Fine and Performing Arts

Philosophy
Art and music are vital factors in the development of the whole child; not only are they stimulating and fulfilling disciplines, but research confirms that performing, creating, and responding to both visual art and music strengthen students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills, thereby enhancing academic achievement and cultural literacy.


Fine and Performing Arts Faculty:

Mrs. Susan Elvena, Department Chair
Mrs. Jacquelyn Burt                 
Mrs. Catherine Kiff-Vozza
Mrs. Karen Scott
Mr. Evan Wasek


FNA 101 Introduction to Art

Using pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, wax and paint, students are taught the fundamentals of visual arts principles, including proportion, shading, perspective and design. Lectures and audiovisual presentations on art appreciation and history complement the classroom projects.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9
Prerequisite: None


FNA 201 Art I

Designed for the student who has basic art skills and aptitude, Art I is a first year painting and drawing course. The first half of the course refines students’ drawing skills in pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, and design, and during the second half, students analyze the use of color and learn basic techniques in acrylic and water based painting. Lessons in art history and appreciation complement classroom projects.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Completion of previous course in art sequence or demonstration of competency.


FNA 202 Mixed Chorus

A practical course in choral singing, Mixed Chorus welcomes those students who are unsure of their abilities but willing to try. The primary aim is developing the student’s voice as naturally and artistically as possible. Students will not only learn good vocal techniques (posture, breath control, diction), but also how to read choral music and appreciate its history and quality. Chorus members will participate in many of the school activities, such as liturgies, concerts, and school assemblies.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None


FNA 203 Concert Band

The Concert Band is a curricular, performance-based class open to all grade levels.  High-quality standard and contemporary literature for the wind-band comprise most of the musical repertoire for this class, as well as transcriptions and arrangements.  Students will learn the specifics of a quality warm-up, rehearsal etiquette, ensemble skills, and individual musicality.  In addition to daily ensemble performance, students will participate in group lessons during class time to provide more individualized instruction.  Students will expand their musical skills and potential on an individual level and learn to work more efficiently with their peers.  The Concert Band performs at various concerts, contests and festivals annually.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None


FNA 204 Music Theory

This course is designed for both instrumentalists and vocalists who are interested in pursuing music as a career. Topics include basic tonality, music theory, ear training, music history, composition, identifying intervals and chords by sound, rhythmic and melodic dictation, sight-reading, in-depth musical analysis, and important musicians.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Substantial background in music performance at the individual or ensemble level


FNA 301 Art II

Art II is designed as a second year drawing and painting course. The first semester is devoted to drawing skills, and the second semester to painting.  By deeply exploring art, the course aims to refine the student's skills and encourage the development of a personal style in drawing (pastels, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil) and in painting (oils, watercolors, and acrylics). In the painting component of the course, students learn canvas stretching and investigate color and composition theory, modeling form, and use of light.  Only original works are accepted: the emphasis is on "performance." Audio-visual presentations, lectures, and field trips on art history and appreciation complement classroom projects.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Completion of previous course in Art sequence or demonstration of competency.


FNA 302 Concert Chorus

Concert Chorus is a vocal performance class designed for those with a serious interest in singing various choral genres. Students are instructed in performance techniques and will sing for liturgies, school concerts, and assemblies.  Although open to incoming freshmen and all upper classmen, admission to this class requires an audition.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Audition Required


FNA 303-H Honors Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing ensemble at Pope John.  Students are selected by audition only and must possess a high level of musical intellect and technical facility.  The Jazz Ensemble introduces students to the many styles of jazz music, as well as to the rich history of jazz as a cultural phenomenon in this country.  The course includes studies in sight-reading, improvisation technique, and jazz theory.  The ensemble studies and performs a wide range of popular music genres from Big Band and Swing to Latin, Rock, and Funk.  The group performs for annual concerts and at various contests and festivals.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Audition Required


FNA 400 Honors Women’s Chorus

Women's Choir is a select, auditioned choir that requires advanced performances for treble voices. These young women must possess the skills to perform four part treble harmonies, such as SSAA music, and they are expected to lead the liturgical music for the Pope John monthly Masses.  The women's choir will also perform for community service events and for the Pope John winter and spring concerts.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Audition Required


FNA 401 Honors Art

The student in Honors Art concentrates on building a portfolio and exploring career opportunities in art.  Honors Art is a performance course that helps the student refine and perfect his/her skills and technique in the areas of design, composition, drawing, painting, sculpture, and computer graphics. Only original works that complete the student's portfolio over the course of the year are accepted. The Art and Guidance departments cooperate to ensure that each student is informed of career and educational opportunities in the art field. Student activities include attending open houses and other art events at colleges and universities, visiting museums and craft shows, and presenting their works in exhibitions such as the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Completion of previous course in Art sequence or demonstration of competency. Permission of the instructor.


FNA 402 Honors Select Chorus

This course is recommended for those students considering a career in music and/or those interested in singing at the university level. Students must audition to enroll. Students will perform college level music based on the madrigal choir curriculum of both Westminster Choir College and St. Olaf’s College. With an emphasis on proper vocal technique and production, the course provides an in depth study of various musical styles from the Renaissance through contemporary musical theatre. As musical ambassadors, the Select Chorus will perform for school concerts, liturgies, assemblies and many community venues.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Audition Required


FNA 403 Graphic Design

Graphic Design is an introductory course recommended for students interested in exploring visual arts on the computer. The course is divided into four segments: in Typography, students will learn basic lettering styles, formats, and layouts; llustrator software will enable the creation of original digital illustrations; Photoshop software will facilitate the digital manipulation of photographs; and the architectural segment requires students to design, build, furnish, and landscape a building.  All work is created on a MAC computer.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: None


FNA 404 Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts is a yearlong survey course that examines the history and artistic development of American theatre through the viewing and performance of quality plays and musicals.  With a focus on Broadway success stories, the students will have the opportunity to perform monologues and group dialogues, enter competitions, write their own scripts and travel to view regional and Broadway Theatre productions. This course will not only enhance a student’s understanding and enjoyment of theatre but will also provide instruction in technical theatre aspects such as set, sound and lighting design, costuming and make up as well as the progression of diction, tone and other public speaking skills 

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11,12
Prerequisite: None

 

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