Fine Arts

Program Goal:  All students will experience the understanding, the appreciation and the creation of the Fine Arts in a Catholic/Christian setting for lifelong learning. Students will develop the following skills:

  • Expressing oneself creatively in various media in the visual and performing arts
  • Communicating with others through the language of the arts
  • Respecting the rights of others' artistic expression
  • Critically evaluating the artistic works of self and others
  • Comprehending the arts in a historical and cultural context
  • Cultivating creative solutions to problems and opportunities
  • Learning to be a discerning artist while manifesting an open mind to the arts in everyday life

All Fine Arts courses (Visual and Performing Arts) are elective courses; however, students must earn a minimum of 1 credit hour in either Fine Arts courses, Technology courses or a combination of the two prior to graduation. 

See specific course information below:

Art I - Drawing

Course Number:  A013
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  In this year-long class, basic drawing techniques are taught using various media. These techniques are applied to a variety of subjects such as still life, portrait, profile and figure drawing, perspective, and landscape drawing. Art vocabulary and terminology are taught and the relationship of drawing to art history is incorporated. Students are required to work in a sketchbook weekly.

Art II - Design

Course Number:  A014
Open to grades:  10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Art I
Course Description:  In this year-long class, basic elements of design—line, shape, form, value, color and texture—are applied to solving problems in various areas, including graphic design, three-dimensional design and fine art. Various media may include tempera, wood, pastels, block printing, acrylic and watercolor painting, and computer graphics. Art history, vocabulary and critique methods are integrated into this course. Students are required to work in a sketchbook weekly.

Art III - Studio Art

Course Number:  A015
Open to grades:  11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Art II
Course Description:  In this year-long class, students receive advanced instruction in different media and techniques. They will be involved in various projects, building on principles and elements of design learned in Art I and Art II. Various media are employed, such as charcoal, chalk, pastel, oil paint, silkscreen, watercolor, pottery, and pen and ink. Vocabulary and terminology are emphasized. Students are required to work in a sketchbook weekly and will keep a portfolio of their work.

Art IV - Portfolio Prep

Course Number:  A016
Open to grades:  12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Art III
Course Description:  This year-long class relates art to the individual's own needs and experiences. The student has the opportunity to work independently and concentrate study in various areas of art, depending on the student's interest and teacher approval. Students work independently but are expected to participate in group critiques. Each student will have a retrospective exhibit of his or her artwork at year-end. Significant artists throughout history are emphasized. Students are required to work in a sketchbook weekly and will prepare their own portfolio.

Art Palette

Course Number:  A011
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This semester-long hands-on art history course is designed to give students a positive experience in various aspects of the visual arts. The students' cultural discovery will be developed by exposure to many different art media, various periods, genres and significant artists.

Digital Photography

Course Number:  A017
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  Students will explore the fundamental applications and techniques of acquiring, manipulating and outputting digital photographic images. Students will learn to use manual camera settings and the effects of the ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Students will learn how to plan and produce photographic compositions that demonstrate an understanding of light and shadow, composition, unity, balance, color and visual impact. Students will learn the proper vocabulary and terminology. The relationship of photography to contemporary life is incorporated. Cameras will be provided for students to share in pairs. Students may also use their own cameras provided they have manual settings: ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

Graphic Design

Course Number:  C119
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  Graphic Design is the process of using the computer and specific types of software to combine typography and graphics to produce documents, such as posters, book jackets, newsletters, brochures, menus, CD covers, etc. Students will be using graphic design software to create visual communications for professional printing. Students will learn the elements and principles of design and learn to use different typefaces, embed illustrations and graphics. Students will be exposed to the following programs: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Paint, Sketch Up and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will be provided with a laptop in class.

Marching Band

Course Number:  MU025
Semester: 1
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  Audition or Director Permission
Course Description:  This course is available to all musicians who have actively studied an instrument and have attained a music proficiency level meeting the director’s standards set for incoming freshmen. This class consists of preparing for and executing several marching performances and the Christmas concert. Two full credits of Marching Band or Concert Band can be substituted for ½ credit of Physical Education.

Requirements for ALL Bands: Men are required to have white dress shirts and black ties. Women are required to wear the preselected band dress. All are required to have black shoes and black socks. All members are required to attend Band Camp prior to the start of school and weekly evening rehearsals in the fall. Dates and times TBA.

Concert Band

Course Number:  MU026
Semester:  2
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  Marching Band and Director Permission
Course Description:  This class consists of learning to play concert music at a high intrinsic level. This will be achieved through careful indoor rehearsals and performances. Individuals will also have the opportunity to participate in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s District Solo and Ensemble Festival. Basic music theory and some music history will also be instructed. Marching Band first semester is required. Concert performances are required.

Jazz Band

Course Number:  MU027
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: Credit Only (No grade assigned, course may be repeated)
Prerequisite:  Current member of Marching Band, Concert Band or Choir and Audition or Director Permission
Course Description:  Jazz Band students will further refine musical abilities through jazz on their primary or secondary instruments. Selections will be performed at concerts and at various events throughout the year. Jazz Band meets Mondays at 7:15 a.m. and Thursdays at 3:05 p.m. Auditions take place just after the beginning of the school year.

Requirements for ALL Bands: Men are required to have white dress shirts and black ties. Women are required to wear the preselected band dress. All are required to have black shoes and black socks. All members are required to attend Band Camp prior to the start of school and weekly evening rehearsals in the fall. Dates and times TBA.

Music Appreciation

Course Number:  MU018
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  From Bach to Pop, music is appreciated, researched and analyzed. How is music used? Why is it important? How does it impact us? How does it reflect our culture, history and faith? Students will learn to listen to music critically and recognize both the positive and negative influences it can have. They will also learn of the various instruments used to make music, primarily in the western tradition.

Concert Choir

Course Number:  MU028
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit (Course may be repeated)
Prerequisite:  Director Signature Required
Course Description:  Basic vocal and choral techniques will be employed on a daily basis. Students will explore music theory and sight-reading as a way of understanding the musical language. A wide variety of choral literature will be studied and performed. A desire to learn and perform music to the best of their ability should motivate students to enroll in this class. Selections will be performed at concerts, liturgies and other outside events throughout the year. These performances are required.

Concert Choir - Zero Hour

Course Number:  MU028Z
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: Credit Only (No grade assigned, course may be repeated)
Prerequisite:  Director Signature Required
Course Description:  See Concert Choir description (above). This course begins at 7:10 a.m. and is held Tuesday - Friday.

Requirements for ALL Choirs: Men and Women are required to wear the pre-selected choir uniforms (black shirt, tuxedo pants, and dresses). All are required to have black shoes and black socks.