Skip To Main Content

Visual and Performing Art Elective Courses

Visual and Performing Arts

*Students are required to meet 1 credit in a Visual and Performing Arts course for graduation.  Below are elective courses that meet the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement.

Humanities

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: none
Max G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Humanities is a survey of various beliefs, thoughts, values, and customs as portrayed in history, literature, language, folklore, music, philosophy, religion, visual art, and performing arts. Students will trace human attempts to establish meaning, understanding, and appreciation towards society and culture. This course is primarily organized as a topical experience with appropriate chronological sequence being considered. (HAVPA = Humanities and Visual Performing Arts)

JCTC Introduction to the Humanities (HUM 120 -- 3 hours)

Offered at OCHS through JCTC Junior Core
Suggested Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the JCTC Junior Core Program
Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 semester long course
Course Description: This course introduces students to at least five disciplines in the humanities, such as art, literature, dance, drama, cinema, philosophy, music, architecture, religion, and mythology. This course explores distinctions and relationships between the disciplines through study of their basic methods, themes, and forms.

Visual Arts (VA) 1: Fundamentals of Art and Design 

Suggested Grade Level 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Students are introduced to the basic fundamentals of artistic expression. The course includes experiences in drawing, painting, two-and three-dimensional design, sculpture, and other art forms. The course emphasizes observations, interpretation of the visual environment, visual communication, imagination and symbolism, and an introduction to various visual arts techniques and media. The focus of the course is on application of the fundamental processes of artistic expression and application of the concepts and approaches in the symbolic aspects of art and design to two- and three-dimensional problems so that they demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with technique, problem solving, and ideation. A study of historical and contemporary art and artists from a worldwide perspective, and instruction and practice in peer review through the critique process, presentation or their, responding to art and connecting their art to the world around them are included. There is a fee charged and additional supplies may be required.

Advanced Visual Arts (AVA) 1: Fundamentals of Art and Design 

Suggested Grade Level 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Art Teacher Recommendation
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Students are introduced to the advanced fundamentals of artistic expression. The course includes experiences in drawing, painting, two-and three-dimensional design, sculpture, and other art forms. The course emphasizes observations, interpretation of the visual environment, visual communication, imagination and symbolism, and an introduction to various visual arts techniques and media. The focus of the course is on application of the fundamental processes of artistic expression and application of the concepts and approaches in the symbolic aspects of art and design to two- and three-dimensional problems so that they demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with technique, problem solving, and ideation. A study of historical and contemporary art and artists from a worldwide perspective, and instruction and practice in peer review through the critique process, presentation or their, responding to art and connecting their art to the world around them are included. There is a fee charged and additional supplies may be required.  This course is targeted for students who have the intention of moving forward with future art courses.

Visual Arts (VA) 2: Comprehensive Visual Arts 

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Visual Art 1
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This is an advanced course designed for students who are planning to continue on to Visual Art 3 and AP Studio Art.  Students explore an art form, obtaining knowledge in that form to plan and create individual works of art based on such knowledge, while following and breaking from traditional conventions. Students examine the language, materials, media, and processes of that particular art form and the fundamental processes of artistic expression supporting a work. Advanced instruction encourages students to develop their own artistic styles. Although Comprehensive Visual Arts courses focus on creation, inclusion of the study and analysis of major artists, art movements, and styles is included. In completing this course, students consider various techniques, methods, venues, and criteria for analyzing and selecting their art for preservation and presentation, including evolving technologies when preparing and refining artwork for display.  There is a fee charged and additional supplies may be required.

Visual Arts (VA) 3: Art Portfolio

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level 11 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Art Portfolio is designed to address a variety of factors and methods including evolving technologies when preparing and refining artwork for portfolio presentation and or when deciding if and how to preserve and protect art. Students will create, select, respond to, and present work that clearly reflects newly obtained technical skills, increasing conceptual thinking and is a reflection of their personal interests and may serve as an opportunity for students to expand their expertise in a particular form or style, to explore a topic in greater detail, or to develop more advanced skills. Individual critique and planned peer review will help students prepare for future endeavors. This course covers any identified Visual Arts discipline. There is a fee charged and additional supplies may be required.

VA4: Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art -2D/3D

Suggested Grade Level 11-12
Prerequisite: At least 2 years of Studio Art Courses and Art Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 5.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course is an individualized college level program concentrating in one of three portfolio areas:  2D Design, 3D Design and Drawing. Each student in this course will plan and develop a body of work to be critiqued and scored by the teacher. It will then be scored by College Board for AP Studio Art. The portfolio must consist of a minimum of 15 pieces in the student’s Sustained Investigation of Inquiry and 5 quality pieces (these can come from the Sustained Investigation.)   

VA4: Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art - Phototraphy

Suggested Grade Level 11-12
Prerequisite: At least 2 years of Studio Art Courses and Art Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 5.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course is an individualized college level program concentrating on photography - 2D. Each student in this course will plan and develop a body of work to be critiqued and scored by the teacher. It will then be scored by College Board for AP Studio Art. The portfolio must consist of a minimum of 15 pieces in the student’s Sustained Investigation of Inquiry and 5 quality pieces (these can come from the Sustained Investigation.)   

 

Photography

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Visual Art 1
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course will focus on the development of photographic composition using the elements and principles of design.  Students will learn to make meaningful visual statements with an emphasis on personal creative expression to communicate ideas,  feelings or values.  The history of photography, historic movements, photo ethics, photo theory, image manipulation,  and creative special effects will be included in this course.  Photo embellishment and use of mixed media will be explored. Cell phone cameras and 35 mm digital cameras will be used in this course.  Students engage in critiques of their photographic images, the works of other students, and those by professional photographers.  

 Ceramics / Pottery

Suggested Grade Level: 10 - 12 
Prerequisite: VA1: Fundamentals of Art and Design OR Art Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 
Course Description: Ceramics/Pottery courses engage students in learning experiences that encompasses the historical and cultural context of ceramics, critiquing their own work and the work of others, aesthetic inquiry, and creative production. They develop knowledge of ceramic techniques and processes with an emphasis on creative design and craftsmanship. Experience includes, but is not limited to, clay modeling, hand building, coil building, casting and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students develop a working knowledge of kiln firing and glazing techniques. Students balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.

Sculpture

Elective Course offered alternating years with Ceramics/Pottery
Suggested Grade Level 10 – 12
Prerequisite: VA1: Fundamentals of Art and Design OR Art Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Sculpture course engages students in learning experiences that encompass the historicl and cultureal context of three dimensional and relief forms.  They develop knowledge of sculptural techniques and processes with an emphais on creative design and craftmanship.  Experience includes but is not limited to the additive and subtractive methods of  clay modeling, wire and plaster, plaster and stone carving, wood constructs foam core, paper Mache and fiber. Students develop a working knowledge of sculpture terms and techniques.  Studens balance experimentation and safety, freedom,  and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.  There is a fee charged and additional supplies may be required. 

General Vocal Music

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite: Counselor Recommendation

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0  Credits: 1.0

Course Description:  General Music courses provide students with access to a variety of musical experiences, including creating, performing, and responding to music. They include the study of the elements of music, music styles, historical and cultural contexts; including study of instrumental music (acoustic and electronic) and vocal music. Courses include instruction that involves understanding music as creative expression and communication, developing skill with the voice and/or musical instruments, and refining the ability to discern and critique. Although performance is a part of the course the focus is on learning about music. Public performance may be a part of the learning process.

AP Music Theory

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 5.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Study of music theory, voice-leading/progressions, notation, and ear-training. Through written music exercises and activities, computer-based drill and practice, and music listening, students will develop a strong understanding of hor music is composed based on traditional music compositional styles. The AP exam is available for students at the conclusion of the course. Fees charged to cover the cost of the exam. Students enrolling in this course should be able to read music notation in at least one clef. 

Symphonic Band 

AUDITION REQUIRED
Suggested Grade Levels: 9 – 12
Prerequisites: placement audition; participation in 8th grade band program at OCMS or EOMS; teacher approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credit: 1.0 each course 
Course Description: This is the advanced placement band performance ensemble. Students placed in this course are expected to have an advanced skill set on their chosen instruments. All students will be placed in this ensemble by a proficiency exam (Playing test) prior to assignment. Students will perform a minimum of two concerts per semester depending on the yearly activities and festivals as well as complete playing evaluations according to the Band LEVELS program. Performance in KMEA assessments (Large Ensemble and Solo and Ensemble festivals) is required as part of this course. Attendance at a once-per-week after school rehearsal is required as part of this course. Fees will be charged commensurate with travel and program expenses (including entry fees for activities). MARCHING BAND is required for all students enrolled in this course. Summer band camp is required for all members of this course. This is a collegiate-style (non-competitive) group with after school rehearsals once per week after school. The marching band will perform at all home football games and select community events in the fall. All students in this course will perform with the OCHS pep band for select home basketball games. Students received scores for participation in all performance and rehearsal events. Students must be enrolled in this course to audition for district and state level honor bands. 

Placements in the two bands are based on the audition taken prior to enrollment in the class.

Concert Band

AUDITION REQUIRED

Suggested Grade Levels: 9 - 12

Prerequisites: placement audition; participation in 8th grade band program at OCMS or EOMS; teacher approval

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credit: 1.0 each course 

Course Description: Students should have experience (ex: middle school band or prior band classes). Students wishing to begin band in high school may do so by joining this course, but must be approved by the band teacher. All students will be placed in this ensemble by a proficiency exam (Playing test) prior to assignment. Students will perform a minimum of two concerts per semester depending on the yearly activities and festivals as well as complete playing evaluations according to the Band LEVELS program. Performance in KMEA assessments (Large Ensemble and Solo and Ensemble festivals) is required as part of this course. Attendance at a once-per-week after school rehearsal is required as part of this course. Fees will be charged commensurate with travel and program expenses (including entry fees for activities). MARCHING BAND is required for all students enrolled in this course. Summer band camp is required for all members of this course. This is a collegiate-style (non-competitive) group with after school rehearsals once per week after school. The marching band will perform at all home football games and select community events in the fall. All students in this course will perform with the OCHS pep band for select home basketball games. Students received scores for participation in all performance and rehearsal events. Students must be enrolled in this course to audition for district and state level honor bands. 

Percussion Instrumental Ensemble 

AUDITION REQUIRED 
Suggested Grade Levels: 9 – 12
Prerequisites: placement audition; participation in 8th grade band program at OCMS or EOMS; teacher approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credit: 1.0 
Course Description:  Students should have experience (ex: middle school band or prior band classes). Students wishing to begin band in high school may do so by joining this course, but must be approved by the band teacher. All students will be placed in this ensemble by a proficiency exam (Playing test) prior to assignment. Students will perform a minimum of two concerts per semester depending on the yearly activities and festivals as well as complete playing evaluations according to the Band LEVELS program. Performance in KMEA assessments (Large Ensemble and Solo and Ensemble festivals) is required as part of this course. Attendance at a once-per-week after school rehearsal is required as part of this course. Fees will be charged commensurate with travel and program expenses (including entry fees for activities). MARCHING BAND is required for all students enrolled in this course. Summer band camp is required for all members of this course. This is a collegiate-style (non-competitive) group with after school rehearsals once per week after school. The marching band will perform at all home football games and select community events in the fall. All students in this course will perform with the OCHS pep band for select home basketball games. Students received scores for participation in all performance and rehearsal events. Students must be enrolled in this course to audition for district and state level honor bands. 

Fees will be charged commensurate with travel and program expenses.

Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 

AN AUDITION IS REQUIRED before you will be allowed to register for this course  
Suggested Grade Level: 10-12 
Prerequisites: participation in OCHS Symphonic Band/Percussion Techniques and/or teacher approval; Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section (Piano, drums, guitar, bass)  
Max GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 
Course Description: This course is designed to be an extension of the students’ learning and experience in symphonic, concert or percussion ensemble courses. Students may not substitute this course for participation in symphonic, concert or percussion ensemble courses. Instrumentation is limited to traditional American jazz ensemble instrumentation: saxophones, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section (piano, drums, bass, guitar, and aux percussion). Students in who are not in a band class may take this course to perform on a rhythm section instrument: an audition is required. Students may double on an instrument to participate in this course. Students will perform two or more concerts per semester both in and out of school time. Music will include big band and contemporary jazz styles, basic improvisation, and scale/modes study. Students must be enrolled in this course to audition for district and state level honor bands.

Fees will be charged to cover the costs of travel and consumables.

Music - Chorus

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Students develop vocal skills in the context of a large ensembleas a means to study and perform a variety of styles. These courses are designed to develop students' vocal techniques, their ability to sing parts, perform rhythms, and include experiences in creating and responding to music.  Courses are offered on multiple levels to accommodate proficiency.
 

Vocal Ensemble: Bass Choir

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: The Men’s Choir is an entry level ensemble for men grades 9 – 12. It is a two-semester course in which the student may earn one unit of a Performing Arts credit. The curriculum is designed to cultivate the changing male voice, ear-training, sight singing skills, and competency in reading two- and three-part voicing (TB and TTB). We will utilize repertoire from across a variety of languages and musical styles. Class work includes singing exercises to build, strengthen, and carefully guide the voice through its development, improve diction, breath support, and resonance. Music Theory and Music History are also included in daily instruction. Sight singing technique will be included on a daily basis, and vocal development will be assessed individually with occasional singing tests. Additional work includes solo opportunities, singing in small ensembles, and required evening performances (one per quarter, totaling four per school year).

Vocal Ensemble: Treble Choir

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: The Women’s Choir is an entry level ensemble for women grades 9 – 12. It is a two-semester course in which the student may earn one unit of a Performing Arts credit. The curriculum is designed to cultivate the female voice, ear-training, sight singing skills, and competency in reading two- and three-part voicing (SA and SSA). We will utilize repertoire from across a variety of languages and musical styles. Class work includes singing exercises to build, strengthen, and carefully guide the voice through its development, improve diction, breath support, and resonance. Music Theory and Music History are also included in daily instruction. Sight singing technique will be included on a daily basis, and vocal development will be assessed individually with occasional singing tests. Additional work includes solo opportunities, singing in small ensembles, and required evening performances (one each quarter, totaling four per school year).

Vocal Ensemble: Advanced Treble Choir

Suggest Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: Teacher Approval by audition
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This class is designed for highly qualified treble voices to perform music through a variety of music from across a variety of languages, cultures, musical styles, and time periods requiring advanced vocal techniques and advanced sight reading ability. Each member must demonstrate excellent vocal technique and musicianship to participate in this ensemble. Performances and participation in KMEA events and evening concerts(one per quarter, totaling four per school year) are required. Auditions will be held in the spring for this class. Student attitude and attendance must be impeccable to be considered for this ensemble. 

Chorus: Chamber Choir

Suggested Grade Level: 9 –12
Prerequisites: teacher approval by audition
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: The students will continue to develop their vocal skills, sight-singing ability, musicality and musical understanding in this course. A wide variety of musical styles will be studied including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20-21st century repertoire. Performances and participation in KMEA events and evening concerts (one per quarter, totaling four per school year) are required. Participation in this class is by audition only. Student attitude and attendance must also be impeccable to be considered for this ensemble. Chamber Choir also participates in several elite performance opportunities throughout the year, including the U of L Comstock Chamber Choir Competition and KMEA All-State Choir. Students must be enrolled in this course in order to audition for KMEA All-State Choir.

Theatre 1 (T1): Introduction to Theatre 

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Students enrolled in this performance-oriented class will learn the fundamentals of theatre. We will study theatre history, read plays, improve, perform pantomimes and monologues, and learn about backstage techniques.

Theatre 2 (T2): Acting and Performance 

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Students develop experience and skill development in one or more aspects of theatrical production, concentrating on acting and performance skills. Introductory courses explore fundamental techniques. Advanced courses focus on extending and refining technique, expanding students’ exposure to different types of theatrical craft and traditions from varied social/historical contexts, and increasing their participation in publicly staged productions. These courses may also provide a discussion of career and post-secondary placement opportunities.

Theatre 3 (T3): Acting and Performance 2 

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Students experience various aspects of theater, including musicals and plays and the elements of auditioning, singing, acting, directing, and dancing. They review the history and evolution of theater (musicals and plays), its literature and artists, and styles of composition/design and vocal/dance presentation. Students work collaboratively on performances, including solo, duet, and ensemble work. These courses may also provide a discussion of career and post-secondary placement opportunities. 

Theatre 4 (T4): Directing 

Suggested Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description:: Students develop skills in translating a script into a final production and are usually taken after other drama courses. Directing courses enable each student to create an artistic vision and develop a personal aesthetic. Students are exposed to different types of theatrical techniques and traditions. They direct the performances of others (either in scenes or in a full production). These courses may also provide a discussion of career and post-secondary placement opportunities.

Introduction to Media Arts (1st Semester)

*Taken with Video Studio Productions second semester.

Pathway: Cinematography and Video Production
Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5
Course Description: An introduction to and survey of the creative and conceptual aspects of designing media arts experiences and products, including techniques, genres and styles from various and combined mediums and forms, including moving image, sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design. Typical course topics include: aesthetic meaning, appreciation and analysis; composing, capturing, processing and programming of media arts products, experiences and communications; their transmission, distribution and marketing; as well as contextual, cultural, and historical aspects and considerations.  This course is paired with Video Studio Fundamentals (2nd Semester)