Arts Department

Ceramics 2 Honors

In this advanced class, students expand on foundational skills acquired in Ceramics 1, honing technical skills on the potter’s wheel and in advanced hand-building. Students develop their own creative style and showcase work with refined craftsmanship. Students work to create higher quality through advanced concepts, including pottery surface decoration with colored slips, sgraffito, textural application, and underglazes. Students create a portfolio of work and practice utilizing art vocabulary in group critiques, where they study, evaluate and interpret their own and others’ work.

2024-01-29T23:12:58+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Upper Division, Visual Arts|

Introduction to Music Theory

This course is designed to give students a chance to explore songwriting and music production. The ability to sing, play guitar and/or piano are not required but will greatly aid the songwriting process. Using the computer as a virtual recording studio, students will combine software-based sound production with recorded audio from their compositions. Over the course of the year, students will complete at least three songs, in a variety of genres, and perform them at a showcase in the spring term as well as record their compositions. Students will develop skills in working with software along with songwriting techniques. They will be introduced to basic digital audio theory and microphone placement techniques, as well as develop skills in hard-disk recording and editing with Logic, Garage Band, and other multi-track audio software. Students will collaborate as songwriters and sound engineers in the process of composing music. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

2024-01-29T21:27:15+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Music, Upper Division|

Guitar 2

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced guitarists. To take the course, students should have successfully completed Guitar 1 or have the permission of the teacher. Students will be instructed in the musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, and tempo as applied to the guitar. At the end of the semester, students will be able to play bass lines, chords, and read melodies in first and fifth positions using a pick, and execute fingerpicking patterns. The course will allow for individualized student needs and learning goals. Students [...]

2024-01-29T21:22:02+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Music, Upper Division|

Dance 1

Available to: all students Dance 1 is a yearlong course devoted to the study of dance as a means to understand self and others, to communicate in dramatic form, and to gain an understanding of historical and artistic diversity through dance. Dance genres may include contemporary, world dance, hip hop, jazz, and social dance. Students will perform dances in different mediums. Students will also explore the choreographic process and improvisational movement. Student choreography participation will be encouraged and opportunities to perform in versatile community performances will be offered. Attendance for all community and school concert performances is mandatory.

2024-02-13T05:30:20+00:00Categories: Dance|

Theater Productions

The afternoon Theater program meets the school’s afternoon commitment requirement and consists of three major productions each year: the fall play, the winter musical, and, depending on the year, a spring play and/or senior showcase. While these productions are ambitious and reinforce the curriculum taught in the acting classes, any student wanting to act is welcome and encouraged to audition. Theater Tech offers students a first-hand opportunity to practice logistic and production-related aspects of a performance: sound, lighting, set design and set construction. Students can participate in Theater and/or Theater Tech in any (or all) of the three sports seasons. Productions typically feature five performances (on consecutive weekends), before school and local community audiences in the school’s Keck Auditorium.

Design for Theater: Sets & Costumes

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester Special Notes: This course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the theater arts discipline. Alternatively, students engaged in two seasons of theater productions in a year are eligible to petition for a semester’s grade and credit in the theater arts, which, in conjunction with this course, would fulfill both Stevenson’s one-year arts requirement and the “f” arts requirement for the UC and Cal State schools. Students discover design within the context of theater, and they develop an appreciation for the art of theatrical, costume and scenic design. Students can take this course more than once to encounter more advanced material and more rigorous standards. Such students will have greater parameters in [...]

Advanced Making Movies

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Advanced Making Movies continues the process of developing documentary and narrative films initiated in Making Movies 1. This exceptionally fun class also helps students interested in pursuing filmmaking at the college and beyond. The course challenges students to work as a team to create projects, with an eye to potential submission to student film competitions, as well as for admission to competitive summer and college programs. After one year of Advanced Making Movies, students may choose to take the course again and focus on independently driven projects. For this course, students must demonstrate: (1) familiarity or proficiency in elements of movie production, including camera operation, editing software, and writing; and (2) an ability to work both independently and as a member of a crew. Summer program or other work before this class is highly recommended. An [...]

2024-01-29T23:58:23+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|

Making Movies 1

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course has a yearlong option. If you choose to take only a semester, the course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the visual arts discipline. In this course, students learn how to create their own films, starting with bite-sized, attainable goals like 15 second movies without dialogue, as well as reports that can be transferred to their other courses. Students explore all the components of short documentary and narrative films—from concept development to post-production—and develop competence to create their own projects from start to finish. Students learn strategies for creating compelling stories, and they screen films to study [...]

2024-01-29T23:57:45+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|

AP Studio Art: Drawing & 2D Design

Type: honors Available to: all qualified grade 10, 11, and 12 students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page A select group of students, chosen by the faculty for their demonstrated excellence in studio art, motivation and potential, prepare a portfolio for submission to the College Board in the spring. There is the potential for receiving college credit. This course is rigorous and is for committed art students, many of whom are considering college programs for study in a range of disciplines that may extend beyond drawing and painting— such as filmmaking, fashion, industrial design, and architecture. Working independently under faculty guidance, students are expected to produce a majority of work outside of class and they have access to the art studios during weekends and after school. Students create 20 total works to meet the AP portfolio requirements.

Art 2: Architecture

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Special Notes: This course is offered in alternate years, and is not available in 2024-2025. It will be available in 2025-2026 Through exploration and application of design techniques, students embrace the practice of architecture to develop awareness of this impactful aspect of our everyday lives. Students indulge in creative play with concept development, as they probe creative design as a potential college-level pursuit or career path. Students practice perspective drawing and apply the design process, from ideation thumbnails to drafting digital plans and hand-building models. Students consider the history of architecture and current innovations in environmentally conscientious planning. When possible, students take field trips that highlight homes and building projects in our area.

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