Fine Arts

The Fine Arts program at Central Catholic High School is developed within the framework of 21st Century Knowledge and Skills developed by the West Virginia Department of Education. The main purpose is to meet each learner at his/her level and provide quality sequential guidance. Each student is encouraged to use their God-given talent to the best of their ability.

Instructors

One credit (2 semesters) of fine arts is required for graduation.

Courses

STUDIO ART I

This is an introductory course designed for the beginning student artist. Techniques taught include contour drawing, shading, still-life drawing, and beginning painting. The principles and elements of design are discussed and art history is incorporated into the class as well.

STUDIO ART II

Graphic Arts is a class that teaches students the basic concepts of art and design. Students learn computer programs such as Photoshop and InDesign to create a variety of print media. Topics discussed include layout and design techniques along with basic computer skills. A photography unit is also incorporated into the semester class. This class is open to juniors and seniors.

GRAPHIC ARTS

Graphic Arts is a class that teaches students the basic concepts of art and design. Students learn computer programs such as Photoshop and Indesign to create a variety of print media. Topics discussed include layout and design techniques along with basic computer skills. A photography unit is also incorporated into the semester class. This class is open to juniors and seniors.
Supplies needed: Folder, small notebook, digital camera (you may use your phone).

STUDIO ART III

(Semester) the Studio Art 3 Class is designed for the individual wishing to pursue their interest in the art field. Student’s strengths are encouraged and refined.
Supplies: See above

SENIOR ART

Senior Art is a class designed specifically for seniors only. The senior student will have a strong interest in visual art and may be considering a career in art or he/she simply may want to expand his/her horizons beyond what is offered in Studio Art 1 and 2. The class will often be student directed while while asking them to step out of their comfort zone in terms of creativity. Projects include a variety of endeavors into the field of visual arts. Art history and numerous artistic styles are incorporated throughout the semester.

Electro – Acoustic Ensemble

This class allows students to use cutting edge software and hardware to create music in a performance setting. Electronic and acoustic instruments are welcome in this group. Students will perform a fall and spring concert as well as performances at local primary and middle schools. Other performance opportunities may include public and private performances as well as competitive performance venues.
(Instructor permission needed before registering.)

Choir

This class will also use cutting edge software and hardware to create performances unlike any other vocal group in the area. All voices are welcome in this ensemble. Students will perform a fall and spring concert as well as performances at local primary and middle schools. Other performance opportunities may include public and private performances as well as competitive performance venues.

Musicianship

This class is open to anyone interested in learning to perform music. The class will focus on the fundamentals of musicianship such as: tempo, intonation, technique, reading music, and ensemble awareness. All instruments are welcome in this class including vocalists.

Music in the 20th Century

This course is open to all students and will focus on the music of the 20th century. Students will focus on styles, genres, and the artists who composed the soundtrack of the 20th century.

Digital Audio Recording & Sequencing I

This class allows the student to use state of the art hardware and software to record, and manipulate audio. Students will learn how to use three software programs: Live, Logic, and ProTools. Logic, Live, and Protools are the premier audio recording applications used by professional recording engineers. Students will create their own audio for multiple media applications: movies, commercials, and online video. Students will also learn proper microphone selection and placement, DSP (digital signal processing), MIDI, and signal routing.

Intro to Music Theory

This course is open to anyone interested in learning how music is organized. Students will focus on the basics of notating, analyzing, and composing western styled music. Traditional rhythmic and tonal notation is the focus of the class, but non-traditional notation will be discussed as well.