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Visual & Performing Arts

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.

Courses

Art in World Culture

Who is the greatest artist of all time? Is it Leonardo daVinci? Claude Monet? Michelangelo? Pablo Picasso? Is the greatest artist of all time someone whose name has been lost to history? You will learn about some of the greatest artists while also creating art of your own, including digital art.

Duration: 1 Semester

Dance

Portfolio, Silver

Students perceive and respond, using the elements of dance. They demonstrate movement skills, process sensory information, and describe movement, using the vocabulary of dance. They apply choreographic principles, processes, and skills to create and communicate meaning through the improvisation, composition, and performance of dance.

Duration: 2 Semesters

Design, Advanced

Silver

This course is directed towards students intending to pursue art and design education and careers after high school. With Advanced Design, students continue with topics from Intermediate Design with greater sophistication. Projects involve the application of the elements and principles of design to an assortment of visual communication situations.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Intermediate Design or equivalent

Design, Beginning

Silver

The world of the visual arts and communication is surveyed from multiple perspectives in this course. Students develop and apply the elements and principles of art, as well as social and historical context, as they gain skills in the critical analysis and interpretation of art. In addition to developing art perception skills, creative expression and art history are surveyed from around the world.  Students have choices in how they demonstrate understanding.

Duration: 1 Semester

Design, Intermediate

Silver

This course is directed towards students intending to pursue art and design education and careers after high school.  With Advanced Design, students continue with topics from Intermediate Design with greater sophistication.  Projects involve the application of the elements and principles of design to an assortment of visual communication situations.  Graphic, fashion, product, packaging, interior, architectural, publication, culinary, and photographic design are examples of possible areas for

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Beginning Design or equivalent skills

Digital Photography, Advanced

Silver

Development of proficiency with photography techniques continues with this course. More advanced composition and lighting situations are explored. Student’s gain more advanced working understanding of digital photography technology and how this relates to the art of digital photography. Contemporary and historic photographs are critically examined and understandings applied to students’ work.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Intermediate Photography or equivalent skills

Digital Photography, Beginning

Silver

The course begins with a survey of the science and technology of digital photography as students become familiar with their particular camera(s). As students gain proficiency in camera handling skills in a variety of common situations, understanding of essential design principles is developed. Composition and lighting are key areas of emphasis. A series of projects will be completed, involving a range of common photographic situations and subjects.

Duration: 1 Semester

Digital Photography, Interm.

Silver

The development of proficiency with photography techniques continues with this course.  More advanced composition and lighting situations are explored.  Student’s gain more advanced working understanding of digital photography technology and how this relates to the art of digital photography.  Photography as a fine art is emphasized throughout the course.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Beginning Photography or equivalent skills

Digital Publishing, Beginning

Silver

A blending of the creativity, techniques, and design  used to produce refined print or online e-publications. Examples of contexts include, but are not limited to, books, ebooks, slide presentations, websites or blogs, multimedia videos, graphic novels, and infographics.

Duration: 1 Semester

Drawing, Advanced

Silver

Advanced Drawing is for those students interested in developing fluent drawing skills. Students should be familiar with the use of the elements and principles of art to represent depth and perspective. Intermediate drawing skills are expanded upon according to students’ particular interests.  Along with specific, skill-focused assignments, students will complete a portfolio of pieces demonstrating the range of skills and concepts developed during the course.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Intermediate Drawing or equivalent skills

Drawing, Beginning

Silver

Beginning Drawing is for those students with little or no prior drawing experience. Basic skills in dry and wet drawing media will be introduced and practiced. Students will survey current and past drawing works of artists from around the world to develop an appreciation of the diverse ways drawing is approached and applied.

Duration: 1 Semester

Drawing, Intermediate

Silver

Basic skills in dry and wet drawing media will be expanded and practiced. Students will survey current and past drawing works of artists from around the world to develop an appreciation of the diverse ways drawing is approached and applied. A working vocabulary will be developed as the elements and principles of art are applied to the art of drawing, Emphasis is continued on grey-scale drawing, although color has significant importance. The basic principles of perspective are expanded.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Beginning drawing or equivalent skills.

Instrument Instruction

These courses are designed for the beginner musician and focuses on creating a solid foundation in playing the instrument of focus. Lesson topics include developing proper technique and learning to read music for that instrument. Each course provides some history on the instrument and listening and playing activities. Students will need to provide their own instruments. Instrument Options

Duration: 2 Semesters

Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation not only will provide a historical perspective on music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, but it will also teach you the essentials of how to listen and really hear (with a knowledgeable ear) the different music that’s all around you. Learning how to truly appreciate sound and melody is the best way to ensure a continued love of this delightful art form.

Duration: 1 Semester

Painting, Advanced

Silver

Advanced Painting is for those students with prior intermediate –level painting experience. Students should be familiar with the use of the elements and principles of art to represent depth and perspective. Advanced skills in water-based, oil, or other media will be expanded and practiced.  Students will survey current and past works of artists from around the world to develop an appreciation of the diverse ways painting is approached and applied.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Intermediate Painting or equivalent skills

Painting, Beginning

Silver

Basic skills for acrylic media are introduced and practiced. Students survey current and past paintings of artists from around the world and diverse ways painting is approached and applied. Emphasis on designing paintings, color mixing, and basic paint application techniques. Styles ranging from abstract, through semi-abstract, to representational will be explored.

Duration: 1 Semester

Painting, Intermediate

Silver

Intermediate Painting is for those students with prior beginning –level painting experience. Students should be familiar with the use of the elements and principles of art to represent depth and perspective. Basic skills in acrylic media will be expanded and practiced. Students may want to begin work with oil, watercolors, gouache (opaque watercolor), pastels or mixed-media. A working vocabulary will be developed as the elements and principles of art are applied to the art of painting.

Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisites: Beginning Painting or equivalent skills

Studio Arts

Silver

Studio Arts is for students who are engages in hands-on activities to learn, produce, refine, present, and evaluate arts. Examples of art forms include painting, sculpture in various media including ceramics and porcelain, and mixed-media productions. An individual plan is created with a teacher, focusing on personal development and learning goals in addition to logging the necessary number of hours for credit.

Duration: 2 Semesters

Theater, Cinema, & Film Production

Lights! Camera! Action! Let’s explore the enchanting world of live theater and its fascinating relationship to the silver screen. In Theater, Cinema, and Film Production, you’ll learn the basics of lighting, sound, wardrobe, and camerawork while examining the magic that happens behind all the drama. Delve into the glamorous history of film and theater and examine the tremendous influence these industries have had on society and culture over the years.

Duration: 1 Semester

Theatrical Performance

Portfolio, Silver

Student engages in learning and practice of drama/acting theory and techniques as applied to theatrical performance. This course is meant for students receiving acting lessons through community course instructors, involved as an actor in the production of plays, and/or for students involved in the production of their work. An individual plan is created with a teacher, focusing on personal development and learning goals in addition to logging the necessary number of hours for credit.

Duration: 2 Semesters