Fine Arts

Performing Arts

Symphony Band                                                                               

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite:  8th Grade Band

This class is open to all interested high school students who have at least a ninth grade playing proficiency on a traditional band instrument.  It is a performance oriented, ensemble class, and its primary instructional method is rehearsal, preparation and performance of the highest quality, appropriate repertoire.  Rehearsals and performances are required of ALL enrolled students, including local concerts and MSBOA Band Festivals.  Enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in **Marching Band, Solo and Ensemble Festivals, **Jazz Band, Pep Band, All-State Ensembles, and District 2 Honors Band.

 

**After-school Ensembles:

            1.  Students enrolled in Symphony Band are eligible to participate in Marching Band.

            2.  Students are required to be in Symphony Band to participate in Jazz Band.

Choir

Based on enrollment and part balance, there will be up to three choirs offered at Gaylord High School. Each choir focuses on age appropriate vocal development, ensemble training, sight-reading, ear-training, and general musicianship. The three course offerings are as follows:

 

Concert Choir (Introductory)

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite:  Previous vocal experience is preferred, but not required. Students will interview with the High School director and be placed on vocal parts based on range.

Students should join if they have a desire to learn to sing, or further develop their singing voice. Performances are presented at choral concerts and choral festival throughout the school year. Any student may join Concert Choir.

 

Woman’s Chorale (Advanced)

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite: Audition with Instructor

Woman’s Chorale is an advanced SSA ensemble. Auditions will be held in the spring each year. The members of Woman’s Chorale will be expected to attend extra rehearsals and sectionals in order to meet the demands of this fast paced group. Performances are presented at choral concerts and choral festivals throughout the school year.

 

 

 

 

Chamber Singers (Advanced)

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite: Audition with Instructor

Chamber Singers is an advanced SATB ensemble. Auditions will be held in the spring each year. The members of Chamber Singers will be expected to attend extra rehearsals and sectionals in order to meet the demands of this fast paced group. Performances are presented at choral concerts and choral festivals throughout the school year.

 

Music Theory/Ear Training I (Introductory)

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit

This class is open to any student interested in studying how music is constructed and organized.  Students will study the fundamentals of music, major scales, music intervals, triad chords, V7 chords, and musical forms.  Students will learn to accurately write and compose their own music.  Students will also study ear training, including singing solfege, musical intervals, and melodies.

Theatre I

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit

This exploratory theatre course covers many basic aspects of live theatre, including theatre vocabulary, set design, lighting, sound, costumes, etc.  Through a combination informational/hands-on approach, students will receive an introduction to live theatre.  This class is mainly participatory and requires class discussion and design projects.

Theatre II

Grades 9-12  

Prerequisite: Theatre I                                                                                 1/2 credit

Theatre II continues and builds on the basics learned in Theatre I using a more hands-on approach.  Students will learn advanced information and vocabulary through theatrical application projects.  Some theatre history will also be explored.

Debate

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit

Students will develop skills in formal debate procedures such as:  research, analysis, logic, application of arguments, and competition.  Emphasis is also placed on developing persuasive speaking skills.  Students may compete in formal debates beyond the normal school day.                          

Forensics                               

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit

Students will act out dramatic scenes, prepare sales and informative speeches and learn broadcasting skills.  Students will also develop specialized speaking skills and participate in forensics tournaments in their chosen field beyond the normal school day. 

Visual Arts

Drawing and Design

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit

This class is for the beginning artist.  Students will learn the process of drawing, and will focus on the essentials of drawing realistic images.  Students will practice sketching from sight using organic and geometric approaches, creating the illusion of depth, and developing skills for creating good compositions.  Students will use various materials and techniques, including: pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and washes.  The students will create a variety of art projects and will leave the class with improved drawing skills.  They will also be introduced to some design and art history topics related to the projects. 

Drawing and Painting

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit

In this class, students will spend the majority of their time painting with various materials.  They will learn about color theory and build upon their design skills.  Students will practice smooth and painterly techniques, explore realism, abstract and non-objective styles, and have some freedom to be creative.  They will experience various drawing media, as well as paint media in acrylic, gauche, watercolor, and mixed media.  The students will also explore some topics in design and art history as it relates to their many fun painting projects. 

 

Folk Art I                                                                                                       1/2 credit

Folk Art II                                                                                                     1/2 credit

Grades 9-12

These classes will focus on the Folk Art (or Traditional Culture Arts) of various regions.   Students will learn about the attributes of the culture (symbolism, historical relevance, well known Folk art of the civilizations, food, music, and dance, etc).  Through these classes, students will be exposed to various mediums/ materials. Some may include:  paper making, ceramic/clay, paper machie, beading, weaving/fiber arts, and painting. Students will gain insight into the important artistic connections between cultures while gaining an understanding of each culture’s unique aesthetics.

Folk Art I

This class will concentrate on folk art found in the Northern Hemisphere. This will include such cultures found in North America, Upper Africa, Europe, Upper Asia, and the Middle East. Some lessons that may be included are:  Ojibwa beading, Oaxaca animal arts, Alaskan First Nation carving, Middle Ages tapestry embroidery, Egyptian mask building, and China Scroll painting.

Folk Art II

This class will focus on folk art found in the Southern Hemisphere. This will include such cultures found in South America, Lower Africa, and oceanic islands.  Some lessons that may be included are:  Zimbabwe architecture, Ghana textiles, Australian bark painting, New Zealand Maori line drawing, Hawaiian carving,  Brazilian cave painting, Sir Lanka sculptural figures, and Madagascar unique animal paintings.

 

Sculpture and Ceramics I                                                                            1/2 credit

Sculpture and Ceramics II (Prerequisite:  Sculpture and Ceramics I)   1/2 credit

Grades 9-12                          

Students will design in 3D and experience various media in additive and subtractive methods of sculpture.  They will construct free-standing stable sculptures, as well as relief sculpture and printmaking projects.  Students will practice hand-building ceramic techniques such as pinch, coil, slab, potter’s wheel, as well as create sculptures with clay.

 

Studio Art

Grades 10-12                                                                                                 1 credit

Prerequisites:  Drawing and Design & Drawing and Painting, or recommendation from art teacher

This class is designed for highly motivated art students interested in exploring and further developing interests in artistic practice. There is potential for independent study in personal and/or group art projects, as well as personal portfolio development. Students may also have opportunities to help plan art exhibitions, set up displays, and possibly participate in teams that execute murals within the school. 

 

Yearbook      

Grades 11-12                                                                                                 1 credit

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of English 9 and 10

 The student’s English grade must be turned into the Yearbook instructor as well as a short essay indicating why he or she wants to be in Yearbook prior to receiving the instructor’s signature.  Students will learn the necessary skills to complete the yearbook.  Students will be expected to sell and design ads, write articles, conduct interviews, design layouts, use computers, and meet deadlines to complete the current year's book.  Communication skills in groups will also be emphasized.  In addition, students will be exposed to student press laws.  Some activities may require attendance beyond the normal school day.  This class may be repeated for elective credit.

Applied Arts

Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting

Grades 9-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Students will study the fundamental concepts of engineering and architectural drafting through freehand sketching, as well as mechanical drafting and computer aided design.  Students will apply these concepts by creating projects which help them understand how Engineers and Architects design products.  Some examples of these projects include the design of bridges, simple cars, and vacation homes.  Students will also explore the various careers and post high school educational opportunities available to them upon the successful completion of this course. 

Engineering Drafting

Grades 10-12                                                                                                 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting.

Students will utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) in 2D and 3D.  Those concepts will be applied with the aid of hands-on projects, 3D printing, and engineering design problems.  Post high school educational and career opportunities will also be explored.

Architectural Drafting

Grades 10-12                                                                                                 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting.

Students will study the advanced concepts of modern architectural design through two and three dimensional drawings, color rendering, models and computer aided design.  Students will apply these concepts by designing their dream home.   Post high school educational and career opportunities will also be explored.

Applied Technology

Grades 10-12                                                                                                 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting   

Students will study the fundamental different types of technology.  Examples include:  manufacturing, engineering and design, bio and medical technology, alternative energy, transportation, aeronautics, astronautics, and construction technology.  Concepts will be taught through hands-on projects, research, and real world examples.  Post high school educational and career opportunities will also be explored.