Visual & Performing Arts Department

Visual & Performing Arts Department

CUSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

CTE, Fine Art

Performing Arts or Foreign Language..............10.0 credits

 

 Visual & Performing Arts Course Descriptions

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM

GRADE

A-G REQ

CREDITS

INTRODUCTION TO ART-P

EXPLORE the visual arts! Experience different art techniques, ideas, and styles using a variety of materials. Try your hand at drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and more in a fun, relaxing environment. Learn how to use the elements of art and principles of design in your unique creative expression. This is a foundation art course and may not be repeated for credit.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

DRAWING-P

Don't want to go through life only being able to draw stick figures? Want to express your ideas visually? Now is the time to learn! This beginning drawing class is designed to help anyone learn to draw. It’s hands-on and fun! It emphasizes freehand drawing, and students learn from observation as well as developing their creativity. Pencil, colored pencil, and other drawing media and many different drawing subjects and techniques will be explored. This course is a foundation course for Art Studio and may not be repeated for credit.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

CERAMICS-P

Prerequisite: None although, Introduction to Art is recommended.

-Let’s play with dirt! This hand building ceramics course will introduce you to the world of clay (dirt)! The Main focus of instruction will cover basic hand building techniques of clay instruction. Functional, decorative and sculptural pieces will be explored in a variety of manners. Beginning firing and glazing techniques will also be covered. Some wheelwork may be included. This course may be repeated for credit with teacher approval.

Year

10-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

 

 

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

DIGITAL ARTS EXPLORATION

This is a semester art course that backs up to Health or any other semester class. Make ART ON THE COMPUTER in this class that explores technique, design, meaning, and innovation in digital art-making. Students create original digital art using Adobe Photoshop and other software for digital painting, collage, and graphic arts. Students develop an appreciation of traditional artistic expression, as well as useful skills in today’s world of technology. This is an art foundation course that earns five credits toward the fine art credit for CUSD graduation. This semester course may not be repeated for credit.

Sem

9-12

 

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

PHOTOGRAPHY I-P

FOCUS on the art of photography and how to take great photos! Learn to use composition, create mood, and develop your creativity using a digital camera and Photoshop! Investigate art genres through the lens! Apply your skills in a variety of visual communication opportunities. You will find your unique point of view using the art and design of photography, while developing useful skills in technology. Photography I is articulated with Butte College to earn high school and Butte College credits which are also transferable to the CSU and UC systems. This is a foundation course in the art department.

Year

10-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

PHOTOGRAPHY 2-P

Prerequisite: "C" grade in Photography I or teacher's approval

-Advanced photo students, refine your skills, find your style, and develop your understanding of the art of photography for your own and ‘real world’ applications. Extend your Photo I experience and explore visual communication at a deeper and more personal level. This course may be repeated for credit with teacher approval.

Year

11-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

ART STUDIO 1

Prerequisite: Drawing, Introduction to Art, or teacher permission by submitting a portfolio of art.

Artistic? Looking for other creative students? The Art Studio is an intermediate art class where students are encouraged to pursue their own style of art while learning different media and developing their skills and talents. Learning about art related careers, contemporary artists, and creating a portfolio of your own artwork will be included. Other highlights include art exhibits, art-related field trips and keeping a sketchbook.

Year

10-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

 

ART STUDIO 2

Prerequisite: Art Studio 1 with a “C” grade or better

Hello, artists! This class is for students wanting a second year of Art Studio. Having honed your art skills in Art Studio 1, you will continue to develop your own style of art and create a portfolio of your works with many opportunities to exhibit your art. The second year of Art Studio is a chance to really explore your own personal artistic interests, while you prepare for the world of work, an art career, or higher education. The second year also includes art field trips. If you love art, this is the class for you!

Year

11-12

 

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

ART STUDIO 3

Prerequisite:

Art Studio 2 with a “C” grade or better.

This is the third year, advanced level in The Art Studio @ PV. The three-part emphasis: studio work, art exhibition, and Art Service Learning focuses on art projects to further develop style and to create an advanced portfolio of their art. Learning about art careers will be a component of this course.

Year

12

 

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

GRAPHIC DESIGN 1- P

Graphics are all around you — print media, Internet, TV, packaging, and the document you’re reading now! As our world becomes increasingly visual, graphics are impacting how information is delivered. This course provides experiences for students to use image, type, color, illustration, and photography to create dynamic media using Adobe Creative Suite. Students will focus on the design process needed to create print and digital media that effectively communicate messages and information.

 

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

A CAPPELLA CHOIR-P

A Cappella Choir is an elective course where you will learn the basics of vocal technique, sing a wide variety of music and be a part of a large performing group. Emphasis is placed upon developing musical skills, choral singing and building the confidence necessary for public performance. Attendance at concerts, music festivals and community events is required.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

MADRIGALS- P

Prerequisite:

A Cappella Choir or audition.

Prerequisite: Acapella Choir • Madrigals is a course designed for the advanced small choral group. As such it is highly selective and admission is by audition. The course content and purpose is similar to that of A Capella Choir.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

BEGINNING PIANO-P

This class is open to those with little or no knowledge of how to play the piano. Instruction includes music reading, hand position, and fingering techniques as well as playing the standard piano literature. It is recommended that students have a piano at home to practice. By the end of the year, the student should be able to play easy to intermediate level music.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

INTERMEDIATE PIANO

 

Year

9-12

 

 

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

SYMPHONIC BAND-P

Prerequisite: completion of Concert Band, or instructor approval

 

Symphonic Band is a course designed for 10th-12th grade students who have had at least one year of experience playing an instrument or have successfully completed Concert Band. Music fundamentals, music notation, music theory, sight reading, music history, ear training, instrumental fundamentals, and technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.) are some of the topics that will be covered and reviewed. State and national curriculum standards will be covered throughout the year as well. We will have many performances during the year throughout the school, community, and North State. The Symphonic Band will also be a part of the Marching Band.

Year

10-12, with completion of Concert Band or instructor approval

‘F’

UC/CSU Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

WIND ENSEMBLE-P

Prerequisite: Advanced instrumental skills, by audition only (instructor approval)

 

Wind Ensemble is a course designed for 9th-12th grade students who have had significant experience playing an instrument. Admission to the course is by audition only (instructor approval). Music fundamentals, music notation, music theory, sight reading, music history, ear training, instrumental fundamentals, and technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.) are some of the topics that will be covered and reviewed. State and national curriculum standards will be covered throughout the year as well. We will have many performances during the year throughout the school, community, and North State. The Wind Ensemble will also be a part of the Marching Band.

Year

9-12, by audition only (instructor approval)

‘F’

UC/CSU Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

JAZZ ENSEMBLE-P

Jazz Ensemble is an elite performance group for instrumental music students who already play an instrumental. Enrollment in Symphonic Band is required and instructor permission required. Music and jazz fundamentals, music notation, music theory, sight reading, music history, ear training, instrumental fundamentals, and technique are some of the topics that will be covered and reviewed. Students will perform music of many styles at many different performances throughout the year, including (but not limited to) concerts, festivals, tours. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in several out of town trips. Students in Jazz Ensemble are frequently required to participate in out of school activities in addition to the regularly scheduled class meeting time. Individual practice is required and expected.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

MUSIC THEORY-P

Prerequisite: students should be able to play an instrument (any instrument, including voice).

 

 

Music theory is a year-long course for students who wish to learn about music theory: music fundamentals, music history, ear training, scales, chords, chord patterns, composition, songwriting, and arranging, etc.; are all topics to be covered. Students will put on a recital of original compositions. Students will have the option of taking the AP Music Theory test, as well.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

 

CTE/Fine Art/ Foreign Language credit

AP MUSIC THEORY-P

Prerequisite:

Students must be able to read & write musical notation and have acquired performance skills in voice or on an instrument.

This course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the course. With the successful completion of this course, students will also be able to pass out of the first semester of a college level music theory course.

Year

11-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

 

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

GUITAR 1-P

Guitar I is a beginning guitar class for students who want to learn how to play the guitar. Guitar technique, music theory, and music history will be covered in depth. Students will play music of many styles and will be expected to perform regularly. No previous musical experience necessary. Individual practice is required and expected. Students must provide an acoustic (non-electric) guitar.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

THEATRE ARTS 1-P

The course is open to all grade levels and is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of acting and the world of the theater. Units covering stage makeup, auditioning, Stanislavski’s method acting, improvisation, script writing, pantomime, monologues, dialects, character analysis, directing, set design, and world of the play will be emphasized. Also includes written reviews of school/community performances 4 times per year.

Year

9-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

THEATRE ARTS 2-P

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and successful completion of Theater Arts I

This course is designed for the advanced drama student who wishes to refine his/her acting technique or technical knowledge to professional performance quality. One act plays, scenes, international theatre, historical scenes, script analysis, advanced theory, improvisation, script writing, set design, and technical theatre, will be emphasized.

Year

10-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

THEATRE ARTS

IB SL – P

Prerequisite: Current IB candidate and consent of instructor

This course is designed to foster an in-depth study and international development of theater. It includes a basic understanding of theatre practices and demonstration through diverse performances and presentations. Assessments will include a Director’s Notebook, a research presentation, and a collaborative theatre piece to be performed in the spring. Attending four theatrical productions is also required for analysis and reflection upon the student’s own work. Previous theatre experience is recommended but not required. *cannot be used to fulfill the “g” elective requirement, must take HL2 course in addition to this course.

Year

11-12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

THEATRE ARTS

IB HL 2 - P

Prerequisite: Current IB candidate, consent of instructor, and one year previous Theatre Arts SL course of study

This course is the High Level course for IB Theatre Arts. It is an extension of the SL course with the focus on at least one personal study area. The portfolio details development of a two year study in IB Theatre. Assessments will include a Director’s Notebook, a research presentation, a study and practical work of a theorist, and a collaborative theatre piece to be performed in the spring. Attending four theatrical productions is also required for analysis and reflection upon the student’s own work.

Year

12

‘F’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

 

UC approved for honors credit

STAGECRAFT

No prerequisite but recommended previous theatrical experiences

This year, you will have the opportunity to experience theater behind the scene - the magic of theater. You will be given the chance to participate in: Scenic Design • Sound Design • Lighting Design • Costume Design • Prop Design • Construction • Strike • Organization • Shop Preparation & Upkeep • Inventory & Product Ordering • Remodeling • Make-up Design and Application • Stage Management • Production Crew • Strike • Professional Seminars and Demonstrations • Audience Etiquette • Portfolio Creation • Resume Creation • Storyboarding • Collaborative Efforts and Rehearsals • House Management

Year

9-12

 

Elective credit

SYMPHONIC BAND-P

Prerequisite: completion of Concert Band, or instructor approval

 

Symphonic Band is a course designed for 10th-12th grade students who have had at least one year of experience playing an instrument or have successfully completed Concert Band. Music fundamentals, music notation, music theory, sight reading, music history, ear training, instrumental fundamentals, and technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.) are some of the topics that will be covered and reviewed. State and national curriculum standards will be covered throughout the year as well. We will have many performances during the year throughout the school, community, and North State. The Symphonic Band will also be a part of the Marching Band.

Year

10-12, with completion of Concert Band or instructor approval

‘F’

UC/CSU Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

WIND ENSEMBLE-P

Prerequisite: Advanced instrumental skills, by audition only (instructor approval)

 

Wind Ensemble is a course designed for 9th-12th grade students who have had significant experience playing an instrument. Admission to the course is by audition only (instructor approval). Music fundamentals, music notation, music theory, sight reading, music history, ear training, instrumental fundamentals, and technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.) are some of the topics that will be covered and reviewed. State and national curriculum standards will be covered throughout the year as well. We will have many performances during the year throughout the school, community, and North State. The Wind Ensemble will also be a part of the Marching Band.

Year

9-12, by audition only (instructor approval)

‘F’

UC/CSU Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

HISTORY OF MUSIC-P

This course is designed to develop each percussionist to become an independent musician of the highest caliber possible. Students from this class will perform with the following Pleasant Valley High School performing ensembles: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Marching Band. Percussion students will play in percussion ensembles in class and at evening performances. This class will also focus on improvement of individual musicianship in all areas of percussion performance (mallet, snare, timpani, auxiliary, and drum set).

Music fundamentals, music notation, music theory, sight reading, music history, ear training, instrumental fundamentals, and technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.) are some of the topics that will be covered and reviewed. State and national curriculum standards will be covered throughout the year as well. We will have many performances during the year throughout the school, community, and North State.

 

Year

9-12

 

“F”

UC/CSU

Pending

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language credit

 

History of Music explores the role of music in our lives. Not a performance class, the curriculum will approach the building blocks of music, the history and development of music, and the cultural influences of music. Topics will include rhythm, pitch, counterpoint, harmony, form, analysis, history, style, and music literacy.

Students will:

-Develop increased awareness of music

-Develop appreciation and enjoyment of a wide variety of music literature

-Increase knowledge of repertoire and style

-Develop ability to discuss music literature using appropriate terminology

-Develop basic knowledge of music theory

This course will allow anyone (both musicians and non-musicians) to take a music class and study music, something that surrounds us all.