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Introduction to Studio Art is an introduction to the fundamentals of art, including elements of art and principles of design, the building blocks of all art classes. Students will explore various media through assignments that include everything from photography and printmaking to still life studies. In addition, students will learn to reflect on their own work and the work of other artists.
Students will build on what was learned in Introduction to Studio Art to hone their skills and explore the techniques associated with drawing. Students will learn to incorporate what they see and interpret that into visual design through the techniques of drawing and painting. They will further explore the critique process as well as study famous artworks to be able to learn how to pull the unspoken meaning from visual art.
Drawing and Painting II is a challenging class for students truly interested in fine arts. We will explore higher level drawing techniques that will transition into painting techniques and skills. Implementing the knowledge and experience from the previous courses, students work on creating truly original works of art that will prepare them for the Portfolio class if they choose to continue. Students will learn to make choices about processes, media, and aesthetics based on their personal expression and artistic style.
3-D Art I applies the elements and principles of art learned in Intro to Studio Art to the processes, ideas, and functions of three-dimensional objects as fine arts. Technical skill, safety, and work ethic drive your creative process and grades in this course. Students' brain-storming, drawing, technical processes, and research skills will be honed and strengthened through this course. 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 and critique their work and the work of other artists.
3-D Art II is a challenging class for students truly interested in fine arts. Building on skills learned in Intro to Studio Art and 3-D Art I, students will explore higher-level constructing and modeling techniques and skills. Implementing the knowledge and experience from the previous courses, students will be working on creating truly original works of art that will prepare them for the Portfolio course if they choose to continue. Students will learn to make decisions about processes, media, and aesthetics based on their personal expression and artistic style.
Photography I applies the elements and principles of art learned in Intro to Studio Art to the process, ideas, and function of photography as fine art. Technical skill, safety, and work ethic 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 35mm cameras, honing their skills. Students will reflect on their work and the work of other artists so they may learn to edit and revise their work.
This is a challenging class for students truly interested in fine arts. Students will explore higher level photography skills. Implementing the knowledge and experience from the previous courses, students will be working on creating truly original works of art that will prepare them for the Portfolio course if they choose to continue. Students will learn to make decisions about processes, media and aesthetics based on their personal expression and artistic style.
This upper level class introduces students into the world of graphic design. Pulling upon the foundation skills learned from Intro to Studio Art, Photo I, and Drawing and Painting I, students will be introduced to designing on sophisticated software as they take creating to the digital format. Students will spend time exploring higher level design principles, software techniques, handling text. Students will learn to digitally design starting with typefaces, gain font exposure, and be introduced to layout and production skills. This course is designed to expose students to the professional world of graphic design if they were to choose this as a college major.
Studio Art 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, techniques, and personal style. Students will be motivated to make their own choices about processes, media, and aesthetics based on their own expression and voice. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, originality, and authentic work.
Students will critically reflect on their work and the work of other artists, intensely developing the skill of finding the unspoken meaning that is communicated in visual artworks, helping them to inject meaningful thought behind their own creations.
AP® Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in a rigorous study in art. AP® Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios 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.
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.
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, is welcome to join.
Guitar class is for the beginner or inexperienced guitar player. Students will learn the basics of music and guitar performance, from simple chords to full accompaniment, and learn a variety of techniques and styles particular to guitar playing.
Guitar II is for the experienced guitar player. Students learn advanced techniques of chord positions and scales to further their 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.
This 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.
Musical Theatre provides an introduction to the art of the musical stage. Students learn about the creation of Broadway and the history behind some of the greatest American musicals and prepare scenes on stage. Building upon the basics learned in Intro to Acting, this course offers opportunities for performing and singing, as well as observing the art of professional musical acting and audition practices.
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, reflections on actual Broadway productions, and physical set construction.
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 and designs, sound designs, and digital backdrops and animation, students will have hands-on experience in helping with each drama production. Students in this course will be selected to help create the stage crew for each semester's drama performance.
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 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.
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, principles, and important songs of jazz and pop music through listening examples, concert examples, presentations, and other activities.
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, iPods, and more. The course culminates with students producing, mixing, and editing their own songs with Garage Band on their iPads and working with sound equipment in the Fine Arts Center.
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, and 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 focuses on the structure of music. Each of the elements of music is taught so that students not only become familiar with them but can work with these elements to create musical examples. From voice leading and chord progressions to complete compositions, students learn 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.
“The Fine Arts are an integral part of Roger Bacon. Not only is the Fine Arts Center literally at the center of the school, but we strive to offer different electives to reach every individual student of RB. Through performance opportunities in and out of school, a full year of concert events, gallery and competition opportunities, and real-world experiences out in our community we are constantly providing experiences as diverse as the multitude of emotions that art can convey – proving that “Art” is at the center of every SpARTan.”