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COURSE OFFERINGS


Art Studio 1

This course introduces basic artistic skills and techniques through an ever-changing variety of creative projects. Students will experience different mediums, artistic techniques, learn about artists and art history, artistic styles & aesthetics. In addition, students will be introduced to the “Elements and Principals of Art and Design” as they relate to their own work and as we observe work by artists around the world and throughout history. This course will include and meet all components and standards of the State and National Standards for the Visual Arts.


Art Studio 2

Second year Advanced Art: The course is structured around the PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN. Students will explore various media and techniques, building on knowledge acquired in Art l. This course is designed to fill the University of California and other colleges’ prerequisite fine art requirement. Students will explore and develop their own personal creative style in the completion of assignments with specific learning objectives. Through research and experimentation, students will be exposed to the great masters and local working artists for inspiration. Students will keep sketchbooks to facilitate personal and academic goals. It will contain evaluations of works of art, explorations, experiments, notes, drawing practice, ideas for student initiated projects, research projects to support learning, and will keep sketchbooks. 


Advanced Placement Studio Art

The AP class will be a small group within the Art Studio 2. Students develop mastery in concept, composition and execution of drawing, painting and 2-D design. The first semester students do similar class assignments alongside the Advanced students. In addition they will have 4-5 hours of homework per week, and monthly group critiques. Second semester, students work on a concentration, with a chosen theme. Students will develop a Portfolio, a cohesive body of work focusing on quality, concentration and a range of ability and versatility with technique and problem solving. All students who are enrolled in this course are expected to submit a portfolio of 24 works at the end of the year for review and possible college credit.


Honors Art

The Honors class will be a class within the Art Studio 2. Students develop mastery in concept, composition and execution of drawing, painting, 2-D design and mixed media. The first semester students do similar class assignments alongside the Advanced students. In addition they will have 4-5 hours of homework per week, and monthly group critiques. Second semester, students work on a concentration, with a chosen theme. Students will develop a portfolio, a cohesive body of work with a range of technique and problem solving. Student will be expected to spend 3-5 hours a week on artwork outside of class. Students will photograph and use Photoshop to create a digital portfolio of 20 art pieces.


Beginning Ceramics/Sculpture

This course offers students the opportunity to focus and explore creative expression through 3-dimensional design in ceramics and other sculptural projects. All projects will be based on the principles of art & design, and students will be required to keep a daily record in their sketchbook of thumbnail 3-D designs, glaze recipes, and material notes. Students will experience projects including hand building in clay, wheel-thrown pottery, wire, plaster, paper-mache, wood, and more. Visiting artists and gallery field trips will add to the student’s appreciation of ceramics and sculpture as an exciting field and career for exploration.


Advanced Art - Ceramics

This course offers students the opportunity to focus creative expression through ceramics and other 3-D media including paper, wire and wood, found, and natural objects. Hand-building and wheel throwing curriculums will be pursued simultaneously. Classic pottery forms will be studied and thrown. Students will explore complex and multifaceted surface treatments and glazing techniques. Art history and theories will be addressed through projects. Visiting artists will provide instruction and lead Raku firing days. Students will be required to keep a notebook of glazing ideas, project sketches and vocabulary. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design, use color theory, write an artist’s statement, and build a comprehensive website portfolio.


Drama Production

Drama Production is intended for students committed to polishing their production & performance skills through participation in a main stage production. Regular attendance after the end of the school day will be required; students unable to meet this commitment should not apply. Activities focus on all aspects of developing scenes & plays for major productions. Production management, directing, design, publicity, and a deepening experience of acting technique are stressed, also exploration of key periods in theatre history. This class requires rigorous self discipline & self motivation, line memorization, research & study of the play or musical, written analysis of the character, set design, building, and striking. Both students and parents must be aware that the time demands involved in dramatic productions are large and very rewarding. Students may opt to play a small role or technical job in order to minimize commitment. Participants in Drama automatically become members of drama club.  


Acting 1

Drama pursues a comprehensive standards-based theatre arts training program to develop perceptive and aesthetically aware students who would be able to enter into further academic and/or professional theatre work. The course provides a foundation in basic acting technique and theory and an introduction to various periods in theatre history. Activities include basic warm up stretches and relaxation exercises, Drama “games”, vocal development, improvisation, and scene preparation. Students may re-enroll in future terms, and take the course multiple times. Students taking the course multiple times will expand upon the fundamental techniques, tools, and exercises, as well as deepening their skills, and knowledge of acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, and design. Students will explore direction and playwriting through the development of a director's concept, and collaborating with actors in scene work. Advanced students may choose to focus their coursework primarily on directing, playwriting, or design with instructor permission. The course will also offer workshops with professional guest artists.  


Concert Choir

Students who want to learn to sing or improve singing skills and learn to read music will learn the basics of healthy vocal production and study music fundamentals through participation in a vocal ensemble. A variety of musical styles will be explored and performed at fall, winter, spring and festival concerts. This course is an excellent preparation for enrollment in Chamber Singers.


Treble Choir

This choral ensemble is designed for intermediate level choral musicians. While this class has similar goals to that of the Concert Choir, the demand for excellence is much higher, and this choir will have more performance experiences.


Chamber Singers

This mixed choir is a select, auditioned ensemble specializing in various styles of music. Chamber Singers is designed for the advanced choral student requiring a high level of commitment, responsibility, and musicianship. This choir performs on numerous occasions including concerts, festivals, community events, and tours.


Band

This band performs with the other Analy bands as a marching band. It performs separately at concerts and festivals. The class is structured to offer training in musical elements such as rhythm, pitch, tone and ensemble technique (i.e. blend, balance, and precision) for the purpose of preparation for public performance. Participation in co-curricular performances is required.


Advanced Band

Students are selected for their ability and desire to work on the highly advanced music that they will perform. This band attends at least one concert band festival and several public performances. Students experience a variety of musical styles in advanced high school and college-level literature. Attention is given to developing instrumental technique, tone production, sight and rhythm reading, and musical interpretation. Participation in co-curricular performances is required.


Symphonic Band

Students are selected for their ability and desire to work on the highly advanced music that they will perform. Special emphasis is placed on solo and chamber performance as well as regular band studies, and will be expected to perform in two additional performances, one solo and one chamber ensemble. They will also expand their mastery of music theory, music history, composition, as well as write a research paper. This band attends at least one concert band festival and several public performances. Students experience a variety of musical styles in advanced high school and college-level literature. Attention is given to developing instrumental technique, tone production, sight and rhythm reading, and musical interpretation. Participation in co-curricular performances is required.


Honors Symphonic Band

Students are selected for their ability and desire to work on the highly advanced music that they will perform. Special emphasis is placed on solo and chamber performance as well as regular band studies, and will be expected to perform in two additional performances, one solo and one chamber ensemble. They will also expand their mastery of music theory, music history, composition, as well as write a research paper. This band attends at least one concert band festival and several public performances. Students experience a variety of musical styles in advanced high school and college-level literature. Attention is given to developing instrumental technique, tone production, sight and rhythm reading, and musical interpretation. Participation in co-curricular performances is required.


Instrumental Music

Learn to play piano, guitar, saxophone, cello, or any instrument of your choosing. No experience is necessary. Woodwind, brass, and string instruments are provided free of charge. A fun, independently driven, elective class.


Orchestra

The Orchestra functions as a performing ensemble in which participants 1) develop skills in ensemble and individual performing 2) develop musical understanding, performance practice, communication and rehearsal process, and 3) develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the following five areas: a) historical and cultural context of music as viewed from the vantage point of the role and diversity of music; b) the applications, connections and relationships between various artistic disciplines; c) aesthetic valuing through assessment and analysis of works of music of various cultures; d) artistic perception through sight-reading, formal analysis and familiarity with compositional devices and techniques; and e) creative expression via performance of instrumental repertoire at grades 4 and 5 on a scale of 6. This ensemble attends at least one festival and has the option to participate in several public performances. 


Jazz Ensemble

Several public performances and jazz festivals are attended by the ensemble each year. Improvisation is an integral part of the learning experience and is practiced frequently. Students will learn a variety of music styles including swing, rock, fusion, Latin, and funk in preparation for performances. 


Advanced Placement Music Theory

AP Music Theory is a college level music theory and ear-training class focused on concepts of harmony. Aural skills include interval identification, melody transcription, and four-part voicing dictation. Students will learn to write and analyze harmonies in four-parts, as well as develop understanding of key relationships and chord structure. The ability to read music well is not required, but very highly recommended. Achievement on the AP Music Theory exam determines whether or not the student will receive college credit for taking this course.