Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Dept. Head: Erika Fairchild
Film Dept. Head: Brian Pearson
Theater Dept. Head: Shawn Wright
Music and Dance Dept. Head: Cathy Block


Teachers

  • Phyllis Arnold
  • Cathy Block
  • Doug Claybourne
  • Erika Fairchild
  • Kirby Fredendall
  • Chris Langhart
  • Gregory Lipscomb
  • Laura Napier
  • Brian Pearson
  • Rebecca Wilschutz
  • Shawn Wright

Curriculum

Art should challenge the intellectual, creative, and expressive powers of each student. The Arts program teaches a variety of creative skills to develop self-esteem through the successful completion and exhibition or performance of works of art. Six Art credits are required for graduation. Studio Art, Chorus, and Theatre courses earn one credit each trimester. Art History courses earn two credits each trimester. Unless otherwise noted, courses can be repeated for credit. Please note that there will be a $25 fee per trimester for all visual arts courses (except as noted), to cover materials

Private Music Lessons: As a service to students, the music department can arrange to provide private lessons to students. These lessons are at the students’ expense and are scheduled during the students’ free periods and after school. At the moment, we offer lessons in guitar, bass guitar, string bass, flute, violin, piano, viola, saxophone, and drums. We can also provide names of music teachers.

If you have any questions about Solebury School’s Arts Department, please contact the appropriate department chair...

Visual Arts
Erika Fairchild email: efairchild@solebury.org

Film
Brian Pearson email: bpearson@solebury.org

Theater
Shawn Wright email: swright@solebury.org

Music and Dance
Cathy Block email: cblock@solebury.org


YEARLONG COURSES

Advanced Ceramics: This class is for students who are very serious about continuing in ceramics. The projects are similar to the assignments in the Ceramics class but the expectations are higher. Students are expected to push themselves harder and focus more on the development of their personal vision. Advanced students will continue to develop their hand-building skills through increasingly complex projects and will continue to develop creative concepts through working in series. Students will begin (or continue) throwing on the wheel. In addition, they will have the opportunity to work with different clay bodies (types of clay), and have their work fired in a wood-fired kiln and experience a Raku firing. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the running of the Ceramic Studio. This is a yearlong course and cannot be taken on a trimester basis. Studio Materials Fee of $75. Prerequisite: Intermediate Ceramics. 3 credits

Advanced Painting and Drawing: This class is open to more experienced students of painting and drawing. The students will continue to refine basic drawing techniques, such as contour, positive and negative space, composition, and value while working with more complex subjects. They will work with tempera, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint on both subjects from life and from their imagination. The class also will introduce oil painting. The students will work toward developing a more personal style and sense of creative expression and will be expected to participate in group critique. This is a yearlong course and cannot be taken on a trimester basis. Studio Materials Fee of $75. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting and Drawing (taken twice) or permission of the instructor. 3 credits

Advanced Photography: For this class students are expected to know how to fully operate a digital camera of their choice and produce stylized final images related to various projects. Students will be graded on how well they meet their deadlines and the depth of their creative exploration on each project. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the various procedures involved in Studio Photography and controlled lighting conditions when taking portraits or still lifes. We will also explore various genres of photography like portraiture, landscape, documentary and photojournalism. All of our images will be edited using the newest version of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and we will be printing our final work using exhibition quality print paper on high quality inkjet printers. Students may repeat this class. Prerequisites: Photography I and II, and Introduction to Digital Photography. 3 credits.

AP Studio Art: For students planning to go to Art School, or for those for whom it’s even a possibility, this course is a must. Students will develop their portfolios initially through teacher directed assignments and then through student-derived projects. This challenging course is designed with all of the expectations of a college level course and is open to qualified juniors and seniors only. In order to meet the minimum of six hours of studio time, this course will meet during one Arts block, one class in the rotating schedule, and Monday evening Life Drawing. It is expected that at least 50% of the students’ work will be done outside of class, so independent initiative is a must to be successful in the class. There are two options for the AP Studio Art Portfolio: Drawing or 2-D Design. Early in the year, the Art Department will meet with students or parents to discuss the differences between the two. Because there are two portfolio options, students may take AP Studio Art twice; however they may not repeat the same portfolio category. Portfolios will be submitted in May and although we hope our students achieve high marks for their portfolios, we are more concerned with their personal development as artists. In order to be accepted into this competitive and rigorous course, students must a) submit an application/contract and a sample of their work for review, and b) successfully complete all of the summer assignments and submit them within the first week of school. AP. 9 credits. Prerequisite: Advanced Painting and Drawing. There is a $300 fee for materials for this course.

Digital Filmmaking, Script to Screen: In this yearlong course, students will write, produce, and edit short films. This course will provide hands-on experience in production planning, writing, and acting for the camera, as well as lighting, digital cinematography, audio recording, and non-linear editing. The class will meet twice a week during an Arts block; however due to the nature of the assignments some time outside of regular class will be necessary. This course will emphasize the development of skills to use creative thinking for problem solving. A willingness to work as part of a team is a prerequisite, as all projects will be accomplished in groups. 3 credits

Master Singers: Within the larger chorus there is a select group of 12-16 students called the Master Singers. Participation in the Masters Singers is by invitation or audition only and it requires a full year commitment from the students. The Master Singers will attend all regularly scheduled Chorus rehearsals/classes, in addition to the Master Singers’ rehearsals. The Master Singers will have additional opportunities to perform and must audition for Bucks County Music Educators Chorus, and if selected, participate in all of the rehearsals and perform at the concert. The Master Singers must be available to perform for graduation. Prerequisite: Advanced musicians by invitation and audition. 6 Credits

The Solebury Elite Ensemble: As the title suggests, this is an ensemble designed for the musical student who plays at a very advanced level. Students are admitted by audition or at the discretion of the music director. Though preference will be given to those who are well grounded in the classical style and who can fluently read music notation, students will have the opportunity to study a mix of musical styles with all of their particular characteristics. Each student plays a role in choosing the ensemble's repertoire. Performances throughout the school year will include, but not be limited to, a school assembly, a school auction, the end of trimester concert and other off campus venues to be determined. Grading is based very simply on participation and attendance which includes both rehearsals and performances. Prerequisite: Advanced musicians by invitation and audition. Honors, 3 Credits


FALL TRIMESTER COURSES

Visual Arts

Please note that there will be a $25 fee per trimester (unless a different fee is stated within course description) for all visual arts courses, to cover materials.

Art Foundations: This course introduces beginning students to the basics of painting and drawing with a focus on the Elements of Design. Students will learn to work in pencil, charcoal, gouache, pastel, acrylic, and oil paint. They will start with learning how to draw basic shapes, progress to learning how to use light and shadow to create space and form, and learn how to create engaging compositions. These concepts and techniques will be taught through the lens of the 2 dimensional design elements of line, shape, size, space, color, texture, and value. The class is intended to prepare students for the Intermediate class and is a prerequisite to that class. No Prerequisite, 1 credit

Art of the Book: The Art of book making has been experiencing a renaissance in the past few years as artists of all types have become interested in the tremendous creative potential book arts offers. Some book artists have created sculptural books that barely resemble what you would think of as a book. Other artists take old books and alter them into spectacular new objects. In this class we will be creating as many different types of books as we possibly can; from traditional sewn books to tab books, star books to altered books, sculptural books and pop up books, accordion books to folding books and the list goes on and on. There is no limit to what you can do with books. Prerequisites: none… 1 credit

Ancient Art History - From Cave Dwellers to Temple Builders: In this course, we will study prehistoric artworks in Europe, art of the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt. Then we will cross the Mediterranean Sea and study Aegean art and finish with the art of ancient Greece. In addition, the students will learn the art of slide identification. Students will have weekly readings and quizzes, a term paper, and can look forward to a museum trip... this course may be taken for Social Studies or Art credit and without regard to sequence. Global, 2 credits.

Digital Design, Text, Print, & Web: This class will explore a range of layout and design styles throughout history, and show the differences and similarities between print and web publications. Some amount of time will be devoted to typography and a “best of” from Johannes Gutenberg to the present, showing changes in public preference in the look of type in print and advertising. The students will design and build an “advertising campaign” for the Solebury art department, both in print and on the web, using student and faculty art as content. ADOBE INDESIGN, PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR 1 credit

Intermediate Painting & Drawing: This course builds on the techniques and concepts of the foundations class. Students will work in pencil, charcoal. gouache, pastel, acrylic, and oil. This class is designed to help the student build upon their painting and drawing skills through work that is more advanced. Students will work mainly from observation on specific skills such as rendering light and shadow, creating engaging compositions, and will begin to explore how to bring their own creative voice to their work. Students must take two Intermediate level classes to be admitted to the Advanced class. Prerequisite: Art Foundations (or Intro to Painting & Drawing). 1 credit

Intermediate Ceramics: This class is for students who would like to continue working in ceramics, but are not interested in the intensive year long course. Ceramics students will continue to develop their hand-building skills through increasingly complex projects. They will begin to develop creative concepts through working in series. Students will begin throwing on the wheel. In addition, they may have the opportunity to work with different clay bodies (types of clay), and have their work fired in alternative kilns. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the running of the Ceramic Studio. Prerequisite: Intro to Ceramics. 1 credit

Introduction to Ceramics: Students in this introductory course will explore two basic hand-building techniques: pinching (as in pinch pots) and coil construction. With these two techniques, an artist can create almost any object that can be imagined. Each skill helps to develop muscle memory and an understanding of the properties of the clay. Timing plays a big part in ceramic work; consequently, students will learn how to plan and prepare for every project. No prerequisite 1 credit.

Life Drawing: This class meets on Monday from 7-9 PM and is an advanced class for mature students who wish to work on their portfolio and/or deepen their skills of working from observation. Students must have a working knowledge of contour, gesture, value, and composition, and experience working from life to accurately see form in space and translate it to the two dimensional page. Students will have the opportunity to use the human form as their subject as they advance their drawing skills. This class will broaden the students’ repertoire of drawing materials, including pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, ink, and tempera paint as they explore the creative possibility of using the materials alone and in mixed media pieces. The students will work to develop a personal style and to learn to speak knowledgeably about the work in class critique. The fall trimester class will emphasize traditional skills and drawing techniques with an emphasis on portfolio completion for seniors and beginning preparation for juniors. The winter term will move into more work with color and longer poses. In the spring trimester juniors will be encouraged to continue building their portfolios. In the spring, the work will become more experimental and involve more mixed media. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting and Drawing (taken twice) and permission of Art Department. 1 credit, studio fee $60

Photography I: In this course students will learn to use a 35mm film camera and the correct procedures for working in a darkroom. Assignments are generally designed to teach students to set shutter speeds manually and the creative use of apertures. There are no specific brief-based assignments at this level. The object is to get the student to fully understand the operation of a camera to achieve various artistic results. They are given the artistic freedom to capture any subjects they please and from this they will learn about depth of field with regards to aperture and the capturing of movement with various shutter speeds. They will learn how to process and develop film negatives, how to produce contact sheets, and how to create a unified catalogue of images. Ultimately students will produce hand-printed images in the darkroom. No prerequisite 1 credit.

Photography II: In this course students will expand on their knowledge gained during their Photo II class with more emphasis on project-based briefs and complete manual use of their 35mm camera. We will expand on the various genres initially encountered in Photo 1 like documentary, portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. They will show expertise in achieving various effects using depth of field, shutter speed, and the elements of composition and also be able to explore various techniques in the darkroom, using contrast filters and toning. Also in this class students will gain an understanding the work of professional photographers and how they shoot, compose and light their subjects. We will hold class discussions in which the student will be expected to translate their concepts for fulfilling the various briefs and how they achieved their final prints. Students may repeat this class. Prerequisite: Photography I, 1 credit.

Video Editing: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of nonlinear video editing. The student will gain an understanding of video formats and concepts of video and audio compression used in recording, editing, and for final display. Cutting techniques will be explored including concepts of continuity, frame matching, using varying angles effectively, editing multi camera footage, techniques to avoid jump cuts and the use of parallel action. An introduction to sound editing will include fundamentals of mixing for film, Foley effects and processing audio to enhance the audience experience. Students will use the following software in this course: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Photo Shop and Adobe Media Encoder. 1 credit.

Patent Process: In this class, we will write a sample patent of the student's invention. In the process, we will provide the required illustrative drawings with numbers and references and a descriptive write-up designed to guide an attorney in creating a list of claims for a patentable invention. We will discuss operation of the patent office and its procedures and the flow of the application process. Searches will be discussed so as to establish what is patentable and aspects of filing rights with the Patent Cooperation Treaty [PCT]. Differences will be clarified about types of patents and coverage issues. Various historic patents will be discussed with an emphasis on "claims" and claim structure. Attorney costs and filing and post issue fees will be reviewed. We may visit a patent attorney for professional appraisal of the student work. 1 credit.

Performing Arts

A Capella: This ensemble class covers the basics of singing without instrumental accompaniment across different musical styles, i. e. Classical, African Folk, Doo-wop, Spirituals, Pop and more. Students learn the joy of building vocal harmonies while maintaining the rhythmic dance that characterizes a given style. Students are involved in choosing the songs learned. Class meeting times are coordinated with Chorus to accommodate those who wish to participate in both groups. Grading is based on attendance, participation and a final concert. Prerequisite: It's a class designed for experienced singers, and preference is given to those who have completed at least one year of Chorus. Others are admitted by audition. 1 credit.

Acting: In this course, students will develop their skills as actors, exploring historical movements in theater and creating their own performance style. Students will learn how to interpret and portray characters, working both individually and in groups to create high-quality artistic products. This course will focus on: Comparing and contrasting various theater movements and traditions from around with world as well as gaining an understanding of the origins of theater. Students will perform scenes based on various world and historical theater traditions. They will also work on developing monologues, both writing and performing an original work for the class. We will delve a bit into Shakespeare and work on interpreting the modern American play. 1 credit.

Ballet I: This beginning ballet class is for the student who would like to learn the basics of ballet and how it relates to other dance types. Students will work on technique and become familiar with dance terminology. It would also be an appropriate course for students who are beginning pointe technique. It is a performance based class and students will be performing at the fall concert. Studies will involve presentations on ballet performers and their influence on the world of dance. 1 credit.

Chorus: Chorus is a performance class using group and harmony singing in a variety of styles. Rehearsals will also include physical exercises to enhance and improve vocal skills, breathing, coordination, and rhythmic skills. The musical selections will be prepared for performances at concerts and assemblies. Performing experiences will be enriched with additional kinds of musical understanding; including, but not limited to music theory, listening and history. Self and group assessments will be used for reflection and grading. Please note that in addition to all regularly scheduled weekday rehearsals there will be some mandatory weekend and/or evening rehearsals. Dress rehearsals are mandatory for all performers. No Prerequisite, 1 credit.

Diversity Music Ensemble: From Bach to Cold Play to African and Chinese Folk, this ensemble class is designed to celebrate musical diversity across different styles, eras and cultures. String players of bowed and plucked instruments, vocalists, keyboardists, percussionists and wind players are all welcomed. Also in the spirit of musical diversity, we often collaborate with students of other ensembles or other select musicians at Solebury. Students learn the art of building a strong musical team, being rhythmically in sync, and playing the supportive role as well as the solo with in a group. At the end of each trimester students perform in concert with Chorus and Dance. Grading is based very simply on class attendance, participation, and a final concert. Enrollment preference for this ensemble is given to accomplished players and vocalists who read music notation. Others may be admitted at the director's discretion. 1 credit.

Film Analysis: Scene by Seen: This is a hands on introduction to producing and directing taught by an award winning producer and writer/director team. Students will learn multiple filmmaking techniques by staging and reshooting scenes from films like PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, THE MASK OF ZORRO, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, RUMBLE FISH and others while discussing the producing and directorial elements, the aesthetics, and philosophy of the individual director and/or producer during the making of the feature film. How, when, where and why the scenes were shot. This one trimester course may be taken more than once. Students may use the following software in this course: Adobe Premiere Pro. 1 credit. (Instructors will pick scenes from ONE or more films per trimester)

Scoring for Video/Film: In this course the student will explore and learn about writing music for video and film. We will learn about the use of music to express visual and emotional imagery. We will use and become familiar with pro-tools software, and its use in writing and recording. Students will work on a digital audio workstation (DAW) in class that uses pro tools software. Each student will have their own DAW. There will be various scoring projects, additionally, scoring class will collaborate with the video production class, and provide a music score to a video production class project. This class is ideal for all musicians and/or students who have an interest in electronic music, and the student who is interested in composing. 1 credit.

Intro to Screenplay Writing: Students will be introduced to the format and structure of a screenplay and learn how writing for film and television is different from other writing styles. How a full length screenplay differs from 30 and 60 minute broadcast series. Students will generate story ideas, write scenes in screenplay format, introduce interesting characters, write effective dialogue, set up intent and obstacle to the create friction and tension needed to create a strong screenplay, learn how to create a “visual” world by writing strong scene descriptions and action sequences, participate in group writing exercises, and gain a basic understanding of what it takes to actually produce a scene. By the end of this course, students will be ready for Advanced Screenplay Writing where participants will write a complete script. Prerequisites: none. 1 credit.

Intro to Theater Tech: In this Theater Tech Boot Camp you will develop the skills to become a backstage superstar! Throughout the trimester, you will learn about theater safety, stage management, props, construction and painting techniques, as well as lighting, sound and scenic design. While learning the ins and outs of technical theater through hands-on experience, you will be given a chance to earn Sole-certifications that will allow you to move into our after school Theater Tech Program as well as our SoleStage-Theater Tech class. 1 credit

Jazz Roots Ensemble: This ensemble plays everything from mainstream jazz to be-bop and funk. It is a performance based group, and gives feature concerts. This class offers lots of improvisational opportunities. Learn improvisational techniques, and how to build a solo. Jazz Roots also encourages original composition. Learn how pieces can be arranged to create a more interesting composition, and how to rehearse a band. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome. Prior music training is needed for this class. Prerequisite: Instrumental Proficiency or better, students must have approval of instructor. 1 credit

Musical Theatre Dance: Come and study Broadway choreographers as you learn original steps to some of Broadway's best known songs. It's a perfect class for someone considering a career in theatre. Each year the dances change so the class can be taken more than once. 1 credit

Rock Band: Rock Band plays contemporary and classic rock. Come get the experience of what it feels like to be in a band. Learn about rehearsing a band, and how to make an exciting arrangement for a band. Get into stage presence and performance skills. Rock Band is a performance based group, and gives feature concerts. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome. Prior music playing is expected for this class. Prerequisite: Instrumental Proficiency or better. 1 credit

SoleStage - Theater Tech: This class is designed to give you the experience of apprenticing in a real working scene shop. Lessons and projects will be designed in conjunction with our Main Stage production each trimester and will give you hands-on experience working on a show--from design to completion. Each trimester will consist of different challenges and new projects allowing you to hone your craft while creating spectacular scenic elements that can be added to your technical theater portfolio. Students enrolled in this class will also have priority placement in our after school Theater Tech Program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Theater Tech. 1 credit


WINTER TRIMESTER COURSES

Visual Arts

Please note that there will be a $25 fee per trimester (unless a different fee is stated within course description) for all visual arts courses, to cover materials.

Advanced Printmaking: This course is open to anyone who has taken the Printmaking course. We have found that just when things start to click in printmaking, the ideas start flowing and we are realizing the potential of the medium… the trimester ends. Often was heard in the studio “I don’t want to stop printing!” Advanced printmaking is a two-trimester course. Students will hone their skills with the techniques they learned in Printmaking and will be introduced to new techniques. The students will focus on developing a body of work, and research a printmaker. We will be visiting Printmaking studios in Philadelphia and New Jersey and meet with master printmakers. Students will be expected to participate in group and individual critiques and complete self-assessments. Advanced printmakers may also take Printmaking again, if they wish to print all year. Prerequisite: Printmaking. 2 credits

Art History: From Roman to Romanesque: Romanesque means “in the Roman Manner”; however, Romanesque also reflects influences from Byzantine, Islamic, and Early Medieval European art. The course will begin by studying Aegean and Roman art, and explore the transformations and artistic developments as different religions assert their influence and expand their territorial holdings. In addition, the students will learn the art of slide identification. There will be weekly readings and quizzes, a term paper, and students can look forward to a museum trip. This course may be taken for Social Studies or Art credit and without regard to sequence. Global, 2 credits.

Collage and Mixed Media: Collage is an art form that uses a wide variety of found materials combined in a single piece of artwork. In this class students will bring together pieces from magazines, natural objects, advertising, and many other sources to create original works of art. The class will also use paint and other traditional materials to go with the collage elements. This class is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their creativity through a class where they don't have to be "good at art." No prerequisite 1 credit.

Computer Aided Drawing (AutoCAD): CAD drafting is the language that architects, planners, and other designers use to communicate with one another on collaborative projects and with builders or fabrication shops. The process allows the viewing of the idea you've had in a scaled relationship, to check that the rooms, moving parts, etc. will fit together and function properly. The drafting process aids in graphic thinking and suggests new avenues of design exploration. No Prerequisite, 1 credit.

Digital Design: Illustration, Manipulation & Animation: This class will develop students’ digital art skill-set by viewing the computer as a tool for augmenting handmade (pen & and ink / pencil drawing, charcoal, watercolor, photography, videography) artwork. Digital manipulation of student and faculty artwork will be the vehicle for teaching the various specialized functions and specific uses of each software package. Some time will be spent stressing how the human element and inconsistent lines / brush strokes, small mistakes, and imperfections in medium can subconsciously differentiate our perception of digital art from “warm and real” to “cold and sterile.” The students will each conceptualize and complete a 30-second animation about art and technology for display on our website and blog. ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR, PHOTOSHOP, AFTER EFFECTS. 1 credit

Intermediate Ceramics: This class is for students who would like to continue working in ceramics, but are not interested in the intensive year long course. Ceramics students will continue to develop their hand-building skills through increasingly complex projects. They will begin to develop creative concepts through working in series. Students will begin throwing on the wheel. In addition, they may have the opportunity to work with different clay bodies (types of clay), and have their work fired in alternative kilns. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the running of the Ceramic Studio. Prerequisite: Intro to Ceramics.1 credit

Intermediate Painting & Drawing: This course builds on the techniques and concepts of the foundations class. Students will work in pencil, charcoal. gouache, pastel, acrylic, and oil. This class is designed to help the student build upon their painting and drawing skills through work that is more advanced. Students will work mainly from observation on specific skills such as rendering light and shadow, creating engaging compositions, and will begin to explore how to bring their own creative voice to their work. Students must take two Intermediate level classes to be admitted to the Advanced class. Prerequisite: Art Foundations (or Intro to Painting & Drawing). 1 Credit

Introduction to Ceramics: Students in this introductory course will explore two basic hand-building techniques: pinching (as in pinch pots) and coil construction. With these two techniques, an artist can create almost any object that can be imagined. Each skill helps to develop muscle memory and an understanding of the properties of the clay. Timing plays a big part in ceramic work; consequently, students will learn how to plan and prepare for every project. No prerequisite 1 credit.

Life Drawing: This class meets on Monday from 7-9 PM and is an advanced class for mature students who wish to work on their portfolio and/or deepen their skills of working from observation. Students must have a working knowledge of contour, gesture, value, and composition, and experience working from life to accurately see form in space and translate it to the two dimensional page. Students will have the opportunity to use the human form as their subject as they advance their drawing skills. This class will broaden the students’ repertoire of drawing materials, including pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, ink, and tempera paint as they explore the creative possibility of using the materials alone and in mixed media pieces. The students will work to develop a personal style and to learn to speak knowledgeably about the work in class critique. The fall trimester class will emphasize traditional skills and drawing techniques with an emphasis on portfolio completion for seniors and beginning preparation for juniors. The winter term will move into more work with color and longer poses. In the spring trimester juniors will be encouraged to continue building their portfolios. In the spring, the work will become more experimental and involve more mixed media. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting and Drawing (taken twice) and permission of Art Department. 1 credit, studio fee $60

Photography I: In this course students will learn to use a 35mm film camera and the correct procedures for working in a darkroom. Assignments are generally designed to teach students to set shutter speeds manually and the creative use of apertures. There are no specific brief-based assignments at this level. The object is to get the student to fully understand the operation of a camera to achieve various artistic results. They are given the artistic freedom to capture any subjects they please and from this they will learn about depth of field with regards to aperture and the capturing of movement with various shutter speeds. They will learn how to process and develop film negatives, how to produce contact sheets, and how to create a unified catalogue of images. Ultimately students will produce hand-printed images in the darkroom. No prerequisite 1 credit.

Photography II: In this course students will expand on their knowledge gained during their Photo II class with more emphasis on project-based briefs and complete manual use of their 35mm camera. We will expand on the various genres initially encountered in Photo 1 like documentary, portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. They will show expertise in achieving various effects using depth of field, shutter speed, and the elements of composition and also be able to explore various techniques in the darkroom, using contrast filters and toning. Also in this class students will gain an understanding the work of professional photographers and how they shoot, compose and light their subjects. We will hold class discussions in which the student will be expected to translate their concepts for fulfilling the various briefs and how they achieved their final prints. Students may repeat this class. Prerequisite: Photography I, 1 credit

Printmaking: Printmaking is all about working with the printing process, particularly with monotype, masking, chine-collé and block print. Students are given a few techniques to work with in the beginning of class; as they print, they learn how to apply the inks, how to hand-print, how to use the press, and how to mix the inks to achieve the effects they desire. The students also learn how to layer colors to develop depth in their work. Once students have a fairly good grasp of the basics, they are given more techniques that they are then expected to experiment with and incorporate into what they have already learned. Students will be expected to participate in group and individual critiques, submit 10 finished prints and complete self-assessments. Students may repeat this course, there is no prerequisite. 1 credit

Performing Arts

A Capella: This ensemble class covers the basics of singing without instrumental accompaniment across different musical styles, i. e. Classical, African Folk, Doo-wop, Spirituals, Pop and more. Students learn the joy of building vocal harmonies while maintaining the rhythmic dance that characterizes a given style. Students are involved in choosing the songs learned. Class meeting times are coordinated with Chorus to accommodate those who wish to participate in both groups. Grading is based on attendance, participation and a final concert. Prerequisite: It's a class designed for experienced singers, and preference is given to those who have completed at least one year of Chorus. Others are admitted by audition. 1 credit

Ballet II: This course is a continuation of Ballet I. Students will continue to improve technical applications with emphasis on turns and jumps. There will be opportunities to share their own choreography with the class. This is a performance based class and students will be performing at the winter concert. 1 credit

Chorus: Chorus is a performance class using group and harmony singing in a variety of styles. Rehearsals will also include physical exercises to enhance and improve vocal skills, breathing, coordination, and rhythmic skills. The musical selections will be prepared for performances at concerts and assemblies. Performing experiences will be enriched with additional kinds of musical understanding; including, but not limited to music theory, listening and history. Self and group assessments will be used for reflection and grading. Please note that in addition to all regularly scheduled weekday rehearsals there will be some mandatory weekend and/or evening rehearsals. Dress rehearsals are mandatory for all performers. No Prerequisite, 1 credit

Comedy Improvisation: Do you love SNL? Parks and Rec? Then this class is for you. This course is intended to teach students a basic overview of modern improvisation techniques as taught by Viola Spolin, The Second City, The Groundlings, and The Improv Olympic. These core skills are useful to the performer and the director, as well as the average human! Special emphasis will be placed on techniques used to build an actor’s confidence and creativity. Additionally, this class offers an introduction of improvisation as it could be used in professional auditions and performances pertaining to commercials, mocumentary style pilots, as well as improv and sketch comedy troupes. 1 credit

Diversity Music Ensemble: From Bach to Cold Play to African and Chinese Folk, this ensemble class is designed to celebrate musical diversity across different styles, eras and cultures. String players of bowed and plucked instruments, vocalists, keyboardists, percussionists and wind players are all welcomed. Also in the spirit of musical diversity, we often collaborate with students of other ensembles or other select musicians at Solebury. Students learn the art of building a strong musical team, being rhythmically in sync, and playing the supportive role as well as the solo with in a group. At the end of each trimester students perform in concert with Chorus and Dance. Grading is based very simply on class attendance, participation, and a final concert. Enrollment preference for this ensemble is given to accomplished players and vocalists who read music notation. Others may be admitted at the director's discretion. 1 credit

Advanced Screenplay Writing: This class builds on the introductory screenwriting skills and elements learned in “Intro to Screenplay Writing.” During this one semester course students will learn how to generate effective stories for film and television. Students will pitch their story ideas to the class, keeping in mind the audience’s role in a produced film or television show; develop and understanding of the relationships between structure, scene, dialogue, and action. Class sessions will consist primarily of group readings and open critiques, screenplay analysis, some writing exercises, screenings and readings of award winning films and screenplays. Students should come to the first class prepared to present story idea(s) of a screenplay writing project they plan to pursue. The goal of the class is to write a completed script. Prerequisites: Intro to Screenplay Writing or permission of the instructor... 1 credit

Film Analysis: Scene by Seen: This is a hands on introduction to producing and directing taught by an award winning producer and writer/director team. Students will learn multiple filmmaking techniques by staging and reshooting scenes from films like PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, THE MASK OF ZORRO, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, RUMBLE FISH and others while discussing the producing and directorial elements, the aesthetics, and philosophy of the individual director and/or producer during the making of the feature film. How, when, where and why the scenes were shot. This one trimester course may be taken more than once. Students may use the following software in this course: Adobe Premiere Pro. 1 credit (Instructors will pick scenes from ONE or more films per trimester)

Jazz Roots Ensemble: This ensemble plays everything from mainstream jazz to be-bop and funk. It is a performance based group, and gives feature concerts. This class offers lots of improvisational opportunities. Learn improvisational techniques, and how to build a solo. Jazz Roots also encourages original composition. Learn how pieces can be arranged to create a more interesting composition, and how to rehearse a band. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome. Prior music training is needed for this class. Please note this is a two trimester course. Prerequisite: Instrumental Proficiency or better, students must have approval of instructor. 2 Credits

Rock Band: Rock Band plays contemporary and classic rock. Come get the experience of what it feels like to be in a band. Learn about rehearsing a band, and how to make an exciting arrangement for a band. Get into stage presence and performance skills. Rock Band is a performance based group, and gives feature concerts. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome. Prior music playing is expected for this class. Please note this is a two trimester course. Prerequisite: Instrumental Proficiency or better. 2 credit

Ear Training And Music Theory will focus on improving the musician’s ear and strengthening music theory knowledge. Students will practice and learn to identify major, minor and dominant 7 intervals, by ear, as well as chords with multiple tensions - such as 7’s, 6’s, b9, #9, b13, etc. Students will do rhythmic and melodic dictation. They will also learn how to build and sing chords. There will be some sight singing. Music Theory will be the companion in this course. Everything we do will be accompanied by breaking down and explaining the theory involved. Basic music reading skills are needed for this class. 1 credit SoleStage - Lighting Design: Examine Theater Tech in a new light! This course allows students to examine reasons to light a stage, differentiate between lighting instruments and when and how to safely use and maintain them. Acquire the skills to light a stage evenly, establish moods, create special effects, properly light musical numbers, and troubleshoot many common problems in lighting design. This hands-on course can turn any student into a lighting designer, allowing them to work with our new state of the art lighting system while designing the lights for our winter musical production! 1 credit

SoleStage - Theater Tech: This class is designed to give you the experience of apprenticing in a real working scene shop. Lessons and projects will be designed in conjunction with our Main Stage production each trimester and will give you hands-on experience working on a show--from design to completion. Each trimester will consist of different challenges and new projects allowing you to hone your craft while creating spectacular scenic elements that can be added to your technical theater portfolio. Students enrolled in this class will also have priority placement in our after school Theater Tech Program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Theater Tech. 1 credit

Stage Combat (Basics, Hand to Hand, Weapons): Students will be taught the basics of dynamic stage combat movement, starting with spatial awareness and safety, leading to falls and physical conflict with slaps, punches and grapples. Students will learn the basics and then will move on to armed techniques and choreography with the single sword, staff, and some exciting “found items”. Students must display maturity and control throughout this course. Prerequisite: Acting and/or Shakespearean Acting, 1 credit

Swing Dance: Come on, you hip cats. You know you want to join the group as we learn partner dancing from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. A partner is not required. You will be matched up in class. 1 Credit Anatomy of a Screenplay: The goal of this class is to analyze classic films in order to grasp how structure that supports narrative in order to help the writer create a disciplined, soundly constructed dramatic script. Emphasis will be on the relationship between character and plot, identifying significant story points that drive the narrative forward. In addition to class exercises, and students will apply what they learn to their own work in the following session. This course meets one night per week in the evening. No Prerequisite, 1 credit


SPRING TRIMESTER COURSES

Visual Arts

Please note that there will be a $25 fee per trimester (unless a different fee is stated within course description) for all visual arts courses, to cover materials.

Art Foundations: This course introduces beginning students to the basics of painting and drawing with a focus on the Elements of Design. Students will learn to work in pencil, charcoal, gouache, pastel, acrylic, and oil paint. They will start with learning how to draw basic shapes, progress to learning how to use light and shadow to create space and form, and learn how to create engaging compositions. These concepts and techniques will be taught through the lens of the 2 dimensional design elements of line, shape, size, space, color, texture, and value. The class is intended to prepare students for the Intermediate class and is a prerequisite to that class. No Prerequisite, 1 credit

Art History: India, China and Japan: We will begin by studying the arts of India prior to 1200 and follow shared religious threads that weave through China and into Japan. Students will compare and contrast the various styles and interpretations of like themes and how they are reflected in the art and architecture from country to country. The art of Asia is rich with centuries of cultural history which continues to influence modern day Asian artists. In addition, the students will learn the art of slide identification. Students will have weekly readings and quizzes, a term paper, and can look forward to a museum trip. Global, 2 credits

Intermediate Ceramics: This class is for students who would like to continue working in ceramics, but are not interested in the intensive year long course. Ceramics students will continue to develop their hand-building skills through increasingly complex projects. They will begin to develop creative concepts through working in series. Students will begin throwing on the wheel. In addition, they may have the opportunity to work with different clay bodies (types of clay), and have their work fired in alternative kilns. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the running of the Ceramic Studio. Prerequisite: Intro to Ceramics.1 credit

Sculpture: In this class we will explore three dimensional forms, using a wide variety of materials, both traditional and nontraditional. Students will have the opportunity to experiment and explore a new material before developing a concept for a sculpture. Students will develop designs through sketches and small models before committing to a design. We will study Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Andy Goldsworthy, and many more sculptors throughout the trimester. No prerequisite. 1 credit

Intermediate Painting & Drawing: This course builds on the techniques and concepts of the foundations class. Students will work in pencil, charcoal. gouache, pastel, acrylic, and oil. This class is designed to help the student build upon their painting and drawing skills through work that is more advanced. Students will work mainly from observation on specific skills such as rendering light and shadow, creating engaging compositions, and will begin to explore how to bring their own creative voice to their work. Students must take two Intermediate level classes to be admitted to the Advanced class. Prerequisite: Art Foundations (or Intro to Painting & Drawing). 1 Credit

Life Drawing: This class meets on Monday from 7-9 PM and is an advanced class for mature students who wish to work on their portfolio and/or deepen their skills of working from observation. Students must have a working knowledge of contour, gesture, value, and composition, and experience working from life to accurately see form in space and translate it to the two dimensional page. Students will have the opportunity to use the human form as their subject as they advance their drawing skills. This class will broaden the students’ repertoire of drawing materials, including pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, ink, and tempera paint as they explore the creative possibility of using the materials alone and in mixed media pieces. The students will work to develop a personal style and to learn to speak knowledgeably about the work in class critique. The fall trimester class will emphasize traditional skills and drawing techniques with an emphasis on portfolio completion for seniors and beginning preparation for juniors. The winter term will move into more work with color and longer poses. In the spring trimester juniors will be encouraged to continue building their portfolios. In the spring, the work will become more experimental and involve more mixed media. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting and Drawing (taken twice) and permission of Art Department. 1 credit , studio fee $60

Introduction to Digital Photography: Within this course we will be covering the basics of how to use a digital camera on a manual setting to achieve images of highest quality and strong composition. Students will be given class assigned briefs to complete in their own time and be expected to meet deadlines and discuss their ideas and concepts within class discussions and with written papers. Students will also receive an introduction to the newest version of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and understand the process of editing and manipulating our images to a high standard within these programs. Students may repeat this class. Prerequisites: Photography I and II. 1 credit.

Package Design: This course will introduce students to various forms of product packaging. In this course we will focus on visual and identity graphics including company logos, color themes and construction of 3-D prototypes. The culmination of this class will be a collaborative effort for students to design a package for an object designed by the engineering students. Additionally, there will be the option to collaborate with film and music to create a commercial and soundtrack. Students will be using various programs from Adobe Creative Suite. 1 credit

Photography II: In this course students will expand on their knowledge gained during their Photo II class with more emphasis on project-based briefs and complete manual use of their 35mm camera. We will expand on the various genres initially encountered in Photo 1 like documentary, portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. They will show expertise in achieving various effects using depth of field, shutter speed, and the elements of composition and also be able to explore various techniques in the darkroom, using contrast filters and toning. Also in this class students will gain an understanding the work of professional photographers and how they shoot, compose and light their subjects. We will hold class discussions in which the student will be expected to translate their concepts for fulfilling the various briefs and how they achieved their final prints. Students may repeat this class. Prerequisite: Photography I, 1 credit

Video Editing: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of nonlinear video editing. The student will gain an understanding of video formats and concepts of video and audio compression used in recording, editing, and for final display. Cutting techniques will be explored including concepts of continuity, frame matching, using varying angles effectively, editing multi camera footage, techniques to avoid jump cuts and the use of parallel action. An introduction to sound editing will include fundamentals of mixing for film, Foley effects and processing audio to enhance the audience experience. Students will use the following software in this course: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Aftereffects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Photo Shop and Adobe Media Encoder. 1 credit


Performing Arts

Chorus: Chorus is a performance class using group and harmony singing in a variety of styles. Rehearsals will also include physical exercises to enhance and improve vocal skills, breathing, coordination, and rhythmic skills. The musical selections will be prepared for performances at concerts and assemblies. Performing experiences will be enriched with additional kinds of musical understanding; including, but not limited to music theory, listening and history. Self and group assessments will be used for reflection and grading. Please note that in addition to all regularly scheduled weekday rehearsals there will be some mandatory weekend and/or evening rehearsals. Dress rehearsals are mandatory for all performers. No Prerequisite, 1 credit

Diversity Music Ensemble: From Bach to Cold Play to African and Chinese Folk, this ensemble class is designed to celebrate musical diversity across different styles, eras and cultures. String players of bowed and plucked instruments, vocalists, keyboardists, percussionists and wind players are all welcomed. Also in the spirit of musical diversity, we often collaborate with students of other ensembles or other select musicians at Solebury. Students learn the art of building a strong musical team, being rhythmically in sync, and playing the supportive role as well as the solo with in a group. At the end of each trimester students perform in concert with Chorus and Dance. Grading is based very simply on class attendance, participation, and a final concert. Enrollment preference for this ensemble is given to accomplished players and vocalists who read music notation. Others may be admitted at the director's discretion. 1 credit

Intro to Theater Tech: In this Theater Tech Boot Camp you will develop the skills to become a backstage superstar! Throughout the trimester, you will learn about theater safety, stage management, props, construction and painting techniques, as well as lighting, sound and scenic design. While learning the ins and outs of technical theater through hands-on experience, you will be given a chance to earn Sole-certifications that will allow you to move into our after school Theater Tech Program as well as our SoleStage-Theater Tech class. 1 credit

Television and Film Acting: This course offers instruction and practice in the basics of acting for the camera and will assist students in making the transition from the theatre to the screen. It will introduce students to on-camera performance in various genres, and will address the technical requirements of TV and film acting such as playing to the camera, shooting out of sequence, blocking, and other production considerations. The course includes significant on-camera scene-work, character development, audition techniques, and script analysis. The assignments will include live tapings of selected materials. Through exercises and scene study, this course will familiarize students with on-camera acting techniques and expand each performer's range of emotional, intellectual, physical, and vocal expressiveness for the camera. In addition to learning basic on camera acting techniques and script analysis, students will explore the process of finding work from agent to audition, casting director to callback, to getting the gig and getting on camera. 1 credit

Indie Music and How It’s Reshaping The Music World: The music industry landscape changed forever with the arrival of the internet. For decades, there was only one true vehicle to get your music heard and one path to take. Now, there are many. That doesn’t mean it’s easier, it just means it’s less of a straight line. The internet has made it possible for everyone to have a voice, and has allowed the artist to reach out directly to an audience. This occurrence has empowered the listener even more. This class will delve into and study the various strategies that the independent artist uses to build their career. We’ll examine who some of the more successful indie artists are and what they did to get there. We’ll Skype with some of the artists we cover. There will be ample opportunity for debate, and for students to introduce to the class, who they think the trend setters or significant indie artists are. No music training is required, just an interest in music. 1 credit

Choreography: Choreography for advanced dancers will focus on finding your own voice in the world of dance and sharing your creativity. Dancers will perform many different types of media including nature sounds, spoken word, sound files and many different types of music. You will also gain experience on the path to teaching dance. Final projects will include a dance journal and a piece of choreography that you create. 1 credit

Tap Dance: This American dance form allows performers to make percussion noises with their feet to rhythms. Students will learn basic tap steps and how to put them in combinations with one another. The class will research tap dancers from the beginning to now and also tap companies. This is a performance based class and the students will be dancing at the spring concert. 1 credit

SoleStage - Theater Tech: This class is designed to give you the experience of apprenticing in a real working scene shop. Lessons and projects will be designed in conjunction with our Main Stage production each trimester and will give you hands-on experience working on a show--from design to completion. Each trimester will consist of different challenges and new projects allowing you to hone your craft while creating spectacular scenic elements that can be added to your technical theater portfolio. Students enrolled in this class will also have priority placement in our after school Theater Tech Program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Theater Tech. 1 credit

Film Analysis: Scene by Seen: This is a hands on introduction to producing and directing taught by an award winning producer and writer/director team. Students will learn multiple filmmaking techniques by staging and reshooting scenes from films like PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, THE MASK OF ZORRO, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, RUMBLE FISH and others while discussing the producing and directorial elements, the aesthetics, and philosophy of the individual director and/or producer during the making of the feature film. How, when, where and why the scenes were shot. This one trimester course may be taken more than once. Students may use the following software in this course: Adobe Premiere Pro. 1 credit (Instructors will pick scenes from ONE or more films per trimester)

Metalworking: Metalworking requires the student to provide one or more metal sculptures of their design using the tools and processes of cutting, sawing, drilling, welding, brazing, and soldering. Miscellaneous metal pieces are provided for the students to select or modify to their taste. For ironwork, stick welding and MIG welding are employed along with oxyacetylene cutting, use of the chop saw and portable band saw. For lighter metalwork, brazing and soldering are explained. Designs are encouraged to honor balance and interest while not being totally symmetrical. Two judges, at the end of the course, are invited to view the student work; one is an artist, for aesthetic achievement, the other an experienced metalworker from the area to judge excellence of welding and brazing technique and structural aspects. Students will be charged a $100 fee for consumables oxygen, acetylene, CO2, gases and welding and brazing rod, flux and wear and tear on the equipment. Helmets, aprons brazing goggles and other safety equipment is provided and its use is required. 1 credit