Arts

Visual Arts

Lower School

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  • Band

    The upper school band members will continue to master their instruments through daily rehearsals that focus on tuning, balance, blend, and good sound production.  Students are exposed to new styles of music including marching band and jazz band.  The band will prepare musical selections for pep rallies, school functions, football games, basketball games, as well as winter and spring concerts.  Additionally, upper school band students are involved in ATSSB All-Region & All-State, TAPPS Concert & Sight-Reading, and Solo & Ensemble competitions.  The upper school band has toured and performed in Ireland and Nashville.
  • Choir

    Heart 2 Heart, our Upper School choir, continues to improve vocal production and sight-reading skills, while students are taught to evaluate aesthetics more critically through daily rehearsals.  The Kodaly system of sight-reading is mastered at this level.  Careful attention is paid to good vocal technique through daily warm-ups and vocalizes.  Music theory and history is taught as it applies to the music literature.  Upper school choir students are involved in many performances and contests during the year, including Rose Festival, Madrigal Dinner, Grandfriends Day, TMEA All-Region & All State, TAPPS Concert & Sight-Reading, Solo & Ensemble, Spring Concert, Wounded Warriors, etc.  Heart 2 Heart has also been able to perform at Carnegie Hall and in Killarney, Dublin, Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg.
  • Competition Theatre

    This class is designed for the advanced theatre student (selected through an audition process) interested in furthering their theatrical training by preparing for and participating in competitions such as One Act Play, TAPPS speaking events (in the categories of Poetry, Prose, Solo Acting and Duet Acting,) and National Forensics League tournaments. This class will focus on digging deeper into the actor’s process of bringing a character to life on stage – providing the student the tools they need to be successful in a college/conservatory program should they choose to continue their studies in theatre.
  • Percussion Ensemble

    Percussion Ensemble is a performing ensemble that focuses on all of the different aspects of the percussion family of instruments.  The course is designed to introduce students to the marching percussion instruments, as well as introducing some concert percussion instruments in a small ensemble setting.  Students will have opportunities to perform as both an ensemble and soloist.  Students are encouraged to participate in individual contests with ATSSB, TMEA, or TPSMEA.  Types of public performances include:  football games, basketball games, pep rallies, homecoming activities, solo and ensemble contests, and various public and school performances.
  • Technical Theatre

    This is a hands-on class that will allow students the opportunity to explore many aspects of technical theatre in a practical setting. Topics to be covered include lighting design, sound design, set design and construction, costume design / coordination / construction, prop design and construction, makeup design for the stage, and stage management. Students are able to participate on the crew of school theatrical productions.
  • Theatre Arts

    This course allows students the opportunity to explore the different aspects of theatre and performance in a fun and safe environment.  Emphasis will be on learning and perfecting the basics of acting and production work while exploring auxiliary areas such as improvisation, playwriting, and theatre history. Students in this class will work both to develop their own individual talent and to work effectively and creatively in collaboration with others. Students are involved in showcases throughout the school year and are encouraged to compete in TAPPS contests.

Intermediate School

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  • Art Class

    Fifth grade artists study, analyze, and model art from around the world, and sixth grade students focus on art history which coordinates with their history class.  Students are given the opportunity to explore various different media and methods including photography, printmaking, sculpting, weaving, fabric, painting, and drawing.  Art classes meet on alternating days.

Middle School

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  • Art Class

    Middle School students will continue to build their art vocabulary.  Principles of art criticism will be introduced as students begin to describe and analyze works of art.  Students will be able to explore more 2D and 3D methods including metal work and wood work.  Additionally, technology is heavily integrated into the middle school art curriculum.  Art classes meet daily.  Middle school art students are involved in VASE and PSIA competitions during the school year.

Upper School

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  • Beginning 2D Art: Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking

    In Beginning 2D Art, emphasis is placed on mastering the fundamentals of drawing and design. Students learn basic drawing techniques and the appropriate use of visual elements and principles of design. Techniques of the masters are studied in conjunction with historical background of the artist or style. Basic printmaking techniques will be introduced, and students will paint with acrylic, watercolor, and oil paints.  Students are encouraged to compete in various national art competitions as well as Texas VASE and TAPPS contests.
  • Advanced 2D Art

    Advanced art students study independently, creating paintings, collages, drawings, and prints while being challenged to stretch their skills and explore new methods of creativity.  This course stresses experimentation. Students combine media and juxtapose ideas and techniques.  Students explore the development of themes and content.  Aesthetics and art criticism are addressed through discussion and critiques.  Students are encouraged to compete in various national art competitions as well as Texas VASE and TAPPS contests.
  • AP Studio Art: 2D

    Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D is designed for the student who has reached a considerable level of skill in a number of media and who can demonstrate a high degree of independent artistic judgment.  A 2-D portfolio will be assembled.  Student portfolios are reviewed by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards.  This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement while still in high school.  The curriculum for this course aligns with The College Board requirements.  Students are encouraged to compete in various national art competitions as well as Texas VASE and TAPPS contests.
  • Beginning 3D Art: Sculpture and Ceramics

    This course introduces the fundamentals of three-dimensional art, including historical background, vocabulary, materials, tools, the methods of construction, and surface treatment.  Sculpture projects will employ the use of a variety of media including clay, wood, metal, glass, wire, found objects, etc., and are inspired by the study of established sculptors.  Ceramic instruction includes hand-building technique, coil and slab construction, introduction to wheel throwing, and glazing methods.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, respect, work ethic, creative expression, and aesthetic problem-solving.   Students are encouraged to compete in various national art competitions as well as Texas VASE and TAPPS contests.
  • Advanced 3D Art

    This course allows students to build on knowledge gained in the introductory class.  Students will be encouraged to explore complex sculptural techniques using a wide variety of materials, and to experiment with advanced methods of ceramic construction.  During the second semester, students will begin to concentrate on a particular area of interest and to develop a portfolio.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, respect, work ethic, creative expression, experimentation, and aesthetic problem solving.  Participation in VASE and TAPPS competitions is encouraged.
  • AP Studio Art: 3D

    Advanced Placement Studio Art: 3-D is designed for the student who has reached a considerable level of skill in a number of media and who can demonstrate a high degree of independent artistic judgment.  A 3-D portfolio will be assembled.  Student portfolios are reviewed by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards. This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement while still in high school.  The curriculum for this course aligns with The College Board requirements.  Participation in VASE and TAPPS competitions is encouraged.

Visual Arts Staff

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