Fine Arts Course Offerings
Monday, 19 March 2012 18:00

Speech I

Speech I is a course in the fundamentals of public speaking.  The basics of writing speeches and strong communication skills are strongly stressed.  Students present a variety of speeches including informative, persuasive, demonstration and entertainment. Students will also learn the basics of communication through the study of verbal and non-verbal communication.  At the end of this course, a student should be able to write and communicate an original speech to suit just about any occasion.  Clarity and correct pronunciation are stressed.

Speech II

Speech II is a course which explores further the fundamentals of public speaking.  The focus of Speech II is argumentation, debate, and persuasion.  The student will learn how to be a critical thinker, how to make reasoned decisions, how to utilize research, and how to write and prepare for at least two debates to be presented in class.

Dynamics of Effective Study

This is a communications course designed to help students identify their own individual study needs, time management, organization, note taking, and critical thinking skills.  This course helps students to develop skills that are necessary to have success as independent learners in high school and beyond.

Art I

In this course, students will learn basic drawing techniques using various mediums such as pencil, chalk pastel, charcoal and paint.  They will be introduced to color and color theory, the elements of art, and the principles of design, and will produce projects that will incorporate these criteria.  Art I students will also be required to maintain a sketch book with a written component to be assessed at the end of each semester for their exam grade.  Only students who have a genuine interest, enthusiasm, and serious attitude to learn about art techniques and art history should elect this course. The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Art I and Art II are both completed.

Art II

Students focus on enhancing their painting techniques in acrylic, watercolor, and oil.  Additionally, they are introduced to art-related careers such as advertising, fashion, and interior and exterior architectural design.  Art II students continue to study the works of art masters and art history. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook with a written component to be assessed at the end of each semester for their exam grade. Only successful Art I students who are serious about art, design, and careers in art should elect this course. The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Art I and Art II are both completed.

Studio Art AP

Studio Art AP is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The course addresses three major concerns in the teaching of art: a sense of quality in a student’s work; a concentration on a particular visual interest; and the student’s need for breadth of experience in the various aspects of the art.  AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year to the College Board evaluators.  Prerequisites include successful completion of Art I and Art II and teacher approval.

Music Theory I

This course will combine musical performance with general music study.  Students will participate in at least two concerts a year as members of the Cabrini Chamber Ensemble.  Enrollment in this course requires a commitment to attend after-school and off-campus rehearsals and performances.  Students will learn basic vocal and/or instrumental technique through ensemble and solo work.  Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and will learn to read music.  An introduction to music style and genre will be taught through the study of music history and literature.  The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Music Theory I and Music Theory II are both completed.

Music Theory II

Building on what was learned in Music Theory I, Music Theory II will present a more challenging performance repertoire, such as complex harmonies, foreign languages, and contrapuntal works.  Students will participate in at least two concerts a year as members of the Cabrini Chamber Ensemble.  Enrollment in this course requires a commitment to attend after-school and off-campus rehearsals and performances.  Study of music theory, history, and literature will include music composition and analysis.  The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Music Theory I and Music Theory II are both completed.

Music Theory AP

The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is 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 this goal is approached by initially addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises. Building on this foundation, the course progresses to include more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, and the realization of figured-bass notation. Enrollment is open to any interested student who meets school requirements.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

Fine Arts Survey A (Performing Arts)

The focus of this course is to expand the student’s knowledge of and appreciation for dance, drama, and music.  The course also covers a history of these three performing arts.  In each of these areas, several outstanding artists will be highlighted.  Students will be required to prepare written and hands-on projects throughout the course.  This course may be taken separately or together with Fine Arts Survey B. The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Fine Arts Survey A and B are both completed.

Fine Arts Survey B (Visual Arts)

The focus of this course is to expand the students’ knowledge of art history throughout the ages from the prehistoric to the modern era.  Slide shows and PowerPoint presentations will be utilized throughout the course to present all eras of art production.  Students will be required to prepare written and hands-on projects throughout the course.  This course may be taken separately or together with Fine Arts Survey A. The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Fine Arts Survey A and B are both completed.

Theater I

Theater I is a full-credit course designed to teach the basics of theatrical performance (acting, voice, and movement) as well as the structure and elements of drama.  Student actors will develop scenes through improvisation, analyze the structure of dramatic texts, and develop performance skills through scene study, rehearsal, and performance.  The course will include individual and group projects and will require students to rehearse with partners outside of class (as homework) to prepare for in-class scene performances.  The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Theater I and Theater II are both completed.

Theater II

Theater II is a full-credit course that focuses on acting (performance), playwriting, and play design.  Students will study the relationship between dramatic action and dialog, and will research, write, and design a full-length play, which will be staged.  Script development will include work with improvisation, dialog generation, and character and story analysis.  This course will also further develop students’ acting skills and will require in-class performances.  Students must be willing and able to work on group projects outside of class (as homework). The Fine Arts requirement for TOPS is satisfied when Theater I and Theater II are both completed.

Theater III

Theater IIII is a full-credit, play writing and screenplay writing course.   Students will read and discuss scripts composed for the stage and screen, will view and discuss productions for the stage and screen, will study the craft of play and screenplay writing, and will create original scripts for stage and screen.  The completion of Theater I and/or II is not required for students to enroll in this course, though completing Theater I before taking Theater III is recommended.  This is not a performance-based course and so will not satisfy TOPS requirements for performance-based theater classes.

Mass Media Communications

This course covers the major broadcasting mediums which include radio, television, video, and film production.  The emphasis is on the production end through relevant background information about various mediums will be taught.  This is a “hands-on” course with projects throughout the year, which can include broadcasting a radio advertisement, creating a new television series, and writing and directing a small film.  This class will be at the foundation of the CBN broadcasting club, and will be responsible for writing and broadcasting clever, informative, and entertaining news stories to be broadcast throughout the year.  Students will also master the Apple Computer editing software and Final Cut Express which are used for the broadcasts.

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