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Fine Arts Electives

Two-Dimensional Animation

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Art I.
This class is for those students that want to turn their still images into moving, breathing creations. Programs such as Adobe Flash will be used to teach many different animation techniques from simple moving graphics to animating cartoons and voice. 

Three-Dimensional Modeling
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Art I.
This class explores the use of sculpting and 3D modeling tools to create digital sculptures. The students will develop skills in Google Sketch-Up and Blender to create digital models for presentations, animations, concept art, and architecture.   

Art I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Art I is for students without previous high school visual arts experience. It includes a general overview of art concepts and some art history, as well as a variety of studio experiences. Students will also spend a great deal of time learning human proportions and drawing techniques.

Art II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Art I.
Art II provides the opportunity for students to experience a deeper exploration of traditional media and experimentation of new media. Students will also learn to talk and write about their own art and the art of others through critiques and studying historically important works.

Art III Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Art II.
Art III delves deeper into the study of art as an expressive tool throughout history. Students will explore historical art styles and how they reflect and affect their respective societies. The purpose of art will also be questioned and the students will write their own philosophies on what they believe art to be and how it fits into their lives.

Art IV Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Art III or Digital Art II.
Art IV provides an opportunity for serious art students to create works of art on a much larger scale. It also provides the opportunity for the creation of a portfolio that will be helpful when applying for future opportunities in the field of art. Art IV provides more freedom in the selection of mediums and subject matter.

Digital Photography I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Digital Photography I emphasizes visualization and composition skills, as well as the technical aspects of photography. Students practice taking photographs and improving them in Photoshop. Group critiques enable them to think and talk about photography with an eye to improving their own work. Outstanding photographs will be displayed and entered in competitions.

Digital Photography II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Photography I.
A continuation and extension of Digital Photography I, Digital Photography II enables students to concentrate on expression and to explore photography concepts in more depth. Digital Photography II explores the advanced techniques of Adobe Photoshop.

Digital Photography III Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Photography I & II.
Students in their third year of Digital Photography choose an area of specialization and spend a semester creating a portfolio that demonstrates mastery and growth in that subject or technique.  Completion of two different semester-long inquiries prepares students to tackle the Advanced Placement  2D Design Portfolio.

Digital Photography IV Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Photography I,II & III.
The student and teacher work out an individualized program of exploration and discovery in photography. A portfolio of work suitable for application to a university or art school photography program will be completed.

Digital Art I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash, along with Corel Painter are used to explore graphic design and expressive content for a digital world. Students will explore how their art fits into a digital world and create works of art for the web and for live shows.

Digital Art II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Art I. 
Digital Art II gives students much more freedom to explore different digital media of their choice. Students will also study graphic design and digital painting more in depth.

AP® Studio Art
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Application required.
Students must submit an application and be approved by the teacher. For highly motivated students with at least two years of high school Art, AP® Studio Art offers the opportunity to earn college credit. By completing twenty-four high quality pieces, students advance to new levels of technical proficiency and expressive strength. Portfolios are graded by the College Board in a digital submission format. Students are responsible for the AP® Exam fee which is determined annually by the College Board.

Theatre Arts High School: Theatre I, II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite & Limitations: Middle School Theatre Arts and/or permission of the instructor.
Theatre Arts is designed to assist students in discovering the dramatic skills necessary to develop their creative talents. This is done through participating in Northland Theatre productions and classroom acting activities and performances. Theatre I and II are designed for the beginning acting student and give a basis of knowledge of theatre to build upon. Skills learned in class will include an introduction to improvisation, movement, character analysis, scene work, monologues, elements of comedy & drama, analysis of dramatic literature, and technical theatre. 

Theatre Arts High School: Theatre Honors III, IV
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite & Limitations: Theatre I and II, Application & Permission of the Instructor.
Theatre Arts is designed to assist students in discovering the dramatic skills necessary to develop their creative talents. This is done through participating in Northland Theatre productions and classroom acting activities and performances. Theatre Honors III and IV are designed to develop the skills of more experienced actors and actresses. Skills learned in class will include improvisation, movement, voice & diction, various acting theories, scene work, monologues, advanced analysis of dramatic literature, and advanced technical theatre.

Orchestra I, II - High School
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Students should have completed two full years of study on their instrument.   
Incoming students may be required to pass a proficiency test for admittance into the class. This class is designed to emphasize the art of ensemble playing for stringed instruments and expand on the student’s previous learning experience. Emphasis will be placed on musicality, the ensemble setting, and performance practice. Example performance venues might include chapel, a Christmas concert, spring concert, etc. Qualified students may be invited to participate in quartets or small ensembles outside the overall group.  

Orchestra Honors III, IV - High School
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Two years High School Orchestra.   
The honors level is for students who are participating in Orchestra for the third or fourth year in high school. Students are expected to serve as leaders and mentors to other students while advancing their own skills to a higher level.

Choir I, II - High School
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Students enrolled in Choir will express themselves musically while developing healthy vocal technique through daily group vocal instruction. Choir students will perform music in several different languages and many different styles as they build music reading skills. Due to travel requirements for competitions and performances, students should be in good academic standing. Uniform purchase required. 

Choir Honors III, IV - High School
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Honors level Choir credit is available for students who are participating in High School Choir for a third or fourth year. Honors level students are expected to serve as leaders and mentors to other students while advancing their own skills to a higher level. 

Performance Workshop I, II - High School
.5 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Audition required. Concurrent enrollment in High School Choir required. 
Performance Workshop (also known as “Select 16”) is Northland’s premiere vocal ensemble. The group selected will perform a broad spectrum of musical styles. Students will also benefit from group and individual voice instruction. Students enrolled in this class will participate in TPSMEA All-State Choir auditions and Solo & Ensemble competition. Due to travel requirements for competitions and performances, students should be in good academic standing. Uniform purchase required.

Performance Workshop Honors III, IV - High School
.5 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Audition required. Performance Workshop I and II, concurrent enrollment in High School Choir required. 
Performance Workshop (also known as “Select 16”), is Northland’s premiere vocal ensemble. The group selected will perform a broad spectrum of musical styles. Students will also benefit from group and individual voice instruction. Students enrolled in this class will participate in TPSMEA All-State Choir auditions and Solo & Ensemble competition. Honors level credit is available for students who are participating for a third or fourth year. Honors level students are expected to serve as leaders and mentors to other students while advancing their own skills to a higher level. Due to travel requirements for competitions and performances, students should be in good academic standing. Uniform purchase required. 

Treble Choir I, II - High School (Girls)
.5 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Audition required. Concurrent enrollment in High School Choir required. 
The Treble Choir is an elite ensemble of girls who will perform challenging 3 and 4 part choral literature. The ensemble will perform music in several different languages and many different styles. Students enrolled in this class will participate in TPSMEA All-State Choir auditions and Solo & Ensemble competition. Due to travel requirements for competitions and performances, students should be in good academic standing. Uniform purchase required.

Treble Choir Honors III, IV - High School (Girls)
5 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Audition required. Treble Choir I and II, concurrent enrollment in High School Choir required. 
The Treble Choir is an elite ensemble of girls who will perform challenging 3 and 4 part choral literature. The ensemble will perform music in several different languages and many different styles. Students enrolled in this class will participate in TPSMEA All-State Choir auditions and Solo & Ensemble competition. Honors level Choir credit is available for students who are participating for a third or fourth year. Honors level students are expected to serve as leaders and mentors to other students while advancing their own skills to a higher level. Due to travel requirements for competitions and performances, students should be in good academic standing. Uniform purchase required.

Music Survey - High School
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester (Fall Semester)
Explore the elements that contribute to all genres of music, then board the ‘music time machine’ to travel back through the ages and investigate the sounds emanating from the Medieval Cloister through the Renaissance. Emphasis is on listening to music from the various periods and participating in group discussions. The first semester of Music Survey is suggested prior to enrolling in the second semester. Offered every other year. Next offering will be in the 2016-2017 school year.

Music Survey - High School
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester (Spring Semester)
Students will board the ‘music time machine’ to travel back in time to investigate music from Bach to Rock. Study will begin in the Baroque period and continue to music of the present day. Emphasis is on listening to music from the various periods and participating in group discussions. The first semester of Music Survey is suggested prior to enrolling in this semester. Offered every other year. Next offering will be in the 2016-2017 school year.

Music Theory & Composition I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course is for the serious music student who is considering majoring in music in college or is highly motivated to compose. This class will cover music composition, analysis, melodic and harmonic dictation and basic keyboard skills. Students enrolled in this class will have Finale, Auralia and other specialized software programs loaded on their laptops to complement the text and workbook for the class. Offered every other year. Next offering will be in the 2017-2018 school year.

Music Theory & Composition II - Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Music Theory & Composition I or permission from the teacher.  
A continuation and extension of Music Theory I which offers students the opportunity for deeper exploration of music concept and composition. Offered every other year. Next offering will be in the 2017-2018 school year.

Yearbook I, II - High School
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Application required.
Yearbook staff members must submit an application and be approved by the faculty advisor. Working together to create an actual product, students get experience in writing, photography, editing, sales leadership and time management. Working on the yearbook staff provides experience that applies directly to the world of work. The staff attends a summer workshop on the campus of Texas A&M University. Incoming staff members should contact Mrs. Stork for workshop information.

Yearbook Honors III, IV - High School
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Two years High School Yearbook. Application required.
Yearbook staff members must submit an application and be approved by the faculty advisor. Working together to create an actual product, students get experience in writing, photography, editing, sales leadership and time management. Working on the yearbook staff provides experience that applies directly to the world of work. The staff attends a summer workshop on the campus of Texas A&M University. Incoming staff members should contact Mrs. Stork for workshop information. Third and fourth year staff members are expected to serve as leaders and mentors to other students while advancing their own skills to a higher level.

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