Fine Arts

 

Art I
This is an introductory course that makes use of a variety of media and tools in art production. This course will reflect the developmental sequence of the elements and principles of design combined with studies in art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. This semester art class is the pre-requisite to the advanced art courses. Students will explore a variety of techniques and mediums including two- and three- dimensional projects.
Credit Unit: 1
Prerequisite: none

Art II
This course continues the development of knowledge and skills as well as the creation and study of works of art and design. Building on concepts and skills acquired in the prerequisite course- Art II, students continue to increase their knowledge of production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among the visual arts, other content areas, and everyday life. Work will encompass both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques, and processes.
Credit Unit:1
Prerequisite:Art I

Drawing
This drawing class involves a broad range of drawing media, techniques, and processes. In this course, students will continue to develop prior knowledge and skills in the creation and study of works of art and design. Building on concepts and skills acquired in Art I, students will increase their knowledge of production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among the visual arts, other content areas and everyday life. Work will encompass two-dimensional art forms rendered and wer and dry drawing media with an emphasis on working in black and white with an introduction to color techniques.
Credit Unit:1/2
Prerequisite:Art I


Drawing II
This drawing class involves a broad range of drawing media, techniques, and processes. In this course, students will continue to develop prior knowledge and skills in the creation and study of work of art and design. Building on concepts and skills acquired in Art I and Drawing I, students will increase their knowledge of production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among the visual arts, other content areas, and everyday life. Work will encompass two-dimensional art forms rendered and wet and dry drawing media with an emphasis on working in color with a continuation of skill development in black and white processes.
Credit Unit:1/2
Prerequisite:Drawing I

Cermamics I
This studio course focuses on hand-building techniques and non-traditional approaches to the use of materials, glazing, and firing. Students continue to increase their knowledge of production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among ceramic arts, other content areas, and everyday life. Work will be limited primarily to three dimensional media, techniques, and processes. The use of the potter's wheel as a ceramic tool is also studied. Work will include simple to complex thrown and altered forms.                       Credit Unit: 1/2                                                                                                                                                            Prerequisite: Art 1 (Juniors and Senior Prereferred)

Ceramics II                                                                                                                                              This program of study focuses on developing in-depth knowledge and skills in the three-dimenesional design with clay. Building on introductory level concepts and skills acquired in the prerequisite course, Ceramics I, with emphasis on individual expression, students continue to increase their knowledge of wheel thrown and hand built productionm, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among ceramic arts, other content areas, and everyday life. Work will be limited primarily to three dimensional media, techniques, and processes. Students are introduced to the basics of glaze calculation and to the study of surface treatments.                                                                                                                                       Credit Unit:                                                                                                                                        1/2                                                                                                                                              Prerequisite: Ceramics I (Juniors and Seniors Preferred)

Painting I
Description:
Painting students will be involved in the production of painting with watercolor, tempera, oil, and acrylic: and learn the uses of brushes, palette, painting surfaces, and mixing colors. A fee will be charged.
Credit Unit:
1/2
Prerequisite:
Art I and Drawing

Painting II
Description:
Painting students will work at a more advanced level applying their knowledge of production,critical analysis,history and culture,aesthetics,and connections among the visual arts,other content areas, and everyday life.
Credit Unit:
1/2
Prerequisite:
Art I and Painting I

AP Studio Art                                                                                                                                   Advanced Placement Studio Art is a course based on the content established by the College Board. Portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP program is a cooperative endeavor that helps high school student's complete college-level courses and permits colleges to evaluate, acknowledge, and encourage that accomplishment through the granting of appropriate credit and placement. There are three Studio Art course options:

  • AP Drawing Portfolio                                                                                                                  This portfolio is designed to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Students will work toward the preparation of a portfolio exam in May. A portfolio should represent a personal body of work that is reflective of life experiences, not just classroom project related assignments. This fast-paced class is geared toward the serious art student and allows for a detailed and defined development of skill, experimentation, and expression.
  • AP 2-D Design Portfolio                                                                                                          This portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional design issues. This type of design involves purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate profiency in 2-D design using a variety pf art forms. A portfolio should represent a personal body of work that is reflective of life experiences, not just classroom project related assignments.
  • AP 3-D Design Portfolio                                                                                                              This portfolio is intended to address a broad intrerpretation of sculputural issues in depth and apace. A variety of approaches to representation, abstraction, and expression may be part of the student's portfolio. A portfolio should represent a personal body of work that is reflective of life experiences, not just classroom project related assignments.                                                                       

Credit Unit:                                                                                                                                           1                                                                                                                                                 Prerequisite:                                                                                                                                          Art I plus portfolio with teacher recommendation (Juniors and Seniors Preferred)

 

Theater I
Students will recognize theatre as an art form that ecompasses all the arts and is representative of life at all levels. They will examine the correlation and development of theatre history, structure, literature, acting, production, and criticism. Students will experience the stimulation of creative thinking, problem solving, and goal setting. A heightened sense of responsibility will be developed through individual and cooperative work.
Credit Unit:
1/2
Prerequisite:
none

Theater II
This course continues to explore the theatrical process as an art form. Students will have the opportunity to build on skills learned in Level I. Students will concentrate on designing, creating, producing, performing, and critiquing from original and published works.
Credit Unit:
1/2
Prerequisite:
Theater I

Theatre III

Theatre III is designed to enable students who are interested in theatre to continue exploring and perfecting their abilities at a higher level of proficiency.  An introduction to the importance of ensemble and the notion of research to inform artistic decisions creates opportunities for exciting collaboration as well as individual creativity.

Credit Unit:½

Prerequisite:Theatre II

Theatre IV

Theatre IV is designed to provide students with a broad-based in-depth learning experience through independent study and increasingly demanding levels of analysis and practical application. Students will develop and produce original work and increase their level of expertise with the possible goal of specialized study at the university level and/or entry into a theatre career track

Credit Unit:½

Prerequisite:Theatre III

 

Theatre Production

This program of study is designed to provide students with specialized, in-depth instruction in theatre to meet the individual needs of advanced students, working at a sophisticated level, as they pursue specialty areas in dramatic production. Students will apply their knowledge of production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, connections among the arts, other content areas, and everyday life in the production of a theatrical work.

Credit Unit:½

Prerequisite:Theatre I and Theatre II or Audition or Teacher Referral

 

Oral Interpretation

This program of study is designed to provide the student with a concentrated study of the voice as an acting tool, giving students the opportunity to develop their vocal skills through individual and group interpretation and performance. The study of related academic and technical skills will also be applied.

Credit Unit:½

Prerequisite:None

 

    MHS Band, Level I, II, III, IV (Marching Band)

Band meets during the school day with occasional performances and rehearsals scheduled after school hours. This course includes the continued development of musical skills and playing techniques and performances at football games.

Credit Unit:1

Prerequisite:Membership in 8th grade band and audition

 

 General Music

This course is the study of music history and theory will include history music, a basic understanding of music notation, along with elements of form, melody, rhythm, and harmony of music. This course may include lecture, choral and/or instrumental performance, cooperative learning group activities, interdisciplinary or thematic studies within the school, and use of technology applications to create, perform, or research music as an art form.

Credit Unit:½

Prerequisite:Received credit from the MHS Band, Chorus, AP Theory or Piano Class

 

Jazz Band

This course is the study of jazz, funk, jazz hip-hop and rock and roll. Basic understanding of jazz notation, along with elements of form, melody, rhythm, improvisation, jazz/blues scales and harmony of jazz music will be studied. This ensemble will perform for community events.

Credit Unit:1

Prerequisite:Membership in the high school band or auditorium for rhythm section such as guitar, piano, and bass guitar

 

 Freshman Singers

Freshman Singers teaches ninth graders the correct principles of singing, stressing on tone quality, enunciation, pronunciation, sight-singing, and performance skills. Repertoire is designed to provide students with opportunities to study and perform compositions from various time periods and cultures. Students must commit to required performances throughout the year.

Credit Unit:

1

Prerequisite:

None (no audition necessary)

 

 

MHS Concert Choir

This class is designed for the intermediate and advanced vocal students who would like further participation in choir. Students will discuss, rehearse, and perform a wide variety of music, including classic choral works, modern modes of music and current popular songs. Students must commit to required performances throughout the year.

Credit Unit:1

Prerequisite:Audition only

 

Piano

The general focus of this course is to training the piano skills of the student in a systematic and classical approach. Students will learn music of a variety of styles. They will also learn basic theory, sight reading, and research skills. There is not a prerequisite to this course.

Credit Unit:½ fine arts credit per class- a student can take piano as often as they want in grades 10-12

Prerequisite:None; for 10-12 graders only

 

Guitar I and Guitar II

The study of guitar will include analysis of the instrument (a thorough understanding of the instrument), a basic understanding of music notation, along with elements of form, melody, rhythm, and harmony of music. Students will be able to play their instrument proficiently on their level of achievement.

Credit Unit:½

Prerequisite:None- students are required to have taken Guitar I before taking Guitar II

 

AP Music Theory

Advanced Placement music theory is designed to provide a rigorous course to help student understand the concepts of musicianship skills, theory, harmony, and basic score analysis. Although the emphasis will be placed on the Common Practice period (1600-1900), music of other stylistic periods will also be studied. It is the intention of this course to provide training in many aspects of music composition and music theory. Each objective covered will be taught through the students' development of written skills, aural skills, sight-singing skills, and keyboard skills. The AP Music Theory test taken at the end of the course can have a number of titles (Basic Musicianship, Elementary Theory, Harmony and Dictation, Structure of Music, etc.). Each student is expected to take the AP Music Theory exam, but the results of the exam have no bearing on the student's course grades.

Credit Unit:1

Prerequisite:None, but a working understanding of the treble clef and bass clef would be helpful