The Fine Arts Department includes a variety of courses from which the students may choose. The art major courses are open to all students. Any student applying for Art I must submit a portfolio to the Art Teacher. The music major courses are open to all students. No previous experience is necessary. The instruments taught are listed in the catalog under Music. Students taking Instrumental Music are required to perform in the Concert Band for the entire school year. Students who are not in the Art or Music courses are rostered for Related Arts as freshman. Chorus is taught once a week after school. A full description is given under the Music area.
The Fine Arts Department of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia created a secondary education mission statement; The arts are essential to the human spirit. They inspire, they elevate, and they bring out the potential to create. They are a binding force in the world separated by distrust and prejudice. We firmly believe that every child has a right to an arts education be it through music, visual art, theater, or dance. Through the arts, students can experience that which is basic to their humanity: the ability to create, to express, and to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, the masterpiece of which is themselves. The Related Arts course prepares the students to develop an awareness and understanding of the arts that reflects the above mission statement.
* Art III and Art Portfolio Classes will introduce students to the computer as a medium to create art. Students will use Macintosh (Apple) computers and Adobe software to create artwork, illustrations, and visual designs. Students will learn the basic elements of graphic design.
711 Art I
Gr: 9, 10, 11, 12 Trk: 2 Cr: 1
This course covers the element of art – line, shape, color, texture, form, and value. The course is recommended for beginners who have a desire and interest to learn the fundamentals of drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Art history is incorporated rather than taught separately. Prerequisite: Submission of an art portfolio to the teacher.
721 Art II
Gr: 10, 11, 12 Trk: 2 Cr: 1
This course will focus on the principles of art-rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity in two and three dimensional works of art. Students begin to solve problems using the technique and materials used in Art I.
731 Art III*
Gr: 11, 12 Trk: 1 Cr: 1
This course is intended for those who have completed three years of art. It is an informal studio course where students are encouraged to do independent work, and to specialize in developing their own particular styles. Students will explore the human figure, portraiture, cityscapes, and imaginative and experimental drawing using a variety of techniques.
*Art III will introduce students to the computer as a medium to create art. Students will use Macintosh computers and Adobe software to create art work, illustrations, and visual designs. Students will learn the basic elements of graphic design.
751 Art Portfolio*
Gr: 12 Trk: 1 Cr: 1
This course is offered to students who intend to go on for a higher education in art. It provides the time and facilities for portfolio preparation and instruction geared to analysis and evaluation of the visual arts. Field trips to local museums, galleries, and art colleges will be scheduled.
*Art Portfolio will introduce students to the computer as a medium to create art. Students will use Macintosh computers and Adobe software to create art work, illustrations, and visual designs. Students will learn the basic elements of graphic design.
Introduction to Computer Graphics and Macintosh (Apple) Computer
Gr: 12 Trk: 1 Cr: 1
This course is designed to introduce students to the Macintosh operating system and to the digital arts. Students will learn the fundamentals of using a Mac and the introduction to Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design and movie programs. Emphasis is on becoming familiar with graphic drawing and painting applications, scanning, video images, and printing. No art experience necessary.
HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATIVE STUDIO PROGRAM
Gr: 9, 10, 11, 12 This studio art course is funded by the McShain Charities, Inc., and held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Two regular fifteen week semesters are offered. Classes are structured in a multi-tiered system. The curriculum is based on the fundamental skills of drawing for nature: skeletal structure and material objects from the Academy’s Nature Laboratory, the Academy’s unique collection of Greco-Roman and Renaissance antique vases, and the live portrait model. The conceptual skills of composition, anatomy, and perspective will also be addressed. Students are selected by the Fine Arts chairperson . (** An after-school program)
MOORE COLLEGE OF ART YOUTH ARTISTS WORKSHOP
Gr: 9, 10, 11, 12 Moore offers art and design courses for boys and girls, young men and women in first through twelfth grades. The Young Artist Workshop allows beginners and advanced students to learn a new skill in a vibrant artistic environment. The Summer Art and Design Institute is a pre-college residential program for young women t immerse themselves in college level studio courses while earning three college credits. Moore is convenient to public transportation and discounted parking or metered on-street parking is available. (Saturday and Summer Classes Only)
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CURRICULUM
The courses are open to all students interested in learning to play a musical instrument. This program is designed to develop instrumental skills and techniques from the beginner with no music background to the advanced levels of participation. This is a performance course. Participation in all performance programs is mandatory. Weekly lessons are provided for each student during the roistered music class. Supervised practice and ensembles are scheduled during the school day and after school. Concert Band practice is held after school from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Additional rehearsals scheduled as needed for performance.
There is an annual music fee of $100.00 required for all instrumental classes. Concert Band is co-curricular and is both an academic subject and a school activity. Students with advanced skills may audition for participation in the Jazz Band and the Show as after school activities. Prerequisites for Jazz and Show Bands: participation in a formal instrumental program.
Lessons are provided in : Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Bassoon; Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, and Baritone Horn; Percussion: Mallets, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, and Auxiliary Percussion Instruments; Strings: Violin, Cello, and Bass.
Students begin with basic techniques in reading music and music theory, by attending weekly music theory lessons in the Music and Art Lab where students will complete a series of lessons appropriate for their grade level from the very basic to the most advanced. The instrumental music program provides students with opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument and to cultivate musicianship. Students become acquainted with a variety of music through the literature that they play.
712 Music I
Gr: 9, 10, 11 Trk: 2 Cr: 1
($100.00 fee per year) Music I introduces the beginning music students to an instrument of their choosing and presents the basic skills, techniques, and music theory needed to succeed. All students will perform in the Annual Spring Concert.
722 Music II
Gr: 9, 10, 11, 12 Trk: 2 Cr: 1
($100.00 fee per year) Music II builds upon the basic skills, theory, and techniques learned in Music I. Music theory, presented through the medium of music, develops the recognition of tonality, new and complex rhythms, articulation, expression, dynamics, music styles and literature.
** An after-school program
732 Music III
Gr: 9, 10, 11, 12 Trk: 1 Cr: 1
742 Music IV
Gr: 9, 10, 11, 12 Trk: 1 Cr: 1
Music III and IV builds upon the basic skills, theory, and techniques learned in Music I. Music theory, presented through the medium of music, develops the recognition of tonality, new and complex rhythms, articulation, expression, dynamics, music styles and literature.