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Fine Arts Department


Overview

The Drama, Music, Visual Arts, and Media Art programs afford a student of any talent or interest the opportunity to expand his intellectual and cultural background. Our comprehensive program provides the tools and opportunities for young men to explore their creative potential, express themselves dynamically, discover an appreciation for culture and beauty, and gain a better understanding of who they are and the unique talents that God has gifted to them.

In their first year, all freshmen are required to take one semester-long arts elective. As juniors and seniors, students have the option to enroll in a diverse range of specialized arts electives.

8th Grade SELECT Honors Institute

Visual Arts 8
This is a visual foundation course. The elements of art and principles of composition and design are studied. Part I concentrates on 2-dimensional art, wherein the student will learn the basics of drawing through a variety of strategies and materials. Part II concentrates on 3-dimensional art, wherein the student will learn clay hand-building and glaze application.

Freshman Year

Each Bishop Hendricken High School freshman begins his academic career by choosing an arts academic elective in one of four programs to fulfill his academic arts requirement for graduation. Students can take additional electives in any program throughout their four years at the high school. The Arts’ Academy courses do not count towards fulfilling academic arts requirement for graduation.  If there is availability, these courses may be taken by upperclassmen as electives.

Freshmen may choose from the following electives:

Animation – CP1

Calligraphy  – CP1
This course teaches the drawing of decorative letters. Both Cursive (Chancery Italic) and Blackletter (Medieval Uncials) calligraphy will be studied. The student will learn spacing, page design, page layout, illumination, and embellishment.

Ceramics – CP1
This is a course in clay hand-building and wheel-thrown pottery. The student will go through a five-step process to the completion of each project. Decorating techniques and design options will be studied. Glazing techniques and creative use of color will also be studied.

Digital Photography – CP1

History of Rock and Roll – CP1

Introduction to Acting & Improvisation – CP1

Introduction to Filmmaking  – CP1
In this workshop, students will team up to complete a series of video projects using high-definition cameras and Final Cut Pro editing software. Students will watch and analyze significant films in order to gain a deeper understanding of the medium. They will apply the techniques of master film makers in creating original projects.

Musical Theater Performance – CP1

Music Technology – CP1
In this course, students are introduced to basic MIDI applications including sequencing, notation, recording, and editing. Students will use synthesizers and computer equipment to input and edit electronic music for a variety of media applications using industry-standard music hardware and software. Projects may include MIDI composition, digital music editing, and/or music for film and television. No experience necessary, but basic skills with computers and electronic piano keyboards are helpful.

Music Foundations – CP1
This course covers the basic theoretical elements of the science of music. The learning of notes, rhythm, ear training, harmony, and analysis of a variety of styles of music are the areas of study. This course is offered to students who have little or no training in music. Students who plan to major or minor in any aspect of music or music performance are highly encouraged to take this course.

Visual Arts Foundations – CP1
This is a foundation course for freshmen interested in the visual arts. The elements of art and principles of composition and design are studied. Part I concentrates on 2-dimensional art, wherein the student will learn the basics of drawing through a variety of strategies and materials. Part II concentrates on 3-dimensional art, wherein the student will learn clay hand-building and glaze application.

Arts Academy

The Arts Academy at Bishop Hendricken is an honors program for passionate young men. It meets during a specialized period at the start of each day. In the place of a traditional homeroom, students are joined together in specific arts concentrations. Students apply to be part of this performance-based program at any time during their four years at the high school (usually the spring/summer before the start of a school year).

Each Arts concentration sets forth specific creative and artistic experiences that students develop or rehearse within the Academy program. Students in all concentrations develop an ongoing portfolio of materials and experiences that showcase their personal achievements, individual growth, and artistic development. This portfolio is especially useful in helping a student stand out when applying to colleges and seeking scholarships. Students in our Jazz Band and Jazz Techniques Class take their academy class after school on specific days. Upon completion, students receive a graduation certificate from the Academy.

The following classes are available over a four-year period:

Visual Arts Academy 1-4 – Honors
The Visual Arts Program within the Arts Academy is designed for the artistically gifted student. Experimentation in both traditional and non-traditional techniques and medium are explored in order to develop his technical and creative potential. The student is encouraged to think outside the box, resulting in a more genuine and personal expression within his art work.

Media Arts Academy 1-4  – Honors
The Media Arts program offers students the opportunity to study the art of storytelling through the medium of digital video. Students will have hands-on experience working on video projects while creating an impressive portfolio of film & animation. All work will be created with state-of-the-art high definition cameras and Final Cut Studio editing software.

Drama Academy 1-4 –  Honors
The Drama Program within the Arts Academy offers students the opportunity to develop actor training, directing techniques, play-writing skills, and dramatic production experience in cohort teams of students who share similar interests and passion.

Concert Band Academy 1-4 – Honors
This course is for students who play a band instrument. As a performance-based ensemble, this course is geared towards playing various styles of classical and modern music composed or arranged for concert band. In addition to daily rehearsals, students will be expected to learn and play all major scales, improve technique, discover aesthetic creativity, develop listening skills, and learn to work together as a musical group. There will be two concert performances a year towards the end of each semester and three to four parade commitments. It is required that students who would like to participate in this band have previous experience playing an instrument. These instruments include trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, French horn, tuba, saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, string, bass, and percussion.

Chorus Academy 1-4  – Honors
The Arts Academy Chamber Chorus offers students with an interest and talent in vocal music a chance to sing with others and improve their vocal skills. They will have the opportunity to sing challenging and varied repertoire, while also learning some basic music theory, good vocal techniques, care of the vocal instrument and ensemble skills. Students will sing music in three and four parts with and without accompaniment.

Senior Jazz Band 1-4  – Honors
This course is open to all students (by audition only) who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, drum set, percussion, or vocals. As a performance-based 20 piece ensemble (5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 5 saxophones, 5 rhythm), this course is geared towards playing various styles of jazz and modern music composed or arranged for big band.  In addition to daily rehearsals, students will be expected to know and play all major scales, improve technique, develop improvisational skills, discover aesthetic creativity, develop listening skills, and learn to work together as a musical group.  There will be concert performance requirements throughout the year.  Students will also be required to perform in competitions, extra school functions, and other outside activities and functions.  *STUDENTS MUST BE ENROLLED IN ACADEMY CONCERT BAND TO BE ACCEPTED IN THE SENIOR JAZZ BAND.