• Fine Arts Course Offerings

    An appreciation of the arts is an essential element in the development of an appreciation of life.  The creative thinking skills learned in the arts are necessary complements to purely cognitive thinking.  The visual and performing arts are disciplines that foster students’ abilities to create, experience, analyze and reorganize, thereby encouraging intuitive and emotional as well as verbal responses.  The Tamalpais District has made a strong acknowledgment of the position that experiences within the areas of the arts are essential to a total education by adopting a one-year requirement in Fine Arts.  The UC and CSU systems also demand this requirement for admission.

    VISUAL ARTS

    ART EXPLORATIONS (UC, “f”, CSU) This is the first course in a sequential art program and is a prerequisite for all visual art electives.  The course is recommended to be taken in the freshman or sophomore year and will satisfy 5 units of the District’s 10 units Fine Arts graduation requirement.  It introduces the student to various forms of artistic expression such as drawing, painting, graphic design and three dimensional design.  The course also emphasizes the importance of art for personal expression as well as its importance as a cultural element in society.

    THE ARTIST’S VOICE - Ceramics  (UC, “g” ,CSU) This is a three hour evening course for Fine Arts students who are interested in pursuing, shaping and challenging their individual artistic vision and voice.  Students will work with artists from the community as mentors, and create original artworks, ceramics, sculpture, and/or mixed media projects.  Students will intensively explore and expand their creativity.  Each week a different community artist will present his or her work and students will be provided intensive studio time to complete their projects. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors and have completed Art Explorations and Ceramics 1 or Sculpture 1.

    THE ARTIST’S VOICE - Drawing/Painting  (UC, “g”, CSU) This is a three hour evening course for Fine Arts students who are interested in pursuing, shaping and challenging their individual artistic vision and voice.  Students will work with artists from the community as mentors, and create original artworks, sculpture, and/or mixed media projects.  Students will intensively explore and expand their creativity.  Each week a different community artist will present his or her work and students will be provided intensive studio time to complete their projects. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors and have completed Art Explorations. 

    THE ARTIST’S VOICE – Photography (UC, “g”, CSU)  This is a three hour evening course for Fine Arts students who are interested in pursuing, shaping and challenging their individual artistic vision and voice.  Students will work with artists from the community as mentors, and create original photography and/or mixed media projects.  Students will intensively explore and expand their creativity.  Each week a different community artist will present his or her work and students will be provided intensive studio time to complete their projects. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors and have completed Art Explorations and Photography 1. 

    CERAMICS 1 (UC, “f”, CSU)   Ceramics is a functional, sculptural and historical medium emphasizing concepts of three dimensional design.  Instruction includes the use of the potter’s wheel, hand construction techniques to create hollow forms, coiled forms, and forms from slabs of clay.  Surface decoration techniques will include glaze, underglaze and stain use, slip decoration and textured designs.  Students may create their own projects along with the teacher’s projects.  Some of the class projects will include: mosaics, tiles, dimple dishes, whistles, mugs, boxes, and wheel thrown forms.  Individual initiative, success, participation and fun are emphasized.  Prerequisite: Art Explorations.

    CERAMICS 2 (UC, “f”, CSU)  Intermediate Ceramics is a continuation of Beginning Ceramics for motivated students who want to further develop and apply the skills learned in the first course.  Students will gain a greater understanding and ability to apply more complex forming techniques, decorative processes, glaze preparation and formulation and finishing methods.  Projects may include complex tiles, thrown and altered forms, a place setting of dishes, and a teapot.  Students will see and analyze the work of contemporary ceramics artists and learn the techniques of those artists.  Students may focus their emphasis in one specific area of ceramics for deeper mastery.  Prerequisite: Ceramics 1.

    CERAMICS 3-7 (UC, “f”, CSU)  Advanced Ceramics is a continuation of Intermediate Ceramics for the serious student who has demonstrated talent and skill in the medium of clay.  Instruction will include kilm firing, advanced glaze preparation, complex forms, historical decorative processes, printing on clay and sculptural techniques.  Students will design their own course of study to focus on a body of work which will be exhibited upon completion.  This class may be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Ceramics 2-6.
     
    SCULPTURE 1 (UC, “f”, CSU) An introductory course in the design, conceptualization, history and creation of three dimensional art.  Students will explore form and texture using a variety of media such as sculpture clays, plaster, wire, wood, paper/cardboard, recycled junk, and mixed media.  Students will also: work in a variety of scales, learn how to translate a two dimensional design into three dimensions, problem solve in the construction processes of a piece, model the human form, and see how separate parts can work together as a whole unit.  Prerequisite: Art Explorations.

    SCULPTURE 2 (UC, “f”, CSU)  Sculpture 2 is a continuation of Sculpture 1 with increasing challenge and complexity of projects.  The student continues to master new skills and methods as well as a deeper appreciation of historical and contemporary sculpture.  Students will be expected to produce at least one major large piece for exhibition.  Prerequisite: Sculpture 1 or Ceramics 1.

    SCULPTURE 3-7 (UC, “f”, CSU)  Sculpture 3-7 is a continuation of the exploration of new materials, techniques, skills, the work of contemporary sculptors and the student’s development of his/her own personal style on a larger scale.  New materials and techniques may include ferro-cement forming, metal fabricating, metal fabricating, woodworking, and cut glass forming.  Students will work collaboratively on a large project for exhibition.  Students will produce at least one culminating piece for exhibition.   Prerequisite: Completion of Sculpture 2 is required for entrance into Sculpture 3; Sculpture 3 is required before moving on to Sculpture 4, etc.

    DRAWING/PAINTING 1-7 (UC, “f”, CSU)   Drawing & Painting is a sequential program that develops understanding of the common heritage and diverse cultural traditions of art.  Students develop skills in various media including pencil, colored pencil, pastels, charcoal, ink, tempera, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media through the use of imaginative, still life, landscape, portrait and figurative studies.  Culminating projects integrate skills, techniques and ideas into individual expression stressing increasing skill levels through the 1 to 7 sequences.  Advancement to the next semester requires a grade of C or better in the previous semester.  Prerequisite:  Art Explorations for Drawing and Painting 1.  Completion of Drawing/Painting 2 is required for entrance into Drawing/Painting 3, etc.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STUDIO ART 2-D DESIGN (Drawing/Painting)  (UC, “f”, CSU)  A one-year course intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art and who show promise in their first three years of a studio art, such as drawing and painting.  Students will follow the national AP course of study culminating in the submission of a 44-piece portfolio to the College Board and may gain college credit and possible acceleration. This class may not be taken for repeat credit.  See AP/Honors Admission Information.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STUDIO ART 2-D DESIGN (Photography)   (UC, “f”, CSU)  A one-year course intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art and who show promise in their first three years of a studio art, such as photography.  Students will follow the national AP course of study culminating in the submission of a 44-piece portfolio to the College Board and may gain college credit and possible acceleration.  This class may not be taken for repeat credit.  See AP/Honors Admission Information.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STUDIO ART 3-D DESIGN (UC, CSU)  A one year course intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of ceramics and/or sculpture and who show promise in their second year of a 3-D art, such as Ceramics or Sculpture.  Students will follow the national AP course of study culminating in the submission of a portfolio of slides to the College Board and may gain college credit and possible acceleration.  See AP/Honors Admission Information.

    GRAPHIC DESIGN (UC, “f”, CSU)  This course offers students an opportunity to explore and create visual symbols and images used in basic design and commercial art.  Students will focus on the elements and principles of design and their application to graphic arts through such projects as designing logos, developing letters and alphabets, making posters and containers, and developing designs and layouts for publications and advertising.  The class will also include the art of printmaking and explore techniques such as block printing, stamping etc. Class may be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite:  Art Explorations.

    ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN (UC, “g”, CSU)  This course is intended for students motivated to expand their artistic skills in the area of design, and expands on skills learned in Beginning Graphic Design. The course utilizes a variety of media from traditional to computer related.  Students develop expressive, technical and cognitive skills in the use of image design as a means of communicating ideas or information.  Prerequisite:  Art Explorations and Beginning Graphic Design.

    PHOTOGRAPHY  1-2 (BEGINNING) (UC, “f”, CSU)   The introductory course to the basic uses of photographic equipment.  Students learn to take pictures and to develop, print and enlarge film.  Students address issues of composition, design, lighting techniques, audience and presentation. Basic supplies provided.  Students must have their own camera.  Prerequisite:  Art Explorations.

    PHOTOGRAPHY 3-4 (INTERMEDIATE ) (UC, “f”, CSU)  A second level course for students who are highly motivated in continuing on in photography.  Students in this course are expected to build upon and expand the skills, techniques, information, and appreciation they gained in Beginning Photography.  Students are also expected to assume more responsibility toward developing a personal style, pursuing their particular interest and taking most of the initiative in completing assignments and personal projects.  Prerequisite:  Art Explorations and Photography 1-2.

    PHOTOGRAPHY 5-6 (ADVANCED) (UC, “f”, CSU)  Advanced Photography is intended for the student who has completed at least two semesters of photography and has demonstrated a special talent in this medium. This course requires the student to prepare a portfolio and to expand skills developed in the prerequisite courses.  Specialized techniques such as color processing, studio portraits, mural photography, and digital photography will be included.  Prerequisite: Art Explorations and Photography 1-4.

    DRAMA

    Redwood Theater Arts consists of a student run theater company - Ensemble Production Company (EPIC) - which enables students to apply their classroom learning to the experience of rehearsal and performance each semester.  Participation in the Theater Arts program at Redwood is open to all students without audition.  Students may enter the program during any year of their school career, but they must enroll in Beginning Drama no matter what year they are in school.  Courses are sequential with each a prerequisite to the next.

    DRAMA 1-2 (BEGINNING DRAMA)  (UC, “f”, CSU)  Students work on the basics of the craft of acting and working in an ensemble.  The importance of self-discipline, teamwork, personal responsibility and focused attention are stressed.  Students are introduced to basic acting techniques, exercises in pantomime, movement, voice, and analysis of dramatic literature from the standpoint of production. 

    (Second Semester)  Students expand their focus to include improvisation, movement styles for the theater such as stage combat and dance, voice, and more sophisticated approaches to character development.  Students in Drama 1 and 2 present a One Act Festival at the end of each semester as their final project.  Prerequisite:  Drama 1.

    DRAMA 3 (INTERMEDIATE DRAMA) (UC, “f”, CSU) Performance as Process.  Instruction stresses the use of body and voice as expressive tools.  Intermediate fall performances consist of original work generated by the class.  Technical and production elements are introduced.  Students must complete a 15-hour technical theater requirement outside of class.  An additional 10 hours of rehearsal may be required.  Prerequisite:  Drama 1-2 or consent of instructor. 

    DRAMA 4 (INTERMEDIATE DRAMA) (UC, “f”, CSU) Play production. Acting students approach the text with more complexity. Students focus their skills on original work, full-length text, and introduction to the performance of Shakespeare.  Spring semester work culminates in a full-length production.  Students run all elements of performance for their productions.  Students must complete a 15-hour technical theater requirement outside of class.  An additional 10 hours of rehearsal may be required.  Prerequisite:  Drama 3 or consent of instructor. 

    DRAMA 3-4 - DANCE FOCUS (INTERMEDIATE DRAMA) (UC, “f”, CSU)   Students complete the core curriculum of Intermediate Drama 3-4 with a focus on dance, movement as physical expression, use of body and voice.  Fall and spring performances and an additional 10 hours of rehearsal will be required, along with 15-hour technical theater requirement.  Course is offered in the evening.  Prerequisite:  Students must have completed Drama 1-2 or have special permission from instructor to enroll. 

    DRAMA 3-4 - FILM FOCUS (INTERMEDIATE DRAMA) (UC, “f”, CSU)   This class is designed to continue and deepen the work begun in Drama 1-2 at a higher level with students interested in learning about performance and production through work in visual media.  Students will work with all forms and tasks within visual media including all elements of production, as well as history, genre, writing for film, and acting for the camera.  Individual and group activities will be structured to introduce students to all elements of video production work in the first semester, and with a focus on original writing, allow students to deepen their knowledge through specialization and application of skill to original writing and production in the second semester. Prerequisite:  Students must have completed Drama 1-2 or have special permission from instructor to enroll. 

    DRAMA 5 (ADVANCED DRAMA)/STAGECRAFT 1 (UC, “f”, CSU)   fall only - 10 units   These two courses are taught concurrently, 7th and 8th periods, for students wishing to continue beyond Intermediate Drama and who may be preparing for theater arts work beyond high school.  Production is the goal of the class.  Students focus on learning all aspects of operating the student run theater company (EPIC).  Drama 5 occurs during 7th period, Stagecraft 1 during 8th period - after school every day required for rehearsal, performance, company and some weekend and evenings.  Seventh period is devoted to production support: learning theater management, technical theater, and stage management skills.  Students produce all EPIC productions.  Eighth period consists of advanced rehearsal and performance for winter stock shows.  Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 3-4 with a grade of “C” or better and consent of instructor.

    DRAMA 6 (ADVANCED DRAMA)/STAGECRAFT 2 (UC, “f”, CSU)   spring only - 10 units   These two courses are taught concurrently.  The work of Drama 5 continues with an eighth period emphasis on the performance of Shakespeare, historical or literary work.  Students may participate in festivals or competitions statewide.  Students focus on learning theatre management and preparing to run EPIC as the business skills of the Stagecraft component.  Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 5 with a grade of “C” or better and consent of instructor.

    DRAMA 7-8/THEATER PRODUCTION 1-2 (UC, “f”, CSU) Students run all aspects of theater company, rehearse and perform major productions.  Significant after school commitment.  In addition to preparing the winter stock shows, the focus will be on actor training and audition techniques.  Drama 8 culminates with an emphasis on the creation and performance of an original work.  Prerequisite:  Completion of Drama 5-6 with a grade of “B” or higher.
     
    HONORS THEATRE DIRECTING (UC, “f”, CSU)   Students build upon skills acquired throughout the four year sequence by serving as teacher assistants and student directors in the Drama 1-4 core program.  Students must successfully complete the fall Directing seminar in order to direct in these programs.  Course of study includes script analysis, rehearsal planning, technical preparation for production, conceptual development, and problem solving for peer directors.  Does not receive UC weighted grade.  Prerequisite:  Completion of Drama 1-4 with a grade of “B” or better.  Concurrent enrollment in Advanced Drama is required.

    SENIOR PROJECTS IN DRAMA   A course open to select seniors who are interested in taking on significant responsibility in the management of the theater company.  Students work with staff to design appropriate projects in the workplace learning situation (EPIC production office).  Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor required.

    MUSIC

    CONCERT BAND (INTERMEDIATE) (UC, “f”, CSU)   For students with some previous musical instruction such as those with experience in middle school and/or those who have not played for some time and wish to use this class to catch up.  The goal is to develop the proficiency that will advance students to possible placement in Symphonic Band.  There is normally one required after school performance in the fall and two in the spring. May be repeated with a grade of C or better.

    SYMPHONIC BAND (ADVANCED) (UC, “f”, CSU)   The advanced study and performance of band repertoire.  Attendance at rehearsals and outside-of-school performances is required, including football games, rallies, concerts, festivals, etc. May be repeated with a grade of C or better.  Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor plus either satisfactory completion of Beginning Band with a grade of "C" or better, a preceding semester of Concert Band with a grade of "C" or better, or successful completion of an audition.

    CHORUS (UC, “f”, CSU)   Provides instruction in music fundamentals including reading music, voice production, individual and group work and part singing.  This course, which may be repeated for credit, may include elements of choir, madrigals, a cappella, mixed chorus, beginning,  intermediate and advanced chorus.  Performances are required.  May be repeated for credit with a grade of C or better.

    JAZZ BAND (UC, “f”, CSU)  A course involving improvisation and jazz styles which requires concurrent registration in Symphonic or Concert Band or instructor approval.  Performances are required. May be repeated with a grade of C or better.      

    BEGINNING GUITAR AND BASS 1-2 (UC, “f” CSU)  A one year course for the beginning and inexperienced student interested in learning to play the guitar or bass guitar.  This class is open to those who are beginners, or in the very first stages/months of starting their instrument.  This course is open to 9th – 12th grade students. 

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 1-2 (UC, “f” CSU)  This intermediate / advanced level one year course is the follow-up to Beginning Guitar.  The class is a music lab focusing on the performance of guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, and vocal soloists.  Students will study and be exposed to styles ranging from folk, rock, blues, classical, and jazz. Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Guitar and Bass 1-2 with passing grades and  private audition with the instructor.