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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

 

The spiral symbolizes Arlington Catholic's Art department. This universally positive symbol appears in the visual works of numerous cultures including Celtic art, Native American petroglyphs, Arabic architecture, Japanese rock gardens and African masks. It is also known to symbolize the evolutionary process of growing and learning. In terms of Spirituality, the spiral can represent the path from outer consciousness to the inner soul. As the arts are intrinsically valuable to all engaged learners, our classes integrate these various meanings as we begin the spiral journey with the basic principles of design and color theory. As our travel continues, students explore advanced artistic techniques and experiment with adding a deeper meaning to their work while applying their learned skills in creative problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources across academic subject areas. Just as the spiral may continue forever, our goal as an Art Department is to heighten curiosity and instill a life-long interest in all things creative.

 

Beginning with the Class of 2022, all students must complete one year of Arts or Humanities courses as a graduation requirement.

Faculty


Michael Fullerton, mfullerton@achs.net 
BA- Studio Art, Clark University
MA- Art Education, Boston University
 
Amelia Jennison,
BM- Vocal Performance, DePauw University
MM- Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory
 

 

 

Course Offerings

 

AP Visual Arts Studio

VISUAL ARTS STUDIO – 756

1 Credit

This course is for advanced students who are thinking of applying to a college art program and pursing an art-related career. Ability to work independently is required. Portfolio preparation and presentation are the main focus. Home assignments include drawings and conceptual planning in journal form throughout the year.  Students will have the opportunity to recieve credit for AP Studio Art by completing additional assignments and submitting their portfolios.
 

Requirements: Only with Permission of Instructor.

Grade: 11, 12

Art 1

ART 1 - 751

1 Credit

This introductory course focuses on the basic skills and vocabulary of art. Techniques covered include: color theory, pencil-shading techniques, perspective, figurative gesture drawing, collage, introduction to sculpture and basic design layout. Home assignments include short readings and occasional sketchbook/planning drawings. This course is recommended for students who have not had extensive previous art experience.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Chorus

CHORUS

1/2 Credit

 

Chorus is a performing class for all students who wish to develop their vocal technique and choral singing skills. Students will sing quality choral and a cappella repertoire from a variety of musical time periods and genres including sacred, classical, world music, musical theater and contemporary music. Students will work to improve sight reading, vocal technique, choral blend, harmonic independence, diction and musical expression. There will be at least one required performance each term.

 

This course may only be selected as a seventh course and will meet 3 times each cycle. It will replace the student’s study period those 3 days.

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Design

DESIGN – 752

1 Credit

This course focuses on different areas of design. Good craftsmanship is emphasized. Projects include: calligraphy, interior design, type exploration, corporate identities, page layout, advertising, and printmaking. Home assignments include the maintenance of a journal of ideas throughout the year.

Requirements: Previous average grade of “A” in primary school art classes and/or completion of Art 1.

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Honors Painting & Drawing

PAINTING AND DRAWING

1 Credit

A variety of media is utilized in this course including: acrylic paint, watercolor, gouache, ink, graphite, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink. Still life, observational, imaginative and abstract drawing and painting are explored. Home assignments include sketchbook drawings throughout the year.

 Requirements: Previous average grade of “A” in primary school art classes and/or completion of Art 1.

 Grades: 10, 11, 12

Music Appreciation

MUSIC APPRECIATION

1/2 Credit

 

Music Appreciation is a non-performing class for all students who love music and would like to develop skills and knowledge to enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of all types of music.  This course will include an introduction to the elements of music such as melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, style, and form, as well as learning about the evolution of music throughout history. Students will be exposed to music from a variety of genres and time periods from medieval music to contemporary popular music.

 

This course may only be selected as a seventh course will meet 3 times each cycle. It will replace the student’s study period those 3 days.

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Sculpture

SCULPTURE - 754

1 Credit

Three dimensional art making is studied in this course. Projects include: wire sculpture, jewelry making, papermaking, figurative forms, ceramic vessels, and relief sculpture. Home assignments include the maintenance of a sketchbook/idea journal throughout the year.

Requirements: Previous average grade of “A” in primary school art classes and/or completion of Art 1.

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Theater Arts I

THEATER ARTS I

1 Credit

This course introduces students to the art of play production.   Students will be introduced to various aspects of production including playwriting, acting, costuming, make-up, set design, lighting, sound, props, directing, dramaturgy, as well as stage and house management.  Students will study these elements in the context of readings from a variety of theatrical genres.  At the end of each semester, students will produce a short play or showcase in which they will have the opportunity to apply their skills.

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12