• FINE ARTS

     

    ART 7

    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.

     

    CHOIR 7

    This choir is open to any 7th grade student who enjoys singing.  Performance in two concerts is required.  This course meets every other day.

     

    CHOIR 8/9 (1/2 Unit of Credit)

    This choir is open to 8th and 9th grade students; prior experience in Choir 7 is strongly encouraged.  This choir includes part-singing and training with more advanced music.  Performances in two concerts are required.  This course meets every other day.

     

    MUSIC 7/8

    This course is open to 7th and 8th grade students who wish to learn a wide variety of music cultures, historic styles, composers, and compositions.  Previous experience in an ensemble is not required.

     

    BAND 7

    This band is open to 7th grade students continuing study on their band instrument.  Performances in two concerts are required.  Students are required to attend weekly lessons.  This course meets every other day.

     

     

    BAND 8

    This band is open to 8th grade students who have met curriculum proficiencies while demonstrating the ability to perform advanced repertoire.  Concert attendance is mandatory.  Students are required to attend weekly lessons.  This course meets every other day.

     

    BAND 9 (1/2 Unit of Credit)

    This band is open to 9th grade students who have met curriculum proficiencies while demonstrating the ability to perform advanced repertoire.  This band performs literature geared for the mature player.  Concert attendance is mandatory.  Students are required to attend weekly lessons.  This course meets every other day.

     

     ORCHESTRA 7 

    This orchestra is open to 7th grade students continuing study on their string instrument.  Performances in two concerts are required.  Students are required to attend weekly lessons.  This course meets every other day.

     

    ORCHESTRA 8/9 (1/2 Unit of Credit)

    This orchestra is open to 8th and 9th grade students who have met curriculum proficiencies while demonstrating the ability to perform advanced repertoire.  This orchestra performs literature geared for the mature player.  Concert attendance is mandatory.  Students are required to attend weekly lessons.  This course meets every other day.

     

    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.