Fine Arts Department

Philosophy

“Every child is an artist.  The challenge is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

Our faith and the art created within has played a leading role in the history and development of Western Art since at least the 4th century.  The life and times of Jesus Christ, his disciples, saints, and more are central to some of the world’s best-loved and most widely recognizable works of art.  Creating art with child-like faith, enthusiasm, discipline and respect for one another are vital to our Art Program, which, via diverse instructor-lead projects, will nurture life-long virtues of wonder and discovery, innovation, consideration, team work and confidence in our student learners.    

Highlights

Course Descriptions

Below are the detailed descriptions of the fine arts courses being offered for the 2022-2023. Refer to the course offerings page for an overview of which courses are available for each grade level.

979 Art History
0.5 credit

Students will be exposed to Art History as a starting point for learning to evaluate and interpret works of art. This class will cover different artistic periods and artists’ styles, plus learning a vocabulary appropriate for discussing art appreciation. This course introduces students to the major periods, issues, and methodologies in the field of art history. Students will create works of art while learning to analyze visually works of sculpture, painting, and architecture, students will also examine the changing functions of artworks, and the changing role of the artist throughout selected periods in history. Stylistic development will be explored in relation to the social, cultural, and political contexts in which the works were created. Time must be incorporated to include drying and kiln firing student works and additional time provided for completion of individual projects. A $25 supply fee is required.

958 Art I
0.5 credit

Art I is a beginning level art course designed to introduce students to a variety of art media and techniques while developing an understanding and appreciation for art. Basic drawing skills and techniques will be learned with an emphasis on developing spatial illusion and perspective. Color theory as it applies to painting and printmaking will be introduced. Student learning experiences will include: perspective, creating and effective composition, using a variety of traditional drawing media and techniques. Drawings will include still life, portrait and mixed media drawing from direct observation. The class will be designed to give both beginning and experienced students the opportunity to develop or enhance their drawing ability. Art criticism and relevant art history will be covered while exploring how the elements and principles are used to create good composition. Students are required to complete weekly sketchbook assignments and do an oral presentation on a famous artist of their choice. Class size is limited to 20 students. A $25 supply fee is required.

961 Art II
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958) or Department Approval

Art II is an intermediate level art class. Students enrolled in this course must have working knowledge and understanding of drawing techniques: creating values, casting shadows and highlights, basic skills in one and two-point perspective, positive and negative space and principal concepts of color theory. This course is purely two-dimensional art. Students will work with colored pencils, chalk, and learn basic watercolor techniques. Student learning experiences will include: watercolor, acrylic and oil pastel painting with instruction in a variety of painting techniques utilizing these media. The class will be designed to give both beginning and experienced students opportunities to develop and/or enhance their painting skills, exposure to and application of contemporary and traditional painting styles and the use of specific media techniques and personal expression. A $25 supply fee is required.


955 3-D Art

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958).

Students who like sculpture and/or ceramics should take this course. Students will learn to appreciate constructive art forms including wire sculpture, additive and subtractive sculpture, and working clay. Sculpture media includes, but is not limited to, altered books and electrical wire, plaster of Paris, wood and even some found material construction. Clay work will include tiles and basic clay techniques. Design of shape and form will be covered with historical examples and applications. A $45 supply fee is required.

The Business of Art
Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958).

Theater I, II

Grade Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces and provides experience in all aspects of theatre arts. Students study basic principles of acting including character analysis, textual interpretation, voice, movement, collaboration, improvisation, and critical analysis of performance. Additionally, students gain a working knowledge of theatre history and the multiple forms of theatrical performance, as well as the technical aspects of theater and theatrical design. Special emphasis is placed on theatrical vocabulary and codes of conduct, as well as the creation, production, direction of monologues and scenes.   

Text: The Stage and the School  ISBN 978-0078616273

Mass Choir I, II
Grade Level: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None.

This course will have high standards for performance and introduce students to the basics of singing and reading music. There is NO AUDITION NECESSARY! Students will learn to support Mass through different music styles and periods. Students will develop stronger vocal skills, learn multiple part harmonies, music reading, musical terms, and rehearsal and performance techniques.  

Performance Choir I, II
Grade Level: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None.

Strings Class

Grade Level: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None.

This course will have high standards for performance and include fundamentals and enhancement of string orchestra playing, including violin, viola, cello and bass. Students will learn to develop an appreciation of music, build skills for efficient practicing, follow a conductor, and increase music literacy - including music reading, recognizing articulations and musical styles, and understanding musical terms. Students will receive exposure to music's relation to history and art. Emphasis will also be placed on exposing each student to a variety of performing experiences and music in which to apply these skills. Participation is required for concerts and possible morning and evening rehearsals relating to competition. 

Private Lessons

Grade Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed for students who would like to further develop musical technique and interpretation of the following instruments: Voice, Piano, or Violin.  

962 Art III (course will not be offered for the 2022-2023 school year)
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art II (961) and Department Approval


Art III is an intermediate to advanced level art class. Students enrolled in this course will expand their knowledge and application of drawing techniques utilizing charcoal, cont’e, chalk, and oil pastels. Painting techniques include watercolors and acrylic painting. Students are encouraged to be creative in choosing subjects for their work, while exploring their knowledge of material and processes. Students will also work from the human form. Students will be required to do weekly sketchbook assignments and will be creating “show quality” art pieces for exhibit in local student art competitions. Class size is limited to 16 students. A $25 supply fee is required.


963 AP Art (course will not be offered for the 2022-2023 school year)
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Two semesters of art and presentation of current portfolio and Department Approval.

Advanced Placement Art is a year long, intensive independent study course, only for the students who are planning on being an Art major in college. Students must be at an advanced high school level of artwork/photography and must have had a minimum of two semesters of art/photography prior to acceptance into the class. Students will be expected to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week creating artwork/photography, devoting extra time outside school hours to work on projects. Twenty to thirty pieces of college level work will be produced over eight months. In lieu of an A.P. test, students prepare a three-part portfolio for presentation to the A.P. College Board for review. Depending on the portfolio’s final score and the college or university where the student is accepted, it is possible to be waived out of beginning level college art/photography courses. Students must be able to work independently. Class size is limited to 8 students. A $60 per semester supply fee is required. AP Testing fee is separate.

956 Photography I (course will not be offered for the 2022-2023 school year)
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I and Sophomore or higher-grade level.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fascinating world of black and white “art” photography. Students will learn about the history of photography and how to use a single lens reflex adjustable camera. Assignments will enhance student learning beginning with composition, singling out artistic elements such as line, shape, texture, patterns, and perspective. Photographic skills such as stop-action, use of depth of field, and landscapes will also be explored. Negative development and darkroom techniques will be learned, resulting in the final presentation of a student-produced portfolio/notebook. Due to the size of the darkroom, the class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students. A $70 supply fee is required. It is recommended that students supply their own 35mm SLR camera. A limited number of cameras are available for rental through the Art Department.


964 Photography II (course will not be offered for the 2022-2023 school year)
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Photography I (956) and Department Approval.

Photography II is an intermediate level photography class. Students will explore the creative side of black and white photography, using a variety of darkroom techniques to enhance and/or correct images, build on their basic knowledge of making flawless photographs suitable for framing and exhibits at art shows and will encounter the fascinating world of high-contrast photography. Projects include manipulation of negatives and prints, portraiture, single subject isolation, imaginative shots, color tinting and hand coloring black & white prints. Photography notebooks must be maintained as a body of evidence as successful completion of class requirements. Due to the size of the darkroom, the class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students. A $70 supply fee is required. It is recommended that students supply their own 35mm SLR camera. A limited number of cameras are available for rental through the Art Department.

Faculty

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Mrs. Rosario Weston

Department Chair rweston@smhscs.org

Rosario is the mother of three grown boys and the oldest daughter of seven siblings. Born in Chile, Rosario is fully fluent in Spanish and English.  Her undergraduate degree is from Wichita State University in Spanish literature and art/painting.  Rosario’s master's is from the University of Colorado’s School of Education in Organizational Development & HR Management.  Rosario has also attended Boise State University and the University of Idaho where she completed a large volume of coursework in art, sculpture & design.

As a local artist, Rosario has exhibited throughout the West and Mid-West and has also exhibited in various countries such as Chile, Indonesia and created large size murals in Chile.

2022-2023 courses: Art I, Art II, Art History, Business of Art, 3-D Art

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Mr. Daniel Foster

dfoster@smhscs.org

Daniel Foster is a Colorado native. Originally from Grand Junction, he moved to Colorado Springs in 2013. He has served as Director of Music, Organist, and K-5 Music Teacher at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church for the past seven years. Prior to this, he was the Organist and Music Director for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Junction. He maintains a small private studio of vocal, piano, violin, and organ students. Daniel holds a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He completed his master's of music degree in Organ Performance at University of Denver. Daniel has been an active performer in the Colorado Springs community. He has performed with the Colorado Springs Chamber Choir, the Colorado Springs Chorale, and the Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Daniel was an active performer in multiple theater organizations as well as the university, where he worked as an actor, stage manager, accompanist, and director for many shows.

2022-2023 courses: Theater I/II, Mass Choir, Performance Choir, Strings