Art 1 Course 911

Grades 9- 12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: This is an elective, so an interest in Art would be a prerequisite.

Art One gives you a broad introduction to studio art experiences which include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture & design. Students learn about artists, cultures, and explore  reasons why artists make art. Learners are introduced to group critiques and are encouraged to display their artworks and learn how to frame art. Evaluation is based on class art work, readings, and homework. Learners are expected to have a sketchbook for their out of class use.     

1 Fine Art Credit

Honors Art One Course 915

Grades 9-12

Full Year

Honors level Credit

Prerequisite: 93 or higher in 8th grade art and a strong interest in the subject

 

Honors Art One is for students who have shown both skill and a dedication to learning about art in middle school. The class covers : Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Poster Design, and Contemporary Craft. This class encourages students to explore current art issues, and develop finished well framed art work. Class work covers the equivalent of 1 ½ years of art making. Students are encouraged to have good attendance and a willingness to work at an honors level. Honors Art allows students to explore several medias and subject matter in depth. Grades are based on class art making,regular homework, group discussions, readings, and a group service learning project. Students will build a portfolio of completed framed art pieces. Students will need to provide some art materials for home projects.

1 Fine Art Credit

Drawing Course 912

Grades 10-12

Semester

½ Credit

Prerequisite Courses: Honors Art  or Art 1 & recommendation of Art  teacher

Course Description:

This semester-long, half-credit course is for students interested in developing a strong art portfolio.  Students  learn in a demonstration/studio based atmosphere.  Second year fine art classes provide students with greater opportunities to explore their personal interests.  Students will explore elements of drawing through different drawing techniques, styles and material.  This course emphasizes drawing not only as an art form and means of personal expression, but also as a way to increase visual literacy; understanding what and how we see.  Along with art theory and art history, students will also learn ways to display art and will participate in school wide art exhibits.  Student evaluation is based on in-class studio art, participation in class critiques, notes, portfolios and readings.

½ fine art credit

Prerequisite and Subsequent Courses: Honors Art One or Art One and recommendation of Art  teacher.


Sculpture Course 913                                             

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 Fine Arts Credit

Prerequisites: Art One & recommendation of Art One teacher.

Course Description:

                                   

Sculpture is a semester-long, half-credit course where students explore the processes involved in creating three dimensional art. Art experiences will include clay as well as a variety of sculptural materials such as paper mache, plaster, cardboard, and wire. Students are expected to demonstrate technical skills and craftsmanship while using effective processes to understand, respond and reflect on artistic problems related to 3D media.  Along with the art making, students will study 3D artists, cultures, and reasons why artists make art.  Students are expected to display their work in the school and community.

Prerequisite: Art One, Honors Art One or Intro to 3D Design,  and Recommendation of art teacher.

There is regular homework assigned in this class. Students will need to provide some art supplies for their personal use.

Advanced Art course #916

Grades 11-12

Full Year

1 credit

Prerequisite: Honors Art One or Art One plus two or more of the following: Sculpture, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting, and teacher recommendation.

Course Description:                                    

Advanced art is a yearlong course for junior and senior students interested in pursuing a career in the visual art field, who are highly motivated, or who would like to work toward preparing an AP portfolio.  Students will have the opportunity to review and explore with a variety of media while working toward preparing an art portfolio.  After a time of review and exploration, students will then develop a body of work that investigates an idea of personal interest to them.  Motivation and maturity are important characteristics of Advanced Studio Art students.  Students must be willing and able to work hard, both in and out of class.

          

AP Studio Art Course 917/ 918

Grade 12

Full Year

1 AP Credit

Prerequisite: Three Visual Art classes, and a recommendation of a Visual Art Teacher

This class has considerable preparation over the previous summer.( Student complete three large artworks during the summer) interested students meet with the A.P. Art teacher prior to registration. Transfer students must show evidence that they are prepared for this class and be willing to do the summer assignments.

This course is designed to encourage the development of creative and critical thinking skills in highly motivated and independent thinking art  students. Students in this course have the opportunity to do college-level work and to possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Be be successful students need to begin a strong understanding of art media, art skill and a good work ethic. There is a considerable load of homework (3-4 hours each week). The exam contains three parts: Breadth, Concentration and Quality. The exams occurs daily during the class. There is not an end of the year written exam. Students work independently during 3 quarter on their concentration project. Students learn to develop appropriate goals, to be critical of their own and other people's work, to be willing to experiment and take risks, and to develop an increasingly complex art vocabulary. A.P. Art focuses on design concepts drawing, paint, and printmaking media. This class allows student to apply for the 2D design or Drawing portfolio.
     

Intro to 2D Design  Course #919

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Prerequisite:  This is an introductory level art course appropriate for those who have not yet taken and passed Art 1.

Course Description:

2D Design is an introductory level high school art class.   You will learn the basics of two-dimensional design through the framework of the Elements and Principles of Design within areas such as advertising, textile design, and other print media.  We will focus on contemporary, nontraditional examples from the diverse, yet ever accessible world of visual culture!  You will use a variety of media to explore graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage.  Class time will include demonstrations, readings, videos, and art-making.  You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding through a number of art-making projects.  You will have weekly sketchbook homework.

Intro to 3D Design Course #920

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Prerequisite:  This is an introductory level art course appropriate for those who have not yet taken and passed Art 1.

Course Description:

3D Design is an introductory level high school art class.  You will learn the basics of three-dimensional design through the framework of the Elements and Principles of Design.  Any human-made object is an example of three-dimensional design.  Someone had to come up with the idea.  We will focus on contemporary, nontraditional examples from the diverse, yet ever accessible world of visual culture!  You will use a variety of media such as plaster, ceramics, recycled and nontraditional materials.  Class time will include demonstrations, readings, videos, and art-making.  You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding through a number of art-making projects.  You will have sketchbook homework each week.

Painting course# 921

Grades 10-12

Semester

½ credit

Course Description:

This semester-long, half-credit course is for students interested in developing a strong art portfolio.  Students learn in a demonstration/studio based atmosphere.  Second year fine art classes provide students with greater opportunities to explore their personal interests.  This course will have students explore many different types of painting and go in depth with control and skill building strategies with these materials.  This course emphasizes painting not only as an art form and means of personal expression, but also as a way to increase visual literacy; understanding what and how we see.  Along with art theory and art history, students will also learn ways to display art and will participate in school wide art exhibits.  Student evaluation is based on in class studio art, participation in class critiques, notes, portfolios and readings.

Prerequisite and Subsequent Courses: Honors Art One or Art One and recommendation of Art  teacher

Printmaking course# 922

Grades 10-12

Semester

½ credit

Prerequisite and Subsequent Courses: Art One, Honors Art One or Intro to 2d Design, and recommendation of art teacher.

Course Description:

This semester-long, half-credit course introduces students to the many ways of creating groups or multiples of artworks.  Students will be guided through a structural program which includes the historical, cultural and conceptual aspects of printmaking.  Basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design will be stressed within print compositions.  A variety of printmaking techniques will be utilized including digital prints, relief prints, mono prints, gelatin prints, simple etching, silkscreen, photocopy prints and stenciling. In order to succeed in this class, students must meet the required criteria for all assignments, question and critique their own work as well as the work of others, and approach each art process with a positive and open mind.

Graphic Design Course 725

Grades 10-12

Semester

Course Description:

Graphic Design at BHS is a semester-long, half credit course. The course will focus on how we communicate through art and design.  Students will expand upon their prior knowledge of the elements and principles of design, art media and techniques to generate unique solutions to two-dimensional and three-dimensional design problems.  Students will utilize examples from the visual culture of marketing & advertising, multicultural art, textile, architecture, and functional objects.

Grade level(s)/Prerequisite:

The course is open to students in grades 10, 11 & 12. Prerequisite: One credit in high school art (Intro to 2-D design & Intro to 3-D design, Art 1 or Honors Art).

Digital Photography course 728

grades 11-12

Semester

Course Description: Digital Photography is a semester long course offered at Brewer High School.  This course will utilize photography as the primary media for student expression.  Students will develop an understanding of the technical aspects of the camera, learn art concepts through the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, demonstrate basic knowledge of editing software, explore and discuss digital imagery in society, and create projects that yield individual creativity and personal expression in a final portfolio.  Students will be given weekly shooting assignments within a variety of topics as well as be expected to take part in group and individual critiques of their work.


Advanced Digital Photography 729

Grades 11-12

Semester

Course Description:

Advanced Digital Photography is a semester-long, half-credit course designed for students who have a strong interest in photography and wish to improve their skills as well as study areas related to photography more extensively.  Students interested in this course should have successfully completed digital photography and should have a thorough understanding of the camera, photo editing programs and the Elements and Principles of Design as they relate to photography. Students taking this class will have the opportunity to build a quality digital portfolio and possibly submit for AP 2D Studio Art credit.


Prerequisite and Subsequent Courses:

This course is open to students in grades 11 & 12 who have taken Digital Photography.

Architectural Drawing course # 730

Semester

Grades 10-12

Course Description:

Architectural Drawing is a semester-long, half-credit course. This is a upper level drawing and design course that will focus on exploring architectural drawing and the history of architecture. Students will have opportunities for creative expression, understanding history, and learning about design.  Class time will include demonstrations, readings, videos, and art-making.  Students will gain knowledge and skill related to architecture through experiences of history and through designing floor plans, sections, perspective drawings, etc. with the use of traditional drawing media as well as technology based drawing methods.

Prerequisite: Art 1, Honors Art 1 or Intro to 2D/3D design.

Music Department

Concert Band Course 930

Grades 9-12

Orange Day Block One

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Prior instrumental experience or permission from the instructor

 

The Concert Band provides an opportunity for students who play wind and percussion instruments to perform at many different school and community functions.  The band rehearses and performs musical literature of varying styles and difficulty.  The Concert Band may perform several concerts, festivals, parades, ceremonies and competitions throughout the year.  The Concert Band rehearses on Orange days , block one only during the school year. The course continually builds on elements of music performance through challenging repertoire, rehearsal, and performance. Students will develop skills for self-improvement, teamwork, public presentation, and performance expectations throughout the year. Students are required to attend all scheduled performances during the year.

Students that have less than two years of playing experience need to take Instrumental Lab or private instruction for at least six months.

1 Fine Art Credit 

Concert Choir Course 960

Grades 9-12

Every Other Day

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Prior Choral Experience

 

Concert Choir is open to all students who have prior experience singing in a middle school or high school chorus. Participants in Concert Choir must be prepared to 1) open themselves to a variety of music and 2) practice professional rehearsal and performance behaviors.  

Participants who are new to Concert Choir will purchase performance attire through Southeastern Performance Apparel and will be required to wear this attire at public performances.  Students will be required to participate in occasional fundraisers as organized by the Music Department and the Brewer Music Association.  

Over the course of the year, participating students learn/review basic mechanics of music ("music theory") through the use of printed music. Learning and performing choral literature in a variety of styles and languages and from various periods in history will enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for other cultures as well as for our own culture. Students are assessed through their punctual attendance at and appropriate behavior during any and all rehearsals and public performances, as well as through the use of occasional written quizzes and/or performance quizzes given during a scheduled rehearsal. Students receive a quarterly number grade and earn one credit upon successful completion of the course.

Fulfills Fine Art Credit

 

Jazz Ensemble Course 937

Grades 9-12

Black Days

Block One

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Prior Jazz experience, audition; instructor's permission, must be enrolled in concert band or waiver

The Jazz Ensemble is a highly competitive class which meets on black days during block one The course focuses on the history of music through listening, lecture, practice, and performance. Students are engaged in many different styles of jazz and will demonstrate their learning through public and adjudicated performances. Audition or instructor permission is required. Audition materials are available in the spring by contacting the music department. Auditions are held in the month of May and September. Students must also be enrolled in the concert band. This is a highly competitive course and students enrolled are required to participate in all performances. Performances include public concerts, district and state wide competitions, out-of-state competition, and performances at other schools. Students are encouraged to audition for Jazz All-State in the fall. Students are required to be enrolled in concert band or must apply for a waiver from the instructor.

                                                                                                          

1 Fine Art Credit

Jazz Improvisation 101 Course 935

Grades 10-12

2nd Semester

Everyday

½ Credit

Prerequisite: Music Theory or instructor's permission

 

The jazz improvisation introduces the student to the art of soloing and music creativity.  Students will learn how to improvise over every type of music and choral harmony.  An in depth study of scale, chords, and extensions will be the focus of this class.  This course is offered only for those students that have either taken music theory, or have written permission from the instructor, and play any of the following instruments: all wind, string, voice and mallet percussion.  This course is ideal for the amateur and serious musician.

 

1/2 Fine Art Credit

 Jazz Improvisation 102 Course 936

Grades 11,12

1/2 credit

2nd Semester only Everyday

Prerequisite: Jazz Improvisation 101 or instructor’s permission

Designed to increase the skills of the student learned in Jazz Improvisation 101.

1/2 Fine Art Credit

Music Theory Course 950

Grades 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Two years musical performance background or instructor’s permission

This course covers all elements of music from basic note and rhythm reading to harmonic and melodic analysis of musical form.

1 Fine Art Credit


American Music Course 951

Grades 9-12

2nd Semester

1/2 credit

Prerequisite: None

 

The American Music course is an appreciation of music in America.  Topics include colonial music, music of the revolutionary war, music in war, and music through the 20th century.  Other topics include, but are not limited to; music of the military and its history, John Phillips Sousa, and other march composers, ragtime and early jazz, the influence of African-American in blues and jazz.  The class will also cover country, rhythm and blues, folk, rock, and other popular styles of music. Music in television, Broadway, and film, will be included as well.

 

In addition to the music, famous composers and significant events in history will be discussed.  This course is open to any student and there are no prerequisites.

1/2 Fine Art Credit

Introduction to Guitar Course 952

Grades 9-12

semester course

½ credit

Prerequisite:  None

 

Course Description:  Introduction to guitar is a hands-on, student-centered, course focusing learning how to play and appreciate the guitar. Students will learn how to tune, play all open chords, barre chords, simply picking and rhythm patterns, and songs. Students will immediately be able to apply skills and concepts after each class.

Required Materials:

Students will need an acoustic guitar. Students may use an electric guitar but will need to supply a small practice amp. An acoustic guitar is preferable due to the tonal quality and development of finger dexterity and sound.

 

Other Materials

Digital Audio and Live Sound Reinforcement Course 962

Grades 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: None

 

The Digital Audio course  is a rigorous, in-depth, hands-on experience. Students will learn all aspects of basic and intermediate audio to include live sound and studio recording. Students will also work at the performing arts center at events throughout the school year in a variety of areas. Students MUST have the ability to get to and from events. This course requires students be able to attend functions and classes outside of the school day.

Students will have opportunities to act as both audio and lighting tech at many events, be involved in stage management, act as producers, and other behind the scenes activities. Students will also record both audio and video for commercial use. Students will use state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment and software. This course prepares students for post-secondary school in sound, mixed media, and communications.

1 Fine Art Credit

Sportsband (The Groove Factor) Course 932

Grades 9-12

Pass/Fail

1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Instructor's permission (can be a non band member)

 

The Sportsband performs at various athletic events throughout the school year.  Students do not need to be in a performing group to participate.  This group performs rock, blues, and other fan favorites.  The group begins two weeks before the start of the school year and rehearses during the fall, usually one evening per week.  Instrumentation is limited and students are encouraged to contact the music department for more information. Students can earn their varsity letter after two seasons of performance.

 

During the school year there are more opportunities for student performance.  These include saxophone ensemble, brass quintet, flute trio, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, ceremonial band, and many others.  The music department is also proud to offer performance opportunities like Jazz Café, recital night, and other performance venues.

1/2 Credit

Instrumental Lab Course 933

Grades 9-12

One Semester

1/2 Credit

Prerequisite: None

Instrumental lab is a music exploratory course where students will have a hands on approach and instruction in learning a new instrument, basic music theory, and music appreciation. This course is designed for students that do not currently play a woodwind or brass instrument, would like to learn a secondary instrument, and those students that may not have played an instrument for over a year, or less than two years.

Students will need to have one of the following instruments:

Students that do not have access may rent one from a local music vendor. Information on rental will be provided during the first week of class. The music department currently uses two vendors that rent instruments. The music department does have a limited supply of instruments that are available on a priority basis.
                                                 

Honors Instrumental Music Course 934

Grade 12

Prerequisite: 3 years of satisfactory performance in the music program (2 years instrumental)  Enrolled in concert Band

1 Credit

This course is an extension of the instrumental program for the senior musician. This course is concurrent with both concert band and jazz ensemble. Students will be required to prepare and audition for All-State or Jazz All-State, organize and facilitate sectionals or other small group rehearsals, and complete a senior project consisting of either a research paper or recital.  This course fulfills the Honors Diploma Senior Exhibition requirement for Honors Diploma Seniors.

1 Fine Art Credit


Music Senior Project

1 credit

A research paper may be submitted for review with presentation to the Honors Diploma committee before graduation. The research topic and length will be developed between the student and the instructor. Research paper specifics will be developed prior to start of the second semester.

 

A student may also choose to do a recital. The recital would be a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes in length. The student would develop a theme with discussion during the performance. The student would also serve as the producer and promoter of the event. This would include scheduling and reserving the performing arts center, “hiring” any necessary musicians, scheduling rehearsals, developing a repertoire, advertising the event, preparing programs, and interacting with the audience. The completed project would become part of the musician’s portfolio.

1 Fine Art Credit