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This course will introduce you to the theories and techniques of creating objects in three dimensions. You will become familiar with the vocabulary used to describe, critique and understand three dimensional objects and begin to recognize all elements of design as they appear everywhere in the physical world. Through the application of the principles of design you will learn to manipulate and organize these formal elements into dynamic and meaningful compositions. The exploration of different fabrication techniques, connective systems, materials and readings will help you develop a personal vocabulary and repertoire of skills that you will be able to access when creating your work. The skills and knowledge you acquire will serve as a foundation for future studies.
Three Dimensional Concepts: Ceramics (1 Semester) Grade: 10 and 11 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Artist Within ("C" or better ), or consent of instructor.
Beginning Ceramics This course is an introduction to three dimensional form and design concepts using ceramic materials and processes. The projects investigate three dimensions through a study of form, space, color and light, texture, composition, and structure. Students utilize low fire technology, hand forming techniques, an introduction to glazing, and electric kiln firing processes to support the development and understanding of 3D fundamentals.
Intermediate Ceramics This course investigates the intermediate level of technical, conceptual and aesthetic issues involved with sculpting using ceramic materials. Students will learn to use sculptural form to convey ideas based on contemporary culture. Projects focus on the use of low-fire materials, image development and low fired glaze application to enhance sculpture.
Prerequisites: Beginning Ceramics ("C" or better ), or consent of instructor.
Advanced Ceramics Focuses on advanced technical and creative concepts with emphasis on developing personal work and professional practices preparation.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Ceramics ("C" or better ), or consent of instructor.
Printmaking Grade: 9th-12th Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: The Artist Within This introductory Printmaking class is for the visual art student that has successfully passed the Artist Within class. Printmaking exposes the student to the many basic tools and methods of printmaking. The elements and principles of design will continue to be reinforced through the individual processes of creating multiple prints. Prints are impressions made from a master block or plate. Processes may include: woodblock, linocut, mono-printing, serigraphy, and various intaglio methods such as dry point and etching. Individual creativity and the development of individual style will be encouraged.
Drawing & Painting 1 Grade 10th – 12th Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: The Artist Within This is an intensive visual arts class for the serious students pursuing visual arts. This class builds on the elements and principles of design through drawing and painting projects. The class will include a broad set of approaches to drawing and painting. The focus of the first 9 weeks will be on learning how to slow down and draw realistically from observation, with the second 9 weeks dealing with the numerous techniques of abstraction. Different wet and dry mediums will be explored such as graphite, charcoal, ink, pastel, acrylic and gouache. Class critiques will be held after major assignments.
Drawing & Painting 2 Grade 10th – 12th Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: The Artist Within, Drawing & Painting 1 Drawing and Painting 2 is an intermediate studio class that focuses deeply on painting processes and techniques. Students will explore personal visual art making processes through gouache and non-traditional painting mediums before investigating oil painting. The elements and principles of design will be reinforced through studio assignments that focus on building drawing and painting skills while reinforcing personal ways of creating. Oil painting will be the central focus as students paint on paper, wood panels, canvas board, and stretched canvases. Color use will be a common element engaged throughout the semester. This class demands dedication and perseverance, and is a great class to take before entering the AP Studio Art program in the Junior or Senior year.
AP Studio Art: Breadth Grades: 11th – 12th Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: The Artist Within, and a minimum of one additional studio class such as Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Drawing & Painting 1, etc.
The AP Studio Art program is an advanced art making class that allows highly motivated and creative students to earn possible college credit while still in high school. Students will create 12 college level artworks designed by the instructor. The course is demanding and will take a commitment to work outside of class as well as in the Alma studios. The project work will help build a breadth section of the student portfolio that shall exhibit variation in processes and maturing skill. Students will create very realistic work as well as
work. Please see an art instructor for more details prior to enrolling in this wonderful class.
AP Studio Art: Concentration Grades: 11th – 12th Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: The Artist Within, Figure Drawing or Printmaking or Drawing & Painting, and AP Studio Art: Breadth This intensive course is a college level studio class that allows the student to create more independently while having the studio resources and mentoring of a qualified educator. Each student will create a specific artist’s statement, and then create 12 sophisticated artworks that are about this statement. Each art work will demonstrate the student’s knowledge of the elements and principles of design, and use of the student’s chosen media. All 12 pieces will be rooted in the specific theme designed by the student artist. This class demands a minimum of 4 -8 hours of outside of class (art homework) dedication in order to complete all 12 pieces. Please see an instructor prior to enrolling for more information.
Performing Arts Courses Dance I Dance II Dance Techniques Choir Piano Guitar I Guitar II & III ** See below for Theater classes Course: Dance I Grade: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Meets Physical Education Requirement Prerequisite: None This course is an introduction of the vocabulary and techniques of Classical Ballet, Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, and Conditioning for Dancers. Students will learn a minimum of two pieces of choreography. Extensive practice of fundamental dance skills is a major part of this class. Performance is required.
Course: Dance II Grade: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Meets Physical Education Requirement Prerequisite: Dance I and/or instructor approval This course is a review and further exploration of the vocabulary and techniques of Flamenco and Spanish Dance, training also in Classical Ballet and Conditioning for dancers, as support systems. Students will learn a minimum of three pieces of choreography, and should anticipate the high level of fitness required for the successful completion of this class. Performance is required.
Course: Dance Techniques Grade: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Meets Physical Education Requirement Prerequisite: None This course is an exploration on the techniques and vocabulary of Jazz Dance, Flamenco and Spanish Dance, Classical Ballet, and Conditioning for Dancers (stretch and strength). Extensive practice of fundamental dance skills is a major part of this class. Performance is not required but encouraged
Course: ChorusGrade Level: 9-12Requirement/Elective: ElectivePrerequisite: None
This course provides the opportunity to sing a variety of choral literature styles for men and/or women's voices, and is designed to develop vocal techniques and the ability to sing parts.
Secondary focus is upon learning to read and understand music notation. Fall semester includes solo and ensemble and All State auditions. Participation in Showcase performances is required and graded as part of the semester and final examinations
Course: PianoGrade Level: 9-12Requirement/Elective: ElectivePrerequisite: None
This course introduces the student to the piano keyboard. Focus is upon rapidly gaining technical ability to play five-finger scales and chords in all keys. Secondary focus is upon learning to read and understand music notation. Students will be able to read and perform basic piano literature Level I-II by the end of 2 semesters.
Course: Guitar IGrade Level: 9-12Requirement/Elective: ElectivePrerequisite: None
This course is designed for beginning guitar students and is taught in the Classical style. The course will cover fingerboard knowledge, basic techniques, chords, strumming, the basics of finger-style technique, and reading music notation and guitar tablature. Basic concepts in music theory are also addressed. Students will learn solo and ensemble repertoire. Performances are required as a key component of assessment. Most of the music played in this class will be drawn from Classical and Neo-Classical literature. Participation in Showcase performances is required and graded as part of the semester and final examinations Course: Guitar II&III Grade Level: 10-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Guitar I and Permission from the instructor. Option: Audition This course is designed for more advanced guitar students and is taught in the Classical style. The main goal of this course is to perform publicly as often as possible at a high level of excellence.
The course will cover advanced position and fingerboard knowledge, special techniques, complex chords, flamenco strumming, basic improvisation, advanced finger pattern technique, reading music (standard notation/tablature), and applied music theory. Most of the music played in this class will be drawn from Modern Classical and Neo-Classical literature. Students are expected to audition for NMMEA All State, and be available for all performances. Participation in Showcase performances is required and graded as part of the semester and final examinations Culinary Arts Classes Introduction to Culinary Arts Culinary Arts I Culinary Arts II Course: Intro to Culinary Arts Grade Level: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: None Course provides students with an understanding of the role food plays in society, instruction in how to plan and prepare meals, experience in the proper use of equipment and utensils, and a background of the nutritional needs and requirements for healthy living. Course is designed to introduce food safety and sanitation protocols, food handling procedures, measuring techniques, basic baking, and basic catering practices. This course is a prerequisite for more advanced Culinary Arts courses.
Course: Culinary Arts I Grade Level: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Intro to Culinary Arts Students in this fast-paced course will be expected to maintain an extremely professional environment. As a culinary team, students will be responsible for the school’s daily food production and service; creating monthly menus; ordering supplies; establishing standardized recipes; keeping an accurate inventory; analyzing food costs; implementing food safety protocols;
cleaning and maintaining equipment; and catering special events.
Course: Culinary Arts II Grade Level: 10-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Intro to Culinary Arts or Culinary I Students in this fast-paced course will be expected to maintain an extremely professional environment. This course concentrates on budgeting, keeping an accurate inventory, and menu development Additionally, students will be responsible for the school’s daily food production and service; ordering supplies; establishing standardized recipes; analyzing food costs; implementing food safety protocols; cleaning and maintaining equipment; and catering special events.
Literary Arts Course: Mythology and Comics Grade level: 9-12 Requirement: Elective Pre-requisite: None Course offers interested students the opportunity to study and reflect upon mythology and its impact on today's sequential art (comics). The class will explore Greek, Norse, Japanese, and Chinese mythologies and how they influence modern comic writers and their stories. Students will read various comics such as Wonder Woman, Thor, The Sandman, etc. Students will be required to read and take extensive notes, and study character development, theme, and the historical context of each myth and its related comic. At the completion of the course students will have developed and created several super heroes, a mythological world, and an original comic based on a myth of their choosing.
Course: Creative Writing Grade Level: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: None The purpose of this course is to expose students to different forms of creative writing and provide them with the skills, opportunity and environment to express themselves creatively through writing. This class will be an introduction to creative writing. Many writing forms will be covered including fiction writing, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. Students will learn about these forms and analyze the work of published writers and experiment with writing. Class activities and assignments will include writing exercises, reading assignments, written responses to published and peer work, in-class readings of plays/screenplays, in-class discussions, workshop of peer and published work as well as the exploration of creative writing and story ideas through visual art.
Course: PoetryGrade Level: 9-12Requirement/Elective: ElectivePrerequisite: None
Students will learn to apply the elements of poetry; develop an appreciation for the language of poetry, become familiar with poets from various backgrounds and beliefs. Guest poets will be invited to give readings and workshops in class. Course may be artistically and topically linked to the Border Book Festival and the NMSU guest authors series. Selected student works will be published in creative writing venues at Alma. Offered every other Spring Semester, e.g. 2012, 2014, 2016.