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Fine Arts Department

1.0 Fine Arts Credit is Required for Graduation


ART FOUNDATIONS (Elective), 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


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

SKETCHBOOK STUDIO ART (Elective), 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


This is a class designed for students who have taken Art Foundations, are able to work independently, understand the basics of art elements and design principles, but who are not ready or interested in Honors Studio Art.  Students use a variety of media and mediums and must complete a number of art pieces each nine weeks.  A decorated cover is required along with art critiques and simple written assessments about each completed piece.

HONORS STUDIO ART (Elective), 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


Students practice more in-depth art techniques that require higher creative thinking skills.  Students focus on a variety of projects using different mediums as they develop their own style.  The essence of this course is for students to develop their own artistic voice while increasing their knowledge of technique.  Students earn to critique their own work as well as the work of others.  This course requires motivated students who are willing to stretch themselves creatively. Prerequisite:  Art Foundations and teacher approval

HONORS PORTFOLIO ART REVIEW (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade


Students develop a complete portfolio for entrance into college.  They 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 participate in a portfolio review, i.e. National Portfolio Day or equivalent.  Prerequisites: Art Foundations, Honors Studio Art, and teacher approval

ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO DRAWING (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade


Students complete a college-level portfolio of works in one of the three categories:  Drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.  The portfolio is 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 ART DESIGN (Elective), 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

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 the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer. Prerequisite: Art Foundations

BAND - PERCUSSION OR WINDS (Elective), 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


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. Honors credit is available through completion of required projects. Prerequisite: Student must know how to play an instrument.

CONCERT CHOIR (Elective), 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


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, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


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 rehearsal times after school and weekends for this group as well as a participation fee. Prerequisite: audition and teacher approval

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE ARTS (Elective), 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade


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 are 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 exercises.

HONORS ADVANCED THEATRE ARTS (Elective), 10th, 11th or 12th Grade


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

TRASH CAN BAND (Elective), 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

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