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Fine Arts

Fine Arts Course Descriptions

Art I- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is an introduction to the foundations of drawing, painting, and mixed-media design.

Art II- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite:  Art I

This course provides and intermediate level of study based on the instruction of drawing painting, and mixed-media art.

Art III - IV (AP) - 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite:  Each of the following sections requires that the student submit a portfolio of 10 pieces of art and a letter of intent to the art teacher.

Art Studio Art 3-D Design- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course provides an advanced level of study of three-dimensional sculpture techniques. Students will submit a portfolio of their work (AP 3-D Design Exam) at the end of the course to determine eligibility for college credit.

AP Studio Art 2-D Design- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course provides an advanced level of study of two-dimensional art and design techniques. Students will submit a portfolio of their work (AP 2-D Design Exam) at the end of the course to determine eligibility for college credit.

Fine Arts Survey- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Fine Arts Survey will develop and reinforce students’ knowledge and appreciation of Fine Arts. Students will study two semesters of Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts.  During the course students will explore the relationship between formal aspects of the arts along with the political and social history of various cultures. 

Beginning Choir- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Designed for those students who have a desire to read music and sing in a choral setting.  It is also designed as a preparation for those students desiring future admittance into other choirs.  Rehearsals and performances outside of school hours are required.

Intermediate/Advanced Choir- 1 semester elective

Grades 10, 11, 12

Auditions are required for this course where students read a vocal part while singing harmony in choral music.  Beginning Choir is a pre-requisite for the course unless approved by instructor. Rehearsals and performances outside of school hours are required.

Beginning Band- 1 semester elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Basic course designed for those students who desire to read music and play a band instrument. This class is designed as a preparation for those students desiring future admittance into other bands. There are no outside rehearsals and performances. School-owned instruments are available to students on a first come, first served basis.

Advanced Band- 1 semester elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students read music and perform with both the marching and concert bands. School-owned instruments are available to students on a first come, first served basis. (Can satisfy PE II and Art credit)

Studio Piano I- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This is a course of piano instruction which is designed for the student who is an actual beginner at the keyboard and has a limited knowledge of music.

Studio Piano II- 1 year elective

Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite:  Studio Piano I

This is a course of piano instruction that continues to build on the skills and knowledge gained from Piano I.

Theater- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is an introduction to theatre class that teaches the basics of theatrical productions. 

Theater Design - 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for students interested in the art of planning and building, as well as the coordination of all the elements necessary to create the setting of a theatrical production. The students will learn how to design, construct, light, prop, and sound a show.  Work with power tools and electricity is required.  

Dance I- 1 year elective

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite:  None

This course teaches the basic technique of Ballet, Modern and Jazz. Students will also work on choreography projects and put together a concert of student and faculty work in the spring. (Can satisfy either a PE or Art credit)

Dance II- 1 year elective

Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite:  Dance I

Students will continue to build on the knowledge and experience gained in Dance I.

Dance III- 1 year elective

Grades 11, 12, Prerequisite: Dance I & II

Students continue to build on knowledge and experience gained in previous years of Dance.

Dance IV- 1 year elective

Grades 12, Prerequisite:  Dance I, II, & III

Students continue to build on knowledge and experience gained in previous years of Dance. 

Talented Art I, II, III, & IV - 1 year electives

Talented Music I, II, III, & IV - 1 year electives

Talented Theater I, II, III, & IV - 1 year electives

NOTE:  CHS TALENTED Art, Music, and Theater courses are limited to students who have been evaluated and found to be talented in the respective areas.