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    FINE  ARTS

     

     
     

     PERFORMING ARTS

     

    * Students may elect to take this course for fine arts or physical education credit.  See counselor for P.E. credit limitations.

     

     
     
    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

    *BEGINNING DANCE                                                                                        

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval through audition

    HS (d), (g), or (h)

     

    This course teaches dance vocabulary, ballet/jazz dance techniques, performance techniques, and choreography techniques at the beginning level.  Students are required to participate in one performance per semester.  Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. graduation requirement.  Course may be repeated for credit.  Students must register for the class and will receive notification in May regarding a June audition.

     

    *INTERMEDIATE DANCE

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval through audition

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This course teaches dance vocabulary, ballet/jazz dance techniques, performance techniques, and choreography techniques at varying intermediate levels.  Students should have previous dance experience and are encouraged to continue dance training outside of school.  Students are required to participate in one performance per semester enrolled.  In addition to outside performances, students are required to take a dance vocabulary final and complete written critiques that require attendance at a professional dance performance outside of the school day.  Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation requirement.  Course may be repeated for credit.  Students must register for the class and will receive notification in May regarding a June audition.

     

    *ADVANCED DANCE

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval through audition

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This course teaches dance vocabulary, ballet/jazz dance techniques, performance techniques, and choreography techniques at the advanced level.  Students must have outside dance experience and must continue training at a dance studio outside of school.  Students are required to participate in one performance per semester enrolled.  In addition to outside performances, students are required to take a dance vocabulary final and complete written critiques that require attendance at a professional dance performance outside of the school day.  Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation requirement.  Course may be repeated for credit.  Students must register for the class and will receive notification in May regarding a June audition.

     

    BEGINNING DRAMA 1, 2

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Beginning Drama is an introductory performance-based class designed to acquaint the student with various aspects of theatre and performance including acting, technical theatre, history,

    terminology, and improvisation.  Students will do in-class performances of scenes and monologues and participate in theatre games and exercises in class.

     

    INTERMEDIATE DRAMA

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Beginning Drama or teacher approval (audition)

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Intermediate Drama is a performance-based class.  Students will study vocal technique, performance skills, acting theories, and various playwrights.  Performances will include a play each semester, in-class scene work, and participation at a local theatre festival.  Students may enroll after two successful semesters of Beginning Drama or by audition.  Auditions are held in May and require two memorized monologues and a cold reading.  Previous performance experience is recommended.  See teacher in April for audition information.

     

    ADVANCED DRAMA

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval (audition)

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Advanced Drama is a performance-based class for advanced actors who will produce the mainstage school productions.  Performances include three plays and participation at a local theatre festival.  Auditions are held in May and require two memorized monologues and a cold reading.  Previous performance experience is highly recommended.  See teacher in April for audition information.

     

    TECHNICAL THEATRE

    5-10 Credits / Grades 10-12 (Grade 9 with teacher approval)

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f) pending

     

    This course provides an overview of the technical aspects of theatre.  Topics include theatrical terminology, scene design, lighting, set construction, audio, rigging, costuming, makeup, safety, and stage management.  Students will be expected to participate in some after-school events.

     

    *BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE BAND

    10 Credits / Grades 9-10

    Prerequisite:  Permission of teacher and/or audition; and/or recommendation of middle school teacher

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Open to all ninth and tenth grade students who play a traditional band instrument or to any student wishing to learn a band instrument.  During the fall, this band will combine with the Advanced Band to form the marching band.  After the marching band season is over, this band will stress basic concepts of tone production and instrumental techniques.  Attendance and participation at all performances is required.

     

     *ADVANCED BAND

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Ability to play a band instrument, audition, and/or permission of teacher

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    During the fall, this band will combine with the Beginning/Intermediate Band to form the marching band which performs at pep rallies, football games, parades, and field tournaments.  During the spring semester (and after the marching season is over) this band becomes the Symphonic Band and performs at festivals and concerts.  The Advanced Band stresses advanced techniques of instrumental performance, both as a group and as individuals.  Emphasis is placed on proper tone, technique, rhythm, and all other aspects of proper instrument performance.  Attendance and participation at all performances is required.

     

    JAZZ BAND - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

    10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Audition and/or permission of teacher.

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Open to all students by audition and permission of teacher.  This class includes the study and performance of contemporary, jazz, and rock music for the “Big Band” idiom, with emphasis on beginning improvisation and musical style.  This band will be a performing group playing concerts and jazz festivals.  Attendance and participation at all performances is required.

     

    JAZZ BAND - ADVANCED LEVEL

    10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Audition and/or permission of teacher

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Open to all students by audition and permission of teacher.  This class includes the study and performance of contemporary, jazz, and rock music for the “Big Band” idiom, with emphasis on advanced improvisation and musical style.  This band will be a performing group playing concerts and jazz festivals.  Attendance and participation at all performances is required.

     

    PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

    10 Credits / Grades 9–12

    Prerequisite:  Previous percussion experience and audition and permission of instructor               

    HS (g) or (h)

     

    This is a one-year course providing instruction on marching and concert percussion literature and performance.  The course will develop the necessary skills to perform on the student’s instrument both as an individual and as part of an ensemble.  This course offers continued development of those skills learned in the middle school percussion section.  Performances may include concert festivals, field shows, parades, half-time football games and winter drumline competitions.

     

    ORCHESTRA

    10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Previous instrumental experience; audition and permission of instructor

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This is a one-year course providing instruction on string and full orchestra performance literature.  The course will develop the necessary skills to perform on the student’s instrument both as an individual and as part of an ensemble.  This course offers continued development of those skills learned in the middle school level string orchestra program.  Performances may include concerts and festivals on and off campus.  Participation and attendance is required at all performances.

     

    CONCERT CHOIR (Xpressions)

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Audition only

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This is a one-year choral music course for students interested in experiencing a wide range of musical styles and literature suited for a large ensemble at the intermediate to advanced level.  Although previous choral experience is not required, some high school musical experience is recommended.  Requirements include consistent class attendance and promptness, attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and performances, acquisition of the appropriate performance apparel, part testing and written assignments and quizzes.  This class is only offered “0” period (6:50-7:42 a.m.).  Students interested in this class should register for the class and look for information regarding a June audition for enrollment the following Fall.  Course may be repeated for credit.

     

    MEN’S CHORUS (Xtreme)

    10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Open to all Los Alamitos High School male students, this choir will focus on choral literature and vocal techniques specifically for the men’s voice.  Men with no previous vocal experience are required to enroll in this ensemble before auditioning for more advanced choral groups.  A wide range of genres including classical, Broadway, pop, and jazz is used to develop basic musicianship, vocal production, and performance skills.  Culmination of class work will be public performances on campus and participation in choral festivals and show choir competitions.  Requirements include consistent class attendance and promptness, attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and performances, acquisition of the appropriate performance apparel, part testing and written assignments and quizzes.  Course may be repeated for credit.  Students in grades 10-12 who have successfully completed one year of Men’s Chorus may earn P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation credit the spring semester only.

     

    BEGINNING WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE (Axcent)

    10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    Open to all Los Alamitos High School female students, this choir will focus on choral literature and vocal techniques specifically for women’s voices.  Women with no previous vocal experience are required to enroll in this ensemble before auditioning for more advanced choral groups.  A wide range of genres including classical, Broadway, pop, and jazz is used to develop basic musicianship, vocal production, and performance skills.  Culmination of class work will be public performances on campus and participation in choral festivals and show choir competitions.  Requirements include consistent class attendance and promptness, attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and performances, acquisition of the appropriate performance apparel, part testing and written assignments and quizzes.  Course may be repeated for credit.

     

    ADVANCED WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE (Soundtrax)

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Audition only

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This is a one-year performing ensemble at the advanced level offered to qualified women with some vocal music background.  Classical and Show Choir festivals will be attended at the competitive level.  Time demands on this ensemble are great and require a serious musical commitment.  Many required activities are scheduled outside of the regular school day including performances and rehearsals.  Requirements include consistent class attendance and promptness, attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and performances, acquisition of the appropriate performance apparel, part testing and written assignments and quizzes.  Students interested in this class should register for the class and look for information regarding a June audition for enrollment the following Fall.  Students may earn P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation credit the spring semester only.  Course may be repeated for credit.

     

    ADVANCED MIXED SHOW CHOIR (Sound FX)

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Audition only

    HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This is a one-year advanced course offered to students interested in participating in an entertainment ensemble at the highest professional level.  Participation in competitions, festivals, on-campus concerts, community events, and rehearsals is mandatory and will require a great deal of time outside regular class meetings, sometimes requiring the students’ attendance out of the regular class schedule.  Requirements include consistent class attendance and promptness, attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and performances, acquisition of the appropriate performance apparel, part testing and written assignments and quizzes.  Students interested in this class should register for the class and look for information regarding a June audition for enrollment in the following Fall.  Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation requirement.  Course may be repeated for credit.

     

    VOCAL PRODUCTION (pending school board approval)

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Audition and teacher approval

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f) pending

     

    This course offers students the opportunity to receive small group or private instruction to develop vocal performance skills.  Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas.  A variety of music methods and repertoire, including art songs, musical theatre, pop, and jazz, is utilized to refine students’ abilities in listening, analyzing, interpreting, and performing.  Instruction is offered in basic vocal technique, musical theatre history, microphone usage, and audition skills.

     

    MUSIC APPRECIATION (pending school board approval)

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-1
    Prerequisite: None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f) pending

     

    This non-performance course provides an introduction to music through culture, time, and role in society.  Topics of study include composers, genres, music of various regions, ear-training, and beginning notation.

     

    MUSIC THEORY ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Some previous musical experience; ability to read musical notation; knowledge of major and minor key signatures helpful.  Teacher permission required.

    HS (g) or (h); CSU / UC (f)

     

    This one-year non-performance ensemble will focus on the theoretical aspect of music.  Note reading, harmony, form, analysis, and sight singing will all be developed with the ultimate goal of composing, conducting, or performing in mind.  Preparation for the advanced placement test in music theory will guide the curriculum.  Students enrolling in this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.

     

     

      

    VISUAL ARTS

     

    Mid-year entry is allowed in all courses.  A grade of C or better on all prerequisites is required unless otherwise stated.

     

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

    CERAMICS 1, 2 (POTTERY)                                                                                   

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    The first year class explores basic ceramic processes including a variety of hand building techniques, wheel work, and glazing procedures.  Emphasis is on well-crafted, functional pottery.

     

    CERAMICS ADVANCED (POTTERY)                                                                      

    5-30 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Ceramics 2 and teacher approval or grade of C or better

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is a continuation of Ceramics 2 with emphasis on more advanced projects.  Students work with alternative clay colorations and joining techniques plus production work.  Creativity and quality craftsmanship are emphasized.  Third year students will require a portfolio review.

     

    CONTEMPORARY MEDIA IN ART 1, 2

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is for students interested in exploring the creation of art with contemporary media.  Students will work with Macintosh computers, scanners, digital still cameras, video, and computer graphic design programs.  Emphasis will be on introductory design skills.

     

    CONTEMPORARY MEDIA IN ART ADVANCED

    5-30 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Contemporary Media in Art 2 with grade of C or better

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g)

     

    This course is a continuation of Contemporary Media in Art 2 with an emphasis on more advanced projects.  New graphic programs will be added to the students’ curriculum in addition to advanced design techniques.

     

    CONTEMPORARY VIDEO

    5-10 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is for students interested in exploring the art of video production.  Working with Apple computers, digital video cameras and the Apple Final Cut Studio suite of programs, students will create unique personal films as well as the school video yearbook DVD.  Students will learn Final Cut Pro, Motion and DVD Studio Pro.  Returning students will be challenged with more advanced projects and techniques.

     

     

     

    PRINTMAKING 1, 2

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

    This course is for students interested in learning the fundamental techniques of printmaking using a variety of relief printmaking and screen printing processes.  Focus is on the personal, cultural, and societal contexts of art.

     

    PRINTMAKING ADVANCED

    5-30 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Printmaking 2 with grade of C or better

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g)

     

    This course is a continuation of Printmaking 2 with emphasis on more advanced projects that will further develop the student’s creativity and craftsmanship.  Portfolio development will be emphasized in the third year.

     

    DRAWING / PAINTING 1, 2

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is designed to introduce the beginning student to the fundamental techniques of drawing and painting and the utilization of different drawing and painting materials.  Emphasis will be on developing skill in drawing and painting techniques, as well as other facets of artistic expression.

     

    DRAWING / PAINTING ADVANCED

    5-30 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Drawing/Painting 2 and grade of C or better

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is designed to enrich the knowledge of students interested in drawing and painting.  Various media will be introduced to expand the student’s working vocabulary.  Further study of artistic expression will be incorporated into more complex and challenging projects.  Portfolio materials are stressed in the third year course.

     

    STUDIO ART (DRAWING & PAINTING) ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    20 Credits / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  Drawing & Painting (minimum of one semester); Portfolio review

    H.S. (g) (h); CSU (f) (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is made available to accommodate students who have expressed an interest in completing either the 2-D Design Exam Portfolio or the Drawing Exam Portfolio.  Teacher directed units will be presented in accordance with College Board exam requirements.  Emphasis will be placed on the completion of a volume of quality pieces.  As well, students will be challenged to develop their own personal concentrations. 

     

    3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 1, 2 (JEWELRY / CRAFTS)

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is designed to introduce students to 3-dimensional design concepts and construction techniques through thematic projects and connections to art historical and contemporary approaches.  Students will utilize a variety of materials including metals, paper, plaster, wood, wax, found objects, resin, and/or stone to design and create a variety of 3-dimensional work.

     

    3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN ADVANCED (JEWELRY / CRAFTS)

    5-30 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  3-Dimensional Design 2 with grade of C or better

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g)

     

    This course is a continuation of 3-Dimensional Design 2 with an emphasis on more advanced techniques, multimedia construction, and conceptual development.  Students will utilize a variety of materials including metals, paper, plaster, wood, wax, found objects, resin, and/or stone to design and create a variety of 3-dimensional work.

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY 1

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    An introductory course designed to provide basic instruction in digital camera techniques, composition, and photo manipulation on the Macintosh computer.  Students will also explore photography as an art form in a historical context.

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY 2, ADVANCED

    5-30 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Photography 2 with a grade of C or better

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is an advanced exploration in photography, including portraiture, lighting and advertising.  Students will improve their portfolios while examining personal expression and experimental techniques.

     

    STUDIO ART (PHOTOGRAPHY) ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    20 Credits / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  Photography (minimum of one semester); Portfolio review

    H.S. (g) (h); CSU (f) (g); UC (f)

     

    This course is made available to accommodate students who desire to complete the AP 2-D Design Exam Portfolio.  Teacher directed units will be presented in accordance with College Board exam requirements.  Emphasis will be placed on the completion of a volume of quality pieces.  As well, students will be challenged to develop their own personal concentration.

     

    ART HISTORY ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  3.0 GPA; teacher approval upon submission of writing sample

    HS (g) or (h); CSU (f) or (g); UC (f)

     
    Advanced Placement Art History is a college-level survey course that provides an intensive study of the history of Western art.  Lectures focus on contextual introductions to Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from various art periods throughout history and across cultures. Strategies of contextual and comparative analysis prepare students to take the advanced placement test in Art History.  Students enrolling in this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.
     
    Revised 2/22/13