Fine, Visual & Performing Arts

Fine, Visual & Performing Arts

Art Philosophy

The arts are the cornerstone of humanity and, as such, they celebrate the uniqueness of each individual student as well as create a bond for civilization as a whole. The goal of the Bishop Kelly High School Art Department is to provide opportunities for students to reach their fullest potential mentally, emotionally, creatively, aesthetically, socially, physically, and spiritually. It is the belief of the department that the process of creating and understanding works of art is critical to the development of all people. Art is a basic component of a quality education and is fundamental for the full development of an individual who would regard himself/herself “educated.”

Music Philosophy

The Music Department at Bishop Kelly High School subscribes to the belief that a balanced secondary education should incorporate opportunities for students to expand their musical awareness – both vocally and instrumentally. Such experiences can serve to provide cultural growth and personal fulfillment as well as unlimited enjoyment. Exposure to music theory and music history can lead students to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for a variety of music including classical, folk, jazz and the characteristics particular to them. Bishop Kelly students will be given opportunities to develop a lifelong appreciation for music along with the ability to become knowledgeable performers and attentive and sensitive listeners. In addition to performance-based offerings, the Music Department at Bishop Kelly High School will sponsor appreciation- based course offerings whose goal will be to provide the total student body with opportunities to encounter a cross-section of the richness of the world’s greatest music in a non-performance environment.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!  Any courses marked with an “*” after the course name require you to complete an Application Form. Please expand courses below to access their specific “Required Application Form” links at the bottom of each course description.

Fine Arts

Grade Levels: 9,10,11,12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course fee $25/semester
Must be taken sequentially

Students will learn to work with clay as a three dimensional art form. Basic hand construction, methods of pinching, coiling, slab and sculpture techniques will be taught and utilized. Students will construct a variety of projects depending on the level of progression in class. The potter’s wheel will be used and basic glazing techniques introduced. Experimentation will be encouraged, as will works of depth and complexity.

Grade Levels: 9,10,11,12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course fee $25/semester
Must be taken sequentially

This course will allow students to explore the basic components of art through drawing. Students will learn about line, shape, form, value, texture, space and color. Students will complete a variety of exercises in conceptual, real life and image reproduction. Subject matter will include: figure, face, perspective, landscape, and many others. Media used will be pencil, pen, crayon, colored pencil and conte. Students will work to grow creative and technical skills.

Grade Levels: 9,10,11,12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course fee $25/semester
Must be taken sequentially

The elements and principles of art will be applied to works created in paint. Instruction will include assignments dealing with shape, value, color theory, and methods of paint application. Assignments will explore the influences of both art history and creative expression. Assignments will deal with techniques in both opaque and watercolor media.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: At least two semesters of emphasis area study and/or Instructor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)
Course fee $25/semester

Advanced Placement Art is an intense and demanding high school art curriculum with exciting rewards for the serious art student. Students will share a studio with the most motivated and experienced artists in our school. Students will create a series of works in either 2-dimensional works (painting, drawing, printing, collaging etc.) or 3- dimensional works ( clay, wire, cardboard, plaster, assemblage etc.)
formats. Works in each portfolio must demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year.

Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios to AP Central for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas and sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions.

The national requirements and examples of art works can be found at the following links:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/7881.html (Drawing) and
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/7880.html (3-D)

Required Application Form »

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Visual Arts

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course Fee $60/semester

The course incorporates the principles of design and art into digital photography. Students will learn how digital cameras work, the history of photography, how to incorporate various design elements into their photographs, and how to manipulate technical settings of the camera. Students will also learn basic Photoshop editing basics. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of work created over the course of the semester that demonstrates their understanding. A second semester may be taken where students will explore more advanced techniques in
photography and in Photoshop.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course Fee $60/semester

This course will focus on the practice of film/video production. This is a project-based course where students will be expected to research and develop skills on camera operation, position and movement, audio control, basic directing, lighting, and editing. Students will also be expected to learn the terminology of video pre-production/production/post-production and use this terminology competently. Students will be expected to learn through materials available online and will learn through practical, hands-on experiences creating video products. Grades are based on completion of projects, adherence to project instructions, timeliness and communication with the instructor, and students set the desired learning outcomes for each new project which they will self-evaluate.

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Performing Arts

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course fee $40/semester

This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and practices in theatrical production. Through projects and activities students explore theatrical trends, approaches to acting, stage combat, improvisation, play analysis and technical theatre – which may include set design, costuming, lighting or stage makeup.

Students may retake this class numerous times in order to focus on specific areas of interest.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course fee $40/semester

This is a beginning to advanced level course focused on the craft of acting for stage or screen. Students study movement, script/character analysis, improvisation, ensemble and monologue work, and audition skills as they develop self-awareness and an understanding of the body and voice as tools for creative expression.

The class may be repeated numerous times, allowing students to develop performance skills through more advanced and intensive approaches.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Two Semesters (FY)
Course fee $100/year

Band is a mixed grade performance ensemble. It is open to all students, with or without prior band experience. The class will provide interested Bishop Kelly High School students with opportunities to begin, or continue, their development of instrumental performing skills with an emphasis on community, self-discipline and precision. Band students will perform a wide variety of music within any given year, including traditional, classical, contemporary, and popular music styles. Students will rehearse together, and on their own, to gain a knowledge of and an understanding of the elements of instrumental music. Though students are encouraged to take the class for a full year, it is not a requirement. An extension of the class will be in a variety of school activities including involvement in concerts, festivals, marching band competitions, school athletic events, and other school and community events.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval/Audition
Two Semesters (FY)
Course fee $60/year

Concert Choir is a mixed voice ensemble. It is open to students with or without previous choral experience, but an assessment/audition is conducted for placement. The ensemble sings literature in a wide variety of genres and languages. Students also receive training in proper vocal technique, music history and theory, and general musicianship. Performances at concerts, festivals, and liturgies are scheduled each semester and attendance is expected.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Course fee $50/semester

Guitar provides students with an introduction to this popular instrument. Students will be exposed to a large body of information, including: musical terms and symbols, chord identification and fingering, notation, strumming techniques, chord progressions, and performance. Students will be required to bring their own acoustic guitar (no solid body electric guitars) and be expected to practice at least 2 hours per week.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Previous String Instruction and/or Instructor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)
Course fee $60/year

TThis course is open to all string players. This course is designed to meet the needs of students who are motivated to prepare orchestra repertoire, in a chamber setting, for community performances and competitive festivals. Students will study and perform quality literature suited to ability level. Students will learn concepts of orchestra technique and elements of music theory and history while continuing to develop individual skill on their instrument. Students will participate in after-school concerts and festivals throughout the year.

String Orchestra offers violinists, violists, cellists and bassists an opportunity to hone their skills while exploring a wide spectrum of musical genres. Through exposure to classical and contemporary literature, students will refine their technical prowess in bowing, tone production, intonation, articulation; students will also be exposed to topics in music history and theory.

Enrollment in the String Orchestra is based on instructor approval. An audition is required for placement.

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