Fall Semester Arts Courses

Ceramics I

This course introduces students to create and use the pottery wheel by sculpting clay by hand. Students will learn various techniques for adorning the surface of their clay objects using glazing and printmaking methods. Students will explore the historical significance of ceramics in various cultures as well as the aesthetic traditions of making functional pottery. Through this exploration students will become proficient in a number of skills that are used when working with clay including; throwing and trimming work on the pottery wheel, printmaking onto a glazed surface, sgraffito, slip trailing and slip casting techniques. [Half credit.]

Design Thinking in the MakerSpace

Design Thinking in the MakerSpace is an introduction to basic ideation, design thinking, prototyping, modeling and problem solving skills necessary in the act of making things. Using a multitude of materials (wood, fabric, plastic, metal, computers), students are introduced to authentic tasks that aim to help build critical thinking skills aimed at solving challenges through guided inquiry. Students are introduced to programming Arduino systems to control an LED display and better understand the hardware components and basic programming necessary to design computer systems using the Raspberry Pi. In addition, students will utilize 3D design software and 3D printing to bring ideas to life for prototyping, testing and redevelopment. Throughout the course, students work alone and in teams on various projects and activities. [One semester, Half credit.]

Electronic Music I

This course introduces students to the power of electronic music in two ways: through the use and mastery of industry standard music production software (Ableton Live and iOS recording and editing apps, etc) and through study of the history and influence of all forms of electronic music (early classical experiments, jazz, blues, rock, hip hop, techno, dubstep, and beyond). Students will learn how to program beats, sequence parts, edit recorded and sampled sounds, splice and merge sections, and combine these skills to create your own original music. Students will also have access to over 300 tracks online for listening and discussion purposes – a collection of electronic and related pieces which forms the basis for our study. This class will challenge the notion of what music actually is, engage students in thought-provoking listening experiences, and help students to develop skills in producing, arranging, editing, and distributing their own electronic music. iPads are required; access to sophisticated production software will be provided in class. Some additional iOS apps will be needed. [Half credit.]

Glass I

This course is an introduction to fused, kiln-formed, mosaic, and stained glass works of art. This course is recommended for students interested in examining the dynamic and complex characteristics of glass as a visual arts medium. Students will study the basic chemistry of glass materials and how glass can be manipulated using various tools and processes. Students will explore the historical significance of glass in various cultures as well as the aesthetic traditions of making both functional and sculptural glass works. Through this exploration students will become proficient in a number of skills that are used when working with glass including; glass cutting, polishing, printmaking, and mold-making techniques. Students with a strong interest in color theory are encouraged to take this course. [Half Credit.]

Guitar I

This course is an introduction to music through learning and playing the guitar. Students will learn the foundations of musical concepts such as note reading, rhythm, and basic harmony. These concepts will be applied through basic guitar technique. Simple songs and chords will be learned while working out of a proven method book, Jerry Snyder’s Guitar School, Book 1 (with CD). Class activities will range from group lecture and practice to individual and small group playing. Assignments will include individual playing tests, recorded ensembles, and a creative improvisation. Students will provide their own acoustic guitars (steel or nylon string) of at least novice quality (see instructor for recommendations.) A limited number of guitars will be made available to those who need to borrow them. [Half Credit.]

Introduction to Woodworking

This course is designed to expose students to the fundamental elements and skills of basic woodworking. Students will understand the safe, effective and efficient use of both hand and power tools while emphasizing craftsmanship, planning and finishing. As students progress, they will create various woodworking projects that reinforce and challenge skills while exploring areas of functional object making. [Half credit.]

Public Speaking

This course teaches the methods and strategies of speaking in front of an audience and requires students to learn the principles by formulating specific purpose statements, analyzing and adapting to audiences, organizing ideas, topic selection, language, constructing outlines in preparation for delivering a speech in front of an audience. Working independently and with peer groups, students will be actively involved in every step of the process of public speaking preparation and execution. Assignments include formal speeches (to inform, to persuade, and to pay tribute), brief extemporaneous speeches, speech analyses, and evaluations. [Half credit.]


This course is recommended for students that want to gain a basic understanding of the concepts and materials used in creating three-dimensional artworks. Students will be introduced to a comprehensive range of sculpture techniques and will work with a variety of mediums including clay, glass, textiles, paper, plaster and metal. During the course of the semester students will become familiar with different art forms and practices used by various cultures throughout the world. [Half credit.]

Theater Technology I

This is an introductory course, investigating the technical aspects of designing and running a theatrical production. This course will introduce students to the basic principles of scenic design, sound design, lighting design as well as other aspects of technical theater. Students will learn to safely use many of the tools and equipment required to set the stage for a performance. Students will be involved in all aspects of production, from conceptualization and construction to operation and management. As an aspect of the course, students will be required to serve as technical crew for many of the Academy’s productions and special events. [Half Credit.]

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