Monmouth County Arts HS Course Descriptions

Creative Writing (9th-12th Grade)

This class is designed for students who have already mastered a proficiency in writing fiction, plays or poetry.  This course is an on-going writer’s workshop in a professional setting.  Students are responsible for providing copies of their work to be read in class.  Students are also required to contribute to the annual Arts High literary publication and to submit a portfolio of their work on the last day of the course.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Film Making (9th-12th Grade)

This course is designed as a building block to develop a student’s career in film making.  Whether a student is new to film making or comes with previous experience, these classes will help them develop their skills.  Each session includes hands-on projects that will address pre-production, directing with the camera, screenwriting essentials, camera operations, lighting with available light, and introduction to editing.

Jazz Improv (9th-12th Grade)

This course is open to auditioned students who play winds, strings, percussion and keyboard.  Players develop their inner senses to create improvisational music.  Attention will be spent on development of performance on one’s instrument without written music.  Listening assignments and a final exam will also be included.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Modern Dance (9th-12th Grade)

This course provides development in Modern Dance through theory and practical application.  It emphasizes the practice of composition skills, clarity of movement, initiation, body articulation, and dynamics of performance.  Class focuses on the development of small group work and solos, including form and structure.  Written reports must be submitted.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Photography, The Art of (9th-12th Grade)

This hands-on course will help students find and develop their personal vision, as they become more sophisticated fine arts photographers.  Hands-on technical skills in portraiture, lighting, still life, etc.  Discussions on the world of fine-art photography, galleries and gallery presentation.  Weekly assignments and open critiques.

Poetry (9th-12th Grade)

This course will place special emphasis on the creation and performance of students’ poems.  The poetic devices of metaphor, imagery and sound will be explored.  Students are required to contribute to the annual Arts High literary publication.

Theatre Arts (9th-12th Grade)

Students will be partnered with other students in the class to work on scripted scenes.  Through exercises and critical feedback the students will learn to develop interesting and truthful characters in a variety of settings and situations dictated by the written script.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Visual Arts I (9th-12th Grade)

This course will focus on student drawing and includes painting, use of color, study of composition and form.  Specific historical movements of 20th Century art will be reviewed through art books and slides as reference points for the students’ own work.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Visual Arts II (10th-12th Grade)

Visual Arts II builds upon the skills established in Visual Arts I.  Students who successfully completed Visual Arts I may return in subsequent years for Visual Arts II.  Objective and imaginative form in drawing and painting will be explored incorporating individual interpretation on guided projects.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT.  PLEASE NOTE: ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE ARTS HIGH VISUAL ARTS I COURSE WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT FOR VISUAL ARTS II.

Vocal Music—Broadway (9th-12th Grade)

This class will focus on the little details of a well built performance.  Students will learn to improve vocal sound that best suits each song and how to create a world in which the song can come to life.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT