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Visual and Performing Arts

Visual & Performing Arts

Graduation Requirements: 10 Credits

(UC requires 1 full year of the same course)

*Please note: The abbreviations P, H and AP are all UC/CSU approved courses
P = College Prep; H = Honors; AP = Advanced Placement

COURSE NUMBER: 

  • P Art 1 - FA607
  • P Art 2 - FA605
  • P Art 3 - FA606
  • P Art 4 - FA602

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This one year, college prep art course is designed for the beginning student of any ability interested in developing a foundation in drawing and painting. The course explores art fundamentals with emphasis on the elements of art: line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color, and an introduction to the principles of art. The development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connecting and applying learned art knowledge toward careers in the arts are fundamental components of all instruction in visual arts.

COURSE NUMBER: FA646 (course video)   AP/Honors Commitment Pledge (Español)

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This course is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art and who wish to pursue college level studies while still in high school. Students have the choice of producing a Drawing or 2D Design Portfolio. Requirements include submitting five (5) quality original works and 24 slides of artwork for the Breadth and Concentration sections. Portfolios are sent to the AP College Board in May.

COURSE NUMBER: 

  • P Ceramics 1 - FA610
  • P Ceramics 2 - FA613
  • P Ceramics 3 - FA615

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This is a college prep introduction in basic ceramics. It is designed for the beginning art student of any ability level interested in developing his/her artistic knowledge and skill for recreation, higher education and careers related to the arts and ceramics in particular. Students will explore ceramic fundamentals in handling, wheel throwing, sculpture and glazing, decoration with emphasis on the development aesthetic awareness, artistic knowledge, art heritage, art appreciation and careers in art ceramics.

COURSE NUMBER: 

  • P Photography 1 - FA631
  • P Photography 2 - FA635
  • P Photography 3 - FA636

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This college prep course is an introduction to black and white photographic techniques and focuses on the students’ ability to translate creative ideas into visual terms. In addition to photographic composition and the tools and techniques of photography, students will study historical work and contemporary artists. Students are required to do independent work in the form of reports and papers on techniques, materials and individual photographers. The course covers the history of photography, use of the camera, composition, photography as an art form, film and enlargement processing, digital photography as an art form, computer technology in digital photography, and methods to present finished work.     

Prerequisites:

  • Photo 1: Digital Camera needed 
  • Photo 2: 35mm film camera 

COURSE NUMBER: FA645   AP/Honors Commitment Pledge (Español)

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This course is intended for those highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of photography and who wish to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Students have the choice of producing a Photography or 2D-Design portfolio, over a period of one or two years. The requirements include submitting 5 original works as well as 24 other works in the form of slides. In May of each year, portfolios are sent to the College Board in Princeton New Jersey for grading.

Prerequisites: Photo 1 & 2 and Teacher Recommendation

Performing Arts

Below are the courses in our Performing Arts.  Additional information regarding these programs can be found on additional pages on our website.

COURSE NUMBER: (Drama Program Video)

  • P Drama 1 - FA630
  • P Drama 2 - FA627

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This college prep drama course is designed for the beginning student in any ability group interested in developing a foundation in the theater arts. In the process of creating and viewing theater, students develop knowledge and skills that relate to multiple areas of learning. The course includes the study of pantomime, improvisation, voice and diction, scene study and analysis, character development, and commercial video acting. The development of aesthetic perception and creative expression, study of historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connecting and applying learned theater arts knowledge toward careers in the arts are fundamental components of all instruction in the theater arts.  Public performance is optional.

COURSE NUMBER: FA629 (Drama Program Video)

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This course is a continued study of acting and directing technique and styles. It includes providing support for Vintage Theater productions and creating and producing the annual Children’s Play. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.  

Prerequisite: P Drama 1 or instructor consent, Audition

COURSE NUMBER: (Dance Program Video)

  • P Jazz Dance 1 - FA614
  • P Jazz Dance 2 - FA616
  • P Jazz Dance 3 - FA617
  • P Jazz Dance 4 - FA621

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

Jazz Dance is for students interested in dance training. Students study the fundamentals of various dance styles, techniques, characteristics and the history and development of dance in America. Class begins with a warm up, moves into isolation exercises, jazz/ballet technique, transitional movement and end with a combination. Students will be given the opportunity to choreograph their own small group dances for evaluation.

Prerequisite: Audition, jazz uniform

COURSE NUMBER: FA650

UC/CSU CREDIT: None

For advanced students who want to develop their technical and performance skills in the performance and competition arena. Elite choreography material from the Production and Performance Instructor as well as top guest choreographers from various genres will challenge the students and prepare them for National Dance Competitions, Community Performances, College Auditions and Professional Auditions. This class is for the serious student who would like to pursue dance/performance after high school either at the collegiate level or as a profession, and also learn various aspects of the production side of performances.

 

Prerequisite: Audition

COURSE NUMBER: FA729

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This class is a yearlong, college prep class intended for the beginning level music student. Course content will be at a beginning instrumental music fundamentals with emphasis on the elements of musical performance; concepts of pitch, rhythm, tone production, harmony, form, texture, dynamics, tempo, timber. The development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connecting and applying learned performance toward careers in the performing arts are fundamental components of all instruction in the performing arts.

COURSE NUMBER: FA719

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This band class is the entry level band for all incoming band students.  The course content involves a remedial review of instrumental music fundamentals with the emphasis on the elements of musical performance: concepts or pitch, rhythm, tone production, harmony, form, texture, dynamics, tempo and timbre. The development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connecting and applying learned performance toward careers in the performing arts are fundamental components of all instruction in the performing arts. 

Prerequisite: Should have 1-4 years of instrumental instruction

COURSE NUMBER: FA736

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This college prep course is intended for advanced instrumental music students. The course involves an advanced promotion of instrumental music fundamentals, emphasizing the jazz elements of musical performance, including pitch, rhythm, tone production, harmony, form, texture, dynamics, tempo and timbre. The development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connecting and applying learned performance toward careers in the performing arts are fundamental components of all instruction in the performing arts. This is a traditional jazz band. Trombone, saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, guitar and drums are standard personnel in ensemble.  Public performances are required as are some after school and evening rehearsals.

Prerequisite: Audition

COURSE NUMBER: FA726

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This course is for the intermediate skill level wind/percussion student. The band will play at a large number of performances including all home football games. Public performances are required as are some after school and evening rehearsals.  During the months of August through November 15th, this ensemble is part of the High School Marching Band.  Beginning mid-November through June, the band acts as a symphonic band. 

Prerequisite: Audition, Should have at least two successful years of instrumental instruction, recommendation of previous teacher, or adequately demonstrated proficiency

COURSE NUMBER: FA727

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This course is for students of orchestral string instruments having approximately grade 3 or better level of musical skill on the standard musician’s scale of 1 to 6. Late to midyear enrollment is possible in cases of demonstrated ability. 

Prerequisite: Audition

COURSE NUMBER: FA748

UC/CSU CREDIT: None

This class is open to students who want to perform with Marching Band/ Color Guard as non-instrumentalists. To enroll students must audition and be interviewed by director. Class involves year round activities.  Marching Band, Winter Guard, recruiting, and public performances are required for this class. The band will play at all home league football games.  Public performances are required as are some after school and evening rehearsals.

Prerequisite: Sufficient background to permit student to pursue his/her goals with minimum assistance or supervision.

COURSE NUMBER: FA707

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

A small, but select group of mixed voices who study and perform advanced a cappella choral literature. Frequent outside performances are required.  May be repeated for credit.   

Prerequisite: Must be a member of another choral performing group, consent of instructor and audition.

COURSE NUMBER: FA708 (course video)

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

A non-selective class designed to make participation in vocal music available to all interested students. At least one year of high school singing experience preferable by not required.  The course is designed for students to move beyond basic understanding of choral/vocal music typically learned in a beginning high school choral/vocal music class to a more advanced understanding of literature, technique and expression.

COURSE NUMBER: FA702

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This large, but select group of mixed voices, chosen by audition, studies music theory and performs choral literature. Public performances are required. May be repeated for credit.  

Prerequisite: Audition

COURSE NUMBER: FA703  (course video)

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This college prep course meets the equivalent of a five period per week class and is designed for the beginning music student of any ability. Students study and perform various styles of choral music for bass and tenor voice ranges. Course includes practical singing technique, music performance practices and basic music reading skills.  Students will develop aesthetic perception, creative expression and aesthetic valuing. They will study the historical and cultural context of music and learn to connect and apply learned music skills toward a career. Public performances are required.   May be repeated for credit.

COURSE NUMBER: FA704  (course video)

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

This college prep course meets the equivalent of a five period per week class and is designed for the beginning music student of any ability. Students will study and perform various styles of choral music for soprano and alto voice ranges. Course includes practical singing technique, music performance practices and basic music reading skills. Students will develop aesthetic perception, creative expression, and aesthetic valuing. They will study the historical and cultural context of music and learn to connect and apply learned music skills toward a career. Public performances are required.   May be repeated for credit. 

COURSE NUMBER: FA712

UC/CSU CREDIT: (f) Visual and Performing Arts

Students will be part of a select group of soprano and alto voices.  They will be learning to read music, tone production, and musical style while performing a wide variety of choral music.  Public performances are required; however, this group performs less frequently than Concert Choir.

Prerequisite: Must be a member of another choral performing group, with consent of instructor and audition.