Ballet, Contemporary and Conditioning — Grades 11 and 12
This course is designed to integrate contemporary style movements into the classic form of ballet. Initial emphasis on proper Russian Vaganova and Italian Cecchetti classical techniques to promote correct usage of turn-out, alignment and épaulement. Classical movements are broken down, analyzed and incorporated with contemporary techniques to encourage freedom of expression and artistic growth. Conditioning, including floor work, yoga, Pilates and stretching, encourages the student to create a healthy workout routine and understand of the importance of cross-training as a way to avoid injury. Exercise balls, hand weights, jump ropes, and thera-bands are among the devices used in this course segment.
Modern, Contemporary and Conditioning — Grades 11 and 12
This course, designed for both the experienced and non-experienced dancer, helps students master dance techniques that explore the expression of the human spirit. With a focus on modern techniques (especially those of Horton and Limon) and contemporary styles (jazz, lyrical, and ballet), the process of creative expression is filled with endless possibilities. Breathing, gesture, fall and recovery, suspension of the body in space, dynamics, and improvisational movements teach the student to move creatively, using the body as a uniquely expressive instrument. Conditioning rounds out the course with the use of exercise balls, hand weights, jump ropes, and thera-bands.
Art Major I — Grade 11
The Art Major course is an elective offering for those students who have a special talent in art and interest in pursuing a career in the visual arts. Accordingly, students pursue an in-depth study of drawing, painting, mixed media, and design. Though this is a studio art course, students also hear lectures on artists, concepts, and styles and view demonstrations on art techniques. Periodic critiques, exhibition opportunities, and portfolio development are also part of the program. Throughout the course, students must keep a drawing journal that contains specific homework assignments and independent work.
Pre-requisites: Either Foundation Drawing or Computer Graphics or Permission of the Instructor
Art Major II — Grade 12
This elective course gives seniors the chance to focus on individual areas of creative interest. It also allows them the opportunity to study art history and theory. At the beginning of each term, every student receives an assignment choice of five to ten advanced art projects from which she selects two for class work and one for homework. The student researches, plans, and executes the projects for the remainder of the term. Initial research might involve reading about an art movement or studying the works and techniques of a particular artist or art form. Assignments explore a wide variety of styles, topics, and media, including computer graphics. In the first term, as part of her class work, each student assembles a college art supplement. During the third trimester, some classes are devoted to the study of art criticism. This phase of the program helps students learn to define their own experiences in confronting a work of art. Students complete one written assignment.
Prerequisite: Art Major I or permission of instructor
Art Portfolio Honors — Grade 12
Senior Art Portfolio is an honors-level course designed especially for the student who plans to pursue the study of art at the college level. In the first trimester, the focus is portfolio development; the student learns the essentials of this process, using class time to produce and select works that will create a strong visual presentation for her college applications. An initial evaluation of each student’s work is followed by a customized plan that will enable her to broaden the range of her art in terms of subject matter, style, and media. If necessary, a student may devote time to completing home exams requested by some art schools. During the rest of the year, each student selects a concentration theme as a work focus. After preliminary research and consultation with the instructor, each student plans and produces a series of works centered on a particular subject. A short but concise description of her theme project accompanies the collection of work. Additionally, this course provides the opportunity for students to actively engage in the critique process. They learn terminology and the methodology of analyzing and evaluating art works in an informed way. Reading selections on specific artists, art history, and art philosophy form the basis of class discussion and enable each student to prepare the formal statement about her work. One analytical paper about a famous work of art is also required.
Prerequisite: Art Major I
Digital Photography I — Grades 11 and 12
Digital Photography I is the transition point from darkroom photography into digital imaging. Students learn how the digital camera works, applying the same principles as 35mm cameras, and they master all DSLR shooting modes. Students use Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to upload and perform “digital darkroom” enhancement and editing processes. A variety of shooting assignments emphasize subject matter, technical skill mastery, use of light and personal style development. Additionally students learn inkjet printing skills. Periodic class critiques round out the learning.
Prerequisite: Darkroom Photography or permission of instructor
Digital Photography II — Grades 11 and 12
Digital Photography II focuses on learning Photoshop’s use of layers, tools, and Camera Raw to enhance, edit, and print images. Projects include the study of master photographers and their techniques. In the spring, students work on theme/concentration projects that enable them to project a personal vision.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography I or permission of instructor.
Photo Portfolio Honors — Grade 12
This advanced yearlong class is designed for the experienced photographer. Each student creates a supplemental college portfolio and prepares photos for advance project work and exhibition. Traditional and digital camera printing techniques are explored. Assigned projects, such as self-portraiture, are balanced with personally directed projects; and students end the year by publishing an original photo book. Aesthetics, craftsmanship, the development of a personal vision are the topics of classroom discussion.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography I and II (Shooting assignments and gallery or museum visits are required during the summer prior to this course.)