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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)
 
Digital Art
Prerequisite. None $40 Course Fee required

(9-12) An introductory course designed to educate and master technologically supported visual art and design used in the creative industry. This class will cover units in photo manipulation, digital illustration, product development, web design, corporate design & communications, advertising, digitally enhanced art experiences, logo & graphics creation, mechanics of art for print, Digital Painting, 3D Modeling, Digital animation and more.

(CSU/UC approval pending)
 
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) Description: This course 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 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 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 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)

IB Visual Arts (SL/HL)
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Visual Art & Design or other beginning level design course. Second year IB Visual Arts courses require a “C” or better in IB Visual Arts Year 1. $40 Course Fee Required

(11-12) The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to further study of visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts. The role of visual arts teachers should be to actively and carefully organize learning experiences for the students, directing their study to enable them to reach their potential and satisfy the demands of the course. Students should be empowered to become autonomous, informed and skilled visual artists.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

Music Offerings

Beginning Band
Prerequisite: None. May require a monthly instrument rental cost if the instrument desired is not available to borrow. $40 course fee required.

(9-12) This performance course is for the novice musician with no prior experience. Students will learn woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) and brass instruments (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba). Instruction includes the elements of music, theory, instrument care, reading music notation, musicianship, tone production, and ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques. Activities include small and large ensemble performance opportunities.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

Jazz Band
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation by audition. Contact Mr. Magallon at magallon@damien-hs.edu to schedule an audition. $40 course fee required.

(9-12) This performance course is for the intermediate-advanced musician with prior musical experience. Students may play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass guitar, drumset or piano. Instruction includes the elements of jazz, theory, musicianship, improvisation, and ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques. Music repertoire includes jazz repertoire in various, contrasting styles such as swing, blues, Latin, funk, and rock. Activities include adjudicated jazz festivals, and school and community performances. May be repeated for credit.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)
 
Guitar Ensemble
Prerequisite: None. $40 course fee required.

(9-12) This performance course is for the novice to advanced musicians. Students will learn acoustic guitar. Instruction includes the elements of music, theory, guitar proper care, reading traditional music notation, musicianship, and ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques. Music repertoire includes guitar repertoire in various, contrasting styles such as classical, jazz, blues, pop, and rock styles. Activities include solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble performance opportunities.

(CSU/UC approval pending)
 
Percussion Ensemble
Prerequisite: None $40 course fee required.

(9-12) This performance course is for the novice musician with no prior experience. Students will learn percussion instruments (drums, piano, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, and accessories). Instruction includes the elements of music, theory, instrument care, reading music notation, musicianship, rudiments, and ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques. Activities include small and large ensemble performance opportunities. May be repeated for credit.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)
 
Music Appreciation
Prerequisite: None

(9-12) This non-performance course is open to all students with no prior musical experience. Students will develop skills in critical listening, analyzing and discussing music. Instruction includes the elements of music, theory, history of western music from the Middle Ages (450 A.D.) to the present, non western music, composition, and careers in music. Activities include listening discussions, projects, presentations, and performances.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

IB Music SL/ HL
Prerequisite: Ability to read and write music and play an instrument. Requires approval of the class instructor.

(11-12) The IB Diploma Programme music course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Programme music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures and time periods. They also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology and context. Through the course of study, students become aware of how musicians work and communicate. In addition, the course enables students to: enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts,become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts, understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts, explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures, express ideas with confidence and competence, develop perceptual and analytical skills, develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.

(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. $40 Course Fee Required

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

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)
 
IB Film SL / HL
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Cinematic Arts 1 or “C” or better in both Cinematic Arts I and II or approval of Instructor. $40 Course Fee Required

(11-12) The creation, presentation and study of film requires courage, passion and curiosity: courage to create individually and as part of a team, to explore ideas through action and harness the imagination, and to experiment; passion to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas eloquently; curiosity about self and others and the world, about different traditions, techniques and knowledge, about the past and the future, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through the art form. At the core of the IB film course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film. Although the standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) syllabus outlines share elements, there is a clear distinction between both the explicit and implicit demands at these levels. Through a variety of teaching approaches, including the construction and deconstruction of film texts, all students, whether SL or HL, are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of film. The differences between SL and HL are both quantitative and qualitative. The nature of the course enables HL students to develop creative skills, theoretical understanding and textual analysis more fully. An HL student should display a continuous resolve of personal challenge and a sustained engagement with the ideas, practices and concepts encountered within the course over the extended learning time available. An HL student has extra time for these encounters, extra time to reflect and to record evidence of growth. It is understood that ensuing developments may be only partially evident within the framework of the assessment process.

(Meets 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.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)
 
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.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

IB Theatre SL
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Theatre Arts I and approval of Instructor

(11-12) Description: Theatre is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, risk-taking and the presentation of ideas. The IB DP theatre course is multifaceted and gives students the opportunity to actively engage in theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. The teacher’s role is to create opportunities that allow students to explore, learn, discover and collaborate to become autonomous, informed and skilled theatre-makers. Students learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualize their work. Through researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre, they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world. Students experience the course from contrasting artistic and cultural perspectives. They learn about theatre from around the world, the importance of making theatre with integrity, and the impact that theatre can have on the world. It enables them to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture, promoting international-mindedness and an appreciation of the diversity of theatre. In addition, the aims of the SL theatre course are to enable students to: explore theatre in a variety of contexts and understand how these contexts inform practice (theatre in context), understand and engage in the processes of transforming ideas into action (theatre processes) and to develop and apply theatre production, presentation and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively (presenting theatre).

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)