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Fine Arts
Creative Art Theatre Arts  

Prerequisite: Junior High Band

Band members learn teamwork, cooperation and pride through making music together.  The same kind of commitment and dedication to creating a winning athletic team is required for building a successful band.

Band members are evaluated on 1) Participation – attending all required performances and rehearsals; 2) Attitude and discipline – reflecting respect and pride in the band, school and community; and 3) Proficiency – striving to perform on their instruments to the best of their ability.

During the fall, the band functions primarily as a marching band, participating in local and competitive parades.  During the rest of the year, the band turns to concert band music, featuring a Christmas concert, a spring concert and state band contest.  The band plays an especially important role in the athletic program, performing at all home varsity football games, all home varsity boys’ basketball games, and the final home girls’ varsity game of each season.

One-half credit will be given.  Four years of band will also meet minimum college fine arts admission requirements for Illinois colleges.


All students may elect chorus if they qualify musically and vocally.  The group must have an ability to blend voices.  Criteria for election of chorus should be a good ear, ability to carry a tune, quality of voice that blends, the ability and willingness to work and share with others, and a love of music.  One half-academic credit will be given.  Four years of Chorus will also meet minimum fine arts college admission requirements for Illinois colleges.

Music Appreciation

A goal of the music appreciation class is for students to gain an understanding of the elements that make up music.  Topics to be studied include vocal music, instrumental music, musical theater, music history from ancient to modern times, and more contemporary forms of music, including jazz and rock.

Another goal is to expose students to as much of a variety of music as possible, where students will analyze and describe their unique responses to music.  To enhance the course, students are encouraged to share recorded music and videos from their own collections.

Theater Arts
(ID: 05052A000)

Theatre Arts- Mr. Brown  Full year class. 6th hour. 9-12

Theatre arts courses focus on the study and performance of drama including musical theatre. These courses review a wide range of scripted materials, such as plays, screen plays, teleplays, readers’ theatre scripts, dramatic criticism, creation of original dramatic works, and the role of dramatic arts in society. In addition, students will work collaboratively on performances.

Art Appreciation

 Art Appreciation courses introduce students to the many forms of art and help them form an aesthetic framework through which they can judge and critique art of various ages and cultures. These courses also explore the place and significance of art in our society.

Drawing and Painting

 Drawing/Painting courses cover the same topics as Creative Art—Comprehensive courses, but focus on drawing and painting. In keeping with this attention on two-dimensional work, students typically work with several media (such as pen-and-ink, pencil, chalk, watercolor, tempera, oils, acrylics, and so on), but some courses may focus on only one medium.


Sculpture courses cover the same topics as Creative Art—Comprehensive courses, but focus on creating three-dimensional works. Students typically work with several media (such as clay, ceramics, wood, metals, textiles, and so on.

Creative Art
State Code: 55154A000
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Prerequisite: 2 previous art classes; submit application Spring prior to enrollment

Course provide students with the knowledge and opportunity to explore an art form and to create individual works of art. These courses may also provide a discussion and exploration of career opportunities in the art world. Initial courses cover the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art. As students advance and become more adept, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Although Creative Art courses focus on creation, they may also include the study of major artists, art movements, and styles.