Fine Arts

  • 1 credit of fine arts is required for graduation for the class of 2014.
  • 1.5 credits of fine arts is required for graduation for the class of 2015 and beyond.

Fine Arts

Academic Decathlon
(10-12) (1 credit) This course is designed for students of all abilities and levels of academic achievement.  The purpose of this course, through academic competition, is to develop a greater respect for knowledge, promote wholesome competition in academic areas of study and interest, and stimulate intellectual growth and achievement.  The primary focus of this course will be preparation for the Arizona Academic Decathlon competition.  The students of varying backgrounds and varying abilities and achievement levels will work together to prepare themselves for academic competition.  In the competition the students will participate in ten events—six tests in standard subject areas (math, social science, language and literature, art, music, and either science or economics); speech, interview, and essay; and the Super Quiz, a fast-answer team relay on a theme topic.

Publications
(10-12) (1 credit) Prerequisite:  teacher approval
The Yearbook/Journalism Publications class will emphasize the application of sound publishing principles to investigating, reporting, writing, story development, photography, design layout, advertising sales, and editing. Students will learn the basics of responsible journalistic writing and sharpen composition skills through weekly reporting, writing, and layout assignments.  The class will publish the Seton newspaper periodically throughout the year and produce the annual Seton Catholic Preparatory yearbook.

Visual Arts

Art Foundations 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit) Art foundations is a fundamental studio course. Students become familiar with different art media by completing assignments in drawing, painting and sculpture. Art history and art vocabulary are integrated throughout the course. This course is a prerequisite for enrollment in Painting and Drawing I.

Advanced Placement Art History 
(11, 12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: none
This course is designed to introduce students to the history of Western Art. This course focuses on the painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography of the European tradition from the cave paintings up to present day. Students will become familiar with the major styles, artists, and patrons that define Western tradition. Students will learn how to think and communicate critically about the formal elements and principles of art. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam upon completion of this course.

Ceramics I 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Students learn and demonstrate the fundamental techniques of hand – building and wheel – throwing. Through presentations, students will demonstrate their understanding of the cultural and historical development of functional and non – functional pottery. Terminology specific to Ceramics will be learned and demonstrated to facilitate communication during the studio experience. Students will learn and demonstrate their understanding of clay and glaze properties and the firing process. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the student work, as well as the expression of the work. Students will analyze, evaluate and critique their work using specified criteria. Students will keep a log book of all projects.

Ceramics II 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Ceramics I
Students will learn and demonstrate advanced methods of hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will create and maintain a concept file for the development of ideas for projects. Students will study selected ceramic artists and recognize the characteristic traits of their works. Advanced and alternative glaze techniques will be learned and demonstrated. Students will analyze, evaluate and critique their work using specified criteria. Students will keep a log book of all projects. Students will select an area of focus to explore and create a body of work reflecting their chosen focus area.

Drawing I 
(11, 12) ( .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Art Foundations
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of painting and drawing. Students will learn an overview o f the principles and elements of painting and drawing. Art history and art vocabulary are integrated throughout this course.

Drawing II 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Drawing I
Students will learn the skills of drawing through an advanced approach from their prior knowledge. Through art history and vocabulary, students will understand how to create an art piece and be able to evaluate it according to the given criteria.

Painting I
(10-12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Art Foundations
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of painting.  Students will learn an overview of the principles and elements of painting.  Art history and art vocabulary are integrated throughout this course.  

Painting II 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Painting I
Students will learn the skills of painting through an advanced approach from their prior knowledge.  Through art history and vocabulary, students will understand how to create an art piece and be able to evaluate it according to the
given criteria.

Introduction to Computer Arts Media 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
Introduction to Computer Arts Media will provide the students with a basic knowledge of various computer graphic applications for presentation, photography, video, and drawing. Basic art foundations will be discussed as they apply to computer media. This course is a prerequisite for enrollment in Film Production I, Photography/Photoshop I, and Graphic Design I.

Film Production I 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Arts Media or Instructor approval
The purpose of the Film Production I course is to introduce students to communications using audio and visual media. Through hands – on experiences, students will learn the skills to plan, design, create, and evaluate SCTV video projects. The students will implement public speaking skills, critical thinking, applied academics, artistic principles, evaluation processes and studio techniques.

Film Production II 
(12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Film Production I or Instructor approval
The purpose of the Film Production II course is for students to continue to learn the process of communications using audio and visual media. Through hands – on experiences, students will lead students in the Film Production I class, will participate in the production process of SCTV episodes, will participate in the Seton Catholic film festival and will create the senior class video.

Photography / Photoshop I 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Arts Media or Instruct or approval
Photography and Photoshop 1 is an intermediate level graphic arts course. The primary goal of this graphic arts course is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of digital photography. This includes: photographic composition, creative techniques, printing, digital editing, and photo manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. General design principles will be discussed as they apply to digital photography.

Photography / Photoshop II 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Photography / Photoshop I or Instructor approval
Students in this advanced level graphic arts course will continue exploring the fundamentals of digital photography as well as digital manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop. Greater independence is incorporated at this level which allows for more project choices and experimentation is encouraged within the realms of the curriculum criteria. Creating a portfolio or personal collection of their best works is a major goal for the outcome of the course.

Graphic Design I 
(11, 12) (.5 credit) Graphic Design I is an intermediate level graphic arts course. The primary goal of this graphic arts course is to simulate the creative process of professional graphic designers for students. The following creative skills will be sharpened: generating original ideas, exploring multiple solutions to creative problems, using cutting edge technology to execute designs, managing complex projects, and collaborating with peers. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will be the primary software used.

Graphic Design II 
(11, 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphic Design I
Students in this advanced level graphic arts course will continue exploring the many facets of graphic design in a professional environment. Greater independence is incorporated at this level which allows for more project choices and experimentation is encouraged within the realms of the curriculum criteria. Students are given the opportunity to explore the subcategories of graphic design that most interest them. The creation of an exhibit quality portfolio is a major goal for the outcome of the course. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will be the primary software used.

Dance

Dance I
(10 – 12) (1 credit)
This course is designed to introduce different dance styles and the basic strategies to choreographic processes and principles. The styles the course will focus on will be: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Broadw ay, and Contemporary/Modern. Students will learn how to identify and apply elements of time, tempo, rhythm, levels, directions, floor patterns, energy, emotion, movement, and many other fundamentals of dance. Any student can take beginning dance.

Dance II 
(10 – 12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Dance I or instructor approval
This course is designed to further explore different dance styles and the basic strategies to choreographic processes and principles. The styles the course will focus on will be: Jazz, Hi p Hop, and Contemporary/Lyrical. In addition, Dance II will introduce advanced jazz technique and focus on student’s flexibility.

Company Dance – Advanced 
(9 – 12) (1.0 credit; this course may be repeated)
Prerequisite: Dance II or instructor approval – An audition is required to be admitted to the class.
This course is performance – based and provides further exploration in choreography and dance technique. As with all dance courses, it is designed to improve the student’s acquisition of strength, flexibility, endurance, timing, coordination and team work. The course not only provides instruction from the Seton Catholic dance teacher, but also gives the students input from outside choreographers. Projects include student choreography for the Fine Arts Night performances, as well as other events and activities. Drama Introduction to

Drama

Introduction to Acting 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
This is a one-semester elective that includes character development, improvisation and basic drama theory and in-class performances.

Stage Craft I 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
Stage Craft is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the many off-stage, behind the scenes aspects of theatre and is open to any Seton student with an interest in drama/theatre. The semester will include: introduction to theater, stage direction, technical theater, set design and construction, lighting and sound.

Music

Band 
(9 – 12) (1.0 credit; this course may be repeated)
This is a performance-oriented course, which acquaints all students with different styles of band music. The course requires students to take part in performances outside of regular class time. Basic music theory instruction is provided.

Orchestra 
(9 – 12) (1.0 credit; this course may be repeated)
This is a performance-oriented course, which acquaints students with different styles of orchestral music. The course requires students to take part in performances outside of regular class time. Basic music theory instruction is provided.

Guitar I
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
This class is a performance – oriented class for guitar players of all ability levels. It explores fundamentals of guitar playing, various strumming and picking techniques and different forms of musical notations for guitar. Solo and ensemble music from a variety of styles are studied and prepared for performance. Basic music theory instruction is provided also. This course requires students to take part in performances outside of regular class time.

Guitar II 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite: Guitar I or instructor approval
This class is a performance – oriented class for guitar players of intermediate ability level. This class reviews fundamentals of guitar playing, various strumming and picking techniques, and different forms of musical notation for guitar. This course requires students to take part in performances outside of regular class time. Throughout the semester, students learn basic musicianship through guitar experiences including music reading, symbols, terminology, and rehearsal, instrumental and performance techniques.

Concert Choir 
(9 – 12) (1 credit; this course may be repeated) This is a performance – oriented course for students who enjoy singing. Students are familiarized with different styles/eras of vocal music, stage performance and basic show choir movement. The course requires students to take part in performance s outside of regular class time . Basic music theory and vocal technique are taught.

Music Appreciation 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
Music Appreciation is a semester class designed to expose the student to a variety of styles of music from several time periods. The class explores the history and development of music from the Medieval Period to contemporary times, including classical and popular styles of music.

Introduction to Music Theory 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
This course will provide the students with a basic knowledge of music reading and writing in order to enhance their music performance experiences. Throughout the semester, students will learn basic music theory terminology, symbols, and writing and reading music notation. Students will also be introduced to basic fundamentals of playing the piano. This course is a prerequisite for AP Music Theory.

Advanced Placement Music Theory 
(11, 12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Music Theory or Instructor approval
This course will explore the fundamentals of music theory and prepare students to take the AP Music Theory exam. Topics will include music terminology, notation, composition, score analysis, aural skills and theory concepts.

Piano Class I 
(10 – 12) (.5 credit)
This course is for piano players of beginning ability level. This class will explore fundamentals of piano playing, finger placement, and basic music notation. Solo and ensemble music from a variety of styles will be studied. Basic music theory instruction will also be provided. Students will be expected to complete assignments, work – sheets and projects as well as practice and learn individual and group songs for in – class performances.

Piano Class II
(11-12) (.5 credit)
Prerequisite:  Piano Class I or Instructor approval
This course is for piano players of intermediate ability level. This class will review piano and theory fundamentals. Students will explore and learn progressively more complex songs from a variety of styles and more advanced music theory concepts and topics. Students will be expected to complete assignments, work sheets as well as practice songs for in-class performances.


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