Spring Semester Arts Courses

Advanced Woodworking

Advanced Woodworking is offered for students who have successfully completed Introduction to Woodworking. Student will investigate a variety of areas of study including, hand tools, complex joinery,Eastern woodworking techniques and more.During this course students will continue to build on their knowledge in project planning, selection and use of materials, including tools and machines to produce a finished product. Emphasis will be on safety and quality of workmanship. The students will do 1 required project and then they (with direction) will select the rest. (The instructor will decide if the student has the ability for any given project.) This class is about the world of work and each student will need to be in attendance and participate fully in all activities. [One semester, Half credit.]

Ceramics II

Ceramics II builds on skills learned and practiced in Ceramics I. Students in Ceramics II move onto more challenging techniques in hand-building, including coil pots and large-scale slab construction. Wheel work focuses on mastering form and throwing larger more complex vessels. An introduction and mastery of mold making and slip casting techniques will be discussed. Self-evaluation and weekly practice outside of class time are important parts of the learning process throughout the course. Prerequisite: Ceramics I. [One Semester, 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

Electronic Music 1 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. This class will challenge your notion of what music actually is, engage you in thought-provoking listening experiences, and help you to develop skills in producing, arranging, editing, and distributing your own electronic music. Students who complete this class may go on to Laptop Orchestra. iPads are required; access to sophisticated production software will be provided in class. Some additional iOS apps will be needed. [One semester, Half credit.]

Glass II

Glass II provides an opportunity for experienced Glass students to explore the sculptural, conceptual, and functional aesthetics of glass as an artistic media. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of glass chemistry to understand how to manipulate copper, sulfur, and lead bearing glasses to produce color reactions. Advanced techniques for working in kiln formed glass such as; glass weaving, glass painting, creating imagery with frit and powder, creating texture, designing and applying decals, kiln carving, and mold making will be explored. Students in the course are required to experiment and develop new techniques to use to create a body of work. Contemporary artists Toots Zynski, Karl Harron, Martha Pfanschmidt, Richard Parrish, and Stacy Lynn Smith will be studied. Prerequisite: Glass I. [One semester, Half Credit.]


Guitar I

Guitar I 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. 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. Some optional materials for the class include a laptop computer, and a USB microphone. These materials will be made available to students, and are not required. Required Materials: Acoustic guitar (steel or nylon string), Jerry Snyder’s Guitar School Book 1, extra replacement strings, and guitar picks. [One semester, Half Credit.]

Introduction to Woodworking

Introduction to Woodworking 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. [One semester, Half credit.]

Public Speaking

Public Speaking 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 analysis, and evaluations. [One semester, Half credit.]


Sculpture 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. [One semester, Half credit.]

Theater Technology II

Theater Technology II offers a more comprehensive study into the various elements of technical theater production; including lighting, sound and scenic design. Continuing themes from the previous course, students will explore various production roles, develop management and production skills while creating and implementing original technical designs. Students will be expected to draw on knowledge from the previous course while mastering new concepts and skills. Students will be involved in all levels of production, from conceptualization and construction through operation and management. As an aspect of the course, students will be required to serve as technical crew for many of Lake Forest Academy’s productions. Prerequisite: Theater Technology I. [One semester, Half credit.]

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