FINE ARTS

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.    

FINE ARTS - 1 semester required

958 ART I
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
FEE: $35 supply fee will be collected on the first day of this course.
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. Drawings will include still life, portrait and mixed media drawing from direct observation. Art criticism and relevant art history will be covered while exploring how the elements and principles are used to create good composition.

969 MUSIC APPRECIATION
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5

242 THEATER
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
This course introduces and provides experience in all aspects of theater 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 theater 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, and direction of monologues and scenes.   

MUSIC ELECTIVES

960 MUSIC / CHOIR
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5

959 STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
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.  

ART ELECTIVES

980 ART HISTORY
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Art I (958)
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
FEE: $35 supply fee will be collected on the first day of this course.
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.

965 3-D ART
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Art I (958)
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
FEE: $35 supply fee will be collected on the first day of this course.
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.

961 ART II
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Art I (958) or Department Approval
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
FEE: $35 supply fee will be collected on the first day of this course.
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.

962 ART III
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Art I (958)
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
FEE: $35 supply fee will be collected on the first day of this course.
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. A $25 supply fee is required.

963 AP ART
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Three semesters of art and presentation of current portfolio and Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
FEE: $60 supply fee per semester will be collected on the first day of each semester.
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 three 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 Advanced Placement 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 5 students. A $60 per semester supply fee is required. AP Testing fee is separate.

970 THE BUSINESS OF ART
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Art I (958)
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
FEE: $35 supply fee will be collected on the first day of this course.

FACULTY

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Mrs. Rosario Weston

Department Chair and Art Teacher

rweston@smhscs.org

About Me

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Mr. Daniel Foster

Theater & Music Teacher and Theater Director

dfoster@smhscs.org

About Me