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ART I

Art I provides for individual research based upon seeing, investigating artists' ideas, and working with materials. Content and projects are varied and are intended to shift students to a particular way of seeing. Studio experiences will sensitize students to art media and tools, and to shape, line, space, hue, value, chroma, texture, and their organization in space.

INTERIOR DESIGN (Prerequisite: Art I)

This course enables students to explore their creativity and to develop skills in applying the elements and principles of design to interior spaces.  Integrated projects allow students to consider design (architecture and construction), the function of space, furniture styles, surface treatments, and lighting.  Students will be introduced to Computer-aided Design and Drafting software (CAD), building materials, architectural design history, and local building codes.  Field trips to view professionally designed spaces will be utilized. 

TWO DIMENSIONAL ART (Prerequisite: Art I)

Students will explore the elements and principles of art and their function in two-dimensional design. Studio work will provide students the opportunity to apply these fundamentals in a creative process to promote experimentation, problem-solving, and self-expression. Media work may include - drawing, painting, and printmaking. This class may be taken numerous times to develop skills and techniques in art.

THREE DIMENSIONAL ART (Prerequisite: Art I)

Students will explore the elements and principles of art and their function in three-dimensional design. Studio work will provide students the opportunity to apply these fundamentals in a creative process to promote experimentation, problem-solving, and self-expression. Media may include, but not be limited to – clay, casting, relief work, and sculpture in the round.

ADVANCED THREE DIMENSIONAL ART (Prerequisite: 3D Art)

Students will utilize hand-building and throwing techniques to create a variety of functional and decorative projects in clay.   Studio work will also provide students the opportunity to work on the potter's wheel. 

PHOTOGRAPHY I (Prerequisite: Art I)

Students will explore the elements and principles of art and their function in photography. The students will investigate camera elements, techniques, black and white printing processes, photographic expression, and conceptual aesthetics. Group critiques complement darkroom and fieldwork. Students must have access to a 35mm, manual camera and will provide their own film and photography paper.

PHOTOGRAPHY II (Prerequisite: Photography I)

This course allows for the exploration of photographic expression - advanced darkroom techniques, graphic film, non-silver processes. The students will create with subtraction from or addition to a continuous tone negative, resulting in a working art print. Students must have access to a 35 mm, manual camera and will provide their own film and photography paper.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGING (Prerequisite: Art I)

Students will explore the elements and principles of art and their function in digital imaging as applied to photography. In this course students will use the digital camera and the computer software application, Adobe Photoshop, to create artistic images. A digital camera and a flash drive (16 GB minimum) are required.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGING II   (Prerequisite: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGING I)

This course allows for the exploration of digital photographic expression – advanced Photoshop techniques. Furthers the study of aesthetic and technical theories and techniques of digital photography. Emphasizes the development of a related body of work demonstrating the student's personal photographic vision. Explores advanced digital camera and image editing software techniques. A digital camera and a flash drive (16 GB minimum) are required.

ADVANCED RESEARCH in 2D, 3D, or PHOTO (Prerequisite: 3 studio art courses and teacher’s approval)

This course is designed for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art.  This course offering allows for further investigation in a given studio offering (Two Dimensional, Three Dimensional, or Photography) beyond the course catalog.  The advanced research class will meet during the regular 2D, 3D, or Photo class but the student will be working on projects independent from the regular class. The final project will be a portfolio of multiple art pieces and a written artist statement. The portfolio will be submitted to Nebraska Scholastics or AP Studio Art.   

Duchesne Choir

This choir is open to all freshmen through seniors, no audition is required. Students will work on choral vocal techniques and learn repertoire of various styles from different periods of music. Other training includes music history, sight-singing, and ear training, vocal technique, solo repertoire work, and small group ensemble. This is a yearlong course. Students in choir are expected to perform for school and community concerts, district and state competitions.

Acapella Choir (Audition Required)

Enrollment is by permission of instructor through audition. This choir is open to sophomore through seniors (freshmen can audition but must be at a higher music level to be accepted). Acapella Choir will focus on strengthening creativity and musicality, with students harmonizing in a variety of musical styles without accompaniment. This group will cover pop, classical, and alternative music. Rehearsals stress good musicianship, music reading skills, choral tone, blend, and intonation. This is a yearlong course. Students in choir are expected to perform for school and community concerts, district and state competitions.

Instrumental Music (Audition Required)

This course is offered to any freshmen through seniors who play a concert band instrument. The class will build foundation-level skills such as tone production, instrumental proficiency, and music reading. As a mixed instrumental music group, the class will culminate in the preparation and performance as an ensemble. Members will be offered community performance opportunities and music contests. The class will meet two times a week before school.

String Ensemble (Audition Required)

This course is offered to any freshmen through seniors who play a string instrument. The class will build foundation-level skills such as tone production, instrumental proficiency, and music reading. As a mixed instrumental music group, the class will culminate in the preparation and performance as an ensemble. Members will be offered community performance opportunities and music contests. The class will meet two times a week before school.

Music in Film

Music in Film is a semester-long course for students in grades 9-12. Music in Film explores the diverse relationships between image and music and how it affects the viewers. Students will examine the craft of soundtrack design and the interactions between music, sound effects, and dialogue. Students will study the historical and psychological reasons why composers use the music they did in film. NO music background is required for this course.

World Drumming

World Drumming is a semester-long course for students in grades 9-12. World Drumming explores rhythmic motives from different cultures rich in percussion music: Africa, Latin, and the Caribbean. Students will learn the history of the instruments and how they are infused within each culture. In addition to percussion studies, students will be introduced to necessary music theory concepts, performance standards, composition techniques, and critical listening/evaluation analysis. NO music background is required for this course.

Competitive Forensics

This course focuses on the individual event categories of area speech contests. Students will develop contest pieces in four or more of the following categories throughout the year: oral interpretation of dramatic literature, oral interpretation of poetry, humorous interpretation of prose literature, original oratory, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, extemporaneous speaking, speaking to entertain, and impromptu speaking. Students will also be involved in either duet acting (two students) or oral interpretation of drama (three or more students). Students will compete in at least five speech contests through the course of a semester.

Introduction to Drama

This one-semester course will focus on the vocal, physical, and intellectual demands placed on the performer by contemporary and Shakespearean texts. The honing of the performer’s vocal, physical, and intellectual tools will take place through exercises, improvisation, text analysis and staged performance. The course may include workshops in makeup, stage combat, and/or improvisation.

Technical Theatre

In this full-year course, students will explore the elements of set design by designing a set from the ground plan to the 3-dimensional model. The course will include a tour of an area theatre as well as a workshop in either sound or lighting design. Students may also take part in a technical aspect of the school production.

Required Text: Technical Theatre for Nontechnical People. Second Edition.