Fine Arts

Welcome to the Fine Arts Department
In order to provide a quality education for every child in Indiana, it is important to provide for all aspects of human growth. The artistic, expressive, and cultural aspects of each child’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development are vital components of this growth. Research involving the impact of arts education upon mental functions supports the convictions of many educators, parents, and business leaders that the fine arts are essential due to their ability to provide students with the means to think, feel, and understand the world around them in unique ways. Literacy in the arts strengthens a person’s participation in society by enhancing problem solving and communication skills as well as fostering self-expression, aesthetic awareness, and multiple points of view. For these reasons, a curriculum in each of the fine arts should be available to all students so that they may become self-directed toward lifelong learning in the arts. The purpose of each fine arts curriculum is to promote lifelong participation in the arts by developing skilled creators, performers, critics, listeners, and observers of the arts. Students can use the arts as a means of: (1) self-expression and communication, (2) development of critical thinking skills, (3) self-knowledge and understanding of the world around them, and, (4) increasing awareness of the artistic heritage of other cultures, as well as their own.


Fine Arts Department Staff

Andrew Coil, Department Chair
812-435-8888, ext. 20932

Jordan McCarthy
Advanced Choir, Middle School Choir, Beginning Choir, Intermediate Choir
812-435-8888, ext. 22126

Logan Barrow
Middle School Instrumental Music, Orchestra, Band / Flag Corps
812-435-8888, ext. 26978

Brooke Wheeler
Advanced 2D Art, 2D Art, IB Visual Arts
812-435-8888, ext. 41117

Tony Aiken
Advanced 3D Art, Intro to 2D Art
812-435-8888, ext. 41146


Related Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities

Marching Band
Please see Mr. Barrow in the band room

Color Guard
Please see Mr. Barrow in the band room

Orchestra
Please see Mr. Barrow in the band room

Art Club
Please see Mrs. Wheeler in room 122

Fine Arts Academic Team
Please see Mrs. Wheeler in room 122

Choir
Please see Mr. McCarthy in the choir room

Drama, Musicals, and Fall Plays
Please see Mr. McCarthy in the choir room


Course Offerings

Intro to Two Dimensional Art (9-12)
Students will understand the significance of visual art in relation to historical, social, political, spiritual, environmental, technological, and economic issues of the time. Students will describe, research, and interpret works of art. Students will observe, select and utilize a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas in their work. Students will develop and apply skills using a varied of two dimensional media tools and processes to create works that communicate personal meaning and significance.

Two Dimensional Art Advanced (9-12)
This course is designed to allow students to explore more widely the various offerings in the art program. It is a continuation of the principles and elements of design studied in Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.

Intro to Three Dimensional Art (9-12)
Students have the opportunity to increase their understanding and appreciation of art through responding to and make three dimensional visual images. Individual and group experiences promote problem solving, creative thinking, and personal expression. Students study career opportunities in visual art. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.

Advanced Three Dimensional Art
Learning experiences build on the skills developed in Introduction to Three Dimensional Art. Students examine, analyze, discuss, interpret, and judge traditional and contemporary works of art to discover how artists have used art elements, principles, subject matter, media, techniques and styles. This course is a continuation of the principles and elements of design studied in Intro to Three Dimensional Art.

Ceramics 1 (10-12)
The ceramics course is devoted to the study of clay and the processes of pottery making. The course is developed chronologically, beginning with the most primitive pinch pot technique and involves most of the forming methods: pinch, coil, slab, drape, wheel, slip casting and experimental methods. The first semester is directed toward tools, materials, and techniques. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.

Ceramics 2 (10-12)
The second semester is a continuation of skills and techniques in ceramics. Individual studies may include the ceramic process, technical aspects of clay, experimentation with glaze techniques and loading and firing the kiln. Emphasis will be placed on individual expression and the development of creative design. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art and Ceramics 1.

Drawing 1 (9-12)
The objectives of this course include the development of visual sensitivity to line, form, value, texture and space. The structure of the course is centered around drawing problems which include still life, outdoor, and figure drawing. Skill in a variety of drawing media and techniques is encouraged, e.g., pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, conte, etc. Problems that require an understanding and use of perspective are a part of this course. Group discussion and evaluation is used to develop evaluative skills. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.

Drawing 2 (9-12)
The objectives of this course include broadening the students' concept of drawing as a medium of visual expression and communication. Emphasis on composition and design is an integral part of the various drawing problems. Interpretive drawing, as well as drawing motivated by social, psychological and visual stimuli, are a part of this course. Group exercises and individual interests are utilized to encourage optimal drawing quality. Supplementary material such as books, magazines, and slides are used to help students relate and evaluate their own work. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art and Drawing 1.

Painting 1 (10-12)
Knowledge and skills developed in this course via introductory painting exercises include elementary color theory, paint mixing, techniques in opaque and transparent media, care and use of materials and tools, and preparation of painting surfaces, except canvas. Painting problems include still-life environmental studies with emphasis on pictorial composition and color choice. Slide prints are utilized congruently with the various painting programs to develop the concept of painting in a cultural and historical context. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.

Painting 2 (10-12)
Individual painting problems are selected by the teacher and student to meet the individual needs and interests of the student. The development of the idea that painting is a means of personal expression is a primary objective of this course. Study of contemporary and historical paintings by means of slides and prints is encouraged as a means of helping students develop skills and an historical understanding of painting. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art and Painting 1.

Sculpture 1 (10-12)
This course is devoted to the study in manipulation of three dimensional mass and form. Additive and subtractive forming methods will be explored using a variety of materials: metal, wood, stone, plaster, clay, paper mache, new plastic medias, etc. Techniques may include modeling, carving, casting and construction. Computer skills will be offered. Prerequisites: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.

Sculpture 2 (10-12)
The objectives of this course are continued from the previous semester. Content differs primarily in the area of more sophisticated use of sculptural media and technique and in a more individual approach. Personal involvement as a prerequisite to the production of original and meaningful art is stressed. Prerequisite: Introduction to Two Dimensional Art and Sculpture 1.

Concert Band Advanced (9-12)
The concert band is the logical and normal bridge from middle school to high school. The class provides individual development of the band student through the selection of appropriate training materials and band literature. This is primarily a performance based course; performances and rehearsals after regular school hours are required. During football season, most of the time is spent in preparing music and marching routines for presentation at football games and marching invitationals. Concert Band Advanced students are required to participate in Marching Band and other school and community performances. Prerequisite: Middle School Band and approval of instructor.

Beginning Orchestra (9-12)
Beginning Orchestra students are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the orchestra, string and/or full orchestra, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of activities, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classroom. Prerequisite: Middle school orchestra or audition.

Orchestra Advanced (9-12)
Concert orchestra represents the highest level of musical achievement for string instrumentalists only. The primary purpose of the class is to encourage interest in some of the finest music literature available and to develop the ability to perform it. The concert orchestra performs concerts and is involved in other production work such as musicals, ensemble and chamber groups. While basic fundamentals are stressed in connection with the study of more difficult literature, emphasis is on refinement of musicianship. Additional full orchestra rehearsals and performances will be required after the regular school day. Prerequisite: Middle school orchestra or audition.

Instrumental Ensemble (9-12)
The highest level of band performance is attained in the instrumental ensemble. Membership to this organization is chosen on the basis of ability and instrumentation requirements. This is primarily a performance based course; performances and rehearsals after regular school hours are required. During football season, most of the time is spent in preparing music and marching routines for presentation at football games and marching invitationals. Following football season, basic fundamentals are stressed in connection with the study of more difficult literature with the emphasis placed upon refinement of musicianship. The band is responsible for numerous concert appearances in addition to other varied activities. Smaller ensembles and chamber groups may be formed from the band membership to promote individual development and to meet the needs of the school and/or the community. Attendance at marching rehearsals and performances as well as after school concert rehearsals as requested is required. Prerequisite: Middle School Band and approval of instructor.

Jazz Ensemble (9-12)
The Jazz Ensemble is designed primarily to meet the needs of students interested in learning to perform jazz music. It also serves to challenge and encourage rhythmic development and musical independence. Students enrolling in Jazz Ensemble should be enrolled in another instrumental class, participate in Marching Band and have the recommendation of the instructor.

Music Theory and Composition (9-12)
Music Theory is a study of the fundamentals of written theory including scales, intervals and chords, and their inversions through the dominant seventh chord and its resolutions. The student will have an opportunity to work with figured basses, analysis of formal structure and will have an opportunity for creativity in writing melodies and short compositions which may be performed.

Concert Chorus Advanced (10-12)
Concert choir members must have demonstrated advanced performance ability and have shown an interest and a willingness to be dependable. Course emphasis is on the development of choral balance and blend through the singing of a wide range of musical literature. Solo potential is explored further than in previous courses. There are possible presentations of stage productions (formal concerts, musical comedies, variety shows) or major choral works. This course requires advanced performance ability with membership by audition or recommendation of vocal music teacher.

Choir Beginning - Boys and Girls (9)
Course content stresses voice production and development with special emphasis on breathing, resonance, and articulation. Ear training and sight-reading are stressed as goals toward score reading and general musicianship. Materials used are those best suited to the interests and ability of the group. Performance is stressed as one of the goals of the prep chorus with opportunities for performing at school assemblies, concerts and in the feeder elementary schools. Beginning choir is open to all freshmen students.

Concert Chorus Intermediate (10-12)
This course continues work in voice, production, and development. Ear training and sight-reading continue to be stressed. Materials used are those which best complement the interests and abilities of the group. Performance is an important component of the class. It is open to all students, and is an appropriate course for students who are interested in auditioning for Concert Choir. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor or by audition.

Music History and Appreciation (9-12)
This course is a structured program of intensive listening and study of the various periods of music history and the major composers of each period and their contributions. With directed listening as the principal approach, other activities will include class discussion, library research, pertinent field trips and reports. There is no prerequisite to this course. While it is primarily designed for the career-bound music major, it is open to all students who want to broaden their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for music. This is an excellent college preparatory course.