5th Grade Art

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Students in this course will explore drawing techniques, perspective, and color theory. Students will study and create works of abstract art, pointillism, cubism, and pop art, while also learning about famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and more. Students in grades 3-5 will also have a chance to try their hand at some digital art.

5th Grade Music

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The focus of this class is to provide students with many enjoyable experiences in music and the opportunity to learn and develop a variety of music-related skills. Through singing, playing, listening, reading, and playing the recorder/and or ukulele, students will experience the various elements of music. In class, students will be introduced to various styles and kinds of music.

Art 1

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Art I encourages students to collaborate to create art. Students investigate how art can be personally significant while learning to be open to new artistic ideas, materials, methods, and creative approaches. In this course, students also explore the ways in which art equipment and materials can affect the environment. They study why and how artistic design can influence people, and they design art for a diverse population. Students also determine whether works of art successfully communicate their intended message. This course introduces three-dimensional art, and students compare two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces before creating their own 3-D artwork. They will view art from around the world and determine what the works reveal about the values and lifestyles of the people depicted in the works. Finally, students learn the importance of preserving art and the ways in which to critique art.

Art 2

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Prerequisite: Art 1

In Art II, students transition from exploratory art discovery to a more discipline-based approach. This new approach focuses on developing students’ skills and techniques as well as content knowledge, while still allowing for exploration and individuality. Students have the opportunity to act as real artists through repeated sketching, concept development, and continued research and observation activities while they work with a variety of media. Art II includes a strong focus on independent, creative thinking and problem solving through project-based learning. This course is designed to cover a half year of instruction, but it can be completed at each student’s own pace. The project-based activities have dedicated, multi-day lessons to allow students time to sufficiently and successfully develop their ideas and artwork.

Art 3

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Prerequisite: Art 1 and Art 2

In Art III, students will be introduced to design elements and principles, as well as contemporary art-making processes and the act of conceptual thinking. The Art III curriculum is designed to cover a half-year of instruction but can be completed at each student’s own pace.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Art Journaling
  • Social Justice Graphic Novel
  • Hockney Photographic Collage
  • Museum Curation and Narration
  • Identifying Group Triptych
  • Assemblage
  • Masking Tape Murals

Middle School Photography

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HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE: MS PHOTOGRAPHY 1A, MS PHOTOGRAPHY 1B

Photographs are all around us, and each helps to tell a story. Now it’s time for you to create your story through photos you learn how to take in part A of this course. Learn the basics of using a camera, lighting, and how to choose great subjects to create magazine-worthy photos and amaze your friends and family with your skills.

Do you have vacation photos or pics of your pet that need a little editing? How about getting ready to add that new selfie you took to your social media platform? Taking photos is an art, and editing photos is a skill that many photographers seek to master. In part of this course, explore how to manipulate angles and lighting, the purpose for different types of photo files, how to use different software to edit photos, and safe places you can store them. You’ll be well on your way to being an editing guru when you’re done with this course.

Required Materials
  • Digital camera: “point and shoot” or above
  • USB cable, as needed to transfer photos
  • Audio recording device
  • Video recording device
  • An everyday household object (like a TV, refrigerator, etc.)
  • Assorted food items
  • Backdrop (blanket, construction paper, sheet, etc.)
  • Word processing software
  • Slide presentation software
  • Online timeline creator

Note: A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks; however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture.

Middle School Guitar

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HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; MS GUITAR 1A, MS GUITAR 1B

This course is designed for people who have never picked up the instrument before but have always wanted to try. The course covers all of the notes, chords, and theory that you need to get started. And for those more advanced players, you’ll learn about different musical styles and techniques that aim to round out your sound and inspire your song craft. You will need a playable six-string guitar and a way to record and submit a video performance to your instructor. A guitar is “playable” if it is the correct size for the guitarist, is easy to press the strings down against the frets, and plays in tune up and down the fretboard. There are three common types of six-string guitars: classical, steel string, and electric. If you do not already have a guitar, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced guitarist, a guitar teacher, or your local music store. This course is taught using a right-handed guitar. Students choosing to use a left-handed guitar will need to adjust accordingly. No prior music background is required. No prerequisites are required.

Required Materials

To complete this course, you will need 1 of the following types of guitars:

  • 6 string acoustic
  • 6 string electric
  • 6 string classical

You will also want a few picks at your disposal.

Optional purchases that most players like to have on hand include:

  • 1 set of backup strings
  • 1 string winder / peg winder
  • 1 tuner app downloaded on your phone (or 1 physical tuner)

Middle School Ukulele

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The ukulele is the perfect instrument for budding musicians who have never played a musical instrument, as well as experienced musicians who desire to expand their instrumental diversity. MS Ukulele is an entry-level course for students wishing to develop knowledge of musical concepts, while also developing the technical skills necessary to play melodies and accompaniments on the ukulele. Various forms of notation and symbolism common to the ukulele (e.g. standard notation, tablature, fretboard diagrams and chord diagrams) are presented along with techniques and strategies for improvising melodies and chord accompaniments. No prior music background is required. No prerequisites are required.

Required Materials:
  • Students will need to borrow, rent, or purchase a playable ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor). Because of the differences in tuning, baritone and bass ukuleles are not appropriate for this course. A ukulele is “playable” if it is the correct size for the ukulele player, is easy to press the strings down against the frets, and plays in tune up and down the fretboard. This course is taught using a right-handed ukulele. It is recommended that left-handed students try playing on a right-handed ukulele when first learning.
  • Students will need a way to record and submit video performances to their instructor. (This can be done via a webcam and microphone connected to a computer. Other alternatives include a smartphone, tablet, or digital camera.)

Art History

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HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; ART HISTORY A, ART HISTORY B

The course looks at characteristics of culture and art, primarily in the Western world, from prehistoric times up to the modern day. By exploring major turning points in history such as the first tools made, the first civilizations formed, and the rise and fall of major empires and religions you will more easily make connections to the artworks created. The course will also emphasize the impact culture itself has on the artworks produced in various times and places. You will examine the different types of value we assign to various types of art including aesthetic value, economic value, and social value. And lastly, you will learn about principles of design, which will help to build a common vocabulary for discussing and critiquing art.

Cinematography

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HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; CINEMATOGRAPHY A, CINEMATOGRAPHY B

Whether you love film, want to make videos for fun, or dream of becoming the next big director, this course is a great place to start. This is an entry-level course that will serve as an introduction to basic video/film/audio production. The goal of the course is for the student to develop the ability to capture great video images and audio, and to be able to edit those two elements together to tell a story. No prior video and film experience is needed. You will learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling, narrative writing, cinematography, lighting, and editing which serve as the basic skills necessary to take a short film from start to finish.

Required Materials:
  • Students will need a single-license of Adobe Premiere Pro editing software – Note: Adobe Premier does not run on the Chromebook operating system. It requires a Mac or Windows OS.
  • Access to a digital video camera (can be a smartphone)
  • Audio recorder (can also be a smartphone)
  • A tripod or monopod to stabilize your camera
  • Camera lights (can be lights from around your house)
  • As film and video is a collaborative art form, you will need people to be in your projects. This can be parents, siblings, friends or really anybody you can get to help you. The objective of this course isn’t to teach dramatic performance so it’s more important you have subjects to help you even if they don’t consider themselves actors.