playing techniques such as correct embouchure, breath, volume, and pitch control for wind instruments, and time keeping, hand coordination, and proper sticking technique for percussionists. Both wind and percussion players learn to read and write music on a staff and develop the ability to count rhythm. As a band, students work together to develop a series of songs to perform at our Saint Louis Homecoming Football Game and our Winter and Spring Concerts. 
 
Band 08 Grade 8 (year)
Same as Band 7, with added emphasis on musical proficiency in theory, practice, and performance to teach advanced skills, concepts, methods and techniques.
 
Band [Marching] I Grades 9-12 (year)
Students use their ability to read music and play their instrument to achieve band unity for performance. The band marches in parades, plays at varsity football games, school open houses, assemblies, shopping malls, fundraising/charity events, and puts together a Winter and Spring Concert every year. Band members experience playing music in a variety of styles, keys, tempos and time signatures. They gain the ability to sight read and play with dynamics, while developing ear training and an understanding of music theory. By default, this class is awarded a Fine Arts credit; successful completion of consecutive years of course gives the option of receiving P.E. credit in place of Fine Arts [pending administration approval.] 
 
Band II [Marching] ** Grades 10-12 (year)
Same as Band I, with added emphasis on musical proficiency in theory, practice, and performance to teach advanced skills, concepts, methods and techniques. By default, this class is awarded a Fine Arts credit; successful completion of consecutive years of course gives the option of receiving P.E. credit in place of Fine Arts [pending administration approval.]
 
Band III [Marching] ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Same as Band II, with emphasis on ability to improvise, playing multiple instruments, and acquiring leadership skills. By default, this class is awarded a Fine Arts credit; successful completion of consecutive years of course gives the option of receiving P.E. credit in place of Fine Arts [pending administration approval.]
 
Band IV [Marching] ** Grade 12 (year)
Same as Band III, with added rigor and emphasis on ability to improvise, playing multiple instruments, and acquiring leadership skills.  By default, this class is awarded a Fine Arts credit; successful completion of consecutive years of course gives the option of receiving P.E. credit in place of Fine Arts [pending administration approval.]