This required course focuses on three highly structured units: drawing, painting, and hand building with clay. These units engage students in exercises and activities that strengthen their understanding of the elements and principles of design, while learning and applying various techniques and concepts. Students are expected to maintain a sketchbook for this course.
STUDIO ART 1 (½ Unit of Credit)
This high school credit course engages the student in a variety of activities, which explore media, techniques, and methods used to create visual art. Through these activities, students will explore and further develop their own artistic style and capabilities. They will continue to implement their prior knowledge of art elements and principles within their work. Through media exposure and discussion, students will recognize the role art plays in our lives, both currently and historically, as well as possible options for a career in the arts. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook.
STUDIO ART 2 (½ Unit of Credit)
This course is a continuation of Studio Art 1. In addition to what is covered in Studio Art 1, students will be exposed to a higher level of Art History, Styles, and periods of Art. Students will utilize a higher sense of artistic freedom through an array of problem-solving projects. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook.
PREREQUISITE : Studio Art 1
COMPUTER ART (1/2 Unit of Credit)
In the art world, the computer has become a widely used and accepted medium, as well as a valid component of multiple art related careers. This upper level art course serves as an introduction to the understanding and application of the basic history, concepts, and practices of Computer Generated Art. Students will have the opportunity to work with the latest creative software/hardware while furthering their development of understanding the Art Elements and Design Principles. Students will engage in photo editing, image manipulation, graphic design, and computer based drawing & painting, prior to innovative approaches, such as digital animations. This course is highly recommended for any student that may be considering a future in fine art.
7th GRADE CHOIR
This choir is for 7th grade students and 8th grade students who were not in choir in 7th grade and are interested in joining for 8th grade. This course meets every other day. This course is a "prep choir" for 7th and 8th grade students. Students are required to participate in 2 concerts during the school year.
This course meets every other day in the cycle for the full year and is designed to meet the needs of the student who does not participate in performing ensembles at the Junior High School. Students learn the fundamentals of music and an appreciation of music through learning to play the guitar and exploration of various styles of music.
This course meets every other day, plus an additional lesson period. This course is designed for 7th and 8th grade band students and plays a variety of literature in the medium range of difficulty. Students are required to participate in 2 concerts during the school year.
This course meets every other day. This course is designed for 7th and 8th grade orchestra students. Students are required to participate in 2 concerts during the school year.
CONCERT CHOIR (1/2 Unit of Credit)
This course meets every other day. This course is generally designed for 8th grade choir students. It includes part-singing and training with more advanced music. Students are required to participate in at least 2 concerts during the school year.
SYMPHONIC BAND (½ Unit of Credit)
This course meets every other day plus an additional lesson period. It is comprised of 8th and 9th grade students who have been selected by audition only. This band performs literature geared for the mature player. This group will perform up to 4 or 5 concerts during the year. Concert attendance is mandatory.
ORCHESTRA (½ Unit of Credit)
This course meets every other day. This course is designed for all 9th grade string students and selected 8th grade students.
THEATRE (1/2 Unit of Credit)
This exciting elective is offered as a fine arts half credit. Students are exposed to the basic elements of performance like voice, diction, blocking, posture, and stage presence. Units of study include costuming, set design, stage makeup and musical theatre. Students study the plays offered at Syracuse Stage and then travel during the school day to see live performances. Various theatre related professionals visit the classroom to enrich the course curriculum.