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Visual and Performing Arts
First Name Last Name Department Room Number Email Address Voice Mail Extension (925-280-3950 ext. XXXX) Position
Jamie Donohoe Visual and Performing Arts CPAC jamie.donohoe@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5121 Teacher
Johnny Johnson Visual and Performing Arts MU jjohnson@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5231 Teacher
Jill Langston Visual and Performing Arts D2 jlangston@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5229 Teacher
Mark Roberts Visual and Performing Arts MU mroberts@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5381 Teacher, Department Chairperson
Justin Seligman Visual and Performing Arts Tech 2 jseligman@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5136 Teacher, Sound Technician
Collette Sweeney Visual and Performing Arts B6 csweeney@acalanes.k12.ca.us 5371 Teacher

 

Course Offerings

Art 1
Art 1 is a skills-based course in which students develop artistic perception, learn art history/cultural context and develop aesthetic valuing skills through drawing, painting and printmaking. Students create original artworks using new and traditional media and techniques as well as keeping a sketchbook/journal,doing outside gallery visits and reviews, as well as oral and written critiques of student, historical and contemporary artists. Students are also required to maintain portfolios of all their projects/assignments.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Art 2
Art 2 emphasizes visual problem solving and personal expression through which students continue to develop skills and knowledge of artistic perception, arthistory/cultural context and aesthetic valuing skills. Students continue to develop their drawing, painting, and printmaking skills. Students create original artworks using new and traditional medial and techniques as well as keeping a sketchbook/journal, doing outside gallery visits and reviews, as well as oral and written critiques of student, historical and contemporary artists.Students are also required to maintain portfolios of all their projects of all their projects/assignments.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Art 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes - Visual and Performing Arts requirement

Advanced Art
Advanced Art students work at an advanced skill level in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. Creative experimentation with media and subject matter is encouraged. Special talents and interest in the arts and art-related fields are addressed. Students participate in the exhibition of their work.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Art 2
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Advanced Art - Honors
Advanced Art students work at an advanced skill level in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. Creative experimentation with media and subject matter is encouraged. Special talents and interest in the arts and art-related fields are addressed. Students participate in the exhibition of their work. Students who enroll in the Honors option will engage in advanced analysis and critiques of art and artists, prepare written reports and develop a personal portfolio.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Art 2
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Independent Art Portfolio
Students work at an advanced skill level in producing an independent portfolio of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional works. Students choose an artistic concern/theme to serve as the focus of their work. Students are required to collaborate with the teacher to do outside gallery visits and reviews, as well as oral and written critiques of historical and contemporary artists.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Advanced Art or Advanced Art, Honors
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Studio Art AP
This course is designed to encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues, while placing an emphasis on making art as an ongoing process that involve the student in informed and critical decision making. AP Studio Art helps students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements. Students are encouraged to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Advanced Art
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Photo/Digital Design
Photography/Digital Design is a college-preparatory, interdisciplinary approach to visual arts and the humanities. The class enables students to achieve an understanding and appreciation of artistic expression and to write and discuss with discrimination about photography as applied to themes in the humanities and history. Course work will emphasize student-created photographic art works as well as analytical reading, writing, and critiques. Substantial outside reading and research on individual biographies of historic and contemporary photographers, as well as written reviews of works of photographers, will be required. Students will analyze photographic works through discussion or writing using the appropriate vocabulary for describing techniques and aesthetic qualities.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Digital Photography Advanced
In this second-level photography course students will achieve the five major Standards of the California Arts curriculum at an expert or more proficient level. The course will provide students with opportunities to extend and advance their knowledge and skills in the field of photography. This course will familiarize the student with advanced photographic equipment, materials, methods and the digital processes. Also, students will focus on the history of photography and photographers studying and emulating a variety of photographic styles. If the school offers this course as an ROP course, the student must be in 11th or 12th grade in order to enroll.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Photography/Digital Design
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Studio Art Photo AP
This course is designed to develop student mastery in the concept, composition and execution of their two-dimensional works in photography and 2-D design. Students will have the opportunity to produce a two-dimensional portfolio fulfilling the requirements as set by The College Board for Studio Art AP. The portfolio has specific requirements which include: Section I--Quality, excellence demonstrated in original art works; Section II--Concentration, an in-depth, personal commitment to a particular artistic concern; Section III--Breadth shows a variety of experiences in using the formal, technical and expressive means available to an artist.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Digital Photography Advanced
UC/CSU Approved? - No

Video Production 1
This is a hands-on, project basedapproach to video production. Students create 4 short films (Silent Film,Creature Feature, Informercial, Music Video) working in small teams duringclass time. They run through all steps of filmmaking, from brainstorming andpre-production of a screenplay, to filming, to editing and sound design, andfinal class critique. Students write screenplays with Celtx software, shootwith easy to use cameras (Zoom Q2HD), and edit with iMovie software. Studentstake away the collaboration of working through the creative process with theirpeers. Additionally, students learn over100 years of cinema history – examining directors, actors, seminal films andgenres, as well as deepen their understanding of American Cultural History. Theclass meets UC Berkeley’s A-G requirement for the Arts. 
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Video Production 2
This is a hands-on, project basedapproach to video production. Students create 4 short films working in smallteams during class time. They run through all steps of filmmaking, frombrainstorming and pre-production of a screenplay, to filming, to editing andsound design, and final class critique. Students write screenplays with Celtxsoftware, film on professional cameras (Sony FX7) with wireless boom mics, andedit with Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Students learn to master cameraoptics, work with audio compression, work with lighting, as well aschromakeying and other special effects. The class meets UC Berkeley’s A-Grequirement for the Arts. Studentstake away the collaboration of working through the creative process with theirpeers, as well as a basic understanding of the roles in the filmmakingindustry.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Video Production 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Video Production 3 ROP
This is a hands-on, project based approach to videoproduction. Students create 4 short films working in small teams outside ofclass time, often using actors from outside of their class. They run throughall steps of filmmaking, from brainstorming and pre-production of a screenplay,to filming, to editing and sound design, and final class critique. Studentswrite screenplays with Celtx software, film on professional cameras (Sony FX7)with wireless boom mics, and edit with Adobe Premiere and After Effects.Students are also introduced to audio field mixers,  as well as DSLR cameras and lenses. Projectsbecome increasingly complex and professional. The class meets UC Berkeley’s A-Grequirement for the Arts. Students may repeat this class their senior year forcredit. Students gain real training inworking in the filmmaking industry, and are given the tools they need to pursuea career in Video Production in the real world. 
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Video Production 2 or Advanced Communication Media
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Furniture Design
Furniture Design, History and Construction is a technical and aesthetic exploration of three-dimensional design through the media of wood, metal, glass, plastic and casting resins, with an emphasis on the artistic expressive possibilities of furniture. Included in the course will be basic drawing and planning skills, design skills, and advanced woodworking skills. Students will analyze the sculptural and architectural nature of furniture design, explore the elements of the contemporary art furniture movement, and create thei own interpretations of traditional and contemporary furniture concepts, which may serve as functional pieces and/or works of fine art. This course satisfies the UC and CSU visual and performing arts entrance requirement.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introductory Wood Technology
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Drama 1
Drama 1 offers the new and continuing theatre student the opportunity to gain experience in dramatic arts through acting, technical theatre, and an exploration of theatre within an historical and cultural context. The student will develop skills in creative self-expression using a variety of methods. The student also will evaluate the informal and formal works of their own and others through both discussion and writing. The course provides an opportunity to develop competence in problemsolving, communication skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline contributing to life-long learning and career skills.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Drama 2
Drama 2 offers the continuing theatre student the opportunity to gain additional experience in dramatic arts through acting, technical theatre, and an exploration of theatre within an historical and cultural context. As a participant in a collaborative process, the student will continue to develop skills in creative self-expression using a variety of methods. The student also will evaluate the informal and formal work of their own and others through discussion and writing. The course provides an opportunity to further develop skills in problem solving, communication, self-confidence, and self-discipline contributing to life-long learning and career opportunities.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Drama 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Drama - Advanced
Advanced Drama offers the advanced theatre student the opportunity to gain additional experience in dramatic arts through acting, technical theatre, and an exploration of theatre within an historical and cultural context. As a participant in a collaborative process, the student will continue to develop skills in creative self-expression using a variety of methods at the advanced level. The student will also evaluate the informal and formal work of their own and others through both discussion and writing. The course provides an opportunity to develop competence in problem-solving, communication skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline contributing to life-long learning and career skills.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Drama 2
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Choral Performance 1 (Chorale)
Choral Performance 1 is a beginning to intermediate choral group which performs many times throughout the year. Music of many styles, from renaissance through contemporary will be performed. In addition, basic training in music reading, vocal and breathing techniques, and music appreciation will be included. Also, although intended primarily as an introductory choir, experienced singers are welcome.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Choral Performance 2 (M/W Ensemble)
Choral Performance 2 is a beginning to intermediate vocal music course. Students will further develop their knowledge of music fundamentals, vocal technique, sight-reading, and historical and cultural perspectives of choral music. Members will perform a variety of repertoire from different historic periods and cultures from two, three, and four-part selections for voices.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Choral Performance 1
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Choral Performance 3 (Concert Choir)
Choral Performance 3 is an intermediate vocal music course. Students will expand their mastery of music fundamentals, vocal technique, sight-reading, and historical/cultural perspectives of choral music. Members will perform four-part mixed voiced music from a variety of genres. Members also will be eligible to participate in the spring musical production.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Choral Performance 2
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Choral Performance 4 (Choral Ensemble)
Choral Performance 4 is an advanced ensemble. Students will show understanding and mastery of music theory, sight-reading, and appropriate performance styles. Members will perform advanced literature from the repertoire of choral music and have many opportunities for performing in school and in the community. Students will be expected to undertake leadership and administrative roles.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Choral Performance 3; audition required
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Choral Performance 4 (Chamber Singers)
Choral Performance 4 is an advanced ensemble. Students will show understanding and mastery of music theory, sight-reading, and appropriate performance styles. Members will perform advanced literature from the repertoire of choral music and have many opportunities for performing in school and in the community. Students will be expected to undertake leadership and administrative roles.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Choral Performance 3, audition required
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Concert Band
Concert Band is open to all students. There will be continued development of instrumental techniques and ensemble skills through the study of outstanding repertoire for Concert Band. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Audition required; minimum one year prior instruction, able to read music
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble is a selective and specialized course designed to offer the qualified instrumentalist the opportunity to study and perform a variety of jazz styles. Emphasis is on learning improvisation as well as advanced music reading. This group is involved in several performances throughout the community. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance o , every other student in the class.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Audition
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Orchestra
Orchestra offers the opportunity for string players to study and perform music of many styles and musical periods, develop techniques, and participate in a variety of group and ensemble experiences. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Previous experience on a string orchestra instrument
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band performances introduce the more qualified instrumentalist to advanced and challenging band literature of several styles and musical periods. The band performs for several school and community activities throughout the year and offers a wide range of musical and social activities. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class. Students must have prior experience on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: n/a
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

Music Theory AP
This course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Foundational skills are achieved by addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises. These skills lead to creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords. If the school site offers this course as an ROP course, the student must be in 11th or 12th grade in order to enroll.
Units: 10
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Ability to read music
UC/CSU Approved? - Yes