Antelope Valley School District

Visual and Performing Arts

Note: there is a $15 lab fee per semester for all art courses.

ART 1 02031

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

An overview of art methods, aesthetics and art history. Students create original and interpretive works in a variety of media.

ART 2 02032

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12
Prerequisite: Art 1 and read & write at grade level (or teacher approval).

For students who have a definite interest or growing commitment to art making. Art 2 is both rigorous and demanding with written and artistic interpretation and more complex works that focuses on media, process and refinement.

CERAMICS 1 02035

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: Grade 9 only with 8th grade art teacher recommendation.

This course for beginning art students introduces basic hand building techniques. Concentration is on developing skills, awareness of methods and materials, and the possibilities of working with clay. Students will be introduced to several clay bodies and explore techniques for developing surface treatments.

CERAMICS 2 02036

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1

Students create decorative and functional works to suit individual aesthetic needs. Concentration on the wheel as a primary tool for creating forms. Intermediate level study of clay technology, hand construction and decorative processes. Students learn a body of knowledge specific to ceramics and refine basic skills with concept-driven assignments designed to promote creativity.

*CONCERT BAND 02429

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADE: 9
Prerequisite: Previous school band experience.

Members are required to participate in all performances.

DRAMA 1 02294

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Drama 1 is an introductory course for acting, technical theater, and performing arts careers. There are opportunities to perform in 3 to 4 main stage productions each year, compete in 2 or more major Drama competitions, and to see local theater performances at group discount rates. This is a performance-based class; students must maintain eligibility so that lack of the ability to perform does not adversely affect their Drama grade. Membership in the International Thespian Society is possible after one semester of work.

DRAMA 2 02295

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12
Prerequisite: Drama 2. Entry by teacher’s signature.

Drama 2 will continue the exploration of acting techniques. The major focus of this course is to present regular theatrical performances and educational skits for the student body. Various acting styles will be studied and developed. Students enrolled in this course should be able to make a serious commitment of time and energy to theater arts. This is a performance-based class; students must maintain eligibility so that lack of the ability to perform does not adversely affect their Drama grade. After school and some Saturday rehearsals are required. Successful participation in this course makes Honor Thespian Status a possibility.

DRAMA 3 02296

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Drama 1 & Drama 2. Entry by teacher’s signature.

Students enrolled in Drama 3 will write and direct plays. In acting, they will perform at the highest level. Activities will include: Major roles in main stage productions, Festival Competition on the local, state and national level, directing, assistant directing and production assistant. This is a performance-based class; students must maintain eligibility so that lack of the ability to perform does not adversely affect their Drama grade. Scholarships and Honor Thespian Status are a possibility. After school and some Saturday rehearsals are required.

DRAMA 4 02330

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Entry by teacher’s signature.

For the advanced and serious Drama student.

DRAWING 1 02043

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Art 1

Following Art 1, students are to explore drawing media in more depth. Various styles and subjects will be used in structured assignments. Drawing techniques will be learned in a progression of assignments using a variety of materials including pencils, charcoal, chalk, pastels, pen and, ink. During the second half of the year, students will be encouraged to expand their style and technique in the drawing medium. Students will be encouraged to strive for show quality work and expression of lasting significance. Assignments of a class nature will prevail with composition and theory presented to produce complete ideas. In drawing, a wide range of subject matter will be explored with encouragement of individual expression and expertise within a chosen medium.

DRAWING 2 02044

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or consent of teacher.

An advanced drawing course to increase the understanding of concepts and to improve skills. Study of composition, tonality, space, light and perspective. Imaginative risks will be encouraged. Drawings that follow specific interests such as surrealism, portraiture, or landscape are to be emphasized. Black and white, color, or more fluid media will be used in projects.

*JAZZ ENSEMBLE 02434

Art credit
UC “a-g” elective credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: Band director approval Members are required to participate in all performances.

*MARCHING FOR BAND

(1st semester only)
P.E. credit 11494
Art credit 02435
(1 semester per 9th and 10th grade years of P .E. credit)
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: Pre-season attendance, 2 week extensive band training session.

MULTIPLEMEDIA CONTEMPORARY DESIGN 02089

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12

This course will introduce students to effective communication approaches for the 21st Century; going beyond the simple written and oral communication to interactive multimedia using text, graphics, animation, video, and sound. Animation in 2-D format and its application in current industries will be an integral part of the class. Introduction to 3-D format background and character development will be incorporated, as well. Focus will also be placed on introducing the student to art, design, and the technologies of this new media. This integrated curriculum forms a solid groundwork from which students may build upon in Multimedia Contemporary Design II and is the first sequence of classes in the Digital Design and Engineering Academy.

PAINTING 1 02051

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Art 1 or consent of teacher

Painting techniques and composition are emphasized to expand the skills of the student. Projects will be offered in different subject matter: landscape, portrait, and seascape, for example. Students may divide their time between structured assignments and occasionally creating their own projects at their own pace.

PAINTING 2 02052

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Art 1 or consent of teacher

Painting techniques and composition are emphasized to expand the skills of the student. Projects will be offered in different subject matter: landscape, portrait, and seascape, for example. Students may divide their time between structured assignments and occasionally creating their own projects at their own pace.

*PERCUSSION 02441

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: Band Director approval. Must have experience on drums or mallet instrument.

Percussion ensemble is an instrumental music course integrating the instruments of the percussion family into the instruction and training of students in the primary roles of musical communication: composer, performer, and analytical listener. Emphasis in this course is placed on analysis of compositional techniques, acquisition and development of instrumental performance techniques and skills, and the development of aural skills necessary in recognizing unity, balance and ensemble cohesiveness within a musical ensemble and as a solo performer. Assessment will consist of teacher and peer evaluation as well as performances both during the school and outside of school.

*SHOW CORPS VPA 02464

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Band director approval

*SHOW CORPS PE 02442

PE Credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-10
Prerequisite: Band director approval

All students are required to complete at least two years of regular PE I and II in order to graduate. PE Drill, Athletics, Dance, Marching Band, and Show Corps may be used to satisfy one semester only, each year, for this PE requirement. A student’s transcript must show at least one semester or PE I and one semester of PE II. Please see your counselor for further details.

A course with emphasis on coordination of body movement to music and physical condition. Performances include field competition, parades, concerts, festival, and all home football games. The Spring Semester places emphasis on festivals and parades.

*SYMPHONIC BAND 02443

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12
Prerequisite: Band director approval Members are required to participate in all performances.

*WIND ENSEMBLE 02447

Art credit
UC “a-g” Visual/Perf Arts
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: Band director approval Members are required to participate in all performances.

*NOTE: Enrollment in any band course also requires concurrent enrollment in Marching Band. Marching Band is held daily from 6:30 a. m. – 7:20 a. m. Students must provide their own transportation to school. (AVUHSD policy)