Visual and Performing Arts

Carondelet offers visual and performing arts classes in:

  • VISUAL ARTS (Three-Dimensional Art, Two-Dimensional Art, & General)
  • MUSIC (Choir, Instrumental, & General)
  • THEATRE
  • DANCE

Graduation Requirements: 15 Credits

9th Grade: Students should take a semester-long 5 credit course. However, students interested in having 3-4 years of arts study may elect to take a year-long VPA class with written approval from the Department Chair. (Note: If a student chooses to take the year-long VPA class their freshman year, then they will need to complete Freshman Health during their sophomore year.) See course descriptions below for options.

10th Grade: Students should take a year-long 10 credit course as part of the UC/CSU required course list. (Sophomores are strongly encouraged to take a year-long course to fill for the Social Studies course they are not offered during the sophomore year.) The expectation is that VPA graduation requirements are fulfilled by the end of sophomore year. Students may also take a 5 credit semester-long elective in addition to the year-long course. See course descriptions below for options.

11th & 12th Grade: Students may take 10 credit year-long offerings as well as 5 credit semester-long offerings. These may be used to fulfill elective graduation requirements as well as elective expectations for UC/CSU. See course descriptions below for options.

Visual Arts

Sculpture

Sculpture

Course # A117
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This course will introduce the principles of art and elements of design in three-dimensional forms. Students will explore traditional and non-traditional materials through additive, subtractive, and fabrication techniques. Students will be acquainted with the history of sculpture as well as the work of classic and contemporary artists.

Sculpture 2

Sculpture 2

Course # A119
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10 or 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Sculpture 1

This course continues the development of skills learned in Sculpture. Projects are designed to engage students in a deepened relationship to materials and methods. Students explore visual, formal and conceptual issues with a heightened level of experimentation and creative ambition. Emphasis will include the concept, content, and critical dialogue surrounding the work. Either semester of this course may be taken for five credits. If requesting to take this course as a semester offering, this should be clearly indicated on the “Course Request Form” by noting (SEM) next to course.

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

Course # A261
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Sculpture 1 and approval of AP Instructor.

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 the assignments.

Drawing and Painting

Drawing and Painting

Course # A125
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This introductory course explores the creation of two-dimensional art, including drawing, painting and basic design principles in a variety of techniques and media. Emphasis is given to the development and application of the elements of art and the most importantly, to the establishing of a personal connection to art making.

Drawing and Painting 2

Drawing and Painting 2

Course # A210
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10 or 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Drawing & Painting portfolio and approval of instructor.

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. Either semester of this course may be taken for five credits. If requesting to take this course as a semester offering, this should be clearly indicated on the “Course Request Form” by noting (SEM) next to course.

Engineering, Architecture Design and Drafting

Engineering, Architecture Design and Drafting

Course# A620
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of a year-long visual arts course and department approval.

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, symbols and language. Emphasis will also be placed on developing the student’s ability to design utilizing tools, symbols and language. There is also a construction component involving the students completed designs, the creation of a model, and the exploration of structure and architectural aesthetics.

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Course # A260
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Drawing & Painting and approval of AP Instructor.

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 purposeful 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 the assignments.

AP Studio Art: Drawing

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Course # A160
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Drawing & Painting and approval of AP Instructor.

The Advanced Placement Drawing course is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the creation of 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, from the 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. 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 the assignments.

Animation and Drawing

Animation and Drawing

Course # A170
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10 or 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level:10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

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. Projects may include: Hand Drawn, Claymation, and Computer Animation. Students will also view cartoons from the earliest Mighty Mouse to the latest from Pixar and Dreamworks as they learn about this amazing industry’s major historic and modern influences.

A semester of this course may be taken for five credits provided that the VPA has been satisfied. If requesting to take this course as a semester offering, this should be clearly indicated on the “Course Request Form” by noting (SEM) next to course.

Art Expression

Art Expression

Course # A001
Status: UC and CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This semester course examines the concept of living within a visual culture. Students will be encouraged to notice, seek out and access the depth of visual information available in their environment. A primary issue is to create the awareness of the meaning present in aesthetic objects. To help them understand the different forms and types of artistic media encountered, students will view, compare, and investigate visual pieces, as well as create their own works. Diverse academic disciplines such as world religions, general history, sociology, literature, economics and psychology are all involved in uncovering the layers of information present in any one piece of art. The culmination project will be the creation of a graphic novel.

Costume and Fashion Design

Costume and Fashion Design

Course # A677
Status: Pending UC, CSU Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

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.

Film Studies: Theory and Production

Film Studies: Theory and Production

Course # A613
Status: UC and CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

Students enrolled in this courses study film both as an art form and as a form of communication. They are taught to "read" a film, analyzing its narrative structure, conventions, subtext, technical and artistic qualities, and purpose. The emphasis will be on the various systems and techniques used by film makers in conveying meaning. The course introduces the realistic, classic, and formalistic traditions in film-making as well as the history of cinema. In addition, students examine how films often reflect the times and conditions in which they are made, and conversely, how motion pictures sometimes help shape attitudes and values in society. Students will design and execute various film projects.

Graphic Publications (Yearbook)

Graphic Publications (Yearbook)

Course # A675
Status: UC Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Application and approval by class instructor.

Graphic Publications is a full year course designed to introduce students to photo and written journalism and desktop publishing. Students will approach the task of compiling a yearbook through well-written copy, tasteful layout and design techniques and effective cropping of photographs. Students will perform their tasks using Adobe Photoshop, Herff Jones’ eDesign, and other desktop publishing software.

Introduction to Digital Photography

Introduction to Digital Photography

Course # A670
Status: UC Approved “f”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th & 10th Grades
Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Digital Photography is a beginning course designed to give students experience with the creative and technical aspects of photography. Students will explore the history if photography, learning about its scientific and technological developments, important innovators in the field, and relevance within diverse cultural context. Students will learn the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to compose photographs, critique photographs, and will be introduced to software programs to manipulate photographs. Students will also explore the significance of photography with in the larger context of the art world, and learn about the critical and varied application it has to the current world.

NOTE: Access to a DSLR camera is required for this class.

Multi-Media Design

Multi-Media Design

Course # A180
Status: UC and CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisite: None

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.

World Art

World Art

Course # A175
Status: UC and CSU Approved “g”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

Through the arts and crafts that are created, students will be introduced to a variety of cultures and societies around the world. Students will produce a series of projects looking at the essential aesthetic qualities that are characteristic of the given culture. Varied media will be explored as students increase awareness of different art forms and the cultures responsible for these forms as well as the materials used for their creation.

Music

Chorus I/II

Chorus I/II

Course # A661
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10 or 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This class teaches student the fundamentals of singing and develops 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 the Spring. At course end, students will have increased range, breath support, and confidence in singing as both an individual and as a member of a choral ensemble. The first semester of this course may be taken for five credits. If requesting to take this course as a semester offering, this should be clearly indicated on the “Course Request Form” by noting (SEM) next to course.

Chorale - Women's & Men's

Chorale - Women's & Men's

Course # A667
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Chorus class or instructor approval.

Note: if seeking instructor approval, an individual audition with the Choral Director must be arranged before enrolling in this course.

Chorale meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during period 7 and 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).

Concert Choir (H)

Concert Choir (H)

Course # A666
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits:10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: All students must audition with Choral Director. Auditions take place in April/May.

Concert Choir (H) meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during period 7 and is a performance-based class that provides students with opportunities to further advance their vocal and musical skill, knowledge, and expression though 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, other school events, as well as the opportunity to travel and compete at the national level (trip cost varies; approximate cost is $500-$1,000).

Concert / Marching Band

Concert / Marching Band

Course # A561
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Audition

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. This is a 0 period class.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band

Course # A570
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Audition with instructor; concurrent enrollment in Concert/Marching Band is required for brass, percussion, and woodwind players.

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 and 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).

Orchestra

Orchestra

Course # A612
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Prior experience playing a string instrument

This ensemble will study and perform string 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.

Music Theory

Music Theory

Course # A135
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

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 music experience is necessary.

Interactive Music Studio

Interactive Music Studio

Course # A150
Status: UC & CSU Approved “g”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisite: Music Theory or instructor approval

This course is designed to introduce you to the world of digital music and will teach you how to create music compositions through projects that reflect real life music industry jobs. In this course, we will talk about the music that inspires you and learn how to be composers in a digital age. By the end of the course, you will be able to create and edit your very own musical compositions.

Popular Music in the 20th Century

Popular Music in the 20th Century

Course # A370
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

In this course, students begin their musical journey in Hop-Hop and move backwards into the genres of Alternative Music, Heavy Metal, Rock n’ Roll, and Blues. This course explores the significance of many artists within these genres, such as: Run DMC, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more! Students will engage in class discussions and create dynamic class projects as they synthesize the course material.

Theatre

American Music Theatre

American Music Theatre

Course # A610
Status: UC & CSU Approved “g”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

In this course we view and discuss Broadway musicals by moving backwards through time to discover how they are thematically linked to various historical periods. Students will engage in class discussions and interactive projects as they synthesize the course material. Students may have the opportunity to attend a class field trip of a musical theatre performance.

Theatre 1

Theatre 1

Course # A367
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10 or 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

Theatre 1 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. A semester of this course may be taken for five credits provided the VPA requirement has been satisfied. If requesting to take this course as a semester offering, this should be clearly indicated on the “Course Request Form” by noting (SEM) next to course.

Theatre 2

Theatre 2

Course # A368
Status: UC & CSU Approved “g”
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Theatre 1 or instructor approval.

Theatre 2 is a continuation and expansion of Theatre 1. The main objectives of this advanced course are to develop complex acting techniques, character development, script writing, improvisation, and development of student expression. Projects include a sustained, improvised character during the McCarthy era, sketch script writing, short film-making and more, based on students’ interest and goals. This course may be taught simultaneously with Theatre 1. Students will be expected to perform in, direct and produce rehearsed works with a goal of public performance.

Technical Theatre Design & Building

Technical Theatre Design & Building

Course # A375
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

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 sound stories. Students will have an opportunity to peak behind the curtain and see what it takes to put on a stage production. In addition to the 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 thorough both group and independent learning in all aspects of technical theatre.

Dance

Musical Theatre Dance (VPA)

Musical Theatre Dance (VPA)

Course # P642
Status: Pending UC, CSU Approval
Credits: 5 (may be applied as VPA or elective credit)
Campus: Carondelet (Co-ed)
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades

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.

Intermediate Dance (VPA)

Intermediate Dance (VPA)

Course # P641
Status: UC & CSU Approved “f”
Credits: 10 or 5 (may be applied as VPA or elective credit)
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Dance or approval of instructor

This course is designed for students with moderate dance experience. The curriculum focuses on expanding the students’ exposure to movement and broadening their understanding of the concepts taught in Fundamentals of Dance. Students will continue to further develop their skill in the genres of jazz, modern/contemporary, ballet and lyrical, with emphasis on transitional steps, as well as developing and refining stylized moves. Complex exercises, combining a variety of steps are the focus of this class. Intermediate turns, leaps and extensions are taught, and improvisation is introduced. The final project requires a student-choreographed dance presentation. Emphasis is placed on public performance and participation in the Spring Dance Showcase is required. The first semester of this course may be taken for five credits If requesting to take this course as a semester offering, this should be clearly indicated on the “Course Request Form” by noting (SEM) next to course.

Note: Carondelet dance pant, leotard and appropriate dance shoe is required.

Advanced Dance (VPA)

Advanced Dance (VPA)

Course # P402
Status: UC & CSU Approved “g”
Credits: 5 (may be applied as VPA or elective credit)
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisite: Audition or written approval of Instructor

This course is designed to challenge the experienced dance student. Emphasis is placed on improving technique through execution of advanced extensions, turns and jumps, including, but not limited to needles, fouettés, turns à la seconde, raked extensions, scissor jetés, straddle jetés, axles and illusions. Development of stylized movement is a prominent aspect of this class. A comprehensive warm-up, a series of across the floor exercises and a variety of dance combinations are taught throughout the semester, focusing on the genres of jazz, lyrical and contemporary/modern. Students will have the opportunity to explore the art of choreography and will be required to participate in public performance. Emphasis is placed on public performance. Students enrolled in spring semester are required to participate in Winton Arts Dance Showcase.

Note: Carondelet dance pant, leotard and appropriate dance shoe is required.

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