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Visual and Performing Arts


Graduation Requirements: 10 Credits The required 10 credits in VPA must be taken sequencially during the course of one academic year.

*Please note:
The abbreviations P, H and AP are all UC/CSU approved courses
P = UC/CSU approved; H = Honors
AP = Advanced Placement


 

Courses

ANIMATION AND DRAWING - P

Animation and Drawing - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A170
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None LEVEL: 9th-12th grade

In Animation and Drawing students will create their own individual and group animations. Students will learn to storyboard, build animation puppets and use computer film editing software. Project may include: Hand Drawn, Claymation, and Computer Animation. Students will also view cartoons from the earliest Mickey Mouse to the latest from Pixar and DreamWorks as they learn about this amazing industry’s major historical and modern influences. A semester of this course may be taken for 5 credits provided that the VPA requirement has been satisfied. Please use code A163.

 

 

AP Studio Art: Three-dimensional Design

AP Studio Art: Three-Dimensional Design - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A261
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Drawing/ Painting or Drawing/Sculpture and approval of the instructor required.
LEVEL: 11th and12th grade

The Advanced Placement 3-D Studio Art course is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the creation and study of art. The 3-D Portfolio is intended to address a broad interpretation of sculptural issues in depth and space. These may include mass, volume, form, plane, light and texture. Such elements and concepts may be articulated through additive, subtractive and/or fabrication processes. Examples of approaches include traditional sculpture, architectural models, ceramics and three-dimensional fiber arts or metal work, among others. Students are expected to submit a portfolio for the Advanced Placement exam. Note: Students are required to start their portfolio by completing three projects over the summer. See the AP instructor for assignments.

 

AP Studio Art: Drawing

AP Studio Art: Drawing - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A160
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Two-Dimensional Composition, or Drawing/ Painting or Drawing/Sculpture and approval of the instructor.
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

The Advanced Placement Drawing course is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the creation and study of art. The Drawing Portfolio is designed to address a broad interpretation of drawing issues. Observational and abstract works that qualify as addressing drawing issues through line, value, illusion of depth and mark making can include drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. The drawing portfolio is intended to address a wide range of approaches and media. Note: Students are required to start their portfolio by completing three projects over the summer. See the AP instructor for assignments.

 

 

 

Drawing and Painting - P

Drawing/Painting - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A125
STATUS: UC/CSU. Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS/CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th -12th grade

This introductory course explores the creation of two-dimensional art, including drawing, painting and basic design principles using pastels, watercolor, acrylic, graphite and charcoal. Emphasis is given to development and application of the elements of art and most importantly, to the establishing of a personal connection to art making. The first part of this course may be taken for 5 credits. A semester of this course may be taken for 5 credits provided that the VPA requirement has been satisfied. Please use code A110.

 

Multi-Media Design - P

Multi Media Design - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A180
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th -12th grade

The Multi-Media Design course engages students in learning graphic design skills, visual communication and design theory in order to explore various means to convey a message. The principles of visual design, the design process and the history of 20th century design will be taught and executed through projects. Students will learn to navigate the vast world of communication in media design and industry through making, analyzing, experiencing, problem solving and playing with the intent of conveying a message, idea and information

Musical Theatre Dance

Musical Theatre Dance - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A115
STATUS: Pending
CREDITS:  5 (may be applied as VPA or elective credit)
CAMPUS: CHS (Co-ed)
LEVEL: 9th-12th

This performance-based class explores the origins and development of dance as it applies to the Broadway stage. Students will study a historical overview of the genre with specific emphasis placed on the works of American choreographers, including Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse. Character development is integrated into the movement component of the class. Emphasis is placed on public performance and participation in the Spring Dance Showcase is required for students enrolled in spring semester.

Note: No experience is necessary. Appropriate dance shoes required.

Music Theory - P

Music Theory - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A135
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th-12th grade

This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write music notation, as well as to understand, analyze, and listen informedly. It will cover material such as pitches, scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases, ear training, harmony and basic composition techniques. The course will also be useful to experienced musicians with or without music notation skills who wish to improve overall musicianship. No previous musical experience is necessary.

 

Drawing and Painting 2 - P

Drawing/Painting 2 - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A210
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Drawing and Painting
LEVEL: 9th -12th grade

Drawing and Painting 2 continues the development of skills learned in Drawing and Painting. It is designed to improve and expand two-dimensional art techniques with an emphasis in painting, drawing and design. The course is intended to reinforce a deliberate use of the principles of design, and to help students develop a more personal voice in their art making. Students will deepen their critical skills and will develop a portfolio that will prepare them to attend an AP studio class should they choose to do so. They will study connections between art, art history and culture and will learn about ethics and careers in Art. A semester of this course may be taken for 5 credits provided that the VPA requirement has been satisfied. Please use code A110.

 

 

 

Concert / Marching Band - P

Concert/Marching Band - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A561
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th and 12th grade

This musical ensemble focuses on preparation and performance of contemporary and traditional concert band and wind ensemble literature. Included in the curriculum are individual and ensemble performance techniques, sight-reading, music vocabulary, as well as aspects of music theory and history. Emphasis is on immediate practical application of skills. In the fall, parade and field show music and marching techniques will be explored. Performance is required at home football games, band reviews, parades, and school and community functions. As per the grading policy, members are required to attend all performances. This ensemble is considered the “core” of the De La Salle music program.

 

Engineering, Architecture, Drafting and Design - P

Engineering, Architecture, Drafting and Design - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A620
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Completion of a year-long visual arts course and department approval
LEVEL: 10th-12th grade

This course is an introduction to industrial drafting, design, visual recognition and proportion. Students will develop skills and understanding in drawing, visual recognition and proportioning through the use of drafting tools, CAD and symbols and language associated with the field. Emphasis will be also placed on developing the student’s ability to design, utilizing tools, appropriate technolgy, symbols and language. There is also a construction component to thsi course involving the students completed designs, the creation of a model, and the exploration of structure and architectural aesthetics.

 

Chorus - P

Chorus - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A620
STATUS: UC/CSU. Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Completion of a year-long visual arts course and department approval
Level:  9th-12th

Chorus is a blended course that is scheduled for period 7 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  A detailed calendar is posted on Schoology which outlines the days for which students need to physically report to this class during period 7.  Chorus is the fundamental starting point for all choral students.  In this class, students learn the fundamentals of singing and develop the adolescent voice into a healthy musical instrument.  We learn the basics of "how to" sing (Two and Three part choral music), the basic elements of reading music, and the development of skills such as reading music at sight and writing music by ear using musical notation.  Students enrolled in this course will also have the opportunity to participate in choral concerts; one in winter and one in spring.  At course end, students will have increased range, breath support, and confidence in singing as both an individual and a s a member of a choral ensemble. NOTE: Students will need to purchase choral attire (TBA) and a choral folder for participation in this class. 

Orchestra - P

Orchestra - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A612
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Prior experience playing a string instrument
LEVEL: 9th-12th grade

This ensemble will study and perform string orchestra and chamber music from different time periods. They will give two major concerts a year in addition to performing in CMEA large and small ensemble festivals. This group would be augmented with winds and percussion from the Concert Band to perform larger orchestral works in addition to playing for the spring musical.

 

Chorale - P

Chorale - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A667
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS/CHS
PREREQUISITES: Students must have successfully completed an entire year of Chorus. Approval of the instructor required.
LEVEL: 9th -12th grade

Chorale is a blended course that is scheduled for period 7 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  A detailed calendar is posted on Schoology which outlines the days for which students need to physically report to this class during period 7.  Chorale is a  performance-based class that provides students with opportunities to further advance their vocal and musical skill, knowledge, and expression through the study of choral literature. Students commit themselves to a rigorous performance schedule that includes a Christmas Concert, Visions of Christmas performances, Spring Concert, Liturgy performances, and the opportunity to  travel and compete at the national level (trip cost varies; approximate cost is $500-$1,000). If seeking instructor approval, an individual audition with the Choral Director  must be arranged before enrolling in this course.  NOTE: Students will need to purchase choral attire (TBA) and a choral folder for participation in this class. 

 

Jazz Band - P

Jazz Band - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A570
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Audition with instructor; concurrent enrollment in Concert/Marching Band is required of brass, percussion, and woodwind players
LEVEL: 9th and 12th grade

This is a music performance class with several goals; introduction of basic jazz techniques, including improvisation and performance of standard Jazz/Big Band repertoire. Other performance styles explored will range from swing, bebop to fusion and rock. The ensemble will consist of standard Big Band instrumentation: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, piano and drums. The ensemble will not only perform home concerts, but also perform at school rallies, athletic events, community functions and concert festivals. As per the grading policy, members are required to attend all performances. Membership in this ensemble is by audition and instructor approval. Members of this ensemble must be concurrently enrolled in the Concert/Marching Band (piano, guitar, and bass players may be exempted at the discretion of the director.)

 

 

Technical Theatre Design & Building - P

Technical Theatre Design & Building - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A375
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th-12th grade

Technical Theatre Design and Building gives students the opportunity to explore the world of theatre including the design and production of sets, props, lighting and sound. Through hands-on experience, students will learn how to safely and effectively operate power tools, experiment with stage lighting, build scenery and create soundscapes. Students will have an opportunity to peak behind the curtain and see what it takes to put on a stage production. In addition to technical skills, students develop their understanding of design, in theatre and beyond, through projects that use design concepts to create items for performance. Students will learn to express their ideas and interpretations through both group and independent learning in all aspects of technical theatre. In the second semester, students will act as the designers and technical crew for the performances of the Theatre 2 play.

 

Theatre II - P

Theatre II - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A368
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Theatre 1 or participation
in a Company production
LEVEL: 10th -12th grade

Theatre II is a semester long collaborative production class. As an expansion and continuation of Theatre I, students will develop complex acting techniques, character development, script analysis and stage direction. The class will result in a full-length, student-directed production. This course collaborates with the Technical Theatre course offered at the same time. Students will be expected to perform in, direct, and produce rehearsed works with a goal of public performance.  This semester course may be taken for 5 credits provided that the VPA requirement has been satisfied.  VPA requirements include one year of Theatre 1 or participation in a Theatre Company production.

AP STUDIO ART: Two-Dimensional Design

AP Studio Art: Two-Dimensional Design - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A260
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Drawing/ Painting or Two-Dimensional Composition or Cartooning and approval of the instructor required.
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

The Advanced Placement 2-D Studio Art course is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the creation and study of art. Design involves purposful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. The 2-D portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of design issues. Students are asked to demonstrate proficiency in 2-D design using a variety of forms. These could include, but are not limited to, graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, printmaking, etc. Students are expected to submit a portfolio for the Advanced Placement exam. Note: Students are required to start their portfolio by completing three projects over the summer. See the AP instructor for assignments.

 

Photo and Film-P

Photo and Film-P

REGISTRATION CODE: A376
STATUS: P
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th -12th grade

Students will create and critique photographs and films. The class will familiarize students with film and photography equipment, materials, methods and processes. The students will also be introduced to editing and manipulating images. They will also learn the history of photography and film from its invention to present day.

SCULPTURE AND DRAWING - P

Sculpture and Drawing - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A115
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th-12th

Sculpture and Drawing is an in-depth look at the materials, techniques and principles involved in creating three-dimensional art. Techniques in hand forming, carving, assemblage and fabrication will be studied. Ceramics is a major part of this program, and students will also work in metal, plastic, plaster, Paper Mache and other media. Drawing will also be an important component of this course.

Concert Choir (H)

Concert Choir (H) - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A666
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: All students mus audition with the Choral Director.  Auditions take place in April/May
LEVEL: 9th- 12th grade

Concert Choir (H) is a blended course that is scheduled for period 7 on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays.  A detailed calendar is posted on Schoology which outlines the days for which students need to physically report to this class during period 7.  Concert Choir (H) is a performance-based class that provides students with opportunities to further advance their vocal and musical skill, knowledge, and expression through the study of collegiate level choral literature.  Students commit themselves to a rigorous performance schedule that includes a Christmas Concert, Visions of Christmas performances, Spring Concert, Liturgy performances, and the opportunity to travel and compete at the national level (trip costs varies; approximate cost is $500-$1000).  An individual audition with the Choral Director must be arranged before enrolling in this course.  NOTE:  Students will need to purchase choral attire (TBA) and choral folder for participation in this class.

Theatre I - P

Theatre I - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A367
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS & CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th- 12th grade

Theatre I encourages students to explore and express their own voice through acting, script writing and some filming. It introduces students to a variety of basic skills like improvisation, voice character creation, satire and script writing. Looking at films, script, and sketch shows, students in this course will find different ways to use performing arts to impact the world around them.

 

Costume and Fashion Design

Costume & Fashion Design - P

REGISTRATION CODE: A667
STATUS: UC/CSU Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th, 11th and 12th grade

This is an introductory clothing design class that will focus on learning the basic skills required to design and build clothing, costumes and fashions. It teaches students the aesthetic aspects of two and three-dimensional design necessary to create sketches, designs, and actual articles of clothing. This includes skills such as design cutting, draping and stitching. This course also studies fashion trends throughout history from ancient times to modern day and includes an understanding of cultural, social, political and economic influences on fashion design. Opportunities for students to showcase work include participation in Company Shows, Dance Show(s) and a student produced fashion show.

Note: This course can be taken more than once and instruction will be modified to take into account student level.