High School Fine Arts

Recognizing that all good gifts come from our Heavenly Father and that each student is created in God’s image – a creative image, Trinity’s Fine Arts Department seeks to develop our students’ God-given talents through a variety of experiences. These range from individual art projects and small group ensembles to large company productions. Each experience seeks to develop the individual student as he/she participates in a project bigger than himself. Participating in the fine arts is not about chasing accolades, creating a stellar work or art, or even a perfect performance, but rather it is about bringing students together to complete a puzzle – a puzzle where each piece is vital and intended to reflect the Lord’s creativity and generosity.

God is the Creator of the universe; after he designed and created every part of nature around us, he designed us in his own image! Therefore, God had intended for humans to be creative beings as well. God is the supreme Artist! He has given each one of us creative and artistic talents and gifts; it is our responsibility to develop these gifts as much as possible and use them to glorify him. What is great about being a Christian and an artist is the fact that we know that God created the world around us. Whenever we portray the world in our artwork, we are honoring God. Art class enables us to realize and acknowledge the world around us, which God has created.

High School Fine Arts

ART I COURSE:

This course provides students with two and three-dimensional design experiences and opportunities to apply these principles in individual artistic expressions. Drawing from observation and developing technical competency using a variety of media are emphasized. Periodic class critiques and the maintenance of a sketchbook and portfolio are required. Explored media include but are not limited to graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera paint, acrylic paint. Subject matter students will explore include portraiture, architecture, landscape, and many subjects of the student’s choosing.

ART II COURSE:

Art 2 provides students with the opportunity to further explore media and to begin to develop their own style of creating artwork. They will be applying the Elements and Principles of Art to create more personal artistic expressions. Drawing from observation and developing technical competency using a variety of media will be emphasized. Periodic class critiques and the maintenance of a sketchbook and portfolio are required. Explored media include but are not limited to graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera paint, acrylic paint. Each student will determine most of the subject matter he/she deals with. Students will be learning to think critically about art. They will be introduced to many artists both from the past and more contemporary artists. Students will begin to create conceptual artwork that goes beyond just the technical aspects of creating artwork. They will learn to use the technical aspects of creating to support the conceptual aspects of their work.

ART II HONORS COURSE:

Art 2 Honors is a year-long course which provides students with the opportunity to further explore  media and to begin to develop their own style of creating artwork. They will be applying the  Elements and Principles of Art to create more personal artistic expressions. In the Honors class,  students will be doing an extensive unit on drawing from observation and still life. They will be  developing technical competency using a variety of media. Explored media include but are not  limited to graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera paint, acrylic paint. Each student will  determine most of the subject matter he/she deals with. Students will be learning to think critically  about art. Periodic class critiques and the maintenance of a sketchbook and portfolio are required.  Sketchbooks for my Honors students play a huge role in strengthening their ability to see and to  draw what they see in front of them. They will have weekly and quarterly sketch assignments that  will be done outside of class. They will be introduced to many artists both from the past and many  contemporary artists. Students will begin to create conceptual artwork that goes beyond just the  technical aspects of creating artwork. They will learn to use the technical aspects of creating to  support the conceptual aspects of their work. In working toward more conceptual artwork, students  will research and even learn to do critical writing about their own artworks.

ART III HONORS COURSE:

Art 3 is a year-long course which provides students with the opportunity to explore media and to  develop their own style of creating artwork. Students will be applying the Elements and Principles  of Art to create personal artistic expressions. Students will be exploring the conceptual aspect of art.  They will be creating conceptual works that are based more on ideas than simply aesthetics. They  will be using the technical skills learned in previous classes to create work that is aesthetically pleasing  and that conveys specific concepts of the students choosing. They will learn to use those technical  aspects of creating to support the conceptual aspects of their work. They will be gaining a greater  understanding of why people make art, how art has meaning within its culture or society, and how  art has the power to impact the world around us. Drawing from observation and developing  technical competency using a variety of media will continue to be emphasized. Periodic class  critiques and the maintenance of a sketchbook and portfolio are required. Explored media include  but are not limited to graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, medium transfers, and acrylic paint.  Each student will determine most of the subject matter and concepts he/she deals with. Students  will be learning to think critically about art. They will be introduced to many artists both from the  past and more contemporary artists. Towards the end of the course, students will be writing an artist  statement that describes why he or she creates art and that describes what defines his or her personal  style of creating.

ART IV HONORS COURSE:

Art 4 Honors is a year-long course where students will be taking everything they have learned in  their previous three art classes and will start to create work which is true to who they are as artists.  They will be working much more independently on assignments and will be constantly working to  continue to improve skill but to try to make work which identifies them as a unique creator. They  will take skills they are comfortable with and try to “stretch” their techniques and methods in ways  that might add to their process of creation or may add to their conceptual aspects of their works.  The goal is for the Art 4 student to know who they are as an artist and to understand what that  gifting can be used for in the future. Art 4 students spend many hours planning and doing introspective writings to critically think about their work, about themselves as artists and about and  the art world around them.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE:

This one semester course is designed to stimulate an interest in and furthering of the understanding  of the techniques and foundations of photography. It will introduce students to camera lenses,  camera bodies, composition, proper exposure, printing, lighting techniques, posing, file storage, and  creativity. The course requires a camera.

YEARBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE:

Students in this one semester course will be assigned yearbook assignments related to school culture  and specific events. Creativity is welcome and responsibility is a must as deadlines for the Yearbook  Sta are an important component to this class.

YEARBOOK COURSE:

In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, advanced  publishing techniques, copy writing, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative  yearbook which records school memories and events. There is an emphasis on journalism skills and  meeting deadlines in this class. Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management,  marketing, teamwork, and design principles. This course also examines legal and ethical issues of  media law and copyright.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (PRAISE BAND) COURSE:

In this year-long course, we will seek to understand how to be elective and authentic worshippers.  In occasional written assignments, readings, and regular class discussion, we will reflect on what it means to worship and how we are to approach worship as participants and as leaders. A significant  portion of the class will center on rehearsal and preparation for weekly worship in Chapels  throughout the year. Students enrolled in the course will be expected to read chord charts; prior  experience with musical groups either at school or in a church setting is highly recommended.  Students with interest in learning the technology of a sound board and running sound in a worship  setting are also encouraged. Due to the unique nature of this needs-based ensemble from  year-to-year, course requires teacher approval via application and/or audition beforehand.  (Maximum class size of 10 students)

PERCUSSION COURSE:

High School Percussion is a one semester music class designed for the high school student not  involved in a ne arts performance class, such as band, choir, or theater. In this course, students will  gain an understanding of a variety of musical concepts, such as music notation, music history, and  the relation of music to our contemporary culture. Students will also be introduced to the playing of  a variety of percussion instruments. This course will be mostly a participation course, as the students  will be heavily engaged with hands-on activities. There will be a couple of performances outside of  the classroom, including a performance at an instrumental music concert, as well as performing as a  drum line in at least one athletic event.

BAND COURSE:

High School Band is an instrumental course designed to give students experience in the study and  performance of a diverse repertoire of instrumental/band music. The course will include instruction  in proper instrumental technique and performance skills, as well as exploring music theory and  music history. This course also provides students with the options of further musical advancement  through participation in honor band clinics, such as All-West Band Clinics and the University of  Tennessee at Martin Honor Band Clinic.

CHOIR COURSE:

High School Choir is a vocal music course designed to give students experience in the study and  performance of a diverse repertoire of vocal/choral music. The course will include instruction in  proper vocal technique and performance skills as well as exploring music theory, music history , and  ethnomusicology. The course is constructed to focus on God’s design for music as a means of  worship, communication, creativity , and self-expression.

ADVANCED CHOIR COURSE: 

Advanced Honors Choir is for students who have already completed at least one year of high school  choir. This music course is designed to integrate aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form,  musical analysis, elementary composition, and to some extent, music history and style.  Musicianship skills such as sight-reading, listening skills, and dictation are also incorporated.  Students in this course as expected to lead vocal warm-ups, serve as section leaders, and participate in  the All-Northwest Honor Choir audition process

THEATRE COURSE:
High School Theatre is a year long course focused on introducing students to the fundamentals of  theatre. Students begin by working their way through the major movements in theatre history:  Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, 19th Century, and Postmodern. It is through the historical timeline  that all units are interwoven. Students will experience working on monologues, scene work with a  partner, dramaturgy, creating the germinal idea for a new Broadway musical, The Mousetrap by  Agatha Christie, set design and model building, character analysis, and world building (creating a  world as an actor). Once a week, students will work on their improvisational skills through “game  day”. Improv activities range from short form improv to long form improv. Students are assessed  through participation, group and individual projects, and performance.

Our Theatre Department and Fine Arts Guild present a Winter Musical each year featuring students in grades 6 – 12.

Additionally, theatre students serve as assistants for both the K-2 and 3-5 elementary musical productions.