Visual & Performing Arts Overview
Three credits of World Languages/Fine Arts/CTE are required to graduate from CMASAS. These can be a combination of any courses from World Language, Fine Arts, or CTE.
Students have a variety of options for visual and performing arts classes, and they are also encouraged to integrate the arts throughout their other areas of study.
Online art classes are personalized to individual student skills levels and focus areas of interest. Students can anticipate regular communication and guidance from an instructor, helping them refine their skills at each level. Email, Skype, phone, and the live online classroom are commonly used to share artwork and to receive feedback and guidance.
While beginning level courses can be completed using freely- available programs and common household items (i.e. pencil), students are strongly encouraged to obtain industry standard materials for advanced level of study. Student status can be used for education discount vendors.
Some courses are designed to document and incorporate current student activities in the arts. Dance, Musical Performance, and Theatrical Performance are for students who are actively involved in courses or who are professional performers seeking to further develop their skills. Studio Arts is another class that can easily incorporate student involvement in the arts, again with a focus on personal and professional development.
Students typically submit work using a scanner or digital camera to create an image to email or upload into the classroom, or by presenting via webcam.
In addition to taking visual and performing art courses, students are encouraged to integrate art throughout their other courses. Many assignments will give options that include various forms of art, and students are encouraged to propose alternate assignments that demonstrate learning of the same concept while allowing for additional creativity.