The Fine Arts Department has multiple goals.  These courses encourage 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 2018-19

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  • FA 701 Introduction to Visual Arts

    (.5 credit)
    In the Intro to Visual Arts class the student 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, they 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.
  • FA 702 Introduction to Theatre

    (.5 credit, freshmen)
    This course allows students to explore basic acting techniques, including theatre games geared at increasing concentration, listening skills, and creativity. Students will read a full length play and work on basic play analysis, character development and memorization techniques through scene work. Students will also become exposed to proper theatre etiquette, and learn elements involved in critiquing a theatrical performance. Throughout the course students will explore the origins of theatre history and identify particular theatre careers. Additionally, this course will provide the foundation, knowledge and skills that would prepare the student to continue taking additional advanced classes in the theatre.
  • FA 703 Theatre I

    (.5 credit)
    This introductory course is designed for the novice. It will prepare the student to be a better listener, communicator, and team player. Students will explore many aspects of the theatre including improvisation, character analysis, scene study, monologue work, script analysis, technical theatre, production, and design. This hands-on course allows students to experience the whole production process by preparing for a play that will be performed at the end of the semester. Theatre I is highly recommended for students who plan on taking FA 709 ACP/Fundamentals of Acting.
  • FA 705 Discussion and Debate

    (.5 credit)
    This course will explore many discussion formats, including symposium, group problem solving, one on one debate and panel discussion. The student will develop skills in research, leadership and higher order thinking as the class debates and discusses contemporary issues.
  • FA 706 Communication Skills

    (.5 credit)
    The class will explore and improve skills needed to communicate effectively in business. The students will learn effective speaking techniques including The Sales Talk, computer-assisted presentations, role playing how to interview for a job, The Panel Discussion, Symposium and other forms of formal speaking situations.
  • FA 709 ACP/Fundamentals of Acting

    (.5 credit)
    This is an ACP course that offers concentrated exercises and methods to develop the initial skills needed for the work of the actor. Students will be challenged to develop personal communication and presentational skills through vocal, physical, and emotional exercises designed for the beginning actor. Course emphasizes relaxation, concentration, improvisation, script analysis, characterization, and scene work exercises to develop elementary performance skills.
    (Prerequisite: FA 703 or teacher recommendation, must have at least a GPA of 3.0)
  • FA 711 Advanced Chorus

    (1 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, Music Festival, Spring Concert, school liturgies, and graduation. Matching formal concert attire is required and must be purchased. This course may be repeated. Attendance and participation in the end of semester concert/performance is required for successful completion of this course.
    (Prerequisite: FA 712 or instructor approval)
  • FA 712 Freshman Chorus

    (.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. Attendance and participation in the end of semester concert/performance is required for successful completion of this course.
  • FA 713 Frontenac Voices

    (1 credit - meets zero-hour/before school)
    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. Attendance and participation in the end of semester concert/performance is required for successful completion of this course.
    (Prerequisite: audition and concurrent enrollment in FA 711)
  • FA 714 Honors Frontenac Voices

    (1 credit, seniors - meets zero-hour/before school)
    In addition to the work required for FA 713, this honors course will require additional work. Students will complete daily sight-singing assignments using SMARTMUSIC. 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. Student will research and write about the composers and selections performed during each semester. Private voice lessons are strongly encouraged. Attendance and participation in the endo f semester concert/performance is required for successful completion of this course.
    (Concurrent enrollment in FA 711)
  • FA 715 Music Theory

    (.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.
  • FA 716 Handbell Ensemble

    (.5 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 or Spring Concerts. This ensemble may also perform at some school liturgies and community events. Enrollment is limited.
    This course may be repeated.
    Attendance and participation in the semester end concert/performance is required for successful completion of this course.
  • FA 718 Instrumental Ensemble

    (.5 credit, year-long course)
    Students will develop individual musicianship through ensemble experience and through exposure to a widely varied repertoire. The group will perform several times each year. Attendance and participation at semester concerts are mandatory and required for successful completion of the course. Students must provide their own instrument.
    This course may be repeated.
    (Prerequisites: instructor approval, proficiency on an instrument)
  • FA 721 Design

    (.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.
  • FA 722 Drawing

    (.5 credit)
    In this basic course, the student learns how to see and to study line, form, space and values to create an artistic work. The student experiences the use of a variety of drawing materials. Student will be required to purchase her own drawing materials.
    (Prerequisites: FA 701)
  • FA 724 Graphic Design

    (.5 credit)
    In this course, students will learn how graphic design plays a role in media, advertising, and design. They will rely on design theory and photography skills as they are introduced to a variety of digital imaging programs, and tools such as the Adobe Suite to develop projects. Each student must provide her own digital camera (DSLR or Point & Shoot with manual capabilities) along with other class specific supplies. (Students who receive financial aid may qualify to rent a school camera for the semester. There will be a rental fee and loan agreement required to rent.)
    (Prerequisite: FA 732 and FA 721)
  • FA 725 Painting

    (.5 credit)
    This course teaches the basic elements of watercolor and acrylic techniques, how to mix colors, and how to directly apply paint to canvas and paper. Students will explore observational and expressive themes and imagery. The student will be required to purchase her own painting supplies.
    (Prerequisite: FA 701)
  • FA 727 Ceramics I

    (.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, and 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.
  • FA 732 Intro to Digital Photography & Adobe Photoshop

    (.5 credit)
    In this course, the student will learn to use the principles of art to create aesthetically interesting photographic compositions. They will learn to use the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop in order to modify their imagery. Each student must provide her own digital camera (DSLR or Point & Shoot with manual capabilities) along with other class specific supplies. (Students who receive financial aid may qualify to rent a school camera for the semester. There will be a rental fee and loan agreement required to rent.)
  • FA 733 ACC Art History

    (.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.
    (May be taken for ACC credit for juniors and seniors)
  • FA 739 Ceramics II: Hand Building

    (.5 credit)
    The student will build on the skills learned in Ceramics I to create more 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: FA 727)
  • FA 742 Ceramics II: Wheel Throwing

    (.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: FA 727)
  • FA 746 Honors Art

    (1 credit)
    This full year course is designed for the serious and experienced art students who would like to explore more advanced techniques, media, and themes in their work. If so desired, the students will receive help to prepare a portfolio of their work for college admission. The students will be required to purchase some art materials.
    (Prerequisites: FA 701 and a B+ in FA 722 and/or FA 725)
  • FA 747 Honors Independent Art

    (.5 credit)
    Independent Study is a semester long senior 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. The students will be required to purchase some art materials.
    (Prerequisites: FA 733 and either 724, 746, 739, 742. Student must have earned an A in their prerequisite courses and get instructor approval)
  • FA 748 Dance I

    (.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.
    May satisfy PE or Fine Arts credit but not both.
  • FA 749 Dance II

    (.5 credit)
    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.
    May satisfy PE or Fine Arts credit but not both.
  • FA 750 Dance III/Performance

    (.5 credit)
    Dance III is an intermediate/advanced level class for students who have completed Dance I and II at SJA 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 to prepare performance pieces that will be included in the spring musical production. Students will be required to attend tech week and performance dates in May. This class may be repeated.
    May satisfy PE or Fine Arts credit but not both.

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