Fine Arts Courses and Descriptions

  • Fine Arts Graduation Requirement

    In order to meet graduation requirements, a student must earn 1.0 credit in a fine arts class.

    *Approved dual enrollment Fine Arts courses may meet this requirement.

    *Students may seek approval to waive the fine art requirement to take an additional course in their elective focus area. 

    *Many colleges and universities include a fine arts credit in their admissions requirements. Please research the admissions requirements for colleges of interest prior to seeking an approval for a fine art waiver request. 

    *CTE Course Substitutions for a Fine Arts Credit

    • Landscaping & Turf Science
    • Digital Arts I
    • Web Design Foundations

    Fine Arts Courses and Descriptions

    Dance I (G05H20)

    This course is an initial exploration of techniques and theoretical concepts used in various dance styles.  It includes developing and/or increasing awareness of proper body alignment, balance and coordination within the context of various musical meters.  Basic positions and fundamental barre exercises are emphasized.  The dance vocabulary is used for a thorough understanding of all terms and positions of the body.  Basic step combinations in the center of the floor are introduced.  After-school and/or evening rehearsals and performances may be required. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Dance II (G05H21)

    This class is a continuing exploration of techniques and theoretical concepts of various dance styles, with emphasis on precision of line and exactness of movement.  Introduction of pointe work is introduced, if appropriate.  After school and/or evening rehearsals and performances may be required. 

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Dance I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Dance III (G05H22)

    The emphasis in this course is on the development of strength and form for quickness of body and mind coordination. The application of phrasing and the quality of movement is stressed.  Center practice will include balance, jumps, leaps, extensions and turns, with the emphasis on exactness and precision of line.  After-school and/or evening rehearsals and performances may be required. 

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Dance II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Dance IV (G05H23)

    Dance IV requires further development of strength and form, with emphasis placed on perfecting the execution of the classical ballet, modern and/or jazz techniques.  Advanced pointe work (where appropriate) and technique will be covered with a concentration in longer adagio and allegro combinations.  After-school and/or evening rehearsals and performances may be required.

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: Dance III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Visual Arts: Comprehensive I (G05H08)

    This course offers students studio experiences in drawing, painting, and two-and three dimensional design with an emphasis on art elements. It is based on the National Standards for Art Education: understanding and applying media, techniques and processes; using knowledge of structures and functions; choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas; understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures; reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others; and making connections between visual arts and other disciplines. In addition, students will learn the basics of art history and read and write art critiques.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit:1 

    Visual Arts: Comprehensive II (G05H09)

    Students will focus their art studies on 2-dimensional media, most specifically observational drawing and painting. Projects will also include printmaking and mixed media.  Art History, note taking, reading, writing, art criticism, and maintaining a productive sketchbook are also part of the curriculum.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    Honors Visual Arts: Comprehensive III (G05H10H)

    Students will continue their study of and refine their skills in observational drawing and painting, while also creating prints and mixed media works.  Independent study will become more critical during the second semester, as students prepare for AP Studio Art.  Art History, note taking, reading, writing, art criticism, and maintaining a productive sketchbook are also part of the curriculum.  The honors curriculum requires a higher proficiency in art creation and significant independent study. As part of the Honors requirement, students must complete an Honors Portfolio component each quarter which may involve complex problem-solving, research involving reading/writing, investigations and explorations, advanced use of technology, and making connections within the discipline and to the workplace.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Studio Art: Drawing (G05H24)

    The AP Studio Art program is for highly motivated students who are ready for the challenge of college-level work.  Pencil, charcoal, conte, colored pencil, oil pastel, ink, and paint are some examples of media which may be explored.  As part of the curriculum, extra studio hours outside of the school day are required.  Students must complete a portfolio of work with no less than 24 high quality pieces.  This portfolio is evaluated and scored by national AP examiners in May.  The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Visual Art II, preferably Visual Art III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful copletion of the course and an attempt of the AP exam.

    AP Studio Art: 2D Design (G05H30)

    The AP Studio Art program is for highly motivated students who are ready for the challenge of college-level work.  Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, fabric design, and photography are some examples of media which may be explored.  As part of the curriculum, extra studio hours outside of the school day are required.  Students must complete a portfolio of work with no less than 24 high quality pieces.  This portfolio is evaluated and scored by national AP examiners in May.  The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Visual Art II, preferably Visual Art III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful copletion of the course and an attempt of the AP exam.

    AP Studio Art:  3D Design (G05H29)

    The AP Studio Art program is for highly motivated students who are ready for the challenge of college-level work.  Ceramics, metal work, plaster, fiber arts, and assemblage are some examples of media which may be explored.  As part of the curriculum, extra studio hours outside of the school day are required.  Students must complete a portfolio of work with no less than 24 high quality pieces.  This portfolio is evaluated and scored by national AP examiners in May.  The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Visual Art II, preferably Visual Art III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful copletion of the course and an attempt of the AP exam.

    AP Art History (G05H25)

    AP Art History is a college-level course which strives to develop in students an understanding and knowledge of the diverse historical and cultural contexts of art and architecture.  Instruction focuses on visual analysis; however, students will read regularly from the assigned textbook, participate in group activities, complete written assignments, and occasionally work on studio projects (time permitting).  The AP Art History exam takes place in May.  A strong background in World History and/or European History is strongly recommended.  Completion of Visual Art I is helpful, but not required.  The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful copletion of the course and an attempt of the AP exam. 

    Art History (G05HC8)

    Visual Art History is a course where students will demonstrate an understanding of the unique properties and potential of materials and media used in art and /or architecture.  Students will research types of media, techniques, and processes used in select works and/or by select artists or architects, investigate how the design, technique, and material of a chosen work influences its function, structure, shape, or appearance; evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas; understand the visual arts in relationship to history and cultures, and reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of works of art.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    General Music (G05H11)

    A study of the elements (pitch, rhythm, harmony, tone quality, form), history, and the role of music in today’s society.  The course will encourage active participation in performing and creating music through a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program of study.  In addition, a correlation between music, the other arts, and academic disciplines will be included. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Instrumental Music Beginners (G05H81)

    An organized class that provides musical performance and study for students with no or limited band experience.  The course is designed to develop proficiency in musical performance, an understanding of the art of music, and an appreciation of the creative and intrinsic values of music which can result in a life-long vocation/avocation.  Participation in school and public performances is required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Instrumental Music-Marching/Concert Band (G05H82)

    An organized class that provides musical performance and study.  The course is designed to develop proficiency in musical performance, an understanding of the art of music, and an appreciation of the creative and intrinsic values of music which can result in a life-long vocation/avocation.  Participation in school and public performances is required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: 1 year of band experience
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 4

    Instrumental Music/Strings (G05H83)

    This is an organized class that provides musical performance and study for students with no or limited string experience.  The course is designed to develop proficiency in musical performance, an understanding of the art of music, and an appreciation of the creative and intrinsic values of music which can result in a life-long vocation/avocation. Specific courses vary from school to school based on student enrollment.  Examples include, but are not limited to: Beginning Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, etc.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 4

    Music Theory (G05H44)

    This course is for students with a particular interest and aptitude in music.  Emphasis is on an in-depth study of music fundamentals through ear training and reading and writing music.  Musical analysis as well as simple rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation will be explored. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Music Theory (G05H26)

    This course is designed for the music student who is interested in pursuing a career in music and/or majoring in music.  The course will include the study of music vocabulary, chord structure, key signatures, harmony, complex rhythms and other music reading skills in preparation for college music theory.  This music theory course will also emphasize the student’s development in the areas of sight singing and ear training.  Students will be learning skills that are taught at a college freshman level of music theory.  It is strongly recommended that students have a basic understanding of traditional music notation in treble and bass clef before beginning this course.  Knowledge of major scales and key signatures is preferred.  The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: 2+ years of instrumental or vocal music courses
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful copletion of the course and an attempt of the AP exam.

    Class Piano I (G05HA5)

    This course is designed for the beginning student wishing to learn the basic fundamentals of piano playing.  This is a laboratory course through the use of an electronic piano lab.  Students do not need to have a piano available for home practice, though it would be helpful.  Elements of music theory and music history are part of this course.  After-school and/or evening performances may be required for this course.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: .1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Class Piano II (G05HA6)

    This course is for students wishing to continue in-depth study for piano, which will include repertory, sight-reading and improvisation.  There will be a continued use of the electronic piano lab.  Students are encouraged to access to a piano for after school practice.  Elements of music theory and music history are part of this course.  After-school and/or evening performances may be required for this course. 

    • Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Class Piano I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Class Piano III (G05HA7)

    This course is a continuation of Piano II.  Repertory and technical studies will be adapted to the capabilities of the student.  There will be a continued use of the electronic piano lab.  Students should have a piano available after school for practice.  Elements of music theory and music history are part of this course.  Afterschool and/or evening performances may be required for this course.

    • Grade Level:  11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Class Piano II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Class Piano IV (G05HA8)

    This course is a continuation of Piano III.  Repertory and technical studies will be adapted to the capabilities of the student.  There will be a continued use of the electronic piano lab.  Students should have a piano available after school for practice.  Elements of music theory and music history are part of this course.  Afterschool and/or evening performances may be required for this course.

    • Grade Level:  12
    • Prerequisite: Class Piano III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Vocal Music (Chorus/Choir) (G05X12)

    Multi-age vocal music classes are traditional choral ensembles offered in 9th-12th grade.  Students will study proper vocal technique and choral singing, music theory and history as well as participating in public performances throughout the year.  Specific courses vary from school to school based on student enrollment.  Examples include, but are not limited to: Beginning Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, Select Choir, and Jazz Choir.  Some classes may include a prerequisite, teacher recommendation, and/or audition.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: skill dependent
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 4

    Theater Arts I (G05H16)

    This course is an overview of all aspects of theatre.  Students will study both performance and non-performance facets of theatre including theater terminology, introductory theatre history, fundamentals of acting, and acting styles.  Students will gain experience in speaking and acting.  Time outside of class is required to fulfill the obligations of this course.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Theater Arts II (G05H17)

    In this course, students will focus on the history of theatre and a more in-depth acting experience.  They will study and perform one-act plays, as well as various scenes from the different historical genres.  The course will emphasize the process of acting: auditions, rehearsals, relaxation techniques, dialogue, character analysis, and the production process.  Time outside of class is required to fulfill the obligations of this course.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Theatre I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Theater Arts III (G05H18)

    In this course, students will study more in depth the various acting techniques and exercises available to professional actors.  Students will take a more involved role in production with attention to directing, theatre safety, polishing acting skills, resumes, and all of the other aspects of theatre that support a full-scale performance.  Considerable time outside of class is required to fulfill the obligations of this course.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Theatre II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Theater IV (G05H19)

    Theatre IV is designed as preparation for students who are seriously considering a post-secondary study of theatre or a career involving theatre.  Students will have intense training in play analysis, and do in-depth study of theatre.  They will assume leadership and responsibility for technical and production aspects of theatre in presentations.  Considerable time outside of class is required to fulfill the obligations of this course.

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: Theatre III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    CTE Courses for Fine Arts Credit

    Landscaping & Turf Science (C18H16)

    Landscaping and turf management includes standards to prepare students for creating beautiful environments for homes and businesses.  This course includes site analysis and preparation, landscape drawing, plant selection, and installation.  Maintenance of healthy attractive landscapes and turf areas will be emphasized.  With the increase of urban sprawl, these career opportunities are increasing daily.  Plant science and leadership skills taught in this class will prepare students to meet the demands of this exciting industry.

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: Greenhouse Management or State Wide Dual Credit Plant Science 
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies for an EPSO if students take and pass the aligned industry certification exam or attempt the Local Dual Credit exam.

    Digital Arts I (C11H04)

    This course is an introduction to elements of design, spatial relationships, typography, and imagery as they apply to practical visual solutions for self-promotion, resumes, logo design, Web design, and sequential systems. This course instructs the student in graphic design skills employing traditional and digital tools, materials, and procedures employed in the communication arts industry. The focus will be on finding creative visual solutions to communication problems using technical skills.

    • Grade Level: 9,10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA 
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    Web Design Foundations (C10H16)

    This course provides students with fundamental skills for Web page design using HTML and Web design software such as Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop.  Includes theory and practical application of the basic web design and development process, project management and teamwork, troubleshooting and problem solving, and interpersonal skill development.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Computer Science Foundations
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1