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.

Courses

VISUAL ARTS

Director of Visual Arts: Kim Tester
Visual Arts course credits count toward fulfilling the Fine Arts credit.
* Indicates course fee applied.

Courses

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN*

(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.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN *

(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.

ADVANCED CERAMICS, ADVANCED DRAWING, ADVANCED PAINTING, ADVANCED PRINTMAKING, AND ADVANCED 2-D OR 3-D DESIGN*

(OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)
These courses build on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced courses emphasize 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 through the exploration of 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.
For Third Formers.

 

DRAWING*

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. Students will be assigned projects that utilize images from everyday surroundings and their 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.

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, woodblock, embossing, 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. Experimentation is encouraged!

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 two to three-dimensional design. Assignments progress into sculpture-in-the-round or free standing 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 of Music: David Overthrow
Director of Choral Studies: Sarah Armstrong
Music course credits count toward fulfilling the Fine Arts credit.

MAJOR COURSES

VARSITY VOICES ACAPELLA

Varsity Voices is Canterbury’s high-level vocal acapella ensemble, specializing in contemporary and popular music. Explore tight vocal harmonies, complex rhythms, and advanced vocal techniques in this challenging and fast-paced environment. Varsity Voices is an auditioned ensemble for all voice types and students who have experience in vocal percussion/beat boxing. This ensemble will perform regularly both on and off campus.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC BAND

The Contemporary Music Band 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, rock & roll, and jazz. By audition.

ADVANCED THEORY FOR MODERN MUSIC

This course offers students a new understanding of how music functions. Students are introduced to a systematic approach to the learning of theory and composition in rock, pop, and other modern music idioms. Exploration of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic principles, standard popular music song forms, analysis of published works, and arranging considerations will all be topics covered. Students will also develop ear-training skills through performance and dictation study of melodies, rhythms and harmonic progressions. After completing this course students will be able to write short original musical compositions as well as identify, by ear, common rhythmic harmonic and melodic musical phrases. Department approval required.

COMPUTER MUSIC I

Computer Music I is a one semester course in which students learn the basics of music technology, MIDI sequencing, audio production, and other computer music skills while exploring the capability of the digital audio music software, GarageBand. Students will learn about musical form and composition while using, through the use of MIDI instruments, loops, audio recording, effects, and other computer music techniques to create and edit original music compositions. Students will also explore audio/video integration. By the end of this course students will have created several pieces of original music as well as have a thorough understanding of GarageBand Software.

COMPUTER MUSIC II

Computer Music II is a one semester course in which students work with the Logic Pro X Apple software, studying elements of production design such as creative considerations in composition and song form as well as the arrangement tools in Logic that help build and shape a song. Students will also learn Logic's mixing tools and study advanced mixing techniques, such as setting up software instruments with multiple outputs, sidechaining, and mix automation. This course provides many critical listening examples, interactive activities, and "power user" tips and tricks for Logic Pro that illustrate the extensive capabilities of this dynamic music production software. By the end of this course students will have created several original songs while having a firm understanding of Apple Loops, Software Instruments and Digital Audio recording. Prerequisite: Computer Music 1.

MINOR COURSES

CHORALE

Canterbury Chorale is the place where anyone can find their singing voice. This choir emphasizes the healthy habits of ensemble singing through a variety of genres and styles. Canterbury Chorale is open to all students, without audition, and performs at various concerts and special events throughout the school year.

CHAPEL CHOIR

Chapel Choir is designed for members of the community who want to be part of an ensemble, contribute to Sunday Mass, and express their spirituality through music. This course will meet one evening a week and Sunday mornings to prepare weekly hymns, communion meditations, and parts of the Mass. Members of the ensemble will also have the opportunity to lead the congregation in song as hymn leaders and cantors.

JAZZ/ROCK/POP ENSEMBLE

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, rock & roll, and jazz.

ORCHESTRA

The Canterbury Orchestra will perform various selections from an expanded repertoire including styles of music ranging from symphonic to contemporary pop selections. 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 of two to four players, and rehearses and performs selections from the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary pop selections. 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. By audition.

ROCK BAND

Rock Band is a select group of students who will perform music in a variety of subgenres of rock & roll music. Students will learn the stylistic elements of a variety of rock styles and focus on both rhythm section playing and creating solos while performing at several concerts throughout the year. This course is open to guitarists, bassists, drummers, vocalists, keyboard players (pianists), percussionists, saxophone and trumpet players. If you are interested in rock music this is the group for you. Students must have a background of at least intermediate level on their instrument. By audition.

ACOUSTIC FINGER-PICKING GUITAR

In this course students will learn about the basics of finger-picking and how to play chords, picking patterns, and other techniques critical to finger-picking guitar playing. The students will develop the fundamental skills to play many of their favorite songs. The course is designed for the beginning or intermediate player who wants to learn to play songs on the acoustic guitar. Prerequisite: Intro to Guitar or department approval.

INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR

Students will have the opportunity to explore music through the medium of guitar playing. Students will have hands-on work in every class and may work independently on occasion. Topics include chord shapes, strumming patterns, rhythm guitar playing, playing in a group, and the use of a capo. Students will also learn to read chord charts and tablature. This course is ideal for any student who is interested in learning how to play the guitar. For students who do not own a guitar they can rent one or use guitars in the classrooms for practice.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private instruction is offered on guitar, bass, piano, voice, drums, sax, trumpet, clarinet, violin, and cello. All private instructors are experienced musicians in the fields of music education and performance. Private lessons meet once a week and can count towards fulfilling the Fine Arts credit requirement. This is a great opportunity for any student who wishes to learn an instrument or excel on an instrument they have experience in playing. A fee is charged for private instruction.

THEATER

Theater Director: Sarah Armstrong
Technical Theater Director: Robin Frome
Theater course credits count toward fulfilling the Fine Arts credit.

Courses

THEATER PRODUCTION

Student actors, through rehearsal and performance in the fall play, practice techniques unique to theatrical production. Analyzing character, understanding relationships between characters, vocal projection and body expression are all part of the course. Actors are expected to display disciplined work ethic, teamwork and personal responsibility as basic requirements for participation. Two performances on the Canterbury stage for audiences culminate the course. This counts as either minor (.25) or major (.5) credit, depending on time commitment. By audition.

MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION

Student actors, through rehearsal and performance in the spring musical, practice performance techniques unique to musical productions. Singing, dancing and the art of performance in this genre are part of the course. Actors are expected to display disciplined work ethic, teamwork and personal responsibility as basic requirements for participation. Two performances on the Canterbury stage for audiences culminate the course. Counts as either minor (.25) or major (.5) credit, depending on time commitment. By audition.

TECHNICAL THEATER

Students will obtain knowledge of the behind-the-scenes collaboration that takes a production from an initial script selection through design and implementation to the final curtain. Students will learn the basics of set building, lighting, and sound design for drama productions and will be well prepared to handle operations on their own at showtime. Students will become familiar with the proper use of tools for set building, gain an understanding of set design as it applies to Canterbury’s theater space and learn the basics of stage maintenance, lighting, and sound needs for the actors. Instruction will emphasize terminology, basic concepts and safety. Two performances on the Canterbury stage for audiences culminate the course. This course counts as either a minor (.25) or major (.5) credit, depending on time commitment. By audition.

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