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Fine Arts Department

ART FOUNDATIONS (Elective), 9th through 12th Grades

Students will learn the elements and principles of design along with basic methods of creating art.  They will learn to solve an artistic problem and carry their idea through to a finished product.  In addition, they will gain an appreciation for various artistic styles, as well as a working knowledge of a variety of two and three-dimensional media.

ADVANCED STUDIO ART (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

Students will learn to solve complex artistic problems.  They will develop their own style, and learn to choose the proper subject matter and medium to express their ideas.  Throughout the class they will gain an understanding of how to critique their own work along with other students’ work.  The essence of this course is for the student to develop their own artistic voice while increasing their knowledge of technique.  A basic understanding of art history will also be acquired.
Prerequisite:  Art Foundations

HONORS PORTFOLIO ART REVIEW (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

Students will develop a complete portfolio for entrance into college.  They will continue to develop skill level, knowledge of art history, and technique in various media, but the essence of the course is to prepare students who intend to pursue art in college.  Students will participate in a portfolio review - i.e. National Portfolio Day or equivalent. 
Prerequisites:  Art Foundations, Advanced Studio Art

ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO DRAWING (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

Students will complete a college-level portfolio of works in one of the three categories:  Drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.  The portfolio will be completed according to the College Board’s standards, and will be submitted in the spring for evaluation and score. Prerequisites:  Art Foundations, Advanced Studio Art, and teacher approval

3D DESIGN (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

Students will learn design elements and principles.  They will improve their conceptualization of these elements in a three dimensional format.  Students will learn to apply design skills using Rhino 3D, and models will become prototypes using the Zcorp 450 printer. Prerequisite:  Art Foundations

HONORS BAND - PERCUSSION OR WINDS (Elective), 9th through 12th Grades

The DCA Band is an active performing ensemble all year long. In the fall, the Wildcat Marching Band performs for all football games and travels the state for competitions. During the winter and spring months, the Concert Band performs both at school and throughout the community.  These students are also eligible to audition for Mid-State Band and Orchestra, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association. Prerequisite:  Student must know how to play an instrument.

TRASHCAN BAND (Elective), 9th through 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 credit
This unique course will teach basic rhythmic and composition techniques through using “found” sounds and instruments. Students will learn to read, play, and compose music. No previous band or music experience is required. 

CONCERT CHOIR (Elective), 9th through 12th Grades 

This course is open to those students who are interested in performing in a concert setting as well as musical productions.  These students are also eligible to audition for Freshman Honors, Mid-State and All-State Choir sponsored by the Middle TN Vocal Association.  The emphasis is on excelling in vocal technique and choral standards.  Students are graded on daily participation, musical skills and rehearsal/performance participation. 


HONORS LEGACY SHOW CHOIR (Elective), 9th through 12th Grades

This course focuses  on  vocal techniques, choreography and showmanship.  Acceptance for this course is based upon an audition in the preceding spring semester. These students are also eligible to audition for Freshman Honors, Mid-State and All-State Choir sponsored by the Middle TN Vocal Association. Students are graded on daily participation, musical skills and performance/competition participation.  There are some required outside of class rehearsal times for this group as well as a participation fee.

Introduction to theatre arts  (Elective), 9th through 12th Grades

This course gives students a basic overview of theatre studies. The class is divided into 4 specific concepts: Artistic Perception – the language and skills of theatre, Creative Expression – acting and presentations, Aesthetic Valuing – reviewing movies and live theatrical productions, and Connections, Relationships, and Applications – careers in theatre, film, and television. Over the course of the year, students will study movement, voice, character and play analysis.  Students will be introduced to various acting techniques and styles including both classical and modern methods, explore characterization through the use of outside-in and inside-out approaches.  The course places an emphasis on creativity and problem solving through group and individual work using scenes, monologues, and excercises.

Honors advanced theatre arts (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

The advanced theatre classes will focus on the development of theatre styles through a historical context.  Playwrights and playwriting, period styles, and historical performances will be explored. Students will be introduced to key philosophies and practitioners  to understand how the form of threatre has developed throughout history.  Students will use a college bound approach to develop creativity, analysis, improvisation, audition/interview, and performance skills.  Development of voice, movement, concentration and team work will continue through monologues and scene work with an emphasis on observation and self-awareness. Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre Arts

Technical Theatre (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades 

(Offered alternating years)
In this class students will explore theatre from page to stage in an all-inclusive study of technical theatre production.  Initially, the course will focus on the analysis and implementation of theatre design for lighting, costume, sound, and scenery.  Students will also develop methods of recording and presenting their personal design aesthetic.  Students will then be supervised in the practical application of a theatrical production including set and costume construction, lighting implementation, stage management, and the responsibilities of the front of house and backstage crew.  An emphasis on real-world methods and problem analysis will be explored through group and individual project based instruction.

INTRODUCTION TO FILM PRODUCTION (Elective), 11th through 12th Grades (Offered alternating years)

This class introduces the basics of non-synchronous digital filmmaking, including camera operation, lighting, sound, and editing techniques with an emphasis on the role of the director/film maker.  The course traces the creative process from initial conception and writing through production and post-production, sensitive to a range of aesthetic considerations.  Students will proceed through a series of digital media exercises that will lead to completion of a final project.  Students will gain a basic to intermediate competency in Final Cut Pro and other post-production software.  Course time will be divided evenly between lecture and lab time, balancing theory and practice.