INTRODUCTION TO ART

Introduction to Art is a beginning level course for the ‘artistically undiscovered’.  This course is perfect for students with little or no previous art background.  Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques as they explore various themes such as how artists communicate through their art.  Some of the projects include camouflage drawing, making pop-up books, and paper mâche. Students will focus on developing an understanding of art principles and will learn how to talk about their own artwork as well as the artwork of others.

 ART 1

Art 1 is a one-semester introductory course that is designed for all students’ interest and ability.  This course explores many media and art forms while focusing on improving drawing skills.  Students will learn how to talk about their art as well as others.

ART 2

Art 2 is a one-semester class designed to expand on tools, techniques and ideas learned in Art 1 and also introduce new art forms and media.  Students will learn how to talk about their art as well as the art of others.

POTTERY 1

Pottery 1 is a one semester course in which basic techniques of hand building and wheel throwing will be taught.  Students will become familiar with pottery traditions, techniques and pottery artists as well.  They will learn about different clay bodies and glaze techniques.

SCULPTURE

Sculpture is a one semester class which allows students to experiment with 3-D and relief sculpture in a variety of media.  Students will study how sculpture has been approached by artists in different cultures throughout history.

GRAPHIC ARTS 1

Graphic Arts 1 is a semester course offering students an introduction to graphic design.  Basic computer applications will include varied graphics software, primarily Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.  Students will continue to use conventional media in the creation of images for use on the computer.  Students will become acquainted with the origins of commercial art and important contemporary graphic design.  Basics of digital photography will be emphasized as students create their own images for use in commercial applications.

GRAPHIC ARTS 2

Graphic Arts 2 is a one-semester course offering students the opportunity to further explore the profession of graphic design and illustration.  Students will build on previous photoshop Creative Suite program experience to create images to communicate messages to viewers.  All projects will be completed using current art based software used by professional design teams.  This class is intended to meet the needs of students intending to pursue a career in the digital art field.

PAINTING

Painting is an advanced one-semester course that explores different painting and application techniques.  Students will utilize their prior experiences with drawing to develop ideas for their artwork.

TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN

Two-Dimensional Design is an advanced art program based on the exploration method of teaching/learning.  Students will learn about art relating to self and society.  This class is recommended for students who want to explore different art media or are considering a career in the art field.  Projects in the class include oil painting, transparent watercolor, graphics, cartooning, pastels, acrylic and other types of two-dimensional art.  Students will also be shown reproductions to become acquainted with the work of other artists and the history of art.  A sketchbook is required for out-of-class work.

STUDIO ART

Studio Art is designed for the serious art student who is self-motivated and can work independently.  Students will seek meaning and solve problems through art.  Working on a contract basis, students will set goals, plan, and create art projects to compile a substantial portfolio of artwork to further their art career.  This class is recommended for students considering a career in the art field. Projects may include two-dimensional media such as: pencil, charcoal, pastels, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil.  Three-dimensional work, if desired, may be attempted using such media as; clay, wire, or wood.  Students will be shown reproductions to become acquainted with contemporary artists, famous artists, and various periods of art history.  A sketchbook is required for out-of-class work.

PRINTMAKING

Printmaking is a one-semester course, which covers transfer, linoleum, wood block, zinc, plastic plate, computer imaging, and silk-screen printing.  Students will learn self-expression and new traditions in printmaking.

POTTERY 2

Pottery 2 is a one-semester course with emphasis on advanced wheel-throwing and upper level hand-building techniques.  Glaze layering and kiln firing will also be further developed.  Students will learn historical and multicultural approaches to pottery form and function.

POTTERY 3

Pottery 3 is a one-semester course, in which the student potter will use diverse aesthetic approaches to problem solve how pottery can be functional or “fine” art.  Students will specialize in both wheel throwing and hand building techniques.  This class is intended for students seeking more detailed and shape oriented outcomes.

POTTERY 4

Pottery 4 is a one- semester course set up for students with highly advanced throwing and hand building skills.  This class is intended for potters with strong work ethic and independent thinking.   Projects will include larger pieces of both wheel thrown and hand built techniques.  Emphasis will be placed on creating a higher skill level of finished glazing and slip manipulation.

DRAMA 1

Drama 1 is offered to students interested in theatre and acting.  It is designed to give the student an overview of all aspects of theatre acting, theatre technology, and theatre history. The students will perform in improvised scenes as well as duet-memorized scenes

DRAMA 2

Drama 2 is designed to provide interested drama students the opportunity to extend their study of acting techniques.  The class will perform duet-acting scenes, group scenes, audition scenes and perform in a one-act.  Students will further their introduction to theatre, acting, tech, and theatre history.

DRAMA 3

Drama 3 is designed to give students the opportunity to study periods and styles of theatre. This course is for students not taking Play Production.  Drama 3 will culminate in an end of semester production.

BACKSTAGE THEATRE TECHNOLOGY

The Backstage Theatre Technology class is designed to give students the opportunity to learn specific skills and construction technology for all productions.

PLAY PRODUCTION

Play Production is designed to provide advanced theatre students an opportunity to act and produce on a higher level.  Students will produce a play for the district play production contest as well as a spring production for main stage or elementary classrooms.  This is a performance-oriented class.

SYMPHONIC BAND

The Symphonic Band will meet first and second semester as auditioned ensembles that perform literature grade 3 to 5.  These ensembles will perform in two concerts each semester, Commencement exercises, and at two or more area festivals.  Students in Symphonic Band will be encouraged to participate in District Music Contest, Elkhorn Band Olympics, and several state and regional honor bands.  Band students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in Monarch Jazz, Game Band, Jazz Combo groups, and as soloists or in small ensembles.

Marching Band is a co-curricular option that meets zero hour and is open to freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior instrumental students who can pass the audition requirements.  The Marching Band performs at all home football games and several state and regional marching competitions.

FRESHMAN BAND

The Freshman Band will consist of 9th grade students only and perform music grade 2 to 4.  The Freshman Band will perform in four concerts and at one area festival.  Freshmen Band students will be encouraged to participate at Elkhorn Band Olympics and at honor bands during second semester.  Band students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in Monarch Jazz, Game Band, Jazz Combo groups, and as soloists or in small ensembles.

Marching Band is a co-curricular option that meets zero hour and is open to freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior instrumental students who can pass the audition requirements.  The Marching Band performs at all home football games and several state and regional marching competitions.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY

Advanced Placement Music Theory is a course introducing the experienced music student to musicianship theory, musical materials, and procedures.  Rather than performing music, this class deals with the analysis of music using knowledge of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, composition, and to some extent, history and style.  Musicianship skills such as dictation (listening skills), sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are also an important part of the course.  Students who take this course gain college-level skills and have the option of earning college credit through either AP exam or dual enrollment, both of which require an extra fee.  Students must check with colleges for their individual policies regarding AP exams and dual enrollment credits.

EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT (EMP)

Experience Music Project is a project-based course in which students (of all backgrounds) will experience the various avenues of music; be it performing, composing, listening, or analyzing.  This course will help develop active listening skills and bring music to life with a unique combination of creative tools.  The course will present numerous types of music and sound, emphasizing the depth of emotion that can be conveyed.  Students will explore the history and construction of music and musical concepts through various multimedia tools.  A large portion of the class will be geared towards music production using current technologies in music.  Through these musical experiences, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of music and it role in culture and society.

MONARCH MEN

Monarch Men is the chorus open to all males, grades 9-12.  Monarch Men is the only chorus option for males in grades 9 and 10.  The purpose is to enjoy the power and beauty of the male voice in harmony.  Concerts include a fall, and Holiday Concert, a winter, and a Spring Concert. The group may participate in District Music Contest in April.

SERENDIPITY SINGERS

Serendipity Singers is the chorus open to all females, grades 9-12.  Serendipity Singers is the only chorus option for females in grades 9 and 10.  The purpose is to enjoy the beauty of female voices in harmony and as an outlet for musical expression.  Concerts include a fall and a Holiday Concert, a winter, and a Spring Concert.  The group may participate in District Music Contest in April.

CONCERT CHOIR

Concert Choir consists of the choir itself, the “Free Spirit”, (The show choir selected in late spring), “Heart and Soul”, and the “Ardente Voce” (also selected in the late spring).   The “Free Spirit”, “Heart and Soul”, and “Ardente Voce” perform at many concerts for civic groups in the Omaha and Papillion-La Vista area.  The Concert Choir performs at a Fall Concert, a Holiday Concert, District Music Contest, and a winter and Spring Concert.  A musical will be presented each year.  The group may participate in a spring tour.