Fine Arts

The visuals arts program looks to aid in the creation of a well rounded individual to prepare them for the world ahead. Participating in the arts serves the students of all academic levels and helps them develop a variety of interests and achieve unique accomplishments. Leicester High School visual arts courses provides a multitude of opportunities for students to develop 21st century skills. Some skills the department uses creativity as an outlet to develop are research, planning, critical thinking, decision-making and peer participation. Visual Arts courses also function to transform students who might follow art as a leisure activity into lifelong learners and art appreciators.

In keeping with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for the Arts, the program presents techniques by which the student can express and communicate ideas. The importance of the historical background of the visual arts is explored as students are exposed to a progressively advanced level of study in art. Below are some suggested (but not required) sequences for all level of students who are interested in taking art courses.

Students who are Simply Curious: Freshman/Sophomore Year: Art I. Sophomore through Senior Year: one or two of the following: Art II, Ceramics, Graphic Design I

Students who are Lifelong Learners (appreciate the arts, not considering an art or design career): Freshman/Sophomore Year: Art I, Art II. Sophomore/ Junior Year: one or two of the following: Art II, Ceramics, Graphic Design I, Drawing I, Painting I. Junior Year/ Senior Year: one or two of the following: Drawing II, Painting II, Graphic Design II. Senior Year only: Art Tutorial.

Considering an Art or Design Career: Freshman/Sophomore Year: Art I, Art II. Sophomore/ Junior Year: three to four of the following: Art II, Ceramics, Graphic Design I, Drawing I, Painting I. Junior Year/ Senior Year: one or two of the following: Drawing II, Painting II, Advanced Composition. Senior Year only: Senior Portfolio.

(018) ART I-Col
Grades: 9 - 12 (Preferably 9 & 10)
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course serves as a basis for teaching the elements and principles of design. Through learning the elements and principles of design, students will learn the necessary skills needed to produce art. Students will work their way through the building blocks of art and develop the skills to create and appreciate it. Students will be given an overall view and working knowledge of various mediums used in terminology as well as look at artwork with a critical eye.

(019) ART II-Col
Grades: 9 -12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Art I
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course will continue to build upon what students learned in Art I. In this course students will explore a variety of different media They will concentrate on the fundamentals of drawing techniques and painting techniques exploring color theory. Students will be exposed to hand-built pottery, linoleum printmaking, and graphic design. Students will also begin to learn about career paths available to artists.

(006) DRAWING I-Col
Grades: 10 – 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Art I and Art II or Teacher Recommendation
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course explores the physical and mental process of drawing. As well as learning the technical aspects of drawing, this course presents drawing as a form of communication. To make drawing a meaningful and satisfying experience, many aspects will be explored, including the interrelationship of drawing to everyday life, the importance of the sketchbook, establishing a composition, process, materials, creative and critical thinking, art history, art criticism and aesthetics

(008) DRAWING II-Col
Grades: 10 – 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Drawing I (Teacher Recommendation)
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course continues to build upon students knowledge base gained during Drawing I. Students will be expected to use the skills learned in Drawing I to respond to visual prompts in this course. A large portion of this class will focus on portraiture. Students will explore drawing media such as charcoal more in depth.

(002) PAINTING I-Col
Grades: 10 – 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Art I and Art II or Teacher Recommendation
Length: ½ Year
Elective

The language and knowledge needed to understand and communicate intelligently about painting will be covered during this course. Students will develop a background to help build skills and confidence, while they learn to create through observation and imagination. Various styles and art movements will be discussed. Students will use the information learned in the previous term to develop and create original paintings of their own choice

(003) PAINTING II-Col
Grades: 10 – 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Painting I (Teacher Recommendation)
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course is a continuation for the student who has already successfully met the requirements for Painting. In the class students will use the information gained during Painting I to create artwork that responds to visual prompts. Students will explore portraiture in many ways through the use of paint. Students will also explore various art styles and movements throughout the semester.

(009) HAND BUILT CERAMICS-Col
Grade:10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Art I, Art II, and Teacher recommendation.
Length: ½ Year
Elective

Hand Built Ceramics is a course designed for the student who has displayed an ability and desire to work with clay as a medium for creativity. The purpose of this course is to increase the students understanding and appreciation of ceramics by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to it’s production. Students learn the building techniques to create Three-Dimensional art.

(013) ADVANCED COMPOSITION-Col
Grades: 11 – 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Drawing I or Painting I (Teacher Recommendation)
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course is for students that have already completed Drawing or Painting. They have learned the building blocks to creating compositional decisions. In this course, students will review compositional rules and use their artistic license to create art. Students will be provided visual prompts by the teacher as their assignment. Students in the course will be free to choose whatever 2D medium they wish to respond to these prompts. Students will use art history as visual research and inspiration for their projects.

(010) ART TUTORIAL-Col
Grade: 12, with Teacher Recommendation
Level: College
Prerequisite: Must have completed Art I, Art II and Drawing or Painting and with Teacher recommendation.
Length: ½ Year
Elective

Art tutorial is designed for the serious art student who may choose to pursue art later in life. Those students who intend to further their study in art will spend some of their time preparing portfolio pieces. Students will be encouraged to explore a wide array of materials, media, and subject matters during this course. The majority of work completed in this course must be original in content and format. All work will be done on an individual basis with instructor supervision

(020) SENIOR PORTFOLIO-Hon
Grade: 12, with Teacher Recommendation and desire to go to art school
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Must have completed Art I, Art II and Drawing or Painting and with Teacher recommendation.
Length: Full Year
Elective

Senior Portfolio is designed for the serious art student who is committed to applying to college to pursue a career in art. Students will spend the first half of the year preparing a senior portfolio that satisfies the requirements for the art schools they are interested in applying to. Students will research art schools and the career path that they wish to pursue. For the remainder of the year after portfolios have been passed in students will be encouraged to continue to explore a wide array of material, media, and subject matters. Students will explore creating works to display and will create a show for evening with the arts. The majority of work completed in this course must be original in content and format. All work will be done on an individual basis with instructor supervision

(170) GRAPHIC DESIGN I-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Technology Integration
Length: ½ year
Elective

Graphic communications - in the form of flyers, brochures, signs, posters, logos, decals, T-shirts, web pages, and many other items, are produced in huge numbers everyday. In Graphic Design, students will gain experience in the layout and design of a variety of these products using graphic software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and other related publishing programs. Students will learn the criteria for a good layout, including how to use the elements and principles of design when creating one. While using a variety of printing methods including, but not limited to, computer based vinyl graphics, students will practice on related assignments and have the opportunity to create finished products of their own designs. Emphasis will be placed on the design-process (problem solving), employing methods, strategies, and techniques that encourage creativity. This course provides students with a foundation in graphic design, advertising design and concepts, communication design basics, two-dimensional design, color, and learning to think visually.

(102) GRAPHIC DESIGN II-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Technology Integration & Graphic Design I
Length: ½ year
Elective

Graphic Design II will expand on the design process (problem-solving) learned in Graphic Design I. The main goal of this course is to develop the students' awareness of the presence of design in all aspects of our environment and to help them recognize that design is the basic structure of art. Through further study and experimentation with elements and principles of design, students will recognize that these concepts are the fundamental tools of the artist and designer. In addition, greater emphasis will be placed on how to combine these concepts of design to achieve the maximum visual effect. Graphic Design II also includes developing in-depth knowledge and greater skill in the use of graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Students will apply the combination of computer and design skills to satisfy various graphic and communication needs in the school and community as well as using them as a valuable means for self-expression and self-discovery. In addition to the actual design production, this course helps students to develop critical and analytical skills through the examination of works by professional artists and graphic designers

MUSIC PROGRAM

The music program is designed to meet the needs of dedicated music students as well as those with a casual interest in music performance. Students who have experience with choral and instrumental music may participate in the chorus or the band, and those with little or no experience may choose to participate in our beginning instrumental programs.

(088) CONCERT BAND-Col
Grades: 9 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
Length: Full Year
Elective

Band gives the opportunity for students who play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments to play a variety of music in a group setting. Some attention will be given to ear training, improvisation, and composition. Some experience is preferred. All students will be required to read music. At least two performances per semester are required of each student.

(083/093) CHORUS-Col
Grades: 9 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full year
Elective

Chorus gives students interested in vocal music an opportunity to perform a variety of music in a group setting. Experience singing and reading music is not necessary. At least two performances per semester are required of each student.

(025) INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR-Col
Grades: 9 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

Students will learn the basics of playing the acoustic guitar using a typical method series, including chords, notes, rhythms, lead sheets, and tablature. Students will also explore the basics of music theory related to guitar.


(058) INTRODUCTION TO PIANO-Col
Grades: 9 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

Students will learn the basics of playing piano (digital keyboard) using an adult method series, including musical notation reading. Students will also explore music history and music theory as it relates to the piano.

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