The goals of the Fine Arts program are to instill an appreciation for all arts, to nurture creative abilities, to transfer knowledge to other disciplines, and to encourage life-long learning. Within a structured and stable Christian environment, the arts strive to foster a sense of respect, maturity, cooperation, and work ethic consistent with the Christian values taught at the Academy. Here are the courses that are available through our Fine Arts Department:
Survey of Fine Arts is a year-long course for middle school students. It is designed as an activity-based course where students receive hands-on experience in the domains of visual and performing arts.
Computer Graphics is a course that integrates computer technology with artistic creativity. Using CorelDraw and Photoshop as the software, students will learn basic tools and functions of the programs. After becoming familiar with the software, students will apply basic principles and elements of art to produce original and creative designs. They will also be asked to produce various designs for campus activities, publications, t-shirt designs, and other practical artworks that may be needed throughout the school year.
Fundamentals of Art is an introduction to the principles and elements of two-dimensional art with strong emphasis placed on basic drawing during the first semester. The second semester will be dedicated to three-dimensional art in the area of ceramics, concentrating on hand building techniques and wheel throwing. This course is designed for students will little or no previous experience in art.
Advanced Art (I and II) is designed for students with prior experience. Students will explore a variety of artistic mediums, enhancing their creative abilities with challenging and unique projects. Deserving artworks will be entered in exhibits and competitions. All students will have their artwork displayed at the school during various times of the year. Prerequisites: Fundamentals (or comparable course); Approval of the Department and Academic Dean
Advanced Placement Studio Art is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. The course requires significant commitment. Students will need to work outside the classroom, as well as in it, and beyond scheduled periods. Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year instead of a written AP examination. Portfolios should reflect first-year college-level standards. A college board consisting of college, university, and secondary school art instructors review portfolios using rigorous standards. The course addresses three major concerns that are constant in the teaching of art: 1) a sense of quality in a student’s work; 2) the student’s concentration on a particular visual interest or problem; and 3) the student’s need for breadth of experience in the formal, technical, and expressive means of the artist. AP work should reflect these three areas of concern: quality, concentration, and breadth. Prerequisites: Advanced Art; Approval of the Department and Academic Dean
Chorus is a year-long vocal music course which requires periodic public performances in church, the Performing Arts Center, and elsewhere. Solo work is required of students with the required competence and interest. Ability to read music is not absolutely essential, but helpful. Both secular and sacred music will be studied.
Drama (Theatre Arts) is a “survey course” of the theatre. Rather than an in depth lab in acting or playwriting or technical theatre, design or directing, the course will act as a survey of all these facets of the theatre as well as including an emphasis of Theatre History and Criticism. Each quarter is dedicated to one of four distinct but interrelated aspects of the Theatre Arts: Quarter 1-The Stage (fundamentals acting methods); Quarter 2- The Plan (Design and Technical Theatre); Quarter 3- The Page (playwriting); Quarter 4-The Process (Directing and Producing). It is, therefore, the conceit of the course that an overview of all aspects of the complex and multifarious disciplines under the vast umbrella of “theatre” deserve a certain weight in order to fully appreciate the scope and importance of this vast and often underappreciated field of human artistic expression. The regular investigation of the aspects of history and criticism of theatre serve to develop a knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the form as well as the ability to construct, observe and critique which is critical to a successful practice and application of the theatre arts.
Jazz Ensemble is a year-long course. The primary goal of this course in the musical arts is to foster an appreciation of expression through sound. As the student progresses on his instrument, he will have the opportunity to express himself through music and, at the same time, begin to appreciate the artistic work of other musicians. This is a public performance-based class. The students will learn the nomenclature and history of their chosen instrument, perform as soloists and members of an ensemble, and develop music reading and writing skills. The Subiaco Jazz Ensemble performs music in the following styles: Traditional blues, 30’s-50’s big band, be-bop, swing, rock, R&B, and fusion. It is important that our high school music students not only learn to perform this uniquely American music, but also come to an understanding of its origins. This ensemble is open to instrumentalists of varying skill levels on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, percussion, trumpet, and trombone, and alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. Admission to this ensemble is by audition only. Prerequisite: Approval of Department and Academic Dean
Guitar is a year-long course. Its primary goal is to foster an appreciation of expression through sound. As the student progresses on his instrument, he will have the opportunity to express himself through music and, at the same time, begin to appreciate the artistic work of other musicians. The guitar is a lifetime instrument that is at home in most musical styles. Beginners will learn tuning techniques, chords, scales, and picking techniques common to most styles of guitar playing. Private and group instruction will be given with ample time provided for individual practice. Advanced students will be allowed some choice in the stylistic direction of their playing. Students may perform publicly on a voluntary basis. Students must own an acoustic guitar. This course is designed for students at any level. Instructor approval is required for admission to this course. Prerequisites: Approval of Department and Academic Dean
Piano is an instrumental music course designed for both beginning and advanced students. The students receive some class instruction, but must be highly motivated to work independently in the piano studio. The student will have individual instruction from the teacher regularly. Piano juries are held periodically in front of the class, and public performance is required as the student gains in skill. Classical music is the basis for instruction. Prerequisite: Approval of Department and Academic Dean