In this class, students learn the essential elements and principles of design before creating your own independent project. The first part of the class features projects that teach you the elements and principles, the second is an album cover project using the elements and principles as well as timbre (the color of sound) to illustrate the music of your favorite musician. The final project will be student-directed. Students will also learn how to incorporate hand drawings into digital design and how to use Adobe Illustrator.
Advanced Placement Studio Art is an honors-level class setup to prepare and develop portfolios for the AP review. Rigorous, yet self-driven, students are encouraged to develop their own voice and style through a variety of art practices and mediums. The fall term will be centered on creating 12 pieces for the breadth section of the portfolio, while the rest of the year is centered on developing a set of twelve concentration pieces that deeply explore and investigate a theme. Studies of art history, art criticism, and group discussions take place in conjunction with studio projects. AP students are required to display their artwork and participate in an art exhibit in the local community.
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art or teacher approval of a personal portfolio
Are you curious about the world of film, journalism, news reporting, and social media production? In the class “Media Production”, your imagination and creativity will be encouraged and explored. We will create and tell compelling stories, capture meaningful moments, and bring your visions to life. The course is designed for all students who are curious to explore all things media! In this class we will…
Delve into film, news reporting and social media content creation
Explore visual storytelling
Develop journalism and news writing/reporting fundamentals
Learn how to create engaging content and build a personal brand
Find your unique voice within the world of media production
Lights, camera, action! In this course, we will discover and understand the historical and technical elements of film. We will start with the silent era and move through to your favorite contemporary movies, analyzing and reflecting on their unique value. By the end of the year, students will be skilled in cinematographic vocabulary, as well as camera work, and editing using Adobe Premiere Pro! There will be lots of opportunities for group work and personal projects, culminating in each student's short film!
- Intro to Music Performance
- Sound Engineering
- Music Studies
- Advanced Music Performance
- Intro to Songwriting
Students can choose to learn a new instrument or fine-tune existing skills on instruments they already know how to play, including but not limited to guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. There is an opportunity to focus on singing and songwriting and throughout the course, students will explore performing in a group by learning how to find a rhythm by learning and how to compliment other musicians. There will be group and or solo performances required.
This class explores the behind-the-scenes aspects of music production and engineering- the things that make performances run smoothly. We will cover recording live sound, producing music with programs like Soundtrap, and learning how to produce live events. Students also make a professional portfolio of their work.
Do you love to perform? Do you love to learn about and watch performance? Do you enjoy writing, singing, and dancing? We will dive into music, acting, movement, and improv in this class! Using the elements of original, independent work, activities and exercises, and group score-building, we will each discover our voice in the creative process. The class will essentially be structured play, very driven by the students' performance interests.
Do you love music? If so, then this is the class for you! “Introduction to Songwriting” is designed to unlock your creativity, ignite your passion for music, and empower you to express yourself through the art of song. This course is designed for all students, regardless of prior musical experience, to explore the world of songwriting. In this class we will….
Explore different musical genres, styles, and techniques
Watch and listen to Tiny Desk Concerts and journal on our reflections/takeaways
Dive into the art of storytelling through lyrics
Understand the basics of melody and harmony, even if you’ve never played an instrument before
Master the building blocks of song structure
Discover songwriting identities