Visual and Performing Arts

Photography will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of photography.  Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: how cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, and basics of how to use photo editing software. Students will receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period.  There is a major emphasis placed on the student for self-directed work time. This includes time during school hours to go outside and shoot assignments based on what they are learning. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s).  They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not. Furthermore, students will explore how their faith can be expressed and communicated through the photographic medium.

Yearbook is part design, part business. Units of study include teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, yearbook campaigns, social media, marketing, and distribution.

Dance Company is a performance-based class that fulfills the Rock Academy’s art credit (high school only) OR one year of PE requirement. Students learn beginning-intermediate dance technique, experience dance production, and learn a variety of dance styles from ballet to ballroom and modern/contemporary to hip-hop. Students perform at school and community events.

Choreography and Performance teaches students to apply choreographic principles of theme and variation, repetition, levels of space, tempo, and musicality to create a 30-minute touring program and educational outreach. Students will attend and critique professional dance performances, analyze technique from pioneers in modern choreography, as well as work with outside choreographers to both strengthen their individual technique and compose their own material. Ongoing technical instruction in ballet and jazz technique as well as performance and flexibility will accompany the choreographic process.

Art 1 is an intro two-semester course designed to expand the students’ knowledge, abilities, and critical judgments of art using various techniques and media that align with state standards and the principles and elements of art.

Visual Communications is the art and skill of combining visual text and images to communicate. In communicating visually, the course will focus on the elements and principles of design and apply them to images and text using Adobe Creative Suite.