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Fine Arts

STUDIO ART I

Art I is the foundation for Art II, III, and AP Studio Art. In this course, students will use creative applications of design elements and principles using a wide variety of media. They will also be exposed to a general overview to art history, art techniques, processes, and critique. Students will be required to maintain a digital portfolio and to submit at least two works in the Spring Art Show. No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to work!
Lab fee required: $35 plus purchase of a sketchbook
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

STUDIO ART II

A second-year course that provides an opportunity for students to expand on the drawing and painting concepts introduced in Studio in Art. Emphasis is placed on experiences with design principles, drawing techniques and painting skills leading to the development of abilities that are necessary for advanced art courses. Students are given more in- depth problems to solve creatively while becoming more adept through a broad exposure to various media. Fall semester focuses on drawing and painting. Spring semester focuses on 3D sculpture and printmaking.
We will participate in at least one contest, students are required to maintain a digital portfolio, and must submit at least three works in the Spring Art Show.
Lab fee required: $35 plus purchase of a sketchbook
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – Grade of A or B in Studio Art I

STUDIO ART III

Students continue study of art through application of skill and knowledge of the following processes: ceramics, printmaking, drawing and painting, digital, wood burning, and other experimental techniques. Students are encouraged to develop personal style, especially in areas showing personal interest. Field study, as well as critiques– both personal and group, is an integral part of the course. Students are required to maintain a digital portfolio and must submit at least five works in the Spring Art Show.
Lab fee required: $35 plus purchase of a sketchbook
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite –Art I and II, Approval of Art Department

AP STUDIO ART (2-D Design or Drawing Portfolio)

This course is offered to the advanced art student. It is the equivalent to a one-semester college course in studio art. Depending on student’s performance on this exam and on college’s policies, college credit may be received.

Each student is required to take the advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. The AP Studio Art Design Portfolio requires students to produce a minimum of 20 works of art during the year.
AP Studio Art is a class designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The course will encourage investigation of formal and conceptual issues and support critical decision making. It will emphasize the ongoing process of art as well as focus on visual elements and compositional problems and solutions. Through the course the student will develop technical skills and become an independent thinker.

Instead of earning college credit and advanced placement through a written exam, students will submit a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year. The student portfolio will be reviewed by collage art instructors using rigorous standards. Students will be expected to work on projects inside and outside of class. Students are also encouraged to develop personal style, especially in showing personal interest. Students are required to maintain a digital portfolio and must submit at least 14 works in the Spring Art Show.
A lab fee: $40 plus the fee for the AP exam ($94) and specialized materials.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite- Art I & II, Approval of Art Department

Note: Art III can also be taken prior to Studio Art, but it is not a prerequisite

FINE ARTS SURVEY

This class explores a variety of creative human expressions including but not limited to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Students identify, analyze, and participate in the various forms of art through contexts of history, geography, religion, and culture – both personal and social. This is accomplished through lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Students are required to participate in a culminating or individual group project each quarter. Attendance of pre-approved performances and exhibitions outside of class time are required.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – None

PHOTOGRAPHY I

This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period. They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments, based on what they are learning. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s). They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

PHOTOGRAPHY II

This course will improve their skills and use advanced techniques while producing both artistic and commercial photographs using digital cameras and equipment. Students learn to take artistic digital photos following rules of composition, light, exposure, elements of art and principles of design which also enhances their ability to produce quality commercial work. Adapting and updating student’s skill set to the ever- changing software and hardware technology is a constant goal of all the photography courses.
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – Completion of Photography I

BEGINNING/ADVANCED CHOIR

The Concert Choir is a non-auditioned performing choral group representing St. Louis Catholic High School and is comprised of students in grades 9-12. Students experience levels range from beginners to more advanced singers all in one group. The Concert Choir rehearses and performs a wide variety of musical styles while also focusing on practicing healthy vocal techniques and developing sight reading skills. In addition to performing with the Choir, students are required to attend four performances within the community during the year. Opportunities for personal advancement in vocal music such as District Honor Choir, All-State Choirs, and Solo & Ensemble Festival are also available for extra credit.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Pre-Requisite – None

ADVANCED CHOIR HONORS

The Honors level of Advanced Choir meets with the Beginning/Advanced Choir and is available to 3rd and 4th year choir members who desire to excel in vocal music. In addition to the requirements of the regular class students will be required to prepare auditions for All-State and Honor Choirs and participate in three events at the District Solo & Ensemble Festival. Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to working with peers in a leadership capacity as well as writing reviews of required performances.
Pre-Requisite – Two years of Choir at the high school level and approval of the Choral Director.

BAND

This course is designed for students who are interested in playing a musical instrument and will focus on the elements of technical and artistic aspects of music and performance.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite- None

ADVANCED BAND HONORS

Any 3rd or 4th year band student may take band for honors credit. The honors credit option will be a mostly self-paced, independent study for the student that will require a significant amount of work outside the regular school day. Once enrolled in the honors option there will be NO WITHDRAWAL from this option. Any student who registers for the honors option must meet all regular classroom requirements outlined in the syllabus as well as all the additional requirements for the honors option to receive credit for band. Honors credit students will be required to turn in a hard copy portfolio consisting of various assignments, in addition to electronic submissions using Moodle/TurnitIn/etc.
Credit 1 Grade
Prerequisite- Two years of Band at the high school level and approval of the Band Director.

GUITAR

This course covers the complete range of playing skills from beginning through advanced techniques. Regular practice is required. Students will learn to read music and play by ear.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite- None