Fine Arts Program

ART

700-INTRODUCTION TO ART

(1 credit)

This course is an introduction to drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional concepts, materials, and techniques. Students who have had limited prior visual arts experience will be able to develop drawing skill, brush technique, and sculpting/building ability in ceramics (clay) to improve their confidence and ability in the visual arts. Students who enter Introduction to Art with a more developed artistic background will be able to perfect the skills needed in higher-level 2-D and 3-D art courses. Line quality, shading, perspective, scale, texture, and an understanding of value/contrast will be emphasized. Some assignments may require artwork and materials to be brought home for completion.


703-CERAMICS I (PINCH, COIL & SURFACE DESIGN)

(½ credit)

Students learn to design and create 3D pieces of art using ceramic hand building techniques. Students will explore the following introductory building methods and surface design techniques; pinch pots, coil pots, sgraffito and glazing. A strong emphasis will be placed on creative problem solving, artisanship, and productivity. Concepts such as form, balance, texture, and space will be looked at. Students are expected to have the ability to plan and execute projects once they have learned the basic ceramic construction methods. Students are also expected to participate in the care and management of the ceramic studio. Glazing and firing procedures will covered.


708-INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART

(½ credit)

This course is designed as an overview of basic art concepts, media, and techniques with both traditional media as well as digital media. Drawing skills, planning, and digital skills will be emphasized. Students will be exposed to the major techniques used in several art disciplines such as drawing, painting, and printmaking, and how they can be incorporated into digital design. Students are expected to build on skills already covered at the middle and elementary level. Written critiques and research papers will be assigned.


887-INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(½ credit)

Students will learn to use a DSLR camera to create meaningful photographic images that reflect an understanding of modern visual aesthetics. A great deal of this course will address the elements of art and principles of design as well as understanding light and composition.

Students will come away from this course with a strong understanding of how the elements of art and principles of design come together with sound technical skills to create powerful images reflecting the intent of the photographer. Exploration of people, landscapes and action photography will help build students visual and technical skills. Images will be captured digitally and modified with Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Please Note: Access to a DSLR camera at home is recommended.


704-CERAMICS II (SLAB, STAMPS & SCULPTURE)

(½ credit)

Students learn to design and create 3D pieces of art using ceramic hand building techniques. Students will explore the following building methods and surface design techniques; slab construction, stamp creating, and sculpture. Opportunities to learn how to throw pottery on the wheel will be given. A strong emphasis will be placed on creative problem solving, artisanship, and productivity. Concepts such as form, balance, texture, and space will be looked at. Students are expected to have the ability to plan and execute projects once they have learned the basic ceramic construction methods. Students are also expected to participate in the care and management of the ceramic studio. Glaze combinations and alternative surface finishing techniques will be experimented with.

Prerequisites: Ceramics I


705-DRAWING/PAINTING I (2-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN)

(1 credit)

Students develop the ability to produce realistic and abstract drawings and paintings by building on skills, techniques, and concepts covered in Introduction to Drawing & Painting (Intro to Art). In addition, this course’s objective is for students to expand and apply the principles of 2-dimensional design to drawing, painting and design works through creative expression and problem solving. Students will work in various materials including pencil, charcoal, acrylics, mixed media collage and have the opportunity to build and stretch their own canvases. They will also develop research skills during their projects on historical figures in painting.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting)


709-ADVANCED CERAMICS

Level 1 (½ credit)

Students will apply knowledge acquired in Ceramics I & II to further develop their 3D thinking skills and ability to create unique ceramic work that possesses a high level of integrity in surface and form. A heightened focus will be placed on craftsmanship and the independent development and execution of ideas. Students will be expected to plan, execute, and present finished work at a more independent level than in Ceramics I & II Students will be expected to participate in the care and management of the ceramics studio. Ceramics II students will be expected to assist in the firing and clay recycling processes allowing greater insight into the workspace of the functioning studio potter or ceramic artist. Written critiques and reflections will be required.

Prerequisites: Ceramics I & II


717-DRAWING/PAINTING II (2-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN)

Level 1 (1 credit)

Students build on skills, approaches, and concepts covered in Drawing/Painting I while learning advanced color theory, design principles and developing personal techniques and imagery. The objective of this course is for students to participate in a studio atmosphere that allows them to explore their ideas, develop creative thinking skills, and begin to define their interests and goals as 2-dimensional artists through working on individual and group projects. Students will work in various materials such as watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal etc. The course will allow the students to create several artworks that can be used for college portfolio admissions. The ability to plan and work independently on creative problems will be encouraged and independent and class research will be expected.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting) and Drawing/Painting I (2-Dimensional Design)


885-GRAPHIC DESIGN

(½ credit)

Students will learn how the elements of art and principles of design come together to present information in a visually compelling manner. At the fruition of this course, students will be able to skillfully incorporate type and graphics into a document with a singular cohesive message. Students will look at historical and contemporary graphic arts as references to guide their growth.

Using Adobe Photoshop, In Design, and Illustrator to create logos and layouts, students will learn how to color, shape, line, and texture come together to make compelling graphics and how to incorporate their designs into websites. As a project based course, students will work to create real world examples of business cards, logos, magazine layouts, posters and websites on their journey to become successful graphic artists.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Photography, Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting) or Introduction to Digital Art.


706-MIXED MEDIA AND SCULPTURE

(½ credit)

This course is designed as an introduction to using 3D materials and is ideal for any student who has taken Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting) and who enjoys building things with their hands. Students will explore the concept of three-dimensional design and the elements of; form, shape, texture and space. Students will have the opportunity to work with an array of media such as; wire, paper, clay, papier-mâché, printmaking and plaster. Students will work independently and collaboratively to complete several unique pieces. Students are expected to have the ability to plan and execute independent projects once they have learned basic building methods.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting) or Ceramics I

713-DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION

(½ credit)

This course is designed to expand upon fundamental skills and concepts gained at the introductory level through exploration and production of digital artwork. Students are provided a drawing tablet for the duration of the course and develop confidence and skill with digital drawing and painting techniques. Students will learn about illustration, cartooning, and animation through a variety of media including print and film sources. Class discussions and critiques will complement class projects.

Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, students will create original artwork incorporating the elements of art and principles of design. A heavy emphasis on creative expression and personal voice will take place in the form of an individual digital portfolio. Exposure to introductory drawing skills will enhance work.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting) or Introduction to Digital Art; Sophomore, Junior or Senior.


720-ADVANCED ART

Level 1 (1 credit)

Advanced art is for the student dedicated to developing their skills and artistic vision. This class is designed to let the students explore the principles and elements of art further. In this class, students will create 2D and 3D pieces in a variety of media that exemplify the elements and principles of design only on a higher level than they experienced in general art courses. This course will also offer advanced ceramic techniques when dealing with slab construction and thrown pottery. Each student will be expected to produce many art pieces and each will be critiqued. Students must be self-motivated and productive in a studio environment. Students will be expected to maintain a sketch journal, work outside of class time, and attend a local art function. A portfolio of work must be completed by the conclusion of the course.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior; Introduction to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting); Drawing/Painting I; a portfolio must be viewed and approved by instructor.

Note: Students who plan to take AP Studio Art 2-D will satisfy the breadth area of the AP portfolio requirements in Advanced Art.


722-MODERN ART

Level 1 (1 credit)

This course is designed for advanced art students as an exploration into various media beyond drawing, painting, and traditional ceramic techniques. Students will explore the concepts of both two dimensional and three dimensional design using various processes and materials. Visual art forms such as printmaking, mixed media, mosaic construction, glass slumping (high temperature melted glass molds), ceramic tile and relief molds, spray paint art, book and paper making, large scale sculpture, computer applied arts, and film making will be explored throughout the course. Collaborative work will be encouraged and required for some assignments. Students are expected to have the ability to plan and execute independent projects once they have learned the basic techniques and processes for each unit. Artist research and writing assignments will be assigned. This is an advanced course.

Prerequisites: Intro to Art (Intro to Drawing and Painting) and Drawing/Painting I


725-AP STUDIO ART (2-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN)

AP (1 credit)

The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The instructional goals of the course are to encourage creative as well as systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues and to emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision-making. Further, the course helps students to develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements and to encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art. The AP portfolio should reflect three areas of concern: quality, concentration, and in addition, breadth (APcentral.collegeboard.com). Participation in the AP exam/portfolio is a course requirement. Test fees are the responsibility of the student.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior; Advanced Art. The instructor must view a portfolio.


MUSIC

(All Music courses are part of the Music Performance Pathway.)

The music department suggested flow chart for general music classes is as follows:


833-MARCHING/CONCERT BAND-HONORS (1 credit)

836-MARCHING/CONCERT BAND-Level 1 (1 credit)

843-MARCHING/CONCERT BAND (1 credit)

This course is designed for students with previous experience in school band. In marching/concert band, students will continue to develop and hone their instrumental playing skills and music literacy. Marching/concert band runs for a full year. The first part of the fall semester is devoted to athletic/marching band; all band members are expected to perform at all home football games, as well as march in the Pelham Old Home Day parade. After football season (usually late October), the band rehearses and performs as a concert (indoor) ensemble.

During the spring semester, the band continues to function as a concert group. Performances will include the annual NHMEA large group music festival, spring concert, and PHS commencement ceremony. Every other year the band will travel to perform in a regional or national music festival.

Community service hours are available for band members participating in certain community events. This course can be repeated.

A typical year consists of the following performances (events for which community service hours are available are italicized):


September - Home football games (usually two), Pelham Old Home Day Parade

October - Home football games (usually two), PMS Pops Concert

December - Southern NH Festival of the Trees, PHS Winter Concert

March - NHMEA Large Group Festival

April - Pelham School District Fine Arts Night

May - Bi-annual trip, PHS Spring Concert, Pelham Memorial Day Parade

June - PHS Commencement Ceremony

Students are encouraged to enroll in Marching/Concert Band for all four years of high school. The success of the group is dependent on consistent membership and participation.

Students may enroll in Marching/Concert Band with a level 1 or honors option during their third or fourth year of membership.

Level 1: Third or fourth year students enrolled in level one marching/concert band will be required to prepare for NHMEA classical all state auditions in the fall, as well as participate in a chamber ensemble to perform in the spring concert in May.

Honors: Fourth year students enrolled in honors marching/concert band will be required to prepare for NHMEA classical all state auditions in the fall, as well as perform in a chamber ensemble on the winter concert in December. These students will be required to prepare and perform a solo work on the spring concert in May.

Prerequisite: Band members must have previous school band experience.

820-GUITAR 1

(½ credit)

This course is designed for students with no prior musical experience. Students will learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar. Students will focus primarily on rhythm and accompaniment style playing, with some time devoted to lead style as well. Students will learn the basics of formal music notation, guitar tablature, and reading lead sheets. Regular practice at home is vital for individuals to develop their musicianship.

Student Note: Pelham High School owns a limited number of acoustic guitars, which are available for student use. It is helpful, though, if students own their own instrument.


822- PERCUSSION 1

(½ credit)

This course is designed for students with no prior musical experience, although is open to anyone with an interest in the material. Students will learn the fundamentals of drumming technique through playing on percussion instruments. Students will focus primarily on reading formal music notation as well as the basics of using lead sheets and chord charts. With the development of instrument technique, students will also spend time learning about the wide variety of percussion instruments and ensembles in the world. Basic music composition and music literacy will be covered as well.


823-PIANO 1

(½ credit)

This course is designed for students with no prior musical experience. Students will learn the fundamentals of playing the piano and other keyboard instruments. Students will focus primarily on reading formal music notation, as well as the basics of lead sheets and chord charts. Literature will include the genres of folk, classical, jazz, and modern pop/rock. Students work primarily on electronic keyboards with headphones, so each individual can focus on material that interests him/her. This course is designed for beginners, but because of the individualized nature of it, students with any amount of experience are encouraged to enroll to continue to develop their musicianship.


821-GUITAR 2

(½ credit)

This course is designed as a continuation of the Guitar 1 class. Students will continue to develop their musicianship on the guitar by reading some formally notated music, playing from lead sheets/chord charts, and learning through tablature. Students will be reading more difficult music, playing more complex chords, and learning more substantial literature through reading tablature. In this course, students will also begin to study improvisation and musical creativity.

Prerequisite: Guitar 1


827-PERCUSSION 2

(½ credit)

This course is designed as a continuation of the Percussion 1 class. Students will continue to develop their musicianship on various percussion instruments by reading formally notated music, playing from lead sheets/chord charts, and playing by ear. A stronger focus will be placed on melodic percussion instruments and the reading of melodic music notation. Students will continue to develop their music literacy and understanding of music composition.

Prerequisite: Percussion 1


824-PIANO 2

(½ credit)

This course is designed as a continuation of the Piano 1 class. Students will continue to develop their musicianship on the piano by reading formally notated music, playing from lead sheets/chord charts, and playing by ear. Musical creativity and improvisation will be covered further. Students will learn more challenging music and will work primarily independently so each individual can focus on material that interests him/her.

Prerequisite: Piano 1


828-GUITAR 3

(½ credit)

This course is designed as a continuation of the Guitar 2 class. Students will continue to develop their musicianship on the guitar by reading some formally notated music, playing from lead sheets/chord charts, and learning through tablature. Students will be reading more difficult music, playing more complex chords, and learning more substantial literature through reading tablature. In this course, students will also begin to study improvisation and musical creativity.

Prerequisite: Guitar 2


863-PIANO 3

(½ credit)

This course is designed as a continuation of the Piano 2 class. Students will continue to develop their musicianship on the piano by reading formally notated music, playing from lead sheets/chord charts, and playing by ear. Musical creativity and improvisation will be covered further. Students will learn more challenging music and will work primarily independently so each individual can focus on material that interests him/her.

Prerequisite: Piano 2


829-PERCUSSION 3

(½ credit)

This course is designed as a continuation of the percussion 2 class. Students will continue to develop their musicianship on various percussion instruments by reading formally notated music, playing from lead sheets/chord charts, and playing by ear. A stronger focus will be placed on melodic percussion instruments and the reading of melodic music notation. Students will continue to develop their music literacy and understanding of music composition.

Prerequisite: Percussion 2


826-SINGING AND SONG WRITING

(½ credit)

This course is designed for any student who has at least a rudimentary amount of experience with music. Students will develop their singing technique, and basic music literacy, through the study of song writing. Personal expression and creativity will also be a focus of the course. Various song forms will be studied and students will write songs using a number of different stylistic and formal considerations. The singing and song-writing students will perform an end of course concert, attendance at which is mandatory.

Prerequisite: Piano 1 or Guitar 1


819-MUSIC COMBOS-FALL

(½ credit)

This is an advanced music course for students who have an interest in working with other players in the setting of small bands or combos during the fall semester. Groups will be formed based on enrollment and will be structured based on interest/instrumentation. Possible ensembles include, but are not limited to, rock bands, jazz combos, instrumental chamber groups, etc. Students will spend their time working within their group preparing songs or pieces of music. Music written by others, as well as original compositions will be prepared. The combo’s class will perform a concert at the end of the course, featuring all the various groups. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Piano 3 or Percussion 3 or Guitar 3 or taking Marching/Concert Bank concurrently.


825-MUSIC COMBOS-SPRING

(½ credit)

This is an advanced music course for students who have an interest in working with other players in the setting of small bands or combos during the spring semester. Groups will be formed based on enrollment and will be structured based on interest/instrumentation. Possible ensembles include, but are not limited to, rock bands, jazz combos, instrumental chamber groups, etc. Students will spend their time working within their group preparing songs or pieces of music. Music written by others, as well as original compositions will be prepared. The combo’s class will perform a concert at the end of the course, featuring all the various groups. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Piano 3 or Percussion 3 or Guitar 3 or taking Marching/Concert Bank concurrently.