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Fine and Performing Arts

Fine and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts provide a natural and essential context for important Lifelong Learning habits and skills, such as creating, risk-taking, and perseverance, and also bring us joy as an expressive part of the human experience. In our Fine Arts classes students have the opportunity to:

  • Apply musical, theatrical, and/or visual arts skills, independently and collaboratively, through performance and display opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Communicate about the Arts by describing, analyzing, evaluating, and critiquing using Arts-specific vocabulary.
  • Recognize and appreciate the aesthetic nature of the Arts, anchored in cultural and historical contexts as well as personal preferences.
  • Connect with Arts opportunities and careers, both locally and globally. The goal of Fine Arts instruction is ultimately to prepare all students for a lifetime of engagement with their creative side through art, music, theater, publishing, filmmaking and creative writing.

Performing Arts - Instrumental Music

  
Concert Band, I-IV

​Concert Band I is an entry-level large ensemble and is required for all 9th grade band members, except with special permission of the director. The Concert Band rehearses and performs Band Repertoire in the 3-4 level of difficulty range. Concert band members perform at the regular concerts, and at some district events and are eligible to audition for district and regional honors and Albemarle County Honors Band.

Prerequisite(s): One year minimum previous instrumental training or director approval
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9233
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9246
III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9247
IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9248
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Concert Orchestra, I-IV

​Standard violin, viola, cello, bass instrumentation. This group studies and performs orchestral works from the Baroque through the Modern periods. Student must provide own instrument; large instruments may be rented from the school.

Prerequisite(s): Two years previous instrumental training or director approval
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9238
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9239
III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9215
IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9216
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Guitar I and II

This course will be open to any student who is interested in learning guitar. It will be self-paced to allow for different levels of proficiency. There will also be performance opportunities available.​​

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9245
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9249
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Jazz Band, I-IV

The Jazz Band is an audition-only group that focuses on the performance, theory, and practice of jazz and popular music including style, articulations, phrasing, improvisation, and ensemble playing. The Jazz Band performs throughout the year in the community, in school concerts, and at jazz festivals. Some performances are in the evenings and on weekends. Jazz Band members are eligible to audition for district and regional honors and for the Albemarle County Honors Band.

Prerequisite(s): Previous instrumental training; Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9296
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9298
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9262
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Marching Band

​The Marching Band performs at home football games, parades and competitions.

The Albemarle Band rehearses at zero period and some Tuesday afternoons.

The Monticello Band rehearses at zero period and on Friday afternoons of home football games.

Prerequisite(s): Summer band camp
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 0.5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9297
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS
Music Theory

Students will read and recognize musical concepts, musical notation, and employ technology for meaningful expression in music.

1-year Course

Advanced Placement Available

Prerequisite(s): Music Theory or 3 years music performance
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9228
AP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9226
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Percussion Ensemble

This class is offered for students interested in percussion, keyboard, guitar, bass, and theory. It places emphasis on continued development of skills as well as proper rehearsal and performance techniques. It also includes instruction in theory, eartraining, and music history. The Percussion Ensemble performs winter and spring concerts and at other times at the discretion of the director.

Prerequisite(s): One year minimum previous instrumental training
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1 per year
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9242
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Piano/Keyboard I

​Piano class is designed for students of various levels to learn to play the piano. Students will develop a working knowledge of skills and techniques required to play the piano. They will learn music reading skills, correct keyboard fingering and technique. Students work individually, at their own pace, with teacher supervision and instruction. Class time will be used for instruction, practice and performance for peers. Concepts of self-discipline, study strategies and the ability to handle difficult tasks will be incorporated into the lessons. This class is for students who have a serious desire to learn to play the piano.​

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9255
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Piano/Keyboard II

​This course is designed for students who have mastered basic musical and technical skills in piano and wish to continue developing as pianists and musicians. Students will refine skills and techniques required to play the piano and be introduced to new concepts and more challenging pieces that build on the foundation provided in Piano/Keyboard I. Students work together on units of material, with individual practice time and flexibility for student repertoire choice built in. Concepts of self-discipline, study strategies, and the ability to handle multi-faceted tasks will be incorporated into the lessons. Students also will learn concepts in music theory and music history and will have the opportunity to explore different genres of piano music and perform for their peers.

Prerequisite(s): Piano/Keyboard I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9256
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Piano/Keyboard III

​This course is designed for students who have attained intermediate fluency in piano and wish to continue developing as pianists and musicians. Students will refine skills and techniques required to play the piano and be introduced to new concepts and more challenging pieces that build on the foundation provided in Piano/Keyboard I and II. Students work together on units of material, with individual practice time and flexibility for student repertoire choice built in, including supplementary pieces gleaned from the larger body of piano repertoire. Concepts of self-discipline, study strategies, and the ability to handle multi-faceted tasks will be incorporated into the lessons. Students will also learn more advanced concepts in music theory and music history and will have the opportunity to explore different genres of piano music and perform for their peers.

Prerequisite(s): Piano/Keyboard II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9257
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
String Ensemble, I-IV

Standard violin, viola, cello, bass instrumentation. This group studies and performs more advanced orchestral works from the Baroque through the Modern periods. Student must provide own instrument; large instruments may be rented from the school.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum two years private instruction; Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9241
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9266
III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9267
IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9268
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Symphonic Band, I-IV

​The Symphonic Band I is an intermediate large ensemble and requires the recommendation of the director to become a member. The Symphonic Band also functions as the Marching Band at WAHS. Time commitments and events vary by the individual school. Please consult with the school’s band director for more information.

Prerequisite(s): Two years previous instrumental training or director approval; Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9234
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9235
III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9263
IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9264
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the most advanced large ensemble and serves as a primary performing ensemble at the school. The Wind Ensemble rehearses and performs repertoire in the 5–6 level of difficulty. Ensemble members perform at regular concerts and are eligible to audition for district and regional honors and for the Albemarle County Honors Band. Ensemble members practice daily, develop skills on ear training and dictation, and may compose music.

Prerequisite(s): Previous instrumental training; Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9243
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS

Performing Arts - Vocal Music

  
Chamber Music Ensemble

​Student must be proficient as an instrumentalist or singer and be studying privately or be willing to let the program help secure appropriate private instruction. Advanced performance, sight reading, and music proficiency required. There will be an emphasis on interactive chamber music in class, as well as continuing music theory, composition, and arranging skills. Students may prepare college and competition audition repertoire and could be given performance opportunities for junior and senior recitals at the school. Contact with university and conservatory instructors will be facilitated to further the education of these students. Encouragement and assistance will be given for placement in UVA chamber and ensemble music classes if desired. The Chamber Ensemble will also perform once a month in the community to support and develop the community music culture.

Prerequisite(s): Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9205
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: MoHS, WAHS
Concert Choir

​This class is available to students with an interest in developing singing ability. Students learn note reading, part singing (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), rhythm, and how to be a participating member of a group.

Prerequisite(s): Middle School chorus recommended
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1 per year
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9285
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9286
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9287
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9288
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Concert Choir, Advanced

​The concert choir is a mixed group and provides our most advanced choral students opportunities to develop their singing abilities to the greatest possible extent. Advanced chorus performs in public. All members must participate in all functions. The most advanced students audition for Regional Chorus (10-12), All State Chorus (11-12), and State Honors Chorus (12).

Prerequisite(s): Chorus I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1 per year
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9277
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Men's Ensemble

​Students concentrate on all genres of men’s music. Students have the opportunity to perform in local, regional, and state-wide Choral events.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9271
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Show Choir

​Students concentrate on show choir techniques: blocking, choreography, staging, and microphone techniques. Students demonstrate an advanced knowledge of basic singing skills: pitchmatching, tonal memory, sight reading, theory, and harmony. Students perform three major concerts with the possibility of several smaller performances. Students have the opportunity to participate in District Choir, All-State Chorus, District Choral Festival, and a spring competition.

Prerequisite(s): One year of Chorus; Audition (vocal and choreography)
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9272
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9273
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9274
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9275
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS
Treble Jazz I, II and III

​Students perform standard and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire with an emphasis on jazz technique. Students demonstrate an advanced knowledge of basic singing skills. Students have the opportunity to perform in local, regional, and state-wide Choral events. Advanced student proficiency expected in Treble Jazz III.

Prerequisite(s): Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9279
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9280
III (MoHS only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9284
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS
Vocal Jazz

​Students perform standard and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire, with an emphasis on jazz technique. Students demonstrate an advanced knowledge of basic singing skills. Students perform three major concerts with the possibility of several smaller performances. Students have the opportunity to participate in District Choir, All-State Chorus, District Choral Festival, and the Spring Competition.

Prerequisite(s): Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9282
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9283
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9276
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9278
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Women's Ensemble

​Students concentrate on all genres of treble music. Students must demonstrate an advanced knowledge of basic singing skills. Students have the opportunity to perform in local, regional, and state-wide Choral events.

Prerequisite(s): Audition; Knowledge of music reading
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9250
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9251
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9252
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9253
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Women's Ensemble, Advanced

​This ensemble provides our most advanced female choral students the opportunity to develop their singing abilities to the greatest extent. The ensemble performs in public and all members must participate at all functions. Students will audition for All County Chorus (grades 10-12), district Chorus (grades 10-12), All State Chorus (grades 11-12) and Virginia Honors Chorus (grade 12). Students concentrate on all genres of treble music.

Prerequisite(s): Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1 per year
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9270
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS

Performing Arts - Theatre

  
Basics of Tech Theater

​This introductory course covers theater and stage history, aspects of stage management, lighting, audio and sound for stage, basic set design and scenery construction, and safety. Students will be involved in the technical aspects of various productions and events throughout the school year.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1435
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: MoHS, WAHS
Debate I

​Debate teaches students how to coordinate the written and oral communication process through a study of logical thinking and research techniques culminating in written and oral presentations. A study of the national debate topic, leading to participation in interscholastic debate competition, is one strategy for accomplishing this goal. Students may take this course four years and receive four credits toward graduation.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9918
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Drama I

​This course explores the fundamentals of theater as an ensemble art. Students apply the creative process through in-class storytelling, playwriting, acting, and improvisation and respond to theatrical experiences using theatre arts vocabulary. This course prepares students for participation extracurricular participation in dramatic productions (although course participation is not a prerequisite for participation in extracurricular school plays and musicals).

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1430
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Drama II

​This advanced course is designed for students who want to expand their artistic abilities and appreciation of drama. It is designed for students eager to excel in theater as an extracurricular activity beyond the classroom and/or a career. Through various modes of expression and performance, students investigate and interact with dramatic literature, theater styles, historical periods, and technical theater.

Prerequisite(s): Drama I or teacher recommendation
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1440
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Drama III

​This course is similar in design and scope Drama II with an emphasis on exploration of playwriting which includes research, character development, and creation of dramatic structure, conflict, and resolution. Students study and respond to a variety of theatrical experiences that refine their collaborative, analytical, interpretive, and problem-solving skills. Performance and production outside of the classroom are encouraged.

Prerequisite(s): Drama II or teacher recommendation
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1442
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Drama IV and V

This course is for advanced students who wish to maximize creative and collaborative opportunities in the theater arts. Students refine their personal acting techniques, demonstrate a variety of performance skills, and prepare for academic and/or professional auditions. As a culmination of their coursework in drama, students have the opportunity to direct—ranging from a two-character scene to one-act play.

Prerequisite(s): Drama III or teacher recommendation
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
IV (offered at WAHS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1444
V (offered at AHS, MoHS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1445
Grades: 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Improvisation and Comedy

​Students will study the history of improvisation as well as the modern schools of improvisation. Students will learn the skills of long and short form improv, examine comedy across cultures over the past fifty years, and write and perform their own sketch comedy.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1448
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: MoHS
Musical Theatre Ensemble

Explores the styles and periods of musical theatre development, and explores singing techniques, various styles of dance and movement, and opportunities to choreograph. This ensemble class works toward one completed musical revue performance or musical (per semester) for presentation at various venues.

Prerequisite(s): Audition
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1415
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Speech and Communication

​Students learn the basic principles of public speaking by evaluating their own and others’ speeches. Technology will be used to produce a computer-generated slide show. Students will learn to become critical listeners and analyze important speeches from history and current events.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1303
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Theatre Appreciation / CST 141
PVCC

Theatre Appreciation aims to increase knowledge and enjoyment of theatre. The course includes field trips to local theatres, watching and reading plays, along with class discussion and critiques. Students will consider style, play structure, written drama, and performed drama.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1; 3 dual enrollment college credits with PVCC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1411DE
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Visual Thinking / Intro to Film

​This course will provide an insight into film as an art form, both in terms of culture and entertainment. Students will study the films of Hitchcock, Spielberg, Blake Edwards, Zemeckis, Jewison, Redford, Kurosawa, Frankenheimer, Pollack, Curtiz, and many more. Film genres include: animation, mystery, thrillers, action films, classics, comedies, and foreign films.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1447
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
World Theatre: Theory and Performance

​This engaging course explores the dramatic literature, theatre practices, performance styles, and theories of nations and regions worldwide. Students will learn about the theatrical cultures of other parts of the world, historically and in contemporary society. In addition, the course will have a large performance component; students will rehearse and perform in workshop productions of various world theatrical traditions as well as attend globally-inspired theatrical performances.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1459
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS

Visual Arts - Art

  
2D/3D Design

This visual arts course will focus on the principles of design. Students will learn about the principles of design and apply the principles of design in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of design using a variety of media, including drawing, painting, collage, clay, digital media, photography, and sculpture. This course will allow students to explore a variety of materials and media. This will be a studio/project-based course, and students will create a portfolio of their best pieces as a culminating assessment.​

Prerequisite(s): Art I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9188
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Art History, Advanced Placement

​Building on a strong foundation in world history, students explore western and nonwestern traditions in art and architecture from the prehistoric-era to the present. This course integrates studies of aesthetics, production, and criticism with the history of art in preparation for the AP Art History test. Course expectations include independent reading of a college-level text and writing critically about art.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9151
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Art I

​This course introduces students to the foundational elements and principles of design to be used as a basis for the development of a common language both visual and verbal. It provides an overview of many aspects of art through a variety of experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpting. The course stimulates creative thinking and problem solving, imparts technical knowledge, and develops expressive skills.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9120
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Art II

​This course provides students with the opportunity to build on the skills developed in Art I in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpting. An in-depth exploration of a variety of media allows students to develop a personal style and to compile a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): Art I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9130
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Art III

​Students continue the development of artistic and aesthetic skills learned in the first two years of art at a more advanced level with increased emphasis on personal expression and on the use of a wider range of media in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students continue to develop their portfolios.

Prerequisite(s): Art II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9140
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Art IV

​This advanced course is designed for students who have a serious interest in art and have demonstrated a high level of proficiency. Students will be guided to work more independently with special emphasis on individual growth. This course provides the opportunity for the mature student to develop a portfolio and to apply art knowledge and techniques for personal expression.

Prerequisite(s): Art III
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9154
Grades: 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Ceramics I

​This course is designed for students who want to concentrate on hand-building, wheel thrown pottery, and clay construction. Specific ceramic techniques are used to make pots and sculptures. Emphasis is on form, design, and craftsmanship.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9110
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Ceramics II

​This advanced course is designed for the serious ceramics student. Emphasis on the development of skills, both in handbuilding and wheel-throwing, is of primary importance. Personal and artistic style is stressed through advanced projects and techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Ceramics I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9112
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Ceramics III

​This course is similar in design and scope to Ceramics II with an emphasis on the development of personal and artistic style. Advanced techniques in glazing and decorating are introduced.

Prerequisite(s): Ceramics II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9114
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Ceramics IV

​This advanced course is for the serious ceramist as it continues the exploration of and craftsmanship in both hand-building and wheel-throwing. Students work at a highly independent level to utilize these skills in the creation of both functional and non-functional ceramic pieces. Glazing and decorative experimentation are pursued in-depth.

Prerequisite(s): Ceramics III
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9115
Grades: 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Digital Imaging I

​Students will work on digital or film images enhanced through Photoshop. The emphasis will be on creating altered images that could be used for fine art, advertising, or publications. The Internet will serve as a resource for tutorials, artistic examples, and research.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9191
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Digital Imaging II

​This course continues the study of digital imaging. An emphasis will be placed on learning more advanced Photoshop skills to study design and digital production.

Prerequisite(s): Digital Imaging I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9181
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Digital Imaging III

​For students who want a more in-depth knowledge of design, digital photography, and Photoshop. Emphasis will be placed on creating a digital portfolio. Students will assist in designing their own projects and setting goals for learning.

Prerequisite(s): Digital Imaging I & II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9183
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Drawing 121/122
PVCC

​Students will develop basic drawing skills and understanding of visual language through studio instruction /lecture. Concepts of proportion, tone, space, perspective, and composition as applied to drawing styles such as still life, landscape and the human figure. A variety of media including pencils, charcoal, ink and various colored media will be used in conventional and unconventional ways. Critiques, art exhibitions, field trips and gallery/museum visits as appropriate.

Prerequisite(s): Meet dual enrollment admission requirements
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1; 8 dual enrollment college credits with PVCC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9122
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Environmental Art

​This is a studio art course using the environment, nature, and recycled materials as main themes and topics. Using a variety of media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, movie making, journaling, and blogging, students will observe and document the natural world.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9196
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Film Photography

​Students will explore film photography through the use of 35 mm SLR film cameras and darkroom developing techniques. Students will learn about film cameras, lenses, exposure meters, composition, black and white film processing and printing, and presentation.

Prerequisite(s): Photography I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9190
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Functional Ceramics, Advanced

​This course is offered for advanced students who wish to continue the study of ceramics at a higher level. It is designed to encourage personal creative growth through experimentation with innovative functional ceramics processes and techniques not taught in previous courses. Students participate in both formal and informal critiques at the advanced level.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9116
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: MoHS
Geometry and the Visual Arts
Standards of Learning

​Students will discover how mathematics is related to art by studying examples of works of art from cultures around the world, examining the mathematical concepts and techniques underlying these works, and using graphic design software and other software tools to create original works of art employing these ideas and techniques. A tentative list of topics to be covered includes: recursion, symmetry transformations, perspective and projections, color mixing, the golden ratio, and sequences. Examples will be drawn from Asian, African and Arabic art, as well as European art.

Prerequisite(s): Algebra I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 2 (1 Geometry and 1 Art credit)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9830
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Multimedia Crafts / Design

​This is a beginning level course that emphasizes the exploration and history of various crafts. Topics may include weaving, mosaics, batik, papermaking, macramé, mixed media designs, and basketry. Both the functional aspects of crafts and the nontraditional creative approach are stressed.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9160
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Multimedia Crafts II

​This course is for the more experienced student who is continuing his/her education in crafts. Students research and study the history of specific crafts along with the adaptation of certain craft objects to contemporary use. The student works with a variety of media and techniques such as textile and fiber arts, ceramics, basketry, batik, jewelry making, papermaking, mixed media design, bookmaking, and collage.

Prerequisite(s): Multimedia Crafts / Design
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9161
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Multimedia Crafts III

​This is an advanced crafts course designed for students who are highly skilled in this discipline and have a special interest in Fine Arts. Students work more independently with an emphasis on artistic and aesthetic growth and development.

Prerequisite(s): Multimedia Crafts II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9104
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Multimedia Crafts IV

​This course is designed for students who can work independently to enhance their knowledge of the materials and techniques taught in previous Multimedia Crafts classes.

Prerequisite(s): Three years of Multimedia Crafts
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9166
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Photography I

This beginning course in digital and film photography introduces the student to photographic equipment, materials, processes and ideas. The emphasis is on taking pictures using the manual settings of 35mm and digital cameras and digital editing and darkroom film processing. Students learn how to visualize a scene to create a well composed image through the fundamental rules of composition. Final presentation of student work is explored through printing, matting and exhibiting photos. Considerable time outside of class is required to complete assignments.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9193
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Photography II

​Photography II students build on skills and processes learned in Photography I and explore alternative processes such as cyanotype, hand coloring, color toning, multiple negative printing, solarization, or photo collage.

Prerequisite(s): Photography I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9180
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Photography III

​Students produce quality prints for inclusion in a portfolio for college application. Students are asked to make a final presentation to the class with a written statement about their work.

Prerequisite(s): Photography I and II; Portfolio
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9182
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Photography IV

​Students continue developing photography and photo altering techniques using Photoshop and other programs. Students work at an independent level to create a professional level portfolio while applying techniques for personal creativity.

Prerequisite(s): Photography III
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9184
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Printmaking

​This one year course emphasizes the graphic arts through the use of various print techniques such as: monotype, lithography, wood block, linoleum, intaglio (engraving), and silkscreen. The application of the principles and elements of design will provide the structure for learning about printmaking. Skills that involve the use and care of various tools for carving and cutting will be taught as well how to use a printing press.

Prerequisite(s): Art I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9186
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Sculptural Ceramics, Advanced

​This course is offered to advanced students who wish to continue the study of ceramics. It uses non-functional sculptural problems to encourage and develop personal creative growth through innovative sculptural ceramics processes and techniques not taught in previous courses. Students will experiment with surface design as it relates to sculptural ceramics including use of technological advances and mixed media, developing and mixing glazes appropriate for sculptural ceramics, and participating in both formal and informal critiques at the advanced level.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9117
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: MoHS
Sculpture I

​Sculpture I will allow students to explore and expand upon their knowledge of three-dimensional forms while learning about professional sculptors. Students will apply design principles to create forms using a wide variety of techniques and media. Learning about professional sculptors will provide inspiration and clarify techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9175
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Sculpture II and III

​This advanced course allows students to build upon the concepts learned in Sculpture I while focusing on the Principles of Design to further enhance their three-dimensional work. Students will continue gain construction experience with a wide variety of materials and tools while learning about professional artists. Problem solving and exploration will be a key aspect of this class. Students will keep an online portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): Sculpture I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1 credit each
II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9176
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9177
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
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Audio Production I

​Students enrolled in this course develop a foundational understanding of sound and how to capture it in a digital form. Students will learn the fundamentals of audio recording and editing, including hardware identification, terminology, and standard recording techniques. Working independently and in mixed-skill groups, they will produce original work in digital formats such as music, broadcast journalism, and creative prose. Students in this class are not required to have any prior experience with music or audio production.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6162
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Audio Production II

​Students enrolled in this course will continue adding to their arsenal of recording techniques, while also refining the skills they learned in Audio Production I to create more sophisticated audio compositions. Students will develop a portfolio of finished work, which they’ll have the opportunity to publish. They will be exposed to a variety of audio art forms and encouraged to specialize in an area that incites their passion.

Prerequisite(s): Audio Production I or instructor permission
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6163
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Creative Writing / Literary Magazine I & II

​This course is designed for students with an interest in writing original poetry, short stories, essays, scripts, and novels. Students will study strategies and techniques used by successful authors, and they will read and critique each other’s writing in a writing workshop format. Students will read and discuss all submissions to the school literary magazine and select and edit the pieces to be included. Students will format the magazine using current publishing and design software. This course requires some independent work, a good deal of group interaction and discussion, and the ability to be sensitive to submitting writers and artists.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1172
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1117
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Creative Writing I, II

​This course is designed for students with special interest in writing original poetry, short stories, essays, scripts, and novels. Strategies, style and techniques used by successful authors are studied. The course requires independent study, teacher-student conferences, group discussions, and sharing of work.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1171
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1174
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS
Creative Writing III, IV

​Students are already proficient writers with a deep interest in writing creatively. Strategies and techniques used by successful authors are studied. The course requires independent study, teacher-student conference, group discussions, and sharing of work. Emphasis is on writing style and techniques. Students write poetry, fiction, plays, essays, and non-fiction. Students in this class publish the school literary/art magazine.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1176
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1178
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS
Filmmaking I

​This course is very similar to a college film studies class. Students should have a serious interest in film. Students view, discuss, and analyze acclaimed classic and contemporary films to discover how great filmmakers produce their work. They study foreign films, art and documentary films, filmmaking techniques, and particular directors. Students produce their own film projects using digital video cameras and iMovie editing equipment.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1451
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Filmmaking II

​Students will explore advanced elements of the art of digital video production. With a focus on advanced techniques in lighting, composition, editing, and sound engineering, students will experience all aspects of completing a high quality narrative or documentary film. Special emphasis on commercial film and the business of filmmaking will round out the course. Internships with local filmmakers and production companies will be available.

Prerequisite(s): Filmmaking I or Television Production I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1453
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Filmmaking III

​Filmmaking III builds upon the techniques and skills acquired in the first two levels of the course by focusing on the craft of screenwriting. Students will practice creating original scenes and short films. The techniques of color correction, filters, and post-production effects will be incorporated into student work.

Prerequisite(s): Filmmaking II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1455
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Humanities I-IV

​This interdisciplinary course is about the relationships among music, art, literature, history, philosophy, and science. Personalized projects, trips to cultural centers, and individual research and reading programs supplement a traditional presentation of the products of human beings from Aristotle to Zappa. Participants should have, or be willing to have, a wide range of interests.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1515
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1516
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1518
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1519
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Journalism

​This course is a prerequisite for the newspaper staff. The class focuses on news reporting, writing, and photography as well as word processing and desktop publishing computer skills. Assignments in writing and photography require a significant portion of work outside of class. For photography assignments, students need a camera. Photography study is on good news photos.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1200
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1210
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1211
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1212
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Yearbook

​This course is a prerequisite for the yearbook staff. The class focuses on feature writing and photography as well as word processing and desktop publishing skills. Assignments in writing and photography require a significant portion of work outside of class. For photography assignments, students need a camera. The focus of photography study is on good news photos.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1470
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1221
III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1222
IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1223
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
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