Visual and Performing Arts Department Curriculum

Digital Arts

Broadcast Journalism

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10 (year-long class; after-school)
Prerequisite: 
Must register for Broadcast Journalism I and II because this is a yearlong class. Meets after school. Produces the Panther Report.

The students in this after-school class will be responsible for producing the various videos used on campus to promote events and school news. Students will learn the basics of broadcast journalism and apply them in the production of these videos including the weekly Panther Report. Students will learn how to operate HD cameras, edit using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, film on a green screen, report school events, and be an anchor for broadcast media. Students will be assigned to teams that apply to their interests and talents as part of the crew. All students will be required to keep a detailed binder and documentation of their projects. Mondays will be lecture days and days to critique the Panther Reports and other projects that have aired that day or the week prior. Wednesdays will be filming days for both Panther Report and sports activities. Some sports activities and campus events will fall on other days. Fridays will be spent learning how to edit and as open lab time for editing projects in progress. Students will also have the opportunity to attend orientation and studio classes at CreaTV in downtown San Jose to learn how to use professional broadcast equipment including studio cameras, grid lights, microphones, sound boards, light boards and special editing programs. There will be one orientation and 2 studio classes that are optional. All additional studio classes will be available. Students are required to film 3 to 5 events including sports games. This class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit the Panther Studios website.

Digital Video Production I

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

Students will learn how to create digital films with the Adobe Production Suite (Premiere CS4, Aftereffects, and Photoshop) and the use of digital cameras. Students will complete exercises demonstrating the entire production process: pre-production (scripting, storyboarding), Production (lighting, filming, producing), and post-production (editing and digital special effects.) Students will study the film industry and its history, as well as current events in the film and television industries.

Digital Video Production II

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Digital Video Production I or concurrent request.

Having mastered the basics in Introduction to Digital Video Production, students will be creating one mini feature in this class. Choosing to work in groups or individually, students will complete all phases of production (pre-production, production, and post-production) on one master project. Through the use of tutorials and field trips, students will expand their knowledge of the industry, the editing software, lighting techniques, and sound editing tools.

Graphic Design I

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

This introductory course will focus on the basic principles and elements of print design and the technologies behind their creation and manipulation. There will be an emphasis on the communication model as it applies to design materials. Students will learn how to think critically to apply these principles and elements as well as to evaluate the aesthetic components of their work and the work of other professionals. Students will apply their knowledge in the management and creation of their own graphic design projects. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Fireworks CS6 are the primary applications used for content creation in this course.

Graphic Design II

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Graphic Design I or concurrent request

This intermediate course will focus on expanding the knowledge and practice students have acquired in Graphic Design I. Students will learn intermediate technical skills and how to manage multipage and client driven design projects. Students will ultimately create a portfolio of their work that is suitable for college and career applications. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Fireworks CS6 are the primary applications used for content creation in this course.

Graphic Publications I (Yearbook)

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to produce a yearbook. Students will acquire skills in graphic design, will learn and use the online Herff Jones e-Design computer program to produce the yearbook. Student will also be exposed to Photoshop, will develop their writing skills, and will learn how to take digital photographs. To create the yearbook students will work as a team and learn time management skills necessary for meeting yearbook deadlines.

Graphic Publiations II and III (Yearbook)

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Graphic Publications I or concurrent request.

Those students from Graphic Publications I who choose to continue on in yearbook will take on leadership roles as editors of the yearbook. Graphic Publication II and III students will decide on the theme, the design, the templates of the yearbook and will develop their leadership skills throughout the year. They will oversee students in Graphic Publication I and will work on all deadlines.

Digital Photography I

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

This course is an introductory course to digital photography. Students will learn basic digital SLR camera operation using a school provided camera. Creativity and strong visual composition will be an emphasis in this course. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom will be introduced and used for editing imagery. Also, the historical development of modern day photography and famous photographers will be explored. Students will be able to link photography to other art forms and disciplines and will understand its applications to careers within contemporary society.

Digital Photography II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Digital Photography I

Photography II is an intermediate to advanced digital photography course. Students will further develop their skills in camera operation and procedures by building on the skills introduced in the first semester. In this section of the course students will learn to work with more technically advanced photographic equipment and challenging lighting conditions. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom will be used to manipulate and alter images. Students will continue to evaluate critically their work and will engage in ongoing study of the history of photography. A strong concentration of contemporary photographic artist and the impact of imagery in modern world will also be explored.

Performing Arts

Dance I

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None
Students in Performance Dance I study the history of ballet and jazz dance and practice traditional jazz technique. Fundamentals of ballet, modern and jazz are covered. Students demonstrate their grasp of technique & expression at the end of the semester performing in the Winter Cabaret. A December evening performance is required.

Dance II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Dance I or concurrent request

Dance II builds on the technique learned in Dance I and explores the basic elements of choreography. Students will create choreography and perform it in the Spring Dance Concert. Two out-of-class rehearsals and three performances during one week in May are required.

Dance III/IV

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Dance I & II or teacher approval

Intermediate to advance dance class is for students who have taken Dance I and Dance II or have had previous dance experience. Students will continue to study the history of ballet and jazz dance while building on their dance techniques in ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Class culminates in a Spring Dance Concert.

Competitive Dance I/II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: By audition only - auditions held in May before the new school year

This course is for advanced dancers who are committed to expanding their technique, knowledge and professionalism in a range of styles including Street, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern Jazz & Theatrical Jazz. The course also includes visits from master teachers and choreographers and written assignments. Performing for the school, for the local community, and for competitions in dance recitals is mandatory. Class meets Tuesday 3-5:30pm, Wednesday 4-6 pm and Thursday 3-6:00 pm with various weekend and evening commitments. There is a $1600 fee for participation and other fundraising commitments.

Introduction to Theater I: Production

Grade: 9-12
Credits: 5

This course is designed to introduce the history, art, and skills of theatre production. Students will learn the basic history of theater and discover the many elements necessary to produce live theatre. Students overview the subject of theater production by working together as an artistic company to produce scenes; by reading and analyzing articles, reviews and scripts; by listening to guest lectures and viewing of live and taped theater productions; by writing essays and reviews and by doing hands-on projects in mask-making, acting, directing and producing.

Introduction to Theater II: Creation

Grade 9-12
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: Introduction to Theater Production I

Building on the basic concepts learned in Introduction Theater I: Production, this course offers in-depth, hands-on projects to teach theater creation skills, such as conceptualizing, theoretical concept communication, set and costume design, directing, producing, acting, playwriting and technical theater management. A play script is analyzed and studied with an emphasis on theme, style, concept and artistic creativity. Improvisation skills, character building techniques and color and design theory are also taught. The history of the American musical theater, from its inception to present day Broadway, is studied in depth.

Piano/Keyboard I

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

Piano Keyboarding Level 1 students often enter the course having no experience playing the instrument or perhaps have one year of lessons, usually as an elementary student. Some students are able to read music and others may have the ability to play by ear. Throughout the course, students progress at varying speeds and are soon broken into groups to allow for individualized teaching. No matter what level they enter into the course, there will be other students with a similar background and playing level. All are welcome and no prerequisites are required. All students will leave with the ability to play piano at a basic level and will be able to read music. The course concludes with a semester-end music recital in the Valenzuela Theater.

Piano/Keyboard II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Piano Keyboard I or comparable musical training

Piano Keyboarding Level 2 students have either completed level 1 of piano keyboarding, or have some level of previous experience that allows them to play at an intermediate level. Students are able to read music and have some knowledge of chords and scales. Students will again progress at varying speeds and be taught in an individualized manner, allowing the instructor to address varying strengths and weaknesses. The course culminates with a semester-end music recital in the Valenzuela Theater.

Bella Voce Women's Chorale

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: By Audition Only

Bella Voce is an auditioned group that will remain relatively small in number, ideally ranging from 24 to 32 singers. This select choir is a yearlong commitment that requires dedication and hard work, but reaps countless rewards. Members are honored with opportunities for travel, friendships built on shared experiences, and memories that last a lifetime!

Singers may be from any grade and typically have experience singing in ensembles and are able to read music. Students study proper vocal production and choral singing techniques, explore music from various styles, genres, and time periods, and learn ear-training, sight-singing, and rhythm-reading skills.

The choir has enjoyed significant accolades in recent years, including Unanimous Superior ratings at CMEA Large Group Festival in 2013-2016; invitations to perform in the St. Joseph’s Basilica of San Jose Season of Hope Concert series in 2013 and 2015, the St. Joseph’s Visiting Choir Series in 2015 and 2016, the San Jose State University Choir Invitational in 2015-2017, and were chosen as the featured performers for the San Jose Diocesan Choral Festival in 2014 and 2016.

Bella Voce was accepted to participate in the Choirs of America National Top Honors Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and the Heritage Festival of Gold at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Los Angeles in 2015, where the group was chosen to be a Spotlight Performance for the closing Encore concert. The choir was delighted to make its international debut in 2016 as part of the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival and San Jose-Dublin Sister City Celebration 30th Anniversary Concert.

Bella Voce has been chosen to perform at the upcoming CASMEC/ CA ACDA state convention in February 2017. Bella Voce is directed by Mrs. Emilie Bertram.

Cantabile (Choir I and II)

Grade: 9-12
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: By Audition Only

Cantabile is an auditioned, freshman women's choir. Previous experience is not required, but many students enter the course having sung in elementary, middle school or church groups. All interested students are invited to audition.

Students will learn the basics of proper singing techniques, explore various styles of choral music from multiple genres and time periods, learn to read music, begin basic music theory, and work on sight signing, rhythmic reading and ear training.

Cantabile performs at school events such as the ITS Concert, Talent Show, Winter Concert and Spring Concert. The choir also participates in CMEA Large Group Festival and a Music In the Parks Festival every spring. Involvement in Cantabile will give students the tools to later audition for Bella Voce if desired.

Voice I

Grade: 9-12
Credits: 5

The course begins by addressing the basic techniques of singing. Students start by learning proper posture and breathing techniques used in singing, and will then progress through vowel formation and diction. Students will be asked to learn music theory basics in the process of learning their pieces, such as rhythmic values, note names, articulation symbols, and dynamic and tempo indicators. The history and time period of each piece learned will be discussed. Pieces will be chosen based on the ability level and voice type of the students involved in the course. Folk music, beginning art songs, easier musical theater works, and jazz/blues standards will constitute the majority of the genres performed at this level. In-class activities will consist of singing several pieces as a group, working in small ensembles such as duets or trios with other students, and also receiving one-on-one time with the instructor to work on an individual solo.

Voice II

Grade: 9-12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Voice I

Students will explore advanced concepts such as creating emotional characteristics through phrasing and heightening interest by accenting rhythmic patterns. Students will practice the proper stylization of each individual genre, learning that an aria from an opera is sung in a different manner and with different techniques than a musical theater piece. More advanced languages may be introduced, including French, German, and Spanish, along with concepts such as the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), which is a system used to understand the proper vowel pronunciation of any language. Their discovery of musical terms and symbols will continue, as well as their understanding of musical history and composers, as dictated by the pieces chosen. The course would prepare students to participate in CMEA Solo-Ensemble festival if that was their wish and help move them toward their individual performance goals, whether that is on the musical theater stage, in an opera chorus, or at a coffee house.

AP Music Theory

Grades:
Credits:
Prerequisite: 
Students must be able to read and write musical notation and pass a test in the spring demonstrating proficiency. It is strongly recommended that the student has acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or an instrument. By selecting this course the student indicates an intention to take this proficiency test. The Music Director will contact interested students to coordinate the test.

Description: The AP Music Theory course corresponds to one or two introductory college music theory semester courses. Typical topics covered are musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills, including dictation and other listening skills, sight singing, and harmony are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of tonal music that are heard or presented in a score.

Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the curriculum through the practice of sight singing. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are also emphasized.

 

JV Dance

This course is for advanced dancers who are committed to expanding their technique, knowledge and professionalism in a range of styles including Street, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern Jazz & Theatrical Jazz. The course also includes visits from master teachers and choreographers and written assignments. Performing for the school, for the local community, and for competitions in dance recitals is mandatory. Class meets Tuesday 3-5:30pm, Wednesday 4-6 pm and Thursday 3-6:00 pm with various weekend and evening commitments.

Visual Arts

Advanced Art

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Drawing and Painting I&II, Ceramics I&II, Photography I&II, or Design I&II

Advanced Art is course for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study and production of art. Students will need to work not only in the classroom but outside of class, too. Students will be expected to complete 6 to 7 excellent artworks. Students will continue to work on techniques, subject matter and design and will continue to expand their knowledge and appreciation of art and art history. In each discipline, students will work in a variety of media.

Advanced Art II

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 5
Prerequisites:
Completion of Advanced Art  or concurrent request

Advanced Art II is designed to continue to develop a student’s personal expression, artistic confidence, and creativity. Students will continue to build on skills and content learned in Advance Art I. Students will continue to encourage powers of observations through sketchbook/ journaling assignments. This class will encourage an awareness of the visual world and will aim to sharpen the powers of observations. Students will continue to work with a variety of media such as pencil pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic but will also be introduced to printmaking. An integral part of this program will continue to expose students to art history and cultural experiences.

Appreciation I: Music

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

Come listen to the greatest hits of three centuries! Anyone who likes listening to music qualifies to take this class; no previous musical background is necessary. This class provides an overview of a wide variety of musical forms, such as concertos, symphonies, musicals, opera, the blues, jazz, country and Western, and rock and roll. We will study composers and musicians such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Janis Joplin, Motown artists and the Beatles. There will be daily in-class listening to music, and students will be able to bring in their favorite contemporary songs.

Appreciation II: Film

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

Film images have a great impact on our individual experiences and on our culture. We will explore each film we study from a variety of different angles: as a product of technology, as art, as a kind of “visual literature”, as history, as conveying values and ideas, and as an example of its genre. The course is organized by genre: silent films, classics of 1930's and 1940's, suspense, musicals, science fiction/fantasy, animation, and dramas of ideas. Films will include Casablanca, Psycho, Singin’ in the Rain, Toy Story, The Graduate, and The Godfather.

Ceramics I

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

Ceramics I will include the basic techniques and understanding of clay as an art medium. Experience will be given in pinch, coil, slab and other hand-building techniques. Students will have the opportunity to work on the potter’s wheel. Students will also become knowledgeable in glazing and firing techniques of stoneware. This course will also include lessons intended to help students acquire knowledge and increase their understanding and appreciation of ceramics art from the viewpoint of history and culture.

Ceramics II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Ceramics I or concurrent request.

Ceramics II builds upon the basic techniques and understanding of clay as an art medium learned in Ceramics I. The emphasis in Ceramics II will be on students expressing themselves artistically and creatively through sculpture and learning how to throw on the wheel. This course will continue to help students acquire knowledge and increase their understanding and appreciation of ceramic art from the viewpoint of history and culture.

Design I

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

In this introductory course students will learn and apply fundamental design elements and principles, such as line, shape, balance, rhythm and color theory. Student projects will use a variety of media and techniques including crayon resists, various papers, mosaic design, collage, and assemblage. Projects include font design and personal logo design, cut paper silhouetting, mosaic, handmade books, interior design, fashion design and assemblage.

Design II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Design I, Drawing and Painting I, Ceramics I or Graphic Design I

Design II will expand and build on the elements and principles taught in Design I. Students will be given longer and more challenging projects with an expectation of increased technical ability. Assignments will use both traditional and contemporary media and techniques. Projects for this course include silkscreen and printmaking; plaster carving, found objects, installation and performance work.

Drawing and Painting I

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to develop a student’s personal expression, artistic confidence, and creativity. This foundation will encourage an awareness of the visual world and will aim to sharpen the powers of observations. Students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting techniques and will be introduced to the art elements and principles of design. Class will begin with an emphasis on basic drawing skills. Drawing is considered to be an important process to a painter. It helps a painter develop and work out ideas for painting. To encourage and develop drawing skills, students will keep a sketchbook. Students will work with a variety of media such as pencil, pastels, charcoal, tempera paint, watercolor, and acrylic. An integral part of this program is exposing students to art history and cultural experiences.

Drawing and Painting II

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Completion of Drawing and Painting I or concurrent request.

This course is designed to develop a student’s personal expression, artistic confidence, creativity, and knowledge of art history. Students will continue to build upon the skills they learned and developed in Drawing and Painting I. In this course students will continue to use a variety of media – pencil, pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, and acrylic. As in Drawing and Painting I, students will keep a sketchbook.

AP Studio Art: 2D Design or Drawing

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite:
Advanced Art I&II with a focus in Drawing and Painting or Design only. Do not register if your focus in Advanced Art was Ceramics or Photography.

This course is a rigorous freshman-level college course and is designed for students who are interested in pursuing art at the college level with the opportunity to earn college credit. Students will need to work five or more hours outside of class to produce a creative, excellent portfolio and will need to complete an artwork every two weeks. This schedule will enable students to submit a portfolio of their artwork to the college board the beginning of May. The portfolio will consist of three sections: Quality (5 actual artworks sent to the College Board), Concentration (12 digital images) and Breadth (12 digital images of their artwork). Each section is worth one third of the portfolio grade.