Fine Arts Department

Fine Arts Department

Chair:

Mr. Joe Montgomery

Faculty:

Ms. Emily Bruns
Ms. Catie Murray
Ms. Kelly Reinbach

Courses:

Visual Arts


 

Intro to Studio Art

.5 Credit      Semester

Intro to Studio Art is an introduction to the processes, ideas, and function of art. Students will be introduced to brainstorming and drawing as a way to explore a variety of media and processes. Students will explore the Elements and Principles of art through drawing, painting, 3D design, and photography. Students will learn to reflect on their own work and the work of other artists. Fee $85


 

Contemporary Art I

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisite: Intro to Studio Art

This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary art making concerns in the modern world by offering them the opportunity to explore the work of current artists around us. Students will look at how current artists’ work has evolved and what types of art history has influenced them. They will use art criticism analyze the work as well as be inspired by technique to work in the style of some of the artists they study. Fee $65


 

Contemporary Art II

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art and Contemporary Art I

Building upon knowledge and experiences learned in Intro to Studio Art and Contemporary Art I, students will take a more in-depth look at what current artists use to visually communicate and what factors influence them. Fee $65


 

Drawing and Painting I

.5 Credit      Semester

This course is an introduction to the processes, ideas, and function of drawing and painting as fine art. Technical skill, safety, work ethic, and personal expression, drive the creative process and grades in this course. This course will focus on foundational drawing skills and transition into painting skills. Students will explore drawing and painting through brain-storming, drawings, and research honing their skills for the 21st century. Students will reflect on their work and the work of other artists. Fee $85


 

Drawing and Painting II

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art and Drawing and Painting I      Open to grades 10-12

Building upon knowledge and experiences learned in Intro to Studio Art and Drawing and Painting I, students will take a more in-depth look at the processes, media, and design principles used by artists to visually communicate. Students will learn to make choices about processes, media, and aesthetics based on their personal expression and artistic style. Fee $85


 

3-D Art I

.5 Credit      Semester

3D Art I is an introduction to the processes, ideas, and functions of 3 dimensional objects as fine art. Technical skill, safety, work ethic, and personal expression, drive your creative process and grades in this course. Students' brainstorming, drawing, technical processes, and research skills will be honed and strengthened through this course preparing them for the 21st century. Students will be challenged with creative problems and set boundaries. By exploring a variety of media and processes, students will strengthen their creative, analytic, and critical thinking skills. Students will reflect on their work and the work of other artists. Fee $95


 

3-D Art II

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art and 3D Design I      Open to grades 10-12

Building on the knowledge and experiences of Intro to Studio Art and 3D Art I, students will take a more in-depth look at the processes, media, and design principles used by artists to visually communicate. Students will learn to make choices about processes, media, and aesthetics based on their personal expression and artistic style. Fee $95


 

Photography I

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art and any other art elective      Open to grades 10-12

Photography I is an introduction to the process, ideas, and function of photography as fine art. Technical skill, safety, work ethic, and personal expression, drive your creative process and grades in this course. This course will utilize the traditions of photography in the darkroom and the technologies of today through digital imaging. Students will explore photography through brainstorming, drawings, research, and their cameras honing their skills for the 21st century. Students will reflect on their work and the work of other artists. This course builds on the foundation of Intro to Studio Art. Fee $95

 


 

Photography II

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art, any other art elective, and Photography I      Open to grades 10-12

Building on the knowledge and experiences of Intro to Studio Art and Photography I, students will take a more in-depth look at the processes, media, and design principles used by artists to visually communicate. Students will learn to make choices about processes, media, and aesthetics based on their personal expression and artistic style. Fee $95


 

Graphic Design

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art and any other art elective      Open to grades 10-12

Graphic Design is an introduction to the development of skills in computer arts. Students will learn to communicate ideas and information using type and illustration. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator are used as design tools as well as brainstorming, drawing, and research. Fee $85

 


 

Studio Art Portfolio 

1 Credit      Year      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art, any two other art electives, and TR      Open to grades 11-12

Portfolio is an advanced level course for students who are seriously interested in art and self motivated. The course allows students to take an in-depth, mature approach to developing skills and techniques. Students will be motivated to make their own choices about processes, media and aesthetics based on their own personal expression. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, originality, and authentic work. Students will critically reflect on their work and the work of other artists. Fee $130

 


 

AP® Studio Art 

1 Credit      Year      Pre-requisites: Intro to Studio Art, any two other art electives, and TR      Open to grades 11-12

AP® Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in a rigorous and study in art. AP® Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year. The program consists of a choice among one of three portfolios--2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing. This course is based on students creating a body of work that demonstrates quality, concentration and breadth. As in any college level course, students will be expected to spend a considerable amount of time outside of class in order to complete assignments. Fee $130

Performing Arts


 

Concert Band

1 Credit      Year

The Concert Band is just one of the many divisions of the Roger Bacon Bands. It is a performance based ensemble that meets during the school day. No previous musical experience is necessary to join. This class is for those who want to learn a wind instrument or continue study on an instrument through the preparation of concert music. The class includes many performances and covers several different styles of classical music.


 

Chamber Choir

1 Credit      Year

The Chamber Choir is a full singing ensemble that meets during the school day. Their repertoire includes both sacred and secular music of all periods and styles. An emphasis is placed on the performance of choral ensemble, multi-part songs. The basic skills for proper singing - posture, breath support, tone production – are taught through individual and group work. The choir also performs several concerts throughout the year at Roger Bacon, community events, and other local schools. Anyone interested, advanced singer or beginner, can join.

 


 

Guitar I

.5 Credit      Semester

If you have ever been interested in learning guitar, then now is your chance. Guitar class is for the beginner or inexperienced guitar player. Learn the basics of music and guitar performance from simple chords to full accompaniment. Learn a variety of techniques and styles particular to guitar playing.


 

Guitar II

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisite: Guitar I      Open to grades 10-12

Guitar II is for the experienced guitar player. Learn advanced techniques of chord positions and scales to further your understanding of the multiple styles of the guitar. Built upon the basics learned in Guitar I, students will be able to extended their guitar playing and music understanding from simple accompaniment to lead lines and alternate tunings.

 


 

Intro to Acting

.5 Credit      Semester

This new drama course is an introduction to the basics of acting. Students will be exposed to elements of public speaking, stage work, reciting lines, and the art of character study. Students will learn to reflect on their own work and the work of others, as well as begin to observe the art of professional theater acting. Students will have the opportunity to work in small group one-acts, performing in the Fine Arts Center, and will be encouraged to audition for drama productions.


 

Music Theatre

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisite: Intro to Acting      Open to grades 10-12

Do you love musicals? Do you sing along to all the songs as you watch the movie? Then Music Theatre class is for you. This one semester class is an introduction to the art of the musical stage. It is a study of the history of the theater and the musical. Building upon the basics learned in Intro to Acting, this course offers opportunities for performing and singing. Learn about the creation of Broadway and the history behind some of the greatest American musicals as well as preparing scenes on stage.

 


 

Set Design

.5 Credit Semester

Set Design is an introduction to the basic principles of stage props, construction, and design. The course focuses on the beginning knowledge of stage management and creative space layout. Students will experience hands-on participation for many types of theater productions through a variety of means including lectures, readings, artistic designs, and even physical set construction.

 


 

Theatre Production

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisite: Set Design      Open to grades 10-12

Building upon the knowledge and skills learned in Set Design, students will explore a deeper understanding of stage management. Theatre Production looks further into the elements needed to create a dramatic production. With further study of lighting plots, lighting designs, sound designs, and creating digital backdrops and animation, students will have hands-on experience in helping each drama production. Students of this course will be selected to help create the stage crew for each semester's drama performance.

 


 

Music Appreciation

.5 Credit      Semester

Music Appreciation is an introduction to the basic principles of music and how to listen. The course focuses on the building blocks of music, music history, and an overview of the styles of Classical Music. Students will experience hands-on participation for many types of music in a non-technical look through lectures, in-class discussions, reading assignments, and listening activities.

 

History of Jazz and Pop

.5 Credit      Semester

This course explores the creation of “American” music through the history of jazz, rock, and popular music styles. We will discuss the basics of music and understand the inner workings that define these similar, yet very different styles. This class will focus on the history, key artists, principals, and important songs of Jazz and Pop music through listening examples, concert examples, presentations, and other activities.

 

 


 

Music and Technology

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Any two other Music electives     Open to grades 10-12

This non-performance class provides a study of the effects technology has on the music industry. The class covers basics of not only music but also recording and music writing technology. By following a historical timeline of recording, students will read articles, complete projects, take notes, and have hands on exercises in music technology. This class is a study in the impact technology has had on music, including recordings, computers, CD’s, I-pods, and more. The course culminates with producing, mixing, and editing your own songs with Garage Band on your iPads and working with sound equipment in the Fine Arts Center.

Songwriting

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Any two other Music electives and ability to play an instrument      Open to grades 10-12

This class is an opportunity for students to explore their creative expression by writing their own music. Students will be learning the basic skills of both chord and lyric writing. By discussing how to organize, write and arrange songs students will be able to create catchy melodies and interesting harmonies. Whether it is for a solo instrument, or a standard singer-guitar accompaniment pop song, students will be writing music, poems, lyrics, and creating parts for the arrangement to also discuss music production. Students will need some background in music, including being able to play an instrument. This class also has the unique opportunity to make recordings of their creations using the iPads and audio equipment in the music department.

Music Theory

.5 Credit      Semester      Pre-requisites: Any three other Music electives      Open to grades 11-12

Music Theory is a one semester course on the structure of music. Each of the elements of music is taught so that the student not only becomes familiar with them but can work with these elements to create musical examples. From voice leading and chord progressions to complete compositions, the student is taught the significance of music structure as a result of the creative innovations of the composer. Students will master the skills of reading, writing, playing and singing music at its foundations.