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Fine Arts

Course Descriptions

Band I, II, III, Iv

This course provides an opportunity for individual improvement provided through the variety of music selected for study and performance that challenges the technical skill of each student. Emphasis is on individual performance and listening skills through ensemble playing and a program of individual testing. Music for study and performance is selected to provide a variety of musical experiences as well as to challenge the ability of each student. Marching band activities will occur during the first semester and will include practices and activities outside of the school day. Attendance, participation, marching band activities, and concert performance will constitute a major portion of the grade. PASS objectives for music will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements OR one half P.E. credit.

Advanced Band I, II, III, IV

In this course, emphasis is on development of performance and listening skills at an advanced technical and artistic level. Music for study and performance is selected from standard and contemporary band literature representing many styles and periods. Opportunities for performance include school assemblies, evening concerts, assemblies for feeder schools, as well as contests and civic activities approved by the administration. Marching band activities will occur during the first semester and will include practices and activities outside of the school day. Students will be encouraged to audition for Tulsa Metro Honor Band or Metro Honor Orchestra. Attendance, participation, marching band activities, and concert performance will constitute a major portion of the grade. PASS objectives for music will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements OR one half P.E. credit.

Music Theory

This course introduces students to musicianship, theory, musical materials and procedures. It integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and music history and style. It includes musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight singing, and keyboard harmony. The course prepares students for Advanced Placement Music Theory. PASS objectives for music will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements.

Music History

This course is designed for students who are interested in an in-depth study of musical composers and artists. It examines not only the lives, but also the works of famous musicians from various styles and periods. Emphasis is placed on the musical contributions of the artists influenced by historical events of their eras and the impact of their works on world cultures. Materials will consist of written and recorded musical literature of artists from various eras and cultures. PASS objectives for music will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements.

Art I

This course will provide a variety of techniques that will be used to create works of art in various media. Students will gain a beginning understanding of the principles and elements of design and will be presented with an overview of art history. PASS objectives for art will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements.

Art II

This is a continuation of Art I and will provide students with a wider range of techniques in creating works of art with an expanded variety of media. Understanding of the principles and elements of design will be heightened. Specific styles of art will be explored. PASS objectives for art will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements.

Form and Design I (3-Dimension)

This course focuses on three-dimensional art activities and stresses basic principles of design. Emphasis is placed on various media and techniques within the realm of 3-D design. Concepts covered may be presented in any variety of media to include pottery, jewelry, sculpture and/orfiber arts. Sculpture and 3-D art will also be examined from cultural and historic perspectives. PASS objectives for art will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements.

Speech I

This course is open to all students. The student is given instruction in listening, in kinds and types of speeches and in selecting and organizing materials. The student learns to communicate clearly through public speaking, forensics and drama activities. This is primarily a performance-based course. This course is one of the designated courses that will substitute for one of the two required courses in fine arts.

Studio Art

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed four semesters of high school art. The student will have the opportunity to do research and to develop artistically using advanced techniques. Since the student will be in an individualized course of study, the techniques and media are unlimited. Emphasis will be directed toward the completion of quality works that will have drawn upon all previously acquired knowledge. Assistance will be given in preparing a portfolio, competing in scholarship contests, and preparing work for exhibit. Students enrolled in Studio Art experience growth in aesthetic 88 awareness and technical skills that will be valuable in all areas of endeavor.

Color and Design I (2-Dimension)

This course offers a varied, challenging, and logical sequence of studies which stress an understanding of the basic principles of 2-dimensional design, in-depth knowledge and experience with various media and techniques, and an introduction to man’s artistic heritage. Specific concepts covered include fundamentals of composition, drawing, painting, two dimensional design, printmaking, and art appreciation.

Speech and Debate

This course places emphasis on tournament participation and internships in the community in which the student will spend a designated period of time in studies with professionals who utilize debate and public speaking skills -- attorneys, legislators, and ministers. Students spend time observing and participating in experiences that require debate and public speaking skills. This course is not designed to meet the OAS objectives in any of the fine arts that are needed for graduation.

Visual Art I

This course will provide a variety of techniques that will be used to create works of art in various media. Students will gain a beginning understanding of the principles and elements of design, the rationale behind these principles, and will be presented with an overview of art history. Inventive and resourceful uses of design principles and elements are encouraged as student develop their powers of observation. State objectives for art will be incorporated into this class and will fulfill one of the fine arts graduation requirements.

High School Course Offerings

  • Band I, II, III, IV
  • Advanced Band I, II, III, IV
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Art I
  • Art II
  • Form and Design I (3-Dimension)
  • Speech I
  • Studio Art
  • Color and Design I (2-Dimension)
  • Speech and Debate
  • Visual Art I