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Arts

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The Arts Department instills in students a lifelong commitment to the creative arts and the world of imagination. Through a common core of arts in the curriculum, extracurricular opportunities for developing individual talents, and a consistent exposure to the rich cultural resources of the nation’s capital, students work toward a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for all the arts, and the ability to communicate proficiently in at least one art form.

Students who wish to focus their talents and energies toward serious training in the arts over four years are able to prepare for an arts major or studies at the college level. Knowing and understanding the arts, through active participation and experience, are vital to the development of students' minds and values—inseparable from the rest of their Episcopal education.

REQUIREMENTS

The Arts Department has a one-credit requirement for all students entering in the ninth grade. Entering 10th and 11th graders must earn one-half credit. All ninth graders must take an introductory level arts elective. Another one-half credit in the performing or applied visual arts is required for graduation. Artistically talented ninth graders may take an additional arts course in their first year.

OBJECTIVES

All graduates should:
  • Be able to discuss arts disciplines using their knowledge of appropriate concepts and vocabulary;
  • Approach proficiency in at least one art form, including the ability to problem- solve through reason and creativity;
  • Be able to analyze works of art through perceptual discovery and historical/cultural placement; and
  • Be aware of the interdisciplinary connections between the arts disciplines, including shared knowledge and common skills.
  • Acting 1

    This course will serve as an introduction to art form of theatre. We will explore theatre through a variety of creative and academic classroom exercises. We will focus on expanding our creativity and developing a stronger sense of what it is to be an ARTIST by spending time on spatial awareness, body/mind cohesiveness, investing in our thoughts and understanding how to reflect the inside out. Class will culminate in a performance showcase. Prior experience in theater is not necessary to join this class. (One-Half Credit)
  • Acting 2

    This course will serve as a continued study in the art form of theatre. We will explore specific acting styles through a variety of creative and academic classroom exercises. This course will engage in considerable textual analysis and spend time on spatial awareness, body/mind cohesiveness, investing in our thoughts and understanding how to reflect the inside out. Class will culminate in a performance showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 1. (One-Half Credit)
  • Advanced Music Theory

    This course builds and solidifes skills typical of a freshman college course and enables students to create and perform their own compositions. This course will prepare the student for the AP exam. Prerequisite: Intro to Music Theory. By department permission. (One-Half Credit)
  • Advanced Studio Art: 2D Design (Drawing/Painting)

    This course will prepare the student for the AP exam. It addresses a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional design issues. This type of design involves purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Artists use the elements of design (line, shape, illusion of motion, pattern, texture, value, and color) to express themselves. By department permission. Prerequisites: Intro to the Arts and at least one of the following: Drawing 1 and Painting 1, Photography 1 & 2 (One Credit)
  • Advanced Studio Art: 3D Design

    This course will prepare the student for the AP exam. It addresses a broad interpretation of sculptural issues in depth and space. These may include mass, volume, form, plane, light and texture. Such elements and concepts can be articulated through additive, subtractive and/or fabrication processes. A variety of approaches to representation, abstraction and expression may be part of the student’s portfolio. By department permission. Prerequisites: Ceramics 1 and 2. (One Credit)
  • Advanced Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio

    This course will prepare the student for the AP exam. It addresses a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means. Many works of painting, printmaking and mixed media, as well as abstract, observational and inventive works may qualify. Students will generate 30 original art works. By department permission. Prerequisites: Drawing 1 and Painting 1. (One Credit)
  • Audio Engineering 1

    This course will focus on digital music production utilizing MIDI and SoftSynth instruments. Students will explore the basics of music theory and the physics of sound, as well as master a Digital Audio Workstation to provide the tools for high-quality audio production. This class features a hybrid assessment approach allowing students to experience both traditional and project-based assessments. Musical experience is unnecessary, but a love of music is highly encouraged. (One-Half Credit)
  • Audio Engineering 2

    This course is designed as a continuation of the concepts discussed in Audio Engineering 1. Student will focus on the roles of Recording and Mixing Engineers, exploring microphes, studio recording techniques, effects, equalization, compression, auto-tune, and several other recording and mixing techniques. Classes will weigh more heavily on thorough analysis and project creation. Students will use the skills and techniques studied in the preliminary course within their own projects and continue to develop more skills relative to their own particular musical interests. Pre-requisite: Audio Engineering 1. (One-Half Credit)
  • Ceramics 1

    This course introduces students to the basic principles of working with clay. Experiences include hand building, wheel-throwing, clay sculpture, and kiln firing. (One-Half Credit)
  • Ceramics 2

    This course continues a student’s development of the principles and techniques introduced in Ceramics 1. Students will investigate design aspects of wheel-thrown pottery and create hand-built sculptural work. Ceramics 2 will emphasize attention to craftsmanship and will encourage the exploration of glaze application. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1. (One-Half Credit)
  • Concert Choir

    Concert Choir is a mixed chorus comprised largely of students new to singing in an ensemble. This group is open to students from all grade levels and focuses daily on developing skills in listening and singing as part of an ensemble. Students work to develop healthy vocal technique and express text and musical ideas clearly and effectively in several languages through the exploration of choral repertoire from a wide variety of periods, styles, and genres. Singers perform throughout the year as part of chapel services, concerts, and other school functions, as well as occasional off-campus events. Concert Choir often collaborates with the Chamber Singers for performances throughout the year. Students develop confidence as musicians while enjoying a unique experience of camaraderie and shared musical enjoyment. No audition required. (One Credit)
  • Concert Choir

    Concert Choir is a mixed chorus comprised largely of students new to singing in an ensemble. This group is open to students from all grade levels and focuses daily on developing skills in listening and singing as part of an ensemble. Students work to develop healthy vocal technique and express text and musical ideas clearly and effectively in several languages through the exploration of choral repertoire from a wide variety of periods, styles, and genres. Singers perform throughout the year as part of chapel services, concerts, and other school functions, as well as occasional off-campus events. Concert Choir often collaborates with the Chamber Singers for performances throughout the year. Students develop confidence as musicians while enjoying a unique experience of camaraderie and shared musical enjoyment. No audition required. (One Credit)
  • Digital Graphics

    In Digital Graphics, students will learn how to create engaging and attractive visual designs that communicate their ideas with purpose and panache. The class emphasizes graphic design fundamentals, including composition, color theory, and typography, while also striving to cultivate an awareness of one’s audience and marketing target. Using two professional software programs from Adobe (Photoshop® and Illustrator®), students will create a variety of designs in a project-based curriculum, including posters, T-shirts, logos, and short animation. (One-Half Credit)
  • Digital Video Production

    This course will serve as an introduction into the art of video production. Students will learn the basics of script writing and development, videography, acting/directing for the Camera, basic graphics and animation and video editing. We will focus on quality and not quantity in film creation. Projects will include experimentations in "cuts", short news reports and a final short film project (among others). No previous experience is necessary, and no acting-for-the-camera is required (you can act in projects or find actors to work with)!
  • Drawing 1

    “Drawing from life” whereby you take view of an object, place, or person and transfer that vision of the real onto a two-dimensional work, is a challenging task. This course first helps students to “see” their world, and then we train their hand to work off of that critical observation. The students will work through ideas of line and value using a variety of media that include pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and chalk. During this one-semester course, specific areas of study are the human figure, still life, landscape, and perspective. Students also study master artists’ works. Course work is supplemented with tours to area museums and galleries. Students will generate 5-10 original works of art. (One-Half Credit)
  • Honors Instrumental Ensemble: Chamber Music

    This course is designed for the advanced musician. Students will study advanced literature in the genre of chamber music for regular performance. Expectations include performing in an EHS Instrumental Ensemble, auditioning for one of the District Honor Ensembles, performing for the student body and studying advanced music theory and composition. Students will be expected to be leaders in the general ensembles and to be coaches for the members of their sections. Students will be expected to handle a larger load of music and will be held to a higher quality expectation. Application for this program will include an audition and interview at the beginning of the school year. By department permission. Full Year (One Credit)
  • Instrumental Ensemble: Percussion

    This course is designed for the beginner/experienced musician. In addition to the daily school class schedule, enrolled students will participate in a weekly private lesson with an adjunct faculty member. Students will perform and learn a wide array of music and progress incrementally in basic understanding of music theory, music history, improvisation, analytical listening and instrumental technique. (Additional fee required, financial aid available.) (One Credit)
  • Instrumental Ensemble: Strings

    This course is designed for the beginner/experienced musician. In addition to the daily school class schedule, enrolled students will participate in a weekly private lesson with an adjunct faculty member. Students will perform and learn a wide array of music and progress incrementally in basic understanding of music theory, music history, improvisation, analytical listening and instrumental technique. (Additional fee required, financial aid available.) (One Credit)
  • Instrumental Ensemble: Woodwinds & Brass

    This course is designed for the beginner/experienced musician. In addition to the daily school class schedule, enrolled students will participate in a weekly private lesson with an adjunct faculty member. Students will perform and learn a wide array of music and progress incrementally in basic understanding of music theory, music history, improvisation, analytical listening and instrumental technique. (Additional fee required, financial aid available.) (One Credit)
  • Introduction to Music Theory

    This course is designed for students who read music and have instrumental/vocal experience. Focus on the inner workings of music -- rhythm, melody, harmony an form -- will help students apply theory to actual listening and performing. (One-Half Credit)
  • Introduction to the Arts

    This semester interdisciplinary course for freshmen encourages the development of basic applied and perceptual skills through exposure to the visual arts, architecture, music, dance and drama. Structured experiences in the arts, both on campus and through the Washington Program, are a major aspect of the course. The course is team-taught by arts faculty. (One-Half Credit)
  • Painting 1

    This course is designed to teach students about color and composition using the medium of painting. During this one-semester course, students will learn about color concepts and relationships through formal study and color-mixing exercises that resolve into finished works. Painting from life, students will tackle a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, still-life, portraiture, landscape, and abstraction. Art history components are incorporated into class assignments. Course work is supplemented with tours to area museums and galleries. (One-Half Credit)
  • Photography 1

    This basic course provides students with a working knowledge of the 35-mm camera and the processes for developing black and white film and photographs. It includes the technical aspects of exposure, lenses and metering, and artistic considerations of composition and lighting. Digital imagery is incorporated into all aspects of the class. The course includes Web page construction. Off-campus photo opportunity trips are part of the course. Students need a 35-mm camera, preferably adjustable. (One-Half Credit)
  • Photography 2

    This course goes beyond the basic skills learned in Photo 1. Students begin with analyzing formalism in composition and then take that information into each successive project. The students will investigate documentary photography, digital mixed-media Photoshop techniques, and portrait work (to name a few). With each unit covered, a companion essay is composed. All of the work created during the semester is made into a photo-essay coffee-table style book. Additionally, the class will tour and relate historical works as they apply to studio assignments. Prerequisites: Photo 1 (One-Half Credit)
  • Portfolio: Ceramics

    This course is for serious ceramics students only. Elements of wheel-throwing and hand-building from the two previous levels will be pursued. Students are encouraged to develop their own interests in ceramics and glaze application. Additionally, students are expected to produce work during and outside of scheduled class periods. By department permission. Prerequisites: Ceramics 1 and 2. (One-Half Credit)
  • Portfolio: Photography

    This course is for serious photography students only. Elements of photography introduced in the previous two levels will be pursued. With an emphasis on independently explored subject matter, students are given the freedom to create work that interests them. By department permission. Prerequisites: Photography 1 and 2. (One-Half Credit)
  • Survey of Dance

    This course is intended as a dance sampler. Students will be exposed to a variety of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and a variety of movement theories appropriate for students in the performing arts. (One-Half Credit)

Faculty

  • Mark Carter

    Teacher - Arts
    4173
    Bio
  • Brieanna Bailey

    Director of Dance, Admissions
    703-933-5456
    Niagara University - BFA
    Niagara University - BA
  • David Douglas

    Teacher - Visual Arts
    4096
  • Nat Duffield

    Teacher
    5109
  • Brent Erstad

    Director of Choral Music
    4170
  • William Patti

    Director of Theatre Arts/English Teacher
    4174
    Kent State University - MFA - Acting
    Niagara University - BFA - Theatre Studies/Musical Theatre Performance
    Niagara University - BA - English Literature
  • Frank Phillips

    Teacher - Visual Arts
    4171
  • Junko Pinkowski

    Teacher
    5105
    Whitecliffe College of Art and Design - Bachelors
  • Wesley Reid

    Theatre Technical Director
    4172
  • Robert Stubbs

    Adjunct Choral Associate and Chapel Organist
  • Elizabeth Vorlicek

    Teacher - Visual Arts
    5116
  • Michael Windsor

    Administrative Assistant
    4135
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