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Fine Arts

Fine arts are integral in our students’ course of study and diverse co-curricular life at all grade levels. Our program strives to inspire and nurture students. Performance and production are key components of the fine arts and provide remarkable opportunities to hone technical, leadership and collaborative skills, as well as strengthen their creative thinking and problem solving.

Can't get enough music

Musical high school students can choose from an array of courses and co-curricular options that focus on instrumental and voice performance.

Passion for the stage

In addition to two large-scale high school theatre productions each year, students interested in the dramatic arts can try their hand at writing and staging their own one-act plays.

Prepared visual artists

Three of our 2015-2016 AP Studio Art students applied and were accepted to the Rhode Island School for Design, which is ranked among the best art and design universities in the U.S.

Visual Arts Courses

Foundations of Art

Foundations of Art is an introductory course in the study of visual art. Throughout the year, students explore a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, print making and sculpture. Art assignments are based on observational, expressive, abstract and imaginative forms. Students are presented with technical and stylistic opportunities for working in a diversity of materials, process and concepts. Within specific structural formats, students develop the artistic skills necessary for understanding and applying ideas of formal structure, art history and personal expression. Critical inquiry, experimentation and technical proficiency are inherent in the course’s framework.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Computer Arts*

Through a variety of subject matter, technique and concepts, students will create art images based on the elements and principles of art, technique and personal expression. Students will learn to use the computer as an art tool - studying editing, Photoshop and other computer programs. The history of computer art will be a significant component of the course. Students must bring their own digital camera and portable hard drive.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Clayworks Courses*

Clayworks I: Handbuilding*

This semester course follows a long tradition of expression with clay. The curriculum focuses on hand building techniques and experimentation with glazing and firing. The study includes an understanding of clay bodies, glazes, and decorative techniques leading to the understanding of design and craftsmanship. Historic and modern approaches to ceramic sculpture and functional objects will be a significant focus of this course.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Clayworks II: Pottery Wheel*

This course is focuses on becoming proficient on the pottery wheel. The curriculum takes students through the process of pottery wheel throwing and the creation of wheel-thrown pieces, such as bowls, teapots, and jars. The study of clay bodies, glazes and decorative techniques, as well as the history of well-known potters will lead students to the understanding of superior design and craftsmanship in clay.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Applied Design*

This course focuses on the fundamentals of creating well-designed objects. Through the exploration of traditional design disciplines–textile design, graphic design and industrial design, students will learn about process, concept development and studio production techniques. Problem solving assignments will focus on creative form and function as applied to everyday items like fabrics, papers, advertising and posters, jewelry, clothing or furnishings. History of design and key movements such as Arts & Crafts, Bauhaus and Art Deco will also be a significant component of the course.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Studio Art Courses +

Advanced Studio Art

Advanced Studio Art continues advancement within Concordia’s visual arts program. Students create artwork in advanced mediums of 2D work, painting and drawing, computer graphics and sculpture. The Advanced Studio Art year is usually designated for the completion of the Breadth section of an AP Art Portfolio with an introduction to the Concentration section before the end of the year.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Studio Art

Studio Art is an intermediary leveled course focusing on the two and three-dimensional processes of drawing, painting, print making, sculpture and ceramics. The object of the course is to teach skills, procedures, techniques
and concepts inherent in all disciplines. Students concentrate on observational, expressive, abstract and imaginative art forms – developing individual artistic style, creativity and imagination. Within specific criteria, each problem/assignment is designed to foster students’ visual literacy and problem-solving (visual and analytical) skills. Periods in art history may be explored as appropriate to a given assignment for the purpose of giving students a historical foundation to their
art. Class demonstrations are given at the beginning of each assignment and whenever necessary. As an integral part of student learning, class critiques will be held for all projects. Art works are graded on specific criteria relative to the craft, concept and process of assignments.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

AP Studio Art

The AP Studio Art course at Concordia offers instruction in the three portfolios: 2D Drawing, 2D Design and 3D Design. The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure called breadth-concentration-quality. Students demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery through the concentration section, students show a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques in the breadth section and the quality section allows the student to submit the works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique and content. The AP Studio Art Portfolios are designed for the student who is seriously interested in the practical experience of art or attending art school. Students are required to submit one completed portfolio of choice for AP Central Board evaluation at the end of this course of study. As faculty permission is required, students are requested to submit 3 works of art for instructor review before permission to enroll is granted.

 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art, Faculty permission

AP Art History

AP Art History course is an introductory college level course in art history with
the ultimate goal of preparing students for the AP Art History Exam. The syllabus presents a chronological survey of the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from the ancient world through to the 21st century. Students learn to understand works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, religion, patronage, genre, function and ethnicity. Students continue to develop their ability to observe visual analysis in works of art. The course supplies students with the knowledge and skills to understand works of art through both contextual and visual analysis. Twenty percent of the course content is devoted to art beyond the European tradition.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Teacher permission

Photography

The content of this course focuses on the art of photography. Through a variety of subject matter, technique and concepts, students will create a portfolio of aesthetically strong, personally expressive and technically proficient images. The history of the art of photography will be a significant component of this course. The class will develop their photographs through digital edition and Photoshop. Students must provide their own digital camera. DSLR is preferred, but smartphones are acceptable.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Print Making

This semester long printmaking class uses the printing press as its focus. Three forms and techniques of printmaking: serigraphy, block printing (linocut) and monoprints (single images) will be presented within an historical and cultural context.

Duration: semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

*Denotes one semester course
+ Includes Advanced Placement offerings

Performing Arts Courses

Band Courses

Intermediate Band

Did you ever wish you had learned a musical instrument earlier in life? Do you look at your friends and say, “It’s so cool they can play an instrument. I wish I could too”? Did you always want to learn a second (or third) instrument in addition to the one you already play? Did you start an instrument when you were younger and quit because it seemed too hard at that time, but now that you are older and more mature think you might have the patience and persistence to see it through? If you answered yes or maybe to any of these questions, then you should sign up for this band class. No prior musical playing or reading experience is required (but okay if you have some!) The instrument choices offered will be from the woodwind and brass family only (sorry, no piano, drums or guitars.) An instrument will be required in most instances. See the instructor for exceptions and questions.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: none

Concert Band

Concert Band is open to students who already play a wind or percussion instrument, read music and wish to join. Members will perform on at least four concerts per year. Band members will learn scales, sight-reading and simple elements of music theory. Band Members will perform varying styles of Band and Wind Literature that will include baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, pop, rock, jazz and multi-cultural repertoire. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By signing up, you are committing to this type of schedule. Concert attire will be made by a tailor and is at the expense of the band member.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Two years of prior band experience (or by audition, if less)

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is offered to students who want to develop and grow in their performance and understanding of jazz. Instrumentation is limited to those in a standard jazz ensemble: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, percussion, keyboards and guitars. Members will perform on at least four concerts per year. Band members will learn advanced scales, sight-reading and elements of jazz theory. Band Members will perform varying styles of Jazz Literature that will include swing, bebop, big band, blues, Dixieland, funk, pop, rock, gospel, fusion and multi-ethnic repertoire. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By signing up, you are committing to this type of schedule. Concert attire will be made by a tailor and is at the expense of the band member. Auditions take place in May and in August (for newly arriving students, if slots are available).

Duration: 2 semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: By Audition

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is an advanced and auditioned group offered to students who want to continue growing in their musical skill. Members will perform on at least four concerts per year. Band members will learn advanced scales, sight-reading and elements of music theory. Band Members will perform varying styles of Band and Wind Literature that will include baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, pop, rock, jazz and multi-cultural repertoire. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By signing up, you are committing to this type of schedule. Concert attire will be made by a tailor and is at the expense of the band member. Auditions will take place in May and in August (for newly arriving students). It is an expectation that this ensemble will make up the core of the APAC Band Members which requires travel and added expenses. Students should understand this before auditioning for the Wind Ensemble.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition

Orchestra Courses

Concert Strings

Concert Strings is a string orchestra open to any high school student who already plays a string instrument. Students grades 9-12 are welcome to join in the fun. We play classical music, contemporary music, jazz, rock and multi-cultural music. Students will perform in at least four concerts per year. Scales, sight-reading and simple elements of music theory are incorporated into the class. Dress for concerts is formal, made by a tailor, and is at the expense of the student.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Chamber Strings

Chamber Strings is an auditioned string orchestra for advanced musicians seeking to further develop their technique and musicianship and have fun while doing so. Students will study scales, performance styles, theory, ensemble playing, and historical backgrounds of pieces. As a performance-based ensemble, concerts take place in the evening and on weekends. Dress for concerts is formal, made by a tailor, and is at the expense of the student. This class is our APAC Orchestra, which travels or hosts a festival each November. This involves additional music and an extra cost.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition

Choir Courses

Concordia Singers

This choir is open to any high school student – no audition needed. Members will sing on 4 major concerts per year. Concert attire (tux or gown with dress shoes) will be at the expense of each singer. Choir members will learn scales, sight singing and rhythm reading. Every other year, students will also complete the workbook entitled ‘Choral Musicianship Book 1’. Singers will perform varying styles of choral literature that may include: renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, multi-cultural and popular repertoire. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By signing up, you are committing to this type of schedule.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Bel Canto (Women's) Choir

This women’s choir is open for intermediate/advanced ability level female singers who pass an audition. Bel Canto is offered to challenge female singers who
want to learn advanced repertoire. This graded class will consist of experienced singers who are willing to commit their talents for at least 4 performances per year. Concert attire (gown and dress shoes) will be at the expense of each singer. Choir members will review scales and learn advanced sight singing and advanced rhythm. Every other year, students will also complete the workbook entitled ‘Choral Musicianship Book 2’. Singers will perform varying styles of choral literature that may include renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, multi-cultural, musical theatre and pop repertoire. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By auditioning, you are committing to this type of schedule. Auditions will take place in May and in August (for newly arriving students). Interested members of Bel Canto will be allowed to audition for the AMIS International Honor Choir – a choir festival held within Asia, Europe or the Middle East at the end of March each school year. If the audition is successful, the trip is entirely at the expense of the singer. Expenses include: airfare, hotel, music & performance fees, ground transportation, meals, etc.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition

Men's Collegium Choir

This men’s choir is open for intermediate/advanced ability level male singers who pass an audition. Collegium is offered to challenge male singers who want to learn advanced repertoire. This graded class will consist of experienced singers who are willing to commit their talents for at least 4 performances
per year. Concert attire (tux and dress shoes) will be at the expense of each singer. Choir members will review scales and learn advanced sight singing and advanced rhythm. Every other year, students will also complete the workbook entitled ‘Choral Musicianship Book 2’. Singers will perform varying styles of choral literature that may include renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, multi-cultural, musical theatre and pop repertoire. This
is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By auditioning, you are committing to this type
of schedule. Auditions will take place in May and in August (for newly arriving students). Interested members of Collegium will be allowed to audition for the AMIS International Honor Choir – a choir festival held within Asia, Europe or the Middle East at the end of March each school year. If the audition is successful, the trip is entirely at the expense of the singer. Expenses include: airfare, hotel, music & performance fees, ground transportation, meals, etc.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition

Chamber Singers

This choir is open for advanced singers who pass an audition. Members will sing on 4-6 major concerts per year. Concert attire (tux or gown with dress shoes) will be at the expense of each singer. Choir members will review scales and learn advanced sight singing and advanced rhythm reading. Every other year, students will also complete the workbook entitled ‘Choral Musicianship Book 2’. Singers will perform varying styles of choral literature that may include renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, multi-cultural and popular repertoire. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By signing up, you are committing to this type of schedule. Choir members are required to take part in the APAC Choir Festival. Each student attending the APAC Choir Festival will pay for airfare, a few meals and may incur some minor personal expenses. This is a performance-based ensemble, where concerts take place in the evening and perhaps on weekends. By auditioning, you are committing to this type of schedule. Auditions for this choir will take place in May and in August (for newly arriving students). Interested members of Chamber Singers will be allowed to audition for the AMIS International Honor Choir – a choir festival held within Asia, Europe or the Middle East at the end of March each school year. If the audition is successful, the trip is entirely at the expense of the singer. Expenses include: airfare, hotel, music & performance fees, ground transportation, meals, etc.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition

Music Theory Courses +

AP Music Theory

Music Theory is for highly motivated music students who wish to strengthen their music skills through the analytical study of theory. Course curriculum includes the development of aural, sight-reading, written, compositional, and analytical music skills. First semester will build on the student’s foundation of fundamental music theory concepts, stressing melodic and harmonic dictation, while second semester will develop harmonization skills, composition skills, and repertoire analysis. As the development of aural skills is a main objective, throughout the course, the student will listen to numerous musical works, developing their “musical memory,” and their ability to understand musical form, harmonic structure, style, and the aesthetic qualities of music.

Duration: All year
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: At least 3 years experience in a musical ensemble or with private lessons

Acting and Performing

This year-long, foundational class, designed for students with little or no theatre experience, promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Classwork focuses on the exploration of theatre literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development. ‘Acting and Performing’ provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic awareness culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Students additionally learn about the organizational structure of theatre and theatre literature. Of importance is students’ opportunity to develop fundamental group- and self- assessment skills, problem-solving skills; the ability to connect the literature being studied to a variety of cultures, history, andother content areas; as well as the development of life-long skills in such areas as time management, critical analysis, leadership and collaboration.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: none

Technical Theatre Design and Production

This course will acquaint students to the world of technical theatre and production, including stage-craft as well as the design process of scenery, costumes, stage properties, lighting, sound and special effects. Students will develop collaborative skills and an appreciation and understanding of each aspect of production and the design process. Some topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to, script analysis, conceptual development, principles of scenic, lighting and sound design, color theory, construction techniques, organizational paperwork and the management of a production. Students will work with the latest technical design software (CAD and Vectorworks) and hardware (lighting and audio equipment) as well as scenic construction tools. Additionally, students will be introduced to the directing process and work in concert with actors to learn the full art of directing on stage. Finally, students will explore the intricacies of production by learning the important skills and process of stage-management. By the end of the course, students will have a working understanding of theatre design, construction and production that may be applied to the theatre and other related art forms.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

+ Includes Advanced Placement offerings

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