Fine Arts Department

The Fine Arts department offers students a chance to learn more about themselves through music, theater and the visual arts. Record your own music, learn to draw, paint, sculpt, or design a house, learn to sing in a new language, play an instrument, or create a character on stage.

Field trips are an important part of the curriculum. Students have been to many major museums as well as rehearsals at Lincoln Center. Fine Arts faculty members are professionals in their fields and bring this life experience to the classroom.

Visual Arts courses offer the beginner a place to start and the more experienced student a place to continue to grow. The Edward J. Duffy Family Gallery showcases student art and visiting artists throughout the school year.

Music courses include instrumental and choral groups. Whether you like Jazz, Blues, Rock, or Classical, our curriculum will satisfy your taste in music. The Canterbury Chorale and the Schola Cantorum offer an artistic outlet for vocal students. Students perform in several concerts and recitals throughout the school year. Private lessons are offered as well. The music facility includes a recording studio, music practice rooms, classrooms and the J. Michael Sheehy '56 Choral Classroom.

Whether you consider yourself an athlete, an academic, or an artist, there is a Theater Department course for you or a place in the program. The theater program produces two performances per year in Maguire Auditorium. Students may choose to audition for an acting role or get involved in technical theater. Students in the program can receive course credit for participating in either area.

2017 - 18 Course Offerings

Fine Arts

Chair: Kim Tester

The Fine Arts Department provides students with courses leading to aesthetic literacy and an appreciation of the arts. Our many offerings give students an opportunity to make “art” through music, theater, and the visual arts.

* Indicates course fee applied

AP TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN *

(FULL YEAR – OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)

This course is for the serious art student whose prior work exhibits advanced technical and conceptual understanding in a variety of artistic media. Students work in drawing, painting, photography, collage, and mixed media. The fall semester focuses on projects relating to color, design, composition and various drawing and design problems. The spring semester focuses on the development of a theme or concentration. AP Portfolios are submitted in May.

For Sixth Formers only.

AP THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN *

(FULL YEAR – OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)

This course is for the serious art student whose prior work exhibits advanced technical competence and conceptual understanding of drawing, painting and sculpture. The fall semester focuses on projects relating to color, design, composition and various spatial design problems. The spring semester focuses on the development of a theme or concentration. AP Portfolios are submitted in May.

For Sixth Formers only.

AP DRAWING *

(FULL YEAR – OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)

This course is for the serious art student whose prior work exhibits advanced technical competence and conceptual understanding of drawing. The fall semester focuses on projects relating to color, design, composition and various drawing problems. The spring semester focuses on the development of a theme or concentration. AP Portfolios are submitted in May.

For Sixth Formers only.

ADVANCED CERAMICS*

This course builds on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced course emphasizes a more conceptual approach and development of personal style. Students also use this course to help them prepare a portfolio for college entrance or to enhance their college application.

ADVANCED DRAWING*

This course builds on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced course emphasizes a more conceptual approach and development of personal style. Students also use this course to help them prepare a portfolio for college entrance or to enhance their college application.

ADVANCED PAINTING*

This course builds on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced course emphasizes a more conceptual approach and development of personal style. Students also use this course to help them prepare a portfolio for college entrance or to enhance their college application.

ADVANCED PRINTMAKING*

This course builds on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced course emphasizes a more conceptual approach and development of personal style. Students also use this course to help them prepare a portfolio for college entrance or to enhance their college application.

ADVANCED 2-D OR 3-D DESIGN *

This course builds on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced course emphasizes a more conceptual approach and development of personal style. Students also use this course to help them prepare a portfolio for college entrance or to enhance their college application.

INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ART *

This course introduces the studio experience: in-depth design concepts, terminology, and various media. Projects include drawing, painting, printmaking, and 2D and 3D Design. The course is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for further work in studio art.

For Third Formers.

DRAWING *

In this course, students study the expression of visual thought through drawing. Areas covered include contour drawing, still life, portrait, perspective drawing, and experimental techniques. Students use pastels, charcoal, ink, pencils, markers and other medium. Assigned projects utilize images from everyday surroundings and the imagination to form unique compositions.

CERAMICS *

This course investigates various ways to create functional and sculptural objects with clay. Hand building techniques include pinch, slab, and coils.

For Fifth and Sixth Formers.

PRINTMAKING

This course provides students with an introduction to various experimental and traditional printing processes and their relationship to composition and color. Among the types of prints that may be covered include the use of digital imagery, monotype, linoleum, wood block, collagraph, and screen print. Assignments may include a T-Shirt logo design, postcard project, and a large-scale transportation design using various textures including tires from large machinery.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY *

The aims of this course are for students to learn the controls of their DSLR camera (Minimum 6 megapixels), the principles of composition, design, color, lighting and exposure, software manipulation to improve images (Adobe Photoshop), and photo management (Flickr). Additional work is devoted to the creation of a personal style and proficiency in communicating an idea, theme, or emotion. Students must own a recently purchased DSLR camera with the “kit” lens supplied.

ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY *

This course will focus on the contributions of the “giants of photography,” those men and women who have influenced the direction of this art form. Students will research the lives, artistic influences, and contributions of these photographers and present their findings to their classmates. In addition, students will hone their picture-taking skills by emulating the styles of these photographers, who include, but are not limited to: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, Robert Capa, Vivian Maier, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Sebastio Selgado, and Edward Weston. Students will also be required to print their images in order to amass a body of work.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography.

PAINTING *

Through experimentation and related exercises, students learn about painting as a medium of visual expression. Basic studies include drawing, color theory, and composition. Students explore a variety of subject matter from direct observation as well as from their imagination. Materials may include watercolor, acrylic, and collage.

SCULPTURE *

This course explores the processes of modeling, carving, construction, and assemblage in wood, paper, plaster, wire, and found materials. Students begin with projects that help them visualize the transition from working two dimensionally to creating a three dimensional design. Assignments move into exploring sculpture-in-the-round or freestanding works.

ARCHITECTURE *

This introductory course concentrates on giving students a broad view of architecture in both the technical and creative sense. Drawing assignments may include freehand drawing, an imaginative proposal project that combines various drawing types, a community park design, and the design and development of a residence. For the final project students design a set of plans (floor, elevation and site plans) and build a scale model.

Music

Director: David Overthrow
Vocal Director: Sarah Armstrong
Music course credits count toward fulfilling the Fine Arts credit.

Canterbury Chorale

Canterbury Chorale is both a learning and a performing chorus open to all interested students. Students learn music from varied periods, styles, and languages. Students develop healthful voice habits to assist in discovering the individual nature of their own voices. As appropriate, information regarding music and composers is offered to add insight to the creative process of the music as well as its cultural impact. Canterbury Chorale members perform at a variety of school functions throughout the year.

All students welcome. Audition to determine vocal placement.

JAZZ COMBO

The Chamber Jazz Group is a select group of instrumentalists who perform music in many styles of modern jazz including blues, funk, fusion, swing and Latin. Students learn about playing in a rhythm section, improvising and interpretation of style. Students of any instrument in Intermediate to Advanced level may audition. This group gives five performances throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to learn jazz improvisation, as well as techniques for playing jazz in a small group setting. The group will play music in the styles of popular music and rock & roll titles in addition to several jazz styles. By audition.

THEORY AND COMPOSITION

This course is designed for the serious classical musician. Basic music theory skills are a necessity for admission to the class. Ear training to promote an understanding of the nature of pitch and rhythm is a significant part of the course. Students learn principles of four-part choral writing as an introduction to composition, as well as the basics of orchestration.

MUSIC HISTORY

Music History provides an insight into the development of Western Music and its relationship to and influences upon Western culture from its beginning to the present day. The course will survey recordings of music from the Gothic and Medieval periods to Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and periods. Discussions of the lives of the composers as well as performers throughout history help to illuminate the cultures and times in which they lived. This study leads to a better understanding of how we have arrived at our present music and cultural environment.

There is no prerequisite for this course.

COMPUTER MUSIC I

This class is an overview of a Digital Audio Workstation and students learn how to perform the following tasks in (DAW) GarageBand: Creating MIDI Tracks, creating audio tracks, constructing a song, Apple Loops, software Instruments, real instruments, editing, advanced editing, exporting an audio file, create an MP3 file. There is no prerequisite for this class.

COMPUTER MUSIC II

In this course students work with computers, synthesizers, and Digital Performer software while working with MIDI and digital audio tracks. Using state of the art technology students learn how to integrate both MIDI and audio tracks while learning about recording, mixing, and mastering techniques. The emphasis on this class is in audio recording. Students have the opportunity to work in the recording studio. Prerequisite: Computer Music 1.

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music appreciation is intended to provide a general overview of music, with emphasis on but not limited to Western culture. Topics will include how to listen, discerning general styles, and the business of music. The study leads to an enhanced ability to enjoy and understand music. Open to all students.

SCHOLA CANTORUM

The Cantorum builds upon material taught in the Chorale. Its members are expected to master material that is technically and musically demanding. An emphasis on performance technique is an additional component of this select group. Students are encouraged to perform solo as well as choral material. The Cantorum performs at various functions throughout the school year. Membership in the Canterbury Chorale is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Cantorum. By audition.

CONCERT JAZZ BAND

This band is open to all instruments. Students with little experience such as late beginning to intermediate levels are welcome. All that is required is the desire to improve as well as work towards a common goal with others. Students will play music in the styles of popular music and rock & roll titles in addition to several jazz styles.

ORCHESTRA

The Canterbury Orchestra will perform various selections from an expanded repertoire including all styles of music from symphonic to popular idioms. The material will be chosen based on the ability of the group as a whole. Students will be expected to participate in all rehearsals and performances of the Orchestra.

Prerequisite: This is not a class in instrumental instruction. Students must have played an orchestral instrument (woodwind, brass, or string) and have the basic knowledge thereof. This instrument must be available to the student for full time use. Private lessons are encouraged but not necessary, as long as the student can perform the music assigned. By audition.

CLASSICAL CHAMBER

Classical Chamber is made up of small groups, usually of two to four players, and rehearses and performs selections from the standard chamber music repertoire. The material is chosen based on the ability and instrumentation of each group. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be exposed to material that is often not studied on the pre-college level. Each student will be expected to participate in all rehearsals and performances of the ensemble.

Prerequisite: These ensembles are for more advanced students, and are not classes in instrumental instruction. Students are expected to have an instrument available for full time use. Private lessons are encouraged but not necessary, as long as the student can perform the music assigned. Membership in the Canterbury Orchestra is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Chamber Ensemble.

By audition.

ROCK BAND

The Rock Band is a select group of students who will perform music in a variety of sub genres of rock & roll music. The class is open to vocalists as well as guitar, bass, drums, and other instruments. Students must have a background of at least early intermediate level on their instrument. The group will give several performances throughout the year.

By audition.

INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR

Students will have the opportunity to play the guitar by exploring music through the medium of guitar playing. As a lab course students will be doing hands-on work every class, and may sometimes work independently. An instrument will be provided for those who need one. Topics include chord forms, scale forms and playing selected songs. The course is open to all and no experience is necessary.

INTRODUCTION TO PIANO

This course is for the student with little or no prior instruction in playing the piano. Students will learn keyboard basics through introductions in piano orientation, simple improvisation, technique and reading music. Students will learn to play solos and duets representing a wide variety of musical styles.

INTRODUCTION TO VOICE

Introduction to Voice is a study of efficient vocal production and performance. Beginning exercises for breath management, extending the vocal range, increasing vocal resonance and volume, and singing in an expressive manner are introduced. Vocal exercises and solos are performed to demonstrate these skills. This course is open to beginners.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private instruction is offered on guitar, bass, piano, voice, drums, sax, trumpet, clarinet, violin, and cello. Students should arrange lessons at registration. A fee is charged for private instruction. Private lessons meet once a week and can count towards fulfilling the Fine Arts credit requirement.

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