Visual Arts: Music: Performing Arts:
- Methods and Materials Music Appreciation Upper School Play
- Foundations of Art Repertoire and Performance Musical Theater
- Studio Art Guitar Public Speaking
- IB Visual Art SL/HL IB Music SL/HL
Other Electives: those shown below represent courses typically offered in a given year, depending on staffing and student interest:
- Film Study
- Social Media and Current Events
- 3-D Printing
- SAT/PSAT Prep
Visual Arts: Methods and Materials
Art Methods and Materials is designed to help students develop knowledge of conceptual and technical aspects of photography, ceramics and other traditional and non-traditional materials through experimentation, research and evaluation. Students will be encouraged to develop personal content and expression in their work. Each student will be required to have a visual arts journal that will be graded throughout the semester. Each studio project will begin with investigation and idea development in the arts journal. Students will practice their skill and technique, research similar artists and/or cultures that are associated with the studio piece, develop a rough draft plan for a studio piece, reflect on the process of the studio piece, and have a final reflection of the studio piece. Arts journals will be graded after rough draft phase and after final reflection phase. Students will also grade their studio pieces using a grading rubric designed for the course level. A final class critique day will be held at the end of each project to assess knowledge of skills and personal growth.
Foundations of Art
Foundations of Art will emphasis the study and application of art elements and design principles. This is a studio-based course that allows students to solve real world art problems in a variety of media. Critical and creative thinking skills will be integrated into all studio experiences. Students will work under the direction of the teacher to create a variety of two and three-dimensional projects. Students will be required to create and respond to works of art that express concepts, ideas and feelings. This class will focus on the importance of the process of making art, including sketching, problem solving and reflection. Our goal as an art department is to have students evaluating, synthesizing and critically thinking about art, the process of art making, as well as the impact art has on the world. During the course a Visual Arts Journal (AJ) will be used to help promote these skills and allow students to evaluate and reflect on their work and the process of making art. Each studio project will begin with investigation and idea development in the AJ. Students will practice their skill and technique, research similar artists and/or cultures that are associated with the studio piece, develop a rough draft plan for studio piece, reflect on the process of the studio piece, and have a final reflection of the studio piece. Journals will be graded after rough draft phase and after final reflection phase. Students will also grade their studio pieces using a grading rubric designed for the course level. A final class critique day will be held at the end of each project to assess knowledge of skills and personal growth.
Studio Art is designed to allow students to develop their artistic talent in a variety of media. While this class will have a variety of levels in it, it is important for students to focus on their own individual growth. With teacher guidance, students will challenge themselves, take risks, and explore art in this class. Concepts and techniques will be introduced to students in a way that will allow them to explore using different media. Students will push themselves out of their comfort zones and take risks in their art. Students will work with elements of art and principles of design to incorporate them into their artistic ideas. They will continue to develop their understanding of how the elements and the principles work together to make a successful piece of art. Students will create works of art by working from life as well as from their imagination. In this class we will focus on the importance of the process of making art, including sketching, problem-solving and reflection. Our goal as an art department is to have students evaluating, synthesizing and critically thinking about art, the process of art making, as well as the impact art has on the world. During the course a Visual Arts Journal (AJ) will be used to help promote these skills and allow students to evaluate and reflect on their work and the process of making art. Each studio project will begin with investigation and idea development in the AJ. Students will practice their skill and technique, research similar artists and or cultures that are associated with the studio piece, develop a rough draft plan for studio piece, reflect on the process of the studio piece, and have a final reflection of the studio piece. Journals will be graded after rough draft phase and after final reflection phase. Students will also grade their studio pieces using a grading rubric designed for the course level. A final class critique day will be held at the end of each project to assess knowledge of skills and personal growth.
IB Visual Arts SL/HL
The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with, and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to further study of visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts. The role of visual arts teachers should be to actively and carefully organize learning experiences for the students, directing their study to enable them to reach their potential and satisfy the demands of the course. Students should be empowered to become autonomous, informed, and skilled visual artists. (Please see IB Subject Brief for more information.)
Film study focuses on analyzing, discussing, and writing about film. For each pair of films screened, students read reviews of professional critics. They then write a response to the opinions of the critic(s) stating whether they agree or disagree with the original assessment(s) and if those opinions remain true for today’s audience; or they may evaluate the performances of the actors, the direction, screenplay, the production values (sets, costumes, stunts, etc.), and theme; or they may write a piece comparing and contrasting each pair of films.
Keeping in mind that students learn and comprehend in many different ways, this course is designed to teach students about history, rhythm, chords and song structure in innovative ways. Each student will be given the tools to be able to play songs on their own. The class will teach students how to continue learning on their own even after the conclusion of this course. This course will take place in a fun and competitive environment that will speed up the students’ learning process and have them playing and sharing their music as well as developing lifelong skills and enjoyment of guitar.
This class will involve theory, listening, language, music history, analysis and composition. We will be considering different time periods from early music to contemporary music. Students will study a variety of music, and improve listening and analysis skills along with basic theory skills. Compositions will be incorporated in relationship to time periods studied. A variety of listening styles and composition will be encouraged. While it is possible to take this class for one of the trimesters, it will run sequentially throughout the three trimesters and all three are recommended in order to complete the process. This class is targeted as a pre-IB music class, but is open to any student interested in the study and making of music. Theory and listening combine in a fun, supportive, yet challenging setting!
Repertoire and Performance
This class will involve solo/small group instrumental study (including voice). Sight singing and reading will be included. It is for the student that already plays an instrument or sings. Instrumentalists can be beginners, but must have a band or orchestra instrument. Vocalists must have some knowledge of keyboard, or the willingness to learn basic skills. There will be an emphasis on performance technique, expanding the range of repertoire, developing ensemble skills and generally improving skill level through practice and experience. The student will have opportunity through this class to perform in recitals and concerts both as a soloist and/or in a small group. Consistent practice and learning will facilitate and promote excellent performance.
IB Music SL/HL
The IB Diploma Programme higher level music course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Programme music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures, and time periods. They also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology, and context. Through the course of study, students become aware of how musicians work and communicate. (Please see IB Subject Brief for more information.)
The musical theatre elective is designed to not only allow students to gain experience in the area of musical theatre, but also to enhance their understanding of themselves and their role in relationship to others. Students work within the whole realm of theatre, developing skills in acting, singing, movement, blocking, and understanding the craft of the stage. Theatre allows students to develop their ability to work with others, respect the art of theatre, enhance self-esteem, build confidence and learn new communication skills. Working within an ensemble increases the students' skills in collaboration and fosters life-long appreciation for and enjoyment of musical theatre.
Upper School Play
Upper School Play elective serves as the rehearsal period for the Upper School production performed in the fall semester. Students work on both the performance and technical aspects of the production allowing them to develop their ability to work with others, learn to respect the art of theater, enhance self-esteem, build confidence, and learn new communication skills. Working within an ensemble increases students' skills in collaboration and fosters life-long appreciation for and enjoyment of theatrical performance and production.
The Public Speaking course will allow students to master the art of organized speech in front of audiences. We will analyze the differences between speech and writing, develop an understanding of proper speech etiquette, and examine different types of speeches. Every week, the students will write a speech on any given topic and present it in front of the class. During the semester, the students will be graded on participation and, eventually, the effectiveness of their public speaking.
Social Media and Current Events
Social media has become an integral part in reporting of current events. We will first examine social media outlets. How do they work? Who uses them? We will then look at specific current events and understand the who, what, when, where, and why. After, we will study how these social media outlets report on the current event we have discussed. Expect to have an understanding of how social media outlets work and the current events that are shaping our world. At the end of the semester, we will have the tools to navigate information from different media outlets and the discernment to evaluate the information each outlet produces.
Introduction to 3D Printing
Students in the 3D Printing course develop familiarity with MakerBot 3D printers, as well as several software packages available on the internet, including TinkerCAD, 123D Design, 123D Catch, and Blender. Students work through a series of online tutorials, beginning with simple assignments and progressing through more challenging projects. Much of the time in class is spent exploring the potential of 3D design, as students pursue projects according to their own creativity and interest. Students are required to keep ePortfolios to document their growth, especially their failures, their subsequent revisions, and ultimately their successes.
SAT/ACT/PSAT Prep Course
This class is designed to prepare students for the new SAT/PSAT/ACT. This course will teach students the format of the test and provide both strategies and practice for questions on critical reading, sentence completion, grammar, usage, and writing. In addition to reviewing topics from pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry, students will become familiar with the format of the test and test-taking strategies. This course will also include a discussion of the effective use of a graphing calculator. Much time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT/ACT/PSAT.
Ethics introduces the branch of philosophy that attempts to discover by rational methods the truth about right and wrong, good and bad, and moral and immoral behaviors. Students will critically examine existing systems of values and their applications to life situations; students will also improve their ability to understand and make ethical choices. This online course is taught by a Calverton administrator/teacher. The class meets once a week during school hours and has reading and assignments due each week via an online classroom. A written paper is part of a final project.
Students who take this class will form the staff that will create the yearbook for the entire school. Students will be able to contribute in various ways to the overall construction of the book. The book is designed through an online editing program that allows students to design the book in hundreds of different ways. Students will be expected to take pictures, create layouts, and organize the overall theme.