Fine Arts Department


The ECA Department of Fine Arts believes in developing students’ artistic abilities through a wide range of learning experiences and performance opportunities via Visual Art, Instrumental Music, Choral and Theatre Arts.  We offer comprehensive curriculum for these Fine Art disciplines, each individually focusing on and emphasizing creativity, technique, cultural and social impact, self-analysis and reflection, craftsmanship, innovation, appreciation of historical and cultural traditions, and the students’ role as a creator and discerning observer of the art form.  The department ultimately aims to encourage and equip students to advance into and successfully complete the Group 6 IB program.


Screenshot-2014-07-08-at-01.24.00

Performing Arts

Chorale

Chorale is a one year performance-based course. It offers vocal instruction through selected one, two, three and four-part musical repertoire depending on enrollment, covering periods from Renaissance through the present. Music theory training in rhythmic and melodic sight-reading is provided. Students will explore music history of different periods through listening, research, and discussion. This course will teach students how to effectively use their voices for singing in various styles. Time will be required both in and outside of school for performing. This year there will be a possible Choral Festival trip abroad in which HS Chorale students will be able to participate. i.e. Trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. This course may be repeated more than once for credit. Grades 9-12

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Vocal Music Std.&Bench

HS Concert Band

HS Concert Band is a one year course that offers instrumental instruction and performance opportunities through ensemble, chamber groups, and solo work. An emphasis will be placed on refining technique and performance on a concert band instrument of your choice, while exploring diverse musical styles.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: At least one year of band experience is preferred. This course may be repeated more than once for credit. Grades 9-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Inst. Music Std.&Bench

IB Music SL/HL

IB Music SL/HL is a two year course which explores the elements of music, including basic music theory, World Music and the history of Western Music. Major assessments include quizzes on each of those topics plus a quarterly exam. In addition, students prepare an investigative IB Multimedia Script comparing and contrasting two distinct music cultures.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: A solid music theory background is recommended. Prior involvement in HS Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorale or a solid instrumental background (private lessons that have included note-reading) is required. Grades 11-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Inst. Music Std.&Bench

Theater Foundations 1, 2, 3, 4

Theater Foundations 1, 2, 3, 4 each course is a one semester course which is an in-depth exploration of performance and theater production skills. The aim is to provide students with research and performance based experiences that will allow them grow in their self-confidence, communication and stage presence, as well as developing skills in aesthetic response and analysis of dramatic elements. Attention is given to the study of script analysis, interpretation, characterization and theater critiques. Students will begin an elementary study of theatre genres and acting styles, as well as introduced to some of the technical process including lighting, sound, set design. Each semester will build on the previous experience as actors continually develop experiences and skills towards all aspects of theater. Students wanting to take IB Theater should plan on taking at least 2 semesters of Theater Foundations.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites: None. Grades 9-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Drama Std.&Bench

IB Theater Arts SL/HL

IB Theater Arts SL/HL is a two year course which has the goal to help students understand the nature of the theater; to understand it by making it as well as by studying it; to understand it not only with their minds but with their senses, their bodies and their emotions; to understand the forms it takes in cultures other than their own; and through this understanding to better understand themselves, their society and their world. The course consists of practical units (performance and design) and research topics (theater history, acting techniques, critical analysis and production). Play production accounts for 25% of the grade and students are expected to put in extra-curricular time for rehearsals, technical projects and presentations.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Theater Foundations 2 or teacher permission. Grades 11-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Drama Std.&Bench

Visual Arts

Art Foundations

Arts Foundations I,II,III, and Portfolio are one-semester courses that are designed to challenge students to explore new ways of learning, thinking, and creating.  Students will explore a wide range of media through both structured and spontaneous activities, engage in the critiquing process, and have the opportunity to display their work in multiple art shows. Art in context, art making, artistic analysis, and technical development will be woven into each unit.

Arts Foundations I Arts Foundations I is an introductory course where students begin to explore the art making process with a focus on art history, themes in art, the formal qualities of composition, technique, and skill.
Arts Foundations II Art Foundations II builds upon Art Foundations I. Students will continue to engage in the study of art history, refine skills required of the art making process, and further develop technique and craftsmanship.
Art Foundations III Art Foundations III is for the student who is ready to take a more advanced art class. This course consists of the study of art in both theory and practice. Student will begin to work more independently and will be expected to cultivate their own style, refine techniques and skills with a variety of media, explore themes in art through a historical/cultural context, and participate in student art shows.

Art Portfolio

Art Portfolio is a one-semester course for the student who would like to take higher or standard level IB Visual Arts or who is interested in pursuing art in college and would like to create a high quality digital portfolio. Students work in a self-directed environment to develop a portfolio showing a body of their own work that visually explores a particular artistic concern, articulated and supported by a written artist’s statement. The process of working in the Investigative Workbook is an expectation of this course, as well as visits to galleries and museums. Artists may work in, but are not limited to, content in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood, and/or mixed media that emphasizes line quality, rendering of form, composition, three-dimensional design, surface manipulation, and/or illusion of depth. Students regularly reflect on aesthetics and art issues individually and as a group, and focus on expressive content that is progressively more innovative and representative of the student’s artistic and cognitive growth. Students are self-directed and display readiness for high levels of critical thinking, research, conceptual thinking, and creative risk-taking.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Foundations 3 or equivalent high school course. Grades 10-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Visual Arts Std.&Bench

IB Visual Arts SL/HL

IB Visual Arts SL/HL is a rigorous two-year course that enables students to develop a lively, inquiring, and informed attitude towards art and design in all its forms. Students will cultivate imaginative thinking, creative expression, technical skill, persistence in research, understanding of chosen media, understanding of the fundamentals of design, and an ability to review and refine work as it develops. The course encourages individual experimentation and persistent endeavor and is designed around three core areas of study:  visual arts in context, communicating visual arts, and visual arts methods. Students will explore these concepts through theoretical, curatorial, and art-making practices. Students will demonstrate understanding through a comparative study, process portfolio, and exhibition.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites: Successful completion of two high school art courses and based on the student’s portfolio of past work. Grades 11-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Visual Arts Std.&Bench