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Visual & Performing Arts Course Descriptions

Visual & Performing Arts Department Chairperson: Mr. Ron Castillo

 

Visual Arts Offerings

 

Visual Art and Design

Prerequisite: None $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(9-12) An introductory course designed to fully engage students in the study and participation of multiple branches of the Visual Arts. Students will also be introduced to Art history, formal art analysis, and art criticism. During this course, students will study and apply the principles and elements of design in order to become educated observers and successful visual communicators. Using various mediums and methods students will use the creative process to complete assigned projects engineered to encourage self-discipline, innovation, problem solving, creative thinking, and cultural appreciation.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Advanced Art and Design

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Visual Art and Design or Photography. $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(10-12) Students will develop techniques and skills related to the practice of drawing and painting. Course activities will place an emphasis on contemporary art through the use various advanced mediums including oil and acrylic paint, charcoal, and ink. Course activities will focus on technical aspects of drawing: line, value and form, in addition to those of painting; preparation of canvas, mixing of colors, texture, layering and impasto. Completion of this course will serve as a prerequisite for all advanced visual art courses including AP Studio Art and IB Art.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Photography

Prerequisite: None. $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(9-12) This is an introductory course in the study and utilization of digital photography as a medium of creative expression and visual communication. Students will develop a technical understanding of using a digital camera and apply this knowledge to create specific image results. Using digital image manipulation software, students will learn to design images to evoke specific messages, moods, or results. Students will study the history of photography, photographic artists, principles of design, color theory, and composition to create powerful and significant images. Students will use the knowledge of using a digital camera, digital image manipulation software, and the creative process to complete assigned projects engineered to encourage self-discipline, innovation, problem solving, creative thinking, and cultural appreciation.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Advanced Photography

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Photography. $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(10-12) This course that will extend the curriculum of Photography to include more complex ideas and principles. Analysis of various elements, such as color theory, composition and expressive content will be discussed. Students will learn to communicate through the photographic medium by creating original works of art. Researching historical and culturally significant works will give them a basis in which to form judgments about other work as well as develop their own style and skills in personal expression.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Art History

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

 

(10-12) This course is designed to introduce students to the understanding and enjoyment of works of art. Students are introduced with Western Art, beginning with prehistoric art and ending with art of the twentieth century. Non-Western art will be presented to provide a cultural diverse aesthetic appreciation. This course requires a high degree of commitment to academic work.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Studio Art (Drawing)

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Advanced Art or Drawing and Painting or permission of instructor. $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(11-12) This course is designed to prepare students for the College Board A.P. Evaluation. Studio Art emphasizes a specialization in drawing, design, and three-dimensional art. Portfolio required.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2D

Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Advanced Art, Advanced Photography or permission of instructor. $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(11-12) This course is designed to prepare students for the College Board A.P. Evaluation. Studio Art 2-D Drawing emphasizes a specialization in drawing, design, and two-dimensional art. Portfolio required.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 3D

Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Advanced Art. $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(11-12) This course is designed to prepare students for the College Board A.P. Evaluation. Studio Art emphasizes a specialization in drawing, design, and three-dimensional art. Portfolio required.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Music Offerings

 

Beginning Band

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) This course is designed to develop musical performance skills for the novice musician. First semester focuses on rhythm development by means of performance on a variety of percussion instruments. Second semester focuses on tone production and pitch by means of performance on a variety of wind instruments.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Jazz Band

Prerequisite: Students wanting to join the Jazz program should contact instructor as early as possible, Matt Ray (ray@damien-hs.edu).

 

(9-12) Instrumental performance/lecture course open to all students with prior or no musical experience. The Jazz Band will participate in instrumental performances at various events throughout the school year. Additional rehearsals may be held after school, no more than once a week. Students will perform music from various styles including swing, blues, Latin jazz, rock/ska, funk, and brass band. Students will be selected via audition and/or interview with instructor. Performances include local concerts and festivals. Attendance in after school rehearsals required. May be repeated for credit.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Spartan Regiment (Marching Band: 1st Sem. course – after school; Spartan Winds: 2nd Sem. course – after school)

Prerequisite: Students must be a member of the Damien Spartan Regiment.

 

Spartan Regiment members are required to attend instrumental performances at various events throughout the year. Rehearsals are held after school and weekends (6 hours per week). Activities include home football games, tournaments, parades, and other trips. Open to all students upon teacher approval. Sports conflicts will be resolved with the teacher. Students will receive (5) Physical Education credits for participation in Marching Band or Spartan Winds (maximum of 5 units per year).

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Percussion Ensemble

Prerequisite: Audition.

 

(9-12) Students wanting to join the music program should contact Mr. Curci as early as possible curci@damien-hs.edu ). All students must enroll in the 1st Semester Marching Band course (see Marching Band course description for more details) and participate in the 2nd Semester Indoor Drumline. Maybe repeated for credit.

 

Instrumental performance/lecture course open to all students with prior or no musical experience. Percussion instruction will include: marching percussion, concert percussion, drum set, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and auxiliary percussion. After school rehearsals, performances and other trips are required.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Music Theory

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) Music Theory takes a practical approach to the fundamental elements of music. Students will learn to enjoy music more fully by gaining an understanding of how music is constructed (rhythms, pitch, scales, chords, keys, ect.). Having gained this knowledge, the students will be prepared to compose music through melody, harmony, and chord progressions.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Music Appreciation

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) Lecture course designed to introduce students to the elements and history of music. Exploring the music of the past, present and future, students will relate commercial music to classical music and appreciate the musical culture of different places and times. Videos, audio and live concert performances will enhance the musical experience.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Cinematic Arts and Theatre Arts Offerings

 

Cinematic Arts I

Prerequisite: None $40 Course Fee Required.

 

(9-12) Students will learn the basics of the Cinematic Arts process and the role of the Cinematic Arts as a visual medium of communication. To this end, students will learn the technical side of Cinematic Arts (video camera and how to frame shots for desired effects, sound equipment and the role of audio production in the creation of cinematic works, the use of Final Cut Pro to implement basic editing principles) as well as the communications / message element in terms of dealing with storyboards and written scripts. The course will conclude with students actively engage in filming pre-existing written scripts and/or storyboards.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Cinematic Arts II

Prerequisite: Semester grades of A or B in Cinematic Arts I, permission of the instructor.

 

(10-12) A continuation of Cinematic Arts I; students will continue to work on developing more sophisticated techniques and producing more advanced projects.

 

NOTE: This course does not meet the CSU/UC “f” requirement.

 

Theatre Arts I

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) This course exposes students to the various elements of Theatre. Students will be introduced to the craft of acting through the performance of improvisation, pantomime and mine, monologues, scenes, and ensemble projects. The fundamental elements of staging a play (set design, lighting and sound, costuming, makeup, and the role of the director/producer) will be addressed. Lastly, students will gain an understanding of the history of theatre as well as the varieties of drama.

 

(CSU/UC approval pending)

 

Theatre Arts II

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Theatre Arts 1.

 

(10-12) This course is recommended for students interested in improving their acting skills. Students develop their acting and character development techniques through scene, monologue and ensemble work. Students also explore classical styles and work together on either an original or published one act play.

 

(CSU/UC approval pending)