Art Course Descriptions

Art 1-P

College-prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Whether drawing comes naturally to you or you struggle to draw a recognizable stick man, if you have a desire to learn how to draw and create visual art, this class is for you! In this course you will learn the basics of creating and speaking the language of Art. We will explore Art through cultures and history to better our artistic appreciation. In this class, we will focus on learning many drawing mediums and styles. Students will also learn artistic composition and design.

Art 2-P

College-prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Art Studio 1  

If you have passed Art 1 and you are excited to learn more, then Art 2 is the class for you! In this course you will be able to develop and improve your use of familiar art techniques and will also be given the opportunity to learn new art mediums and methods. This class will strongly stress conceptual-based art, emphasizing the meanings behind the art work in addition to the technical skill put into the art. Art projects in the course will be more advanced as well as more open. Students will have more freedom when choosing subject matter, artistic style and/or medium(s).

Art 3

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Art Studio 2  

This course is designed for serious Art students who are looking for the opportunity to learn and grow at a more independent pace. In this class students will do advanced projects and be allowed to work with the teacher, one-on-one, to create their own specialized projects and curriculum. Students will learn Art and design concepts and techniques while having the freedom to choose their creations’ concepts and mediums. Students will have more impact on the direction of their learning.

Art 4

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Art 1 and 2 (a student may take Art 4 before Art 3 as long as they have passed both Art 1 and 2)

Art 4 will be offered every other year, in rotation with Art 3. While the natures of the two classes are similar, the projects will be completely different. Art 4 will also offer deeper projects centering on your own personal style. Students will be challenged with specific problems and will have to solve them visually and artistically. Students will also learn new mediums and spend a significant amount of time on life and gesture drawing. Students will compile work for a digital portfolio.

Art Practicum

Grades 9-12, year-long class
Prerequisite: teacher approval required, and previous art class or concurrently enrolled in an art class at Inspire recommended
 
This elective course is for students who want to learn the ins and outs of the art studio and want or need extra time to work on their own artwork. Students will aid the teacher in everything from cleaning and organizing the classroom to prepping materials, making recycled clay and loading the kiln. Once all the work and learning is done, students will use any down time to work on their own art. Maximum of 3 students per period.

Ceramics 1-P

College Prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

This course is intended for those studying ceramics for the first time and also returning clay artists! It is a comprehensive introduction to the art of pottery and clay work with equal emphasis given to the skills of designing and constructing. In this class we will explore hand-building as well as an introduction to the potter's wheel. You will learn to plan, draw, sculpt, and glaze your pottery using a variety of decorative techniques. The primary emphasis is on studio work leading to a diverse portfolio of finished pieces by the end of the semester.

Ceramics 2

Grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Ceramics 1
 
This course is designed for the experienced sculptor and clay artist. In this class, students will develop and improve their clay skills while simultaneously developing their personal style. Students will also dive into wheel throwing, learning new techniques such as centering, pulling, and trimming. Students will have some opportunity to independently create artworks that are a reflection of the techniques taught in class and their own artistic voice. Students will design and create both functional and concept driven artwork. Advanced glazing methods will also be learned.

Ceramics 3

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Ceramics 2
 
This course is designed for serious Ceramic students who are looking for the opportunity to learn and grow at a more independent pace. In this class students will do advanced projects and be allowed to work with the teacher, one-on-one, to create their own specialized projects and curriculum. Students will learn ceramic and design concepts and techniques while having the freedom to choose their creations’ concepts and subject matters. Students will be able to choose the direction of their learning while still benefiting from regular lessons and demonstrations.

Choreography

Grades 10-12, Year-long
 
Prerequisite: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least two or more years of technical dance training in any genre. Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent is required.  Freshmen must seek instructor permission. Choreography students must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.

Imagine, create, and share your vision of dance with the world. A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography will be introduced and explored through the creation of original works. Choreography will be approached through the exploration of resources including improvisation, use of ideas, knowledge of forms, and development of the craft. Students will be exposed to various choreographic processes, terminology, and potential performance venues. Students will receive weekly assignments directed toward specific problems and dance elements; then begin to develop works with an emphasis on the relationship between manipulation of musical phrases and choreography. Students will learn to move from phrase development to the completion of a dance. They will learn to critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create three to four dances over the year with at least one being staged for audience.

Choreography 2

Grades 10-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisite: Student must have taken two years of Choreography. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.
 
Choreography 2 is an advanced level course for the serious dance creator. Students will work concurrently with the Choreography class, but will be given additional challenges and genres of choreography to explore. The students at this level will focus on the composition of artistic dance works and be given additional opportunities in the school and community to create their art. Choreography 2 students will critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create four to five dances over the year with at least two being staged for audiences. Students may also propose special projects for the year that they would like to work on and create.

Creative Writing

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
No Prerequisite

This course is for those students who enjoy writing and taking risks with their imaginations. We will read creative works by classic and cutting-edge writers and focus on what makes vivid, effective and engaging writing across the genres. We will particularly but not exclusively emphasize fiction and poetry. (Class may be repeated.)


Digital Photography

Grades 9-12, year-long class

Come explore the world of digital photography! This course provides an introduction to the fascinating technology that is catapulting the photographic world. We'll discuss the basics of digital photography, equipment, software, Internet and e-mail use, along with commercial and personal applications. Whether you're new to photography or a long-time photographer, this class will provide opportunities to hone your digital photography skills.


Electronic Music Composition

Grades 9-12, year-long class
 
No Prerequisite

Electronic Music Composition is designed to give students the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles. Students will learn the history of electronic music with listening examples that highlight the important people, technology, and techniques associated with electronic music styles. The lessons will include videos describing musical, DAW (Digital Audio Workstations), and synthesis techniques. There will also be a research and analysis component in which students learn to listen critically and adapt to changes in technology and public musical taste. Pro Tools is the primary DAW used in the course and some online programs will be introduced.  Students will be allowed to bring a personal laptop and use their own software to complete certain projects. The course teaches musical topics like melody, rhythm and harmony within the framework of a DAW, starting with an introduction to common scales and rhythms and the developing more complex musical elements throughout the course.

Electronics / Robotics

Grades 9-12, year-long class
 
No Prerequisite

E/R Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields and prepares a technical foundation for intermediate and advanced engineering courses. The course covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and diodes. Students learn to use common test instruments including volt/ohm meters, oscilloscopes and signal generators for circuit analysis and troubleshooting.  Students construct a radio-controlled car as they learn circuit board construction techniques, trouble shooting skills, basic circuit analysis and radio wave propagation theory.  Robotics uses a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts in robotics, students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex LEGO-based mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-term team robot contest. Teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized.

Humanities Cafe

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
Prerequisite:  B average in English or teacher approval
 
This elective course will study the human condition as it is creatively expressed in literature as well as visual art, music and foreign film.  Students will explore themes of identity, social roles, survival, human connection, the struggle for personal fulfillment, and the power and vision of the imagination.

Intro to Engineering Design (IEP)

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Math C or equivalent.
 
The first course in the Engineering sequence, IED is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Strong spatial visualization and basic geometry skills will be beneficial.

Recording Arts

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
No Prerequisite
 
Recording Arts introduces basic audio for use in live performance and recording settings. Topics include basic sound characteristics, microphone use, recording technique, and live sound reinforcement. Pro Tools, Garage Band and Logic X and several online programs are introduced with an emphasis put on using Pro Tools to record, mix and master recordings.  This course also details the functions of, and relationships between, the mixing console and the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Students learn how different microphones, signal processors, and other technologies are employed in a variety of applications for the audio industry: music recording, live mixing, and other applications. Student from within the class rehearse and perform during class giving students authentic opportunities to operate live sound and record. Through this course students are provided with an opportunity to work on a project from start to finish utilizing all the technologies and procedures they have learned. This will include recording live music groups, choral and band ensembles, and possibly recording off site.

Stagecraft

Grades 9-12, year-long class (offered alternating years with Theatre Design)
 
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Performing Arts Foundation class and Program Director permission for freshmen; Performing Arts Foundation, Theatre 1, or equivalent.
 
Stagecraft is a class created to develop and build specific skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do the craft and artistry involved in creating live theatre. Students will learn all the basics and tricks of the trade in makeup, costuming, lighting, crewing, special effects, set construction, scenic artistry, and property creation. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Crewing productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class.

Theatre Design

Grades 9-12, year-long class (offered alternating years with Stagecraft)
 
Prerequisite: Performing Arts Foundations or equivalent (Theatre 1, Musical Theatre 1, or Stagecraft). Freshmen must be concurrently enrolled in Performing Arts Foundations.
 
Theatre Design is a class created to develop and build specific artistic skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do design for live theatre. Students will be exposed to the basics of all areas and then be allowed to specialize in a focus area of their choosing: makeup/hair design, costume design, lighting design, stage management, dramaturgy, sound/special effects design, scenic design/artistry, property design, poster and advertising design. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Designing or crewing for productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class. Students will also learn basic computer assisted design programs used in the industry.

Video 1

Grades 9-12, year-long class

No prerequisite
 
This course introduces the basics of video production utilizing a personal camcorder, computer-based video editing equipment and a professional audio studio. Students study video technologies, basic equipment operation, video composition, basic lighting and audio production planning, and visual storytelling. Students work in groups to create video projects utilizing post-production editing. Students will explore various film genres (mystery/suspense, science fiction, film noir, etc.) and film theories (auteurism and viewer identification theory) and will acquire a critical vocabulary appropriate to the art form. They will then take the elements of each film genre and produce small films incorporating those elements; writing, filming and editing their original films.

Video 2

Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: Video 1 or equivalent
 
This course focuses on advanced techniques of non-linear editing and filmmaking including the blending of visual effects and animation into video projects. Students study all aspects of digital video from pre-production, production and post-production and explore the responsibilities of crew positions such as camera operator, lighting technician, audio technician, technical director, and program director. Technical concerns as well as creative approaches are addressed. Students will participate in a series of lectures, lessons, in-class exercises, and major video projects.

Yearbook

Grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: teacher permission required, Digital Photography encouraged
 
Yearbook is a one-year elective that produces the school yearbook, which will include the traditional printed book as well as multimedia. Members of the staff are expected to have a high level of maturity and the ability to work independently. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the team to exercise their creativity, while developing new skills in computer design, photography, marketing, budget management, copy writing, and project management. Creating the yearbook is a fun process and the end result of all the effort is a product the students can be proud of long into the future.  Students will be expected to develop skills necessary to effectively produce the yearbook. A strong commitment to meeting deadlines is required, including any necessary weekend or after-school work. The yearbook is a team effort, and good people skills are required. Grading will be based on a rubric that will measure students’ performance in areas including (but not limited to): planning, organization/time management, effort, level of engagement, creativity, skills and attitude. Students will also have the opportunity to design posters, tickets, flyers, and programs for Inspire events.

2D Animation

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

Prerequisite: none
 
This course provides the student with the basic understanding for the creation of 2D animation and cartooning through the application of traditional techniques, using a computer animation program. Students create layered 2D objects, animate them, produce voice over files in the audio recording studio, lip sync those files to their animated characters, and then render them to video. Topics include all twelve principles of animation.

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