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Performing & Fine Arts Courses

Art Foundations • AP Art Studio • ChoirConcert BandDesign A • Design B • DramaAdvanced Drama/Drama 3 & 4Fashion IllustrationGuitar/Advanced GuitarIllustrationJazz BandLa Salle SingersMorning ChoirMusic ThechnologyAdvanced Music ThechnologyString Ensemble

Art Foundations

9th-12th Grades • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Serves as an introduction to two and three dimensional art. Students will build an art vocabulary and solve visual problems by applying the elements and principles of design to their work. Students work figuratively using "Right Brain" techniques of observational drawing, and will also create abstract and non-figurative artwork. Techniques include drawing, painting, collograph printmaking and sculpture. Potential media: drawing pencils, ink, charcoal, tempera, acrylics, mixed media, 3-D materials (may vary by year). Students will be exposed to a variety of artists' work. Meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement.


AP Art Studio

12th Grade • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Seniors may, with teacher permission, and after successfully completing three years of art courses, work independently toward the goal of obtaining college credit. Students must complete a portfolio of 25 - 30 college quality works of art submitted to the College Board for evaluation. Students who pass may earn up to three college credits from participating universities.


Choir

9th-12th grades • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Students in this performance-based choir class learn about voice, music, theory, and music appreciation. They study voice as a member of the choir, in small groups, and as a solo singer. Students perform in concerts, competitions, festivals, and other events. They develop an appreciation for and an interest in music and the fine arts. Choir can be taken for credit each year for four years. It fulfills 1.0 credit of the Fine Arts requirement. Students can identify at the beginning of the course their intention to have half of 1.0 credit fulfill their speech requirement (.5 credit).


Concert Band

9th-12th Grades • Full Year, 1.0 credit or Semester, 0.5 credit (.5 credit speech)

This class is for students to participate in a concert band ensemble setting.   This performance based ensemble will focus on concert band literature, but will not be limited to any specific genre. Students will also be exposed to music history, theory, and jazz improvising. Student will have multiple opportunities to perform in school, festivals, contests, athletic events, and special events throughout the year. Attendance is required at all performances.   The concert band takes a large trip every other year.


Design A

10th-12th grades • 1st Semester, 1.0 Credit

This is an intermediate/advanced class for motivated art students serious about improving their drawing, design, and painting skills. Students will work in realism (observational drawings in pencil, charcoal, ink, and scratchboard) as well as complete abstract and nonfigurative work in mixed media and acrylic paint. The history of western art from cave art through Early Christian art will be covered through slide shows and reading. Prerequisites: Student must have completed of Art Foundations with an A or B and student must be able
to quietly focus on their work for entire class periods.


Design B

10th-12th grades • 2nd Semester, 0.5 Credit

This is an intermediate/advanced class for the student who is serious about improving painting skills. The majority of the semester will focus on painting in acrylics and watercolors. Three-dimensional work will include ceramics and found object sculpture. The history of western art from the Renaissance onwards will be covered through slide shows, reading, and student research. Prerequisites: Student must have completed of Art Foundations with an
A or B and student must be able to quietly focus on their work for entire class periods. It is not mandatory to take Design A before Design B.


Drama

9th-12th grades • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Provides an overall intro to the theatrical art and its practices with a primary focus on theatre appreciation, criticism and performing. Open to any student of any grade level who has little or no theatrical experience or training. Meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement and can also fulfill the speech requirement as it provides training in vocal and performing skills. Students using this class for both Fine Arts and Speech will be granted 0.5 credit in Fine Arts and 0.5 credit in Speech.


Advanced Drama, Drama 3 & 4

10th-12th Grades • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

This is primarily a performance-based class with emphasis on acting styles and approaches, audition techniques, theatre history, as well as formal script and character analysis. Advanced Drama students will eventually be directed by members of Drama III & IV, who will be responsible for directing short theatrical pieces and/or one-act plays for the student body, and possibly on an evening for the public. Advanced Drama students will also be responsible for the production aspects of any given theatrical piece in which they participate, such as costumes, props, sets, etc. The prerequisite for Adv. Drama is La Salle Drama 1 and/or teacher approval. The prerequisite for Drama III & IV is Adv. Drama and/or teacher approval.


Fashion Illustration

10th-12th Grades • Semester, 0.5 Credit

This class introduces students to illustrating fashion design with emphasis on drawing the human form, both male and female. Students will learn how to draw croquis and will explore abstract representations of the human body. By the end of the semester students will have illustrated their own line of theme-based clothing. Media include pen and ink, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylics, and mixed media. Successful completion of Art Foundations is required for placement into this course.


Guitar/Advanced Guitar

9th-12th Grades • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Open to any student who wants to learn to play guitar. Students learn about music in theory and practice. Students study various guitar styles including classical, folk, liturgical, blues and others. They compose pieces as well as play standard repertoire. Students perform in concerts and other events. Students develop an appreciation for and an interest in music and the fine arts as a part of their lives. Meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement.


Illustration

10th-12th Grades • Semester, 0.5 Credit

Illustration is the art of communicating ideas and concepts using fine art techniques and principles of drawing and painting. Students will learn a wide range of techniques to apply as they problem-solve visual ideas. Projects include (but are not limited to) cartooning, caricatures, sequential art, sci-fi, and social issues. Students will work in pencil, ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, watercolor, ink, and mixed media. Successful completion of Art Foundations is required for placement into this course.


Jazz Band

9th-12th Grades • Full Year, 1.0 credit or Semester, 0.5 credit

This class is for students to participate in a jazz band ensemble setting.   This performance based ensemble will focus on jazz but will not be limited to any specific genre.  Students will also be exposed to jazz history, theory, and improvising in the jazz realm.  Student will have multiple opportunities to perform in school, athletic events, special events, contests, and for guest clinicians.  The jazz band takes a large trip every other year.  Zero Period Class meets four days per week from 7:00 - 7:45am


La Salle Singers

9th-12th Grades • Full Year, 0.5 Credit

Zero Period Class meets two days per week from 7:10 - 7:55am. The La Salle Singers is a vocal performance ensemble designed as an alternative for students who have a direct scheduling conflict with Choir. Perform sat Christmas and spring concerts, and other community and school special events. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the Oregon Music Educators Association solo and ensemble contests. Students in this performance-based choir class will learn about voice, music, theory and music appreciation. They will study voice as a member of the choir as well as in small groups and as a solo singer. Students will develop an appreciation for and an interest in music and the fine arts as a part of their lives. Open to all 9th-12th and can be taken during each of a student's four years. This course counts towards the Fine Arts graduation requirement.


Morning Choir

9th - 12th Grades • Full Year, 0.5 Credit

Zero Period Class meets two days (Tuesday and Thursday) per week from 7:00 - 7:45am. The La Salle Singers is a vocal performance ensemble designed as an alternative for students who have a direct scheduling conflict with Choir. We perform at Christmas and spring concerts, and other community and school special events. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the Oregon Music Educators Association solo and ensemble contests. Students in this performance-based choir class will learn about voice, music, theory, and music appreciation. They will study voice as a member of the choir as well as in small groups and as a solo singer. Students will develop an appreciation for and an interest in music and the fine arts as a part of their lives. The class is open to all 9th-12th grades and can be taken during each of a student's four years. This course counts towards the Fine Arts graduation requirement.


Music Technology

9th-12th Grades • 1st Semester only, 0.5 credit – no experience necessary

Students will be introduced to electronic music, MIDI, piano, sound systems, audacity, digital and analog audio, and Propellerhead’s Reason. This project-based class will provide students with the proper tools to create and master an original music composition using the computer programs Audacity, Garage Band and Reason 7.0. Students will have the opportunity to perform original compositions in a final class concert. No musical background needed.


Advanced Music Technology

9th-12th Grades • 2nd Semester only, 0.5 credit

Students will be re-introduced to electronic music, MIDI, piano, sound systems, and digital and analog audio. This composition-based class focuses on composing original music in a professional setting. Students will have the opportunity to perform original compositions in a final class concert. Students must complete first semester of Music technology or perform adequate musical knowledge for Mr. Donnelly.  


String Ensemble

9th-12th Grades • Full Year, 1.0 credit or Semester, 0.5 credit

Strings class is for students who have a basic understanding of a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and piano). This performance based class will focus on the advancement of instrumental technique, music reading, comprehension skills, independent musicianship, orchestral literature, and understanding small ensemble music. Students will have the chance to perform, travel, and enjoy the love of music. The string ensemble takes a large trip every other year.  


 

 

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