Enrichment Activities - Students must attend a minimum of one fine or performing art event per quarter. The student must provide evidence in the form of a ticket and/or program from the event along with a written analysis.
Combined Enrichment Opportunities - Students will take field trips to a variety of exhibits, performances and events, hear from guest speakers, and participate in other direct instruction.
Aesthetics and the Creative Process (Junior Year)
Grade 11 Honors 1 Credit
This course explores the fundamentals of the aesthetic experience though observation, discussion and analysis of the arts. Topics include the creative process, structure, cultural application and diversity, the role of the artist in society, movements and trends and arts integration. Upon completion of the course, students will acquire a critical perspective regarding the relationship between art and society, as well as develop a broadened personal criteria for understanding and appreciating art and the role as an artist in a changing society.
(Students audition during the first semester of sophomore year)
Grade Point Average - 2.5 minimum
Google application form filled out, including:
Performance / Portfolio Component
Media: Portfolio (Two of the following: News package, radio PSA, Dramatic Narrative Script, or plus a 3-7 minute dramatic narrative film)
Music: Video (One major scale two octave and standard etude song)
Theatre: Actor: Audition (Solo monologue at a 2-min. maximum) Tech: Portfolio featuring 5-10 images of your work.
Visual Art: Portfolio (5-10 pieces that exhibit variety and control of media)
Interviews may be conducted upon faculty discretion by a panel and will focus on portfolio and extracurricular work.
Design Thinking and
Grade 12 Honors 1 Credit
As the MVP capstone project, this is a multi-faceted course that serves as the culminating academic experience for students. While similar in some ways to a college thesis, this project may take on many forms. Most will be long-term, investigative projects which culminate in a final product, presentation, or performance. The capstone project, assigned to students in the Collaborative & Comparative Arts Seminar course, is designed to develop the following skills: foster critical thinking and innovation, develop oral and written communication, expand public speaking skills, advance research skills, promote teamwork, planning, and independent learning.
Each year, the class will choose a topic upon which to focus their research. In semester one, students will research and develop a theme and create an individual product. In semester two, students will convene to create a collaborative project that reflects the group’s perspective of the topic.
Interdisciplinary at the core, students will begin the capstone project by proposing a topic. They will research and write a thesis paper on which highlights the quality of the analysis, as well as the students’ understanding of the topic. From there, students will synthesize their knowledge into a work of art that is representative of the students' topic thesis.