VAPA - Visual and Performing Arts

Coast Redwood High School supports many Visual, Performing and Practical Arts courses. The Arts are a dynamic presence in many of our students lives, enabling them to express their creativ­ity while challenging their intellect. Through the arts, students have a unique means of expression that captures their passions and emotions and allows them to explore ideas, subject matter, and culture in delightfully different ways. Achievement in the arts cultivates essential skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, effective planning, time management, teamwork, effective communication, and an understanding of technology.

Please speak with your Supervising Teacher for a complete list of projects and course contracts for each core area. The information presented on this page is limited due to space and our expansive content that is available to you. Students are placed according to previous coursework and performance, not necessarily by grade level, for optimum success.


COURSE OFFERINGS

CERAMICS

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course introduces students to the fundamentals and principles of the visual arts. The history and criticism of visual arts are presented through the use of projects, lectures, films, and slides. Students gain a basic understanding of how to see, evaluate and interpret experience through a variety of media. Basic tools and techniques (pinch, coil, 3-D slabs, wheel, sculpture, decorating, and glazing works made of clay) are explained, demonstrated and practiced to promote creative expression through active student participation. This course is designed for all students with or without previous experience in the visual arts and can prepare students for more advanced coursework.


CHORUS

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: Positive attitude and desire to learn about correct singing techniques and music education.

Course Description: This course provides a “concert choir” experience for students through the Vocal Ensemble. Students are introduced to the mechanics of vocal production, study repertoire of many different styles and time periods, and perform in concert each semester.


DANCE 1

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course introduces students to the study of fundamental forms of movement, which will allow them to create their own dance compositions. Students study different dance styles and forms, including historical and cultural information on dance. This course is designed for all students with or without previous experience in dance and can prepare students for more advanced coursework.


DRAMA

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course is an exploration of the approaches to acting. Students begin by playing a series of theatre games, move to improvisations, and then perform professionally scripted and student-written monologues. Students produce and perform scenes from professional play scripts for final presentation. Students develop original monologues that reveal specific points of view of contemporary social issues. Students study the major historical periods of theatre history from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century using student research projects and presentations of production, acting, and notable theatrical art innovators of these periods.


DRAWING & PAINTING

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course is a foundation class focusing on a variety of art making skills and design concepts complemented by art history and analysis. The course begins with an introduction into the visual elements of design, basic drawing principles and drawing with a variety of traditional media. Students explore the world of forms and techniques. Next, students begin to explore color with various materials including: watercolor, acrylic paint, colored pencils, and pastels. There is an emphasis on color theory and technique. The final section of the course focuses on three-dimensional art including: book making, wire sculpture, paper-mache, wood, and found object art. All lessons are connected to art history and/or contemporary artists and concepts.


INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL STUDIES/ART 1

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This general survey course is designed to meet the challenge of creating visual art in a compelling and interesting way. Through 2D, 3D and digital art experiences the curriculum provides each artist with the ability to generate creative ideas as well as the skills to execute them. An introduction to Visual Studies focuses on the development of essential visual skills in classical art such as drawing, painting, and ceramics, in addition to modern technology, digital media and photography.


MUSIC THEATER

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in acting, singing, and stage production techniques. By doing this, students are supplied with the framework to think critically about artistic interpretation. Through music theatre reviews and musical repertoire, students engage in reflective and critical thinking. This leads to an understanding of the growth process within the foundations of music and acting.


PHOTOGRAPHY

Grade Level: 10-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course familiarizes students with digital photographic equipment, software, materials, and methods through hands-on practice. This course also covers photo as an art, photo history, and the functions of the camera, camera handling, proper exposure, lighting techniques, printing, mounting, print display, and creative processes. This course integrates the elements of art and the principles of design as they relate to photographic composition, allowing creative and expressive opportunities. Students are encouraged to submit projects for student publications, competition and display. Upon completion of this course, students are able to work independently with cameras, scanners, printers and computers. Students compile a digital and real portfolio that can be used to demonstrate their abilities for college entrance or employment in the visual art field.


STAGE CRAFT AND DESIGN

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: Drama 1

Career Technical Education Course Description: This course provides instruction and training for students interested in stage design. Students who achieve competency in this course develop skills in stagecraft design and are prepared for entry-level employment. Entry-level positions include set decorator, set designer and assistant art director. Instruction and hands-on experience includes set architecture, design elements, stage management, lighting design, costume design and make-up application.


STUDIO ART

Grade Level: 10-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: f

Prerequisite: Intro to Visual Studies or Drawing and Painting

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the art student with an advanced study in drawing and painting using a wide variety of art mediums through project-based assignments. Focusing on the use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, students create original works of art that involve community Projects, product design and participation in multiple art show competitions. Students develop a personal style and theme of art that can continue in Advanced Studio Art 2. Students develop a portfolio of artwork demonstrating mastery of drawing and painting skills, using a variety of artistic techniques and media, ranging from pencil and charcoal to watercolors and acrylic paints.


MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: none

Prerequisite: none

Course Description:This course is a  basic to advanced elective music course that offers a wide range of music and instrument interests as students explore the possibilities of the music world and hone-in on areas of interest and pursuit. A student must have their resources in place for optimal success, such as, instrument tutors/instructors as well as voice and theorists teachers/tutors. Community classes are strongly advised.


 DIGITAL ARTS/COMPUTER ARTS/GRAPHICS

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: none

Prerequisite: none                   

Course Description: Students are introduced to the fundamental art and design theory and skills essential to design and visual communication. Lecture and projects emphasize elements of art and principles of design. Students are informed and influenced by studying graphic design history and contemporary design. Students study the historical context of graphic design while developing skills in artistic perception, critiquing, and application of design strategies through experiences that emphasize solving visual art problems. Students develop an awareness of historical trends in design as well as themes and subject matter from diverse times, places and cultures. Color theory and perception, composition, typography, product marketing and multi-media design are explored with emphasis on appropriate, effective communication and aesthetic valuing. Students develop an independent portfolio of work and create an exhibit of their work demonstrating mastery of Visual and Performing Arts standards as a capstone project.



  DANCE FUNDAMENTALS

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: none

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course introduces students to the study of fundamental forms of movement, which will allow them to create their own dance compositions. Students study different dance styles and forms, including historical and cultural information on dance. This course is designed for all students with or without previous experience in dance and can prepare students for more advanced coursework.










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