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Fine Arts

Rebecca Brooks
Choir

Elynn Colaianni
Art

Mikal Dickey
German

Jen Riley
CNT Computer Lab

Shannon Tokheim
Drama



Course Descriptions
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE 
(full year) 

This course is open to all students and covers the basics of theatre and theatrical studies, with an emphasis on performance. The goal of this course is to help students become comfortable on stage and in front of an audience; an ability that can transfer to career preparatory and other life skills. Topics of study include: stage direction, character development, vocal and other stage warm-ups, vocal tone (projection, diction, etc.), line memorization, theatre history, technical theatre, play reading, play writing, and play attendance. During the course, students will have opportunities to work both individually and in small groups to gain confidence in their acting abilities. At least one after school graded performance is required as part of the course content. 


ADVANCED THEATRE 
(full year) 

This course is filled by audition only and continues a student’s dramatic studies, with a further emphasis on performance and community interaction. This group’s main focus is on community performance, and several performances will be staged both locally and statewide as part of the course content. Students will have numerous opportunities to fill challenging and exciting dramatic and technical theatre roles. Because of the high demands of the course, only those students who are committed to the success of the group will be admitted. Students in this class will have an opportunity to become part of the school’s chapter of the International Thespian Society, an honor society for student actors. This class requires attendance and participation in several after school rehearsals and performances, all of which are considered a graded part of the course content. 
Prerequisite: Audition or teacher approval. 


TECHNICAL THEATRE/STAGECRAFT 
(full year) 

This course offers all of the demands of the theatre for those wishing to work 'behind the scenes' rather than in the spotlight of the performance. This course works with the several components that make up theatre including lighting, sounds, costumes, props, press, scene design, set building and so much more! This is a hands-on class where students first learn the safety and techniques of set building and construction and then design the coinciding shows along with the CVHS Advanced Theatre class throughout the school year. Students will build, paint, design and create functional sets as per the demands of the production manager. Technical Theatre is a project-based class that will require responsibility, safety, tool/equipment understanding and knowledge as well as creativity in design. 
Pre-requisite: “C”or better grade in Introduction to Drama. 



ART I 
(full year) 

This class serves as an introduction to art. Throughout the year students will review the history of art from prehistoric to contemporary as well as learn basic two dimensional art techniques. Art 1 is broken down into three main sections focusing on line, tone and color. Students will gain a basic understanding of and an appreciation for art. 
Fee: $15.00 material fee. 


ART II 
(full year) 

This advanced art class is an extension of Art 1, serving students who are in their second, third, and fourth year in art. Students will study in depth the elements and principles of two-dimensional design, while taking a thorough look at the important artists through time. Students will expand skills acquired in drawing, painting, and mixed media with a strong emphasis on observational skills. Students will explore new mediums and techniques while focusing on compositional elements of design and strengthening problem solving skills. Opportunities will be given to students for experimentation with specific mediums, the study of more in-depth subject matter, and development of personal style. 
Prerequisite: A passing grade in Art I. 
Fee: $15.00 material fee. 


ART PORTFOLIO 
(full year) 

Art Portfolio course offers students the opportunity to create a professional body of work that reflects their personal style and talent. Students are encouraged to display their work publicly. This is an independent study class with the Art teacher. 
Prerequisite: “C” or better in Art II. 
Fee: $15.00 material fee.


CERAMICS 
(full year) 

This class will involve three quarter of work with clay and one quarter of working with other sculptural materials such as plaster and paper mache. Students will learn hand building and wheel through techniques while in clay. They will also make functional and sculptural clay pieces and will learn about various glazing techniques. 
Prerequisite: Art I 
Fee: $15.00 material fee.
DRUMLINE 
(full year) 

Drumline is a course independent of any band program. Its hope is that this group becomes an independent performing ensemble for parades, halftime shows, competitions or other various community events. The objectives of this ensemble are: 1) to introduce the music or non-music student to the world of drumming - from Drum Set to marching percussion, and 2) to improve the musical knowledge through the introduction of music theory and music appreciation. 
Prerequisite: None 


INSTRUMENTAL (String) ENSEMBLE 
(full year) 

The Instrumental Ensemble is designed as a Beginning / Intermediate performing ensemble for string, woodwind, and brass players. It is the teacher’s hope this course will develop into a CVHS String orchestra. The goals of this ensemble are: 1) to improve the musical knowledge of each student through the application of music theory and music appreciation. 2) to develop the performance abilities of each student on the instrument of their choice. Students should try to provide their own String, or Wind instrument, although a few instruments may be available to rent from CVHS. 
Prerequisite: none 


HIGH SCHOOL BAND 
(full year) 

The Chino Valley High School Band is designed as an all-purpose High School Band, open to all students who play a Woodwind, Brass or percussion instrument. (Students wishing to play Bass Guitar may be added ONLY with the director’s permission.) Throughout the year the Cougar Band has many roles to fill. As a “Pep Band,” the cougar band will perform at all home football games; as a “Marching Band” the band will perform at 4 to 5 parades within the surrounding communities and as a “Concert Ensemble” students will perform on-campus and off-campus concerts. 
Prerequisite: Previous experience in Band and basic reading of musical notation. 



CONCERT CHOIR 
(full year) 

Concert choir is designed to teach students how to sing! We perform a variety of choral literature men’s and /or women’s voices. Students learn how to match pitch, sing parts, and learn the basics of reading music. Performances in and out of class are required. 
Prerequisite: none 


VARSITY CHOIR 
(full year) 

The varsity choir is the premier vocal performing group at Chino Valley High School, and is designed to develop vocal techniques on an advanced level, and to increase the ability to sing parts in a small ensemble or madrigal setting. Course goals include advanced music reading ability, solo singing, the mastery of singing multiple literature styles and languages. Varsity Choir travels to participate in festivals and tours in both competitive and collaborative venues. 
Prerequisite: Previous experience in choir and basic reading of musical notation. Audition required. Grades 10-12. 


BEL-CANTO- ADVANCED WOMEN’S CHOIR 
(full year) 

Bel Canto is designed for young ladies to develop vocal techniques on a higher level, and increase the ability to sing parts in a small ensemble or madrigal setting. Course goals include advanced music reading ability, solo singing, the mastery of singing multiple literature styles and languages. Bel Canto travels to participate in festivals and tours in both competitive and collaborative venues. Grades 9-12 



SPANISH I 
(full year)

In Spanish I students learn to read, write, listen and speak in the present tense and are introduced to the present progressive tense. Students learn vocabulary, grammar, conversational skills, and cultural and geographic information. 
Prerequisite: None. 


SPANISH II 
(full year) 

In Spanish II students learn to read, write, listen and speak in the present, present progressive, preterit and simple future tense. Students learn additional vocabulary, grammar, conversational skills, cultural and geographic information, and begin to write compositions. 
Prerequisite: A passing grade in Spanish I or equivalent Spanish language experience, as determined by the Spanish teacher.