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The Fine Arts Department encourages the individual student’s potential to communicate and express creatively, and faculty strive to develop sensitivity to the human condition and an awareness of the role of the artist effecting change. The Fine Arts Department endeavors to make art a dynamic influence in the life of the school so that students and faculty can become more aware of the beauty surrounding them. The department emphasizes the long lasting effect of fine arts and its impact on the students’ lives.

Objectives:
  1. To develop aesthetic awareness and the skills necessary for observation and critical judgment of a work of art.
  2. To provide opportunities for artistic expression which are both productive and satisfying for the individual.
  3. To develop skills for specific techniques.
  4. To provide multiple opportunities to develop individual potential.
  5. To develop ability for expressive communication “in an environment that challenges students to grow in respect for self and others.”
  6. To nurture creativity.
  7. To promote critical thinking.
Requirements:
To meet the graduation requirement of St. Joseph’s Academy and that of the state of Missouri, one full credit is required.

Courses Available for 2021-22

List of 26 items.

  • FA Art I: Drawing and Painting

    Art Course

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will be introduced to a variety of projects and media with an emphasis on drawing and painting. By the time the student finishes this course, she will have a strong foundation and firm understanding of different media and techniques for future electives. Students will be required to purchase some art materials.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Art II: Drawing

    Art Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    In this course, students will learn how to see and study line, form, space and value to create an artistic work. The student experiences the use of a variety of drawing materials. Students will be required to purchase their own drawing materials.

    Prerequisite: Art I: Drawing and Painting
  • FA Art II: Painting

    Art Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    In this course, students will learn a variety of watercolor and acrylic techniques, how to mix color, and how to directly apply paint to canvas and paper. Students will explore both observational and expressive themes and imagery. Students will be required to purchase their own painting supplies.

    Prerequisite: Art I: Drawing and Painting
  • FA Ceramics I

    Art Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    The student will combine the creative process in this course with the techniques of building with clay by investigating and implementing the themes of sculptural vs. functional ceramics. Students will gain introduction and knowledge of the following hand-building techniques in clay: pinch, coil and slab construction. They will also acquire familiarity with certain vocabulary pertaining to the art, craft, history of ceramics and the creative process. By the end of the semester, students will also be proficient in a variety of basic glazing and surface techniques.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA ACP Ceramics II: Hand-Building

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    The student will build on the skills learned in Ceramics I to create advanced and in-depth three-dimensional works of art using hand building techniques- pinch, coil and slab. Students in Ceramics II are expected to achieve a higher level of craftsmanship, creativity and understanding of the creative process than in Ceramics I.

    Prerequisite: Ceramics I

    UMSL ACP: STUDIO ART 1030 Ceramics I
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this year-long semester course.
  • FA ACP Ceramics II: Wheel-Throwing

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    The student will learn how to create pottery exclusively using the pottery wheel. Students in Wheel-Throwing are expected to achieve a higher level of craftsmanship, creativity and understanding of the creative process than in Ceramics I.

    Prerequisite: Ceramics I

    UMSL ACP: STUDIO ART 1130 Ceramics II
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this year-long semester course.
  • FA Design

    Art Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    In this course, students will begin exploring the difference between design and fine art. They will learn and apply the elements and principles of design to solve visual problems in their work. The assignments require the student to become familiar with a variety of media. Students will be required to purchase some design materials.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Digital Photography I

    Art Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Fine Arts credit or Computer Science and Engineering, but not both.

    In this visual arts and applied computer science course, the student will learn about and understand how to control the digital camera. They will begin to develop their photographic aesthetic as they explore a variety of subject matter, with an emphasis on composition. Students will learn about the historical development of photography including darkroom processes. As they edit their photographs, they will learn to operate computer software, such as Adobe Photoshop.

    Camera requirement: DSLR or Point and Shoot with manual capabilities. A limited amount of school cameras are available to rent.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA ACP Digital Photography II

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Computer Science and Engineering credit or Fine Arts credit, but not both.

    In this course, students will move beyond the basic camera operations and photographic compositions introduced in Digital Photography I. This course will focus on students learning to communicate themes, messages, and ideas through their photography while using the skills learned in Digital Photography I. Students will learn in-depth Photoshop techniques and continue to work on the skills introduced in the prerequisite. Adobe Lightroom will be introduced as an introduction to RAW file editing and organization. The final assessment for this course will be a long term photo essay project. Students will create a final cohesive printed and digital portfolio utilizing Adobe InDesign. Each student must provide her own digital camera along with other class specific supplies.

    Prerequisite: Digital Photography I

    UMSL ACP: ART 1061 Photography I
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course.
  • FA ACP Graphic Design

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12

    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Fine Arts or Computer Science and Engineering credit, but not both.

    In this visual arts and applied computer science course, students will learn how graphic design plays a role in media, advertising, and design. They will rely on design theory and photographic skills as they are introduced to a variety of computer software applications, and tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to develop projects. Each student must provide her own digital camera, or phone, with a camera will work great, along with other class-specific supplies.

    Prerequisite: Design

    UMSL ACP: ART 1210 Graphic Design I
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course.
  • FA ACP Art History

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will learn about historical artworks, artists, and art movements of the 19th and 20th century. Additionally, students will explore how art is an emotional and visual response to events throughout history.

    Prerequisite: none

    UMSL ACP: ART 1100 Introduction to Western Art
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course.
  • FA Honors Art

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This full-year course is designed for serious and experienced art students who would like to explore more advanced techniques, media and themes in their work. If so desired, students will receive help to prepare a portfolio of their work for college admission. Students will be required to purchase some art materials.

    Prerequisite: Art I: Drawing and Painting and a “B+” in Art II: Drawing and/or Art II: Painting
  • FA Honors Independent Art

    Art Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Honors Independent Art is a semester-long advanced level course that allows students the freedom to explore personally driven themes throughout the entire semester. Students will focus on design, traditional 2D media, or 3D media based on their prior course sequencing. There are high levels of expectations for preparedness, effort, and research during this course. Students will be required to purchase some art materials.

    Prerequisite: “A” in ACC Art History and Graphic Design, Honors Art, Ceramics II: Hand-Building or Ceramics II: Wheel-Throwing and department approval
  • FA Dance I

    Dance Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12

    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This is an introductory overview course that is designed to explore dance as an art form. Students will study dance conditioning, ballet, jazz and modern dance. Emphasis will be on beginner dance technique, movement exploration through guided improvisation and dance history.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Dance II

    Dance Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Fine Arts or Physical Education credit, but not both. Freshmen may take this course for PE credit only.

    Dance II is an intermediate class designed for students who have completed Dance I or students who have taken ballet, jazz and/or modern dance outside of school in the past three years. Students will study dance conditioning, ballet, jazz and modern dance. Emphasis will be on intermediate dance technique and movement exploration of the elements of dance.

    Prerequisite: Dance I (grade 9 audition only)
  • FA Dance III: Performance

    Dance Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Fine Arts or Physical Education credit, but not both.

    This class may be repeated for credit.

    Dance III is an intermediate/advanced level class for students who have completed Dance II or have at least two full years of jazz, ballet or modern dance in the past four years outside of school. The focus of this class is preparation of a performance piece to be included in the musical or musical revue. Mandatory attendance and participation in Tech Week and the performance dates are necessary to receive credit for the course. Other activities include creating dance compositions and exploring various movement combinations, including jazz, ballet, or modern dance, not related to the performance. This class may be repeated as the content of the class changes with each offering.

    Prerequisite: Dance II (grade 9 audition only)
  • FA Freshman Chorus

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 9
    Year-long Course, .5 credit

    The Freshman Chorus is a performing ensemble that studies the techniques of singing through various styles of music. Basic music theory and sight singing are also studied. This ensemble performs at both the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Mandatory attendance and participation at both concerts are necessary to receive credit for the course.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Advanced Chorus

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This class may be repeated for credit.

    Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, the Advanced Chorus is a performing group that studies the techniques of singing through many styles of music. Some music theory and sight singing are also studied. Performances include: Christmas Concert, Spring Concert and school liturgies. Matching formal concert attire is required and must be purchased. Mandatory attendance and participation at both concerts are necessary to receive credit for the course.

    Prerequisite: Freshman Chorus or department approval
  • FA Frontenac Voices

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This class meets from 7:00-7:45 a.m., every day.

    The Frontenac Voices are selected by audition from the members of the Advanced Chorus. The opportunity of performing more challenging music in a smaller ensemble is offered to those who qualify. Auditions for this ensemble are during the first week of the fall semester. This course may be repeated and is offered before school. Performances include: Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Music Festival, graduation and school liturgies. Matching formal concert attire is required and must be purchased. Mandatory attendance and participation at both concerts are necessary to receive credit for the course.

    Prerequisite: Audition and concurrent enrollment in Advanced Chorus
  • FA Honors Frontenac Voices

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This class meets from 7:00-7:45 a.m., every day.

    Students enrolled in the Honors section will complete all of the work for Frontenac Voices and additional work will be required. Students will complete daily sight singing assignments. Students are required to audition for, and participate in (if eligible and selected) the following: All-District Honor Choir, All-State Honor Choir, All-District Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival, and All-State Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival. Students must also perform at least one selection in each semester’s vocal recital. Students will research and write about the composers and selections performed during each semester. Private voice lessons are strongly encouraged. Performances include: Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Music Festival, graduation and school liturgies. Matching formal concert attire is required and must be purchased. Mandatory attendance and participation at both concerts are necessary to receive credit for the course.

    Prerequisite: audition and concurrent enrollment in Advanced Chorus
  • FA Handbell Ensemble

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course may be repeated for credit.

    Students will learn the basic techniques of handbell ringing and will reinforce rhythm and music reading skills as they apply to handbell ringing. Required performances include the Christmas and/or Spring Concerts. This ensemble may also perform at some school liturgies and community events. Enrollment is limited. Mandatory attendance and participation in the semester end concert/performance are necessary to receive credit for the course.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Instrumental Ensemble

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, .5 credit

    This course may be repeated for credit.

    Students will develop individual musicianship through ensemble experience and through exposure to a widely varied repertoire. The group will have one performance each semester. Mandatory attendance and participation in the semester end concert/performance are necessary to receive credit for the course.

    Prerequisite: proficiency on your instrument and department approval; student must provide her own instrument.
  • FA Music Theory

    Music/Chorus Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course studies basic music structures and form through analysis to give students a working knowledge of music. The following topics will be studied: notation skills, major and minor scales, key signatures and tonality, intervals and transposition, chords and inversions, harmony, chord functions, cadences and non-harmonic tones, four-part chorale writing and analysis, dominant seventh chords, secondary dominants and modes. Some basic sight-singing will be used to help develop a sense of inner hearing.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Acting I

    Theatre Course

    Grade 9
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course allows students to explore basic acting techniques, including improvisational theatre games, geared at increasing concentration, relaxation, listening, stage voice, collaboration and creativity. Students will learn proper theatre etiquette and elements involved in critiquing a theatrical performance. Students will read a full length play and work on basic play and script analysis. Character development, stage blocking and line memorization techniques will be explored through scene work. Additionally, this course will provide the foundation that will prepare students who are interested in taking advanced courses in the theatre.

    Prerequisite: none
  • FA Acting II

    Theatre Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course offers scene and monologue performances to develop skills needed for the work of the actor. Students will focus on in-depth characterization and stage movement through vocal, physical and emotional exercises designed for the intermediate actor. Through research and analysis, students will discover master theatre teachers and their acting methods. In addition, exercises will be used to develop period movement and stage dialects. The semester culminates in a final performance.

    Prerequisite: Acting I or department approval
  • FA Acting III

    Theatre Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Acting III is a semester course which allows students to delve more deeply into the study of acting methods through scene performances and character and script analysis. This course also introduces students to the art of directing for the stage. Directing techniques are studied and students will direct a variety of scenes. Students have the option of directing a one-act play to be rehearsed and performed outside of school hours.

    Prerequisite: Acting I & II or department approval

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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Departments

Fine Arts Department

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of David Kowalczyk

    Mr. David Kowalczyk 

    Fine Arts - Department Chair
    (314) 394-4132
  • Photo of Janine Albes

    Ms. Janine Albes 

    Director of Performing Arts
    (314) 394-4136
  • Photo of Brian Ebbinghaus

    Mr. Brian Ebbinghaus 

    Fine Arts - Theater Technician
    (314) 394-4226
  • Photo of Amy Madej

    Mrs. Amy (Kling) Madej 99

    Fine Arts
    (314) 394-4097
  • Photo of Marvin Medcalf

    Mr. Marvin Medcalf 

    Instrumental Ensemble Instructor
    (314) 394-4220
  • Photo of Ryan Paluczak

    Mr. Ryan Paluczak 

    Fine Arts
    (314) 394-4004
  • Photo of Nicki Tipton

    Ms. Nicki Tipton 

    Fine Arts
    (314) 394-4098
  • Photo of Mary Beth Wilson

    Ms. Mary Beth Wilson 

    Fine Arts
    (314) 394-4223
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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