Performing Arts Courses

Visual Arts Courses

STARTS

Grade Level: 8, 9
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites: None

STARTS is a one semester introductory course to Middleburg Academy’s STEAM program.  The course is designed for incoming eighth or ninth grade students and will focus on the various aspects of the STEAM program.  Students will rotate from concentration to concentration throughout the year.  Exposure will include elements of Science, Technology (engineering drawing, design thinking) and Arts (Visual and Performing). The course is a collaborative effort and several instructors will be participating.  Assessment is determined by quality, accuracy, productivity and creativity.

Art 1

Grade Level:   10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits: .5

Prerequisites:   None

Art 1 is an introduction to the basic elements of art.  Using a variety of materials and techniques, students create and develop works of art.  Creativity, craftsmanship, and presentation of finished works are emphasized.  In furthering appreciation and awareness of art in our daily lives, the course integrates art enrichment activities such as field trips and guest artists.

 

3D Design & Sculpture

Grade Level:  10, 11 or 12
Length:  Full Year
Credits: 1.00

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art 1, Ceramics 1, or  Photography 1, students must submit a portfolio for evaluation and Department Approval.

3D Design & Sculpture emphasizes Conceptual Design Thinking using a pedagogy for visualization, representation and observation and collaboration engaging students in a 3-dimensional [STEAM] collaboration format. Projects are based on an open-ended problem integrating two or more STEAM disciplines. Throughout the year students will engage in formal communication of solution/findings of Encaustics, 3-D Printing Visual Art Assignments, and 3-D Sculpture. Insights into cultural, archaeological uses of materials will also be investigated.

Architectural Drawing and Design 1

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Length: Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits: .5

Prerequisites: Engineering Graphics

Architectural Drawing and Design 1 focuses on the basic concepts, theories, and skills of drafting, architecture, and design.  Through mechanical drawing, architectural drawing, model building, and computer-assisted design, students produce a series of drawings and projects.  The course emphasizes accuracy, precision, and creativity.  Assessment is based on graded projects and on student effort and productivity.

Architectural Drawing and Design 2

Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites:     Successful completion of Engineering Graphics, Architectural Drawing and Design 1 and Departmental Approval

Architectural Drawing and Design 2 focuses on the intermediate concepts, theories, and skills needed to develop sophisticated architectural drawings and designs.  Students are encouraged to refine their drafting and drawing skills and computer assisted drafting is emphasized.  Field trips to important buildings and architectural sites expand on lessons on architectural history and development. Assessment is based on graded projects and on student effort and productivity.

Architectural Drawing and Design Independent Study

Grade Level: 11 or 12
Length:  Semester
Credits:   .5

Prerequisites:     Successful completion of Engineering Graphics, Architectural Drawing 1 & 2 and Departmental Approval

Architectural Design Independent Studies focuses on creating designs and models using a variety of methods.   The one semester course will include research into the methods and techniques of significant architects along with creating and

developing designs and models.  The course will also focus on the engineering or structural aspects of architecture that include sectional, foundation and site plan drawings.   All drawings will be completed using CAD and additional software (Photoshop).  Assessment is determined by quality, accuracy, productivity and creativity.

Ceramics 1

Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:   .5

Prerequisites:  None

Ceramics is a studio course that gives students the opportunity to learn basic art skills using clay and glaze materials. Projects are designed to build technical skills and develop conceptual creative thinking. Hand building techniques [pinch, coil, and slab], introduction to the pottery wheel, and working with a variety of clay surface designs will be explored. Insights into historical, cultural and ancient uses of ceramic materials will also be investigated.

Ceramics 2

Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites:            Ceramics 1 or Departmental Approval

Ceramics 2 is a studio course for students who have excelled in Ceramics 1 and would like to develop advance skills with the pottery wheel and in sculpture. Projects are designed to build technical prowess, develop design creative thinking, and demonstrate the elements of ceramic design. Ceramics 2 students must be self-disciplined and prepared to work independently on long-term assignments that require strong problem solving skills.

Drawing

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Length: Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites:     Successful completion of Architectural Drawing and Design 1, Art 1, Ceramics, or Visual Communications and departmental approval.  Grade 9 students seeking to enroll must submit a portfolio for evaluation by the Department

Drawing 1 is an intermediate studio art course that focuses on a variety of drawing techniques in a wide range of media.  Instruction emphasizes the production of original works and key principles of composition and design, and encourages the student to develop an individual voice and a sense of self-expression.  The course presents significant artists and their works as they relate to student projects.  Field trips are scheduled to reinforce studio themes and student work.  Assessment is based on graded artwork and projects, as well as on student effort and productivity.  
 

Engineering Graphics

Grade Level:   9, 10, 11 or 12
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites: None

Engineering Graphics is an introduction to concepts, skills and theories used in Architectural, Mechanical and Civil engineering. Through mechanical drawing and computer aided design, students will produce a series of drawings and projects.  Areas of concentration include applied geometry, shape development, dimensioning and labeling, multi-view drawings, orthographic projection and working drawings.  The course emphasizes accuracy and skill.  Assessment is based on graded projects and drawings.

Painting 1

Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester
Credits: .5

Prerequisites: Art 1    

Painting 1 focuses on creating works of art in the painting medium.  Using a variety of materials and techniques, students create and develop works in acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media.  Creativity, expression, and skills are emphasized, along with art history, portfolio development, and exhibition of works.  Guest artists are invited to the studio, and students have the opportunity to visit galleries and museums.        

Painting 2

Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester
Credits: .5

Prerequisites:  Painting 1    

Painting 2 focuses on creating advanced works of art in the painting medium.  Using a variety of materials and techniques, students create and develop works in pencil, ink, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media. Creativity, expression, and skills are emphasized, along with art history, portfolio development, and exhibition of works.  Guest artists are invited to the studio, and students have the opportunity to visit galleries and museums.

Painting 3

Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites: Painting 2

Painting 3 is a one semester course that focuses on creating works of art using the painting medium.  Using a variety of materials and techniques, students will create and develop works of art in watercolor, acrylic, encaustic and mixed media.  Creativity, expression, and skill will be emphasized along with exploring methods and techniques used throughout art history.  Each student will develop a portfolio and exhibit works in local and regional art shows. Guest artist will be invited to the classroom and students will have the opportunity to visit galleries and museums.  Assessment is determined by quality, accuracy, productivity and creativity.

Photography 1

Grade Level:   9, 10, 11, or 12
Length:           Semester
Credits:           .5

Prerequisites:  Student must owned an adjustable Digital SLR 35mm Camera before registering for Photography 1

Photography 1 focuses on learning how a camera functions, composing and taking good photographs. Students explore noted photographers throughout history and their own work as a way of finding their own photographer's voice. Assessment is based on graded assignments, entry into photography contests, written assignments, student productivity and effort.

Photography 2

Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Length: Semester
Credits:   .5

Prerequisites:  Photography 1 or Department Approval and student must owned an adjustable Digital SLR 35mm Camera before registering for Photography 2.

Photography 2 is an advanced course in Digital SLR Photography. In this course students will investigate advance digital camera operations and creative digital techniques. Class/studio time will enable students to work on independent and collaborative projects. Throughout the course students will produce, develop, engage in photographic critiques of various historical photographic techniques and styles.

Visual Communications

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Length:  Semester
Credits: .5

Prerequisites: None     

Visual Communications focuses on the graphic interpretation of ideas, objects, and events.  Students employ a variety of materials and techniques to create designs, illustrations, advertisements, and three-dimensional projects.  Computer graphics are a major component of the course.  Software includes Photoshop and  Autosketch.  Projects include lettering and layout, advertising design, and package design.  Creativity, craftsmanship, and presentation of finished works are emphasized, and career opportunities are presented.  Familiarity with computer graphics programs like Microsoft Paint and related computer graphic programs is recommended.

Art History

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length: Full Year
Credits: 1.0

Prerequisites:   None

This course is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills while developing an understanding of diverse art historical and cultural contexts of sculpture, architecture, painting and other visual media. Students will analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past through present and from various cultures. While visual analysis is a fundamental tool of art historians, art history emphasizes an understanding of how and why works of art function in historical context, taking into account patronage, culture, events and more.

TEXT: The Annotated Mona Lisa, 2nd Ed., Carol Strickland (2007)

Advanced Placement Studio Art

Grade Level: 11 or 12
Length:  Full Year
Credits: 1.0

Examinations:  Portfolios for 2-D design, 3-D design and Drawing as specified in the AP Studio Art syllabus.
Course Fee: Prepayment of the College Board’s $90.00 Exam Fee
Prerequisites: Department Approval

The AP Studio Art Portfolio course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. Students are required to investigate all three aspects of the portfolio which include Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios at the end of the school year. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques, and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving, and ideation. Students also develop a body of work for the Concentration section of the portfolio that investigates an idea of personal interest to them.

Independent Study in Visual Art

Grade Level: 11 or 12
Length:  Full year
Credits:   1.00

Prerequisites:   Two years of art and portfolio review by Department

Independent Study in Visual Art is an advanced studio course for students who are interested in pursuing visual art as a profession. The course is designed to include student-centered specific artistic goals.

Drama I

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length:                       Semester (Fall or Spring)

Credits:  .5

Prerequisites: None

The drama curriculum at Middleburg Academy has a foundation in the study of Acting. The initial phases of the investigation of acting will focus on simplicity, self-discovery and self-expression. Students progressively move through theatre games, improvisation, and basic scene work. Through the scene work approach, students learn playscript interpretation and the fundamentals of acting technique. This is a performance-based course and students are expected to perform exercises and scenes alone and with a partner in front of the class. Class assessments will include presentation of acting scenes, written character and play analyses, acting journal, and short quizzes.

Drama II

Grade Level:   9, 10, 11, 12
Length: Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:  .5

Prerequisites:  Drama I or permission of instructor

As a second level course, Drama II students will be expected to have some experience performing scenes and applying basic acting techniques. Drama II will provide students the opportunity to apply advanced techniques to the interpretation of scenes selected from the canon of dramatic literature, specially chosen for young performers. Students will also gain greater understanding of playscript analysis and will engage in the interpretation of full-length plays as it relates to their acting work. This is a performance-based course and students will be expected to perform exercises and scenes alone and with a partner in front of the class. Class assessments will include presentation of acting scenes, written character and play analyses, acting journal, and short quizzes.

Drama III

Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
Length: Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:   .5

Prerequisites:  Drama II or permission of instructor

Drama III students may elect to focus their studio work on Acting, Directing or Playwriting. Directing students will learn the techniques of dramatic theory, playscript interpretation, and rehearsal techniques. They will choose scenes and audition actors from the class, cast the scenes, and rehearse the actors for performance. Playwriting students will learn dramatic structure, dialogue, plot and character development. They will write dramatic scenarios, monodramas, and one-act plays. They will have the opportunity to have their work directed and performed by students in the class. Class assessments will include presentation of acting scenes and scripts, written character and play analyses, acting journal, and short quizzes.

Drama Production

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: Semester (Spring)
Credits: .5

Prerequisites:  None

Drama Production is open to all students who wish to be involved onstage or backstage with the mainstage production at Middleburg Academy. Drama Production will focus on all aspects of producing a play for the stage, including analysis, design, construction, rehearsing, publicizing, and performing. Students can choose an area of focus, such as acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, lighting, set design and construction, backstage crew, or administrative/publicity. The culminating project will be the production of the mainstage play at Middleburg Academy.

Independent Study in Drama

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits: .5

Prerequisites: None

Independent Study in Drama is an advanced course for students who are interested in pursuing acting/theatre as a profession. The course is designed to include student-centered specific artistic goals.

Public Speaking and Speech Communications

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length:  Semester (Fall or Spring)
Credits:   .5

Prerequisites:  None

This is a performance course that familiarizes students with the preparation and delivery of various speeches including informative and persuasive speeches. Students will research, outline and deliver speeches, as well as act as critics of their own, fellow students’, and famous speakers’ work. The course aims to reduce students’ anxiety in public presentations, emphasize speech preparation, enhance public speaking skills, and make students better able to evaluate their own performance and that of others. Evaluation will be based on students demonstrating an understanding of course content through class participation, oral presentations and written assignments.

Chorus I, II, III, and IV

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12
Length: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisites:  None

Examinations:  Performance exams, music technology projects, music composition

This is a music course designed to help, even the most novice singer, discover proper vocal production, breath support, pitch and tone control. Students will develop as vocalists through the performance of ensemble singing using a varied repertoire from early musical styles through contemporary pop. Furthermore, students learn the fundamentals of music theory to help navigate the songs they sing. Students will learn to improvise over numerous bass lines in different harmonies, tonalities, and meter. Students will learn to notate their improvisations as well as compose original melodies for themselves and the entire ensemble.  Students will also create music through various projects with iPads. Upper levels (Chorus II, III, and IV) will focus on more solo and small ensemble performance appropriate for the student’s individual achievement.

 

Instrumental Music

Grade Level:  8, 9, 10, 11 ,12
Length:   Year
Credits: 1.0

Examinations: Performance exams, music technology projects, music composition

Prerequisites: None

Introduction to instrumental performance for those with little to intermediate experience playing an instrument. The class will focus on the learning of numerous tunes in major, minor, mixolydian, and dorian tonalities and duple and triple meters. Students will learn basic music theory and how it applies in an ensemble setting. Students will learn to improvise over numerous bass lines in different harmonies, tonalities, and meter. Students will learn to notate their improvisations as well as compose original melodies for themselves and the entire ensemble.