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The Fine Arts Department is committed to providing both breadth and depth in exposing students to the arts. In the introductory Foundations in the Arts course, students explore a range of artistic disciplines, choosing four of six quarter-long segments to create their yearlong course. In each quarter, students are introduced to the principles of design in a particular discipline and then apply these principles as they work on a project.

By introducing students to a range of disciplines, the department hopes each student will find an area of interest to be explored in greater depth in subsequent intermediate and advanced level Fine Arts electives. To fulfill HPA’s graduation requirement, students must successfully complete three additional semester-long courses following the Foundations course.

Two-Dimensional Visual Art

Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking

Three-Dimensional Visual Art

Potter’s Wheel and Sculpture

Technical Theater

Stagecraft and Woodshop

Digital Media

Digital Cinema, Digital Documentary, Digital Photography

Performing Arts

Choir, Musical Theater, Instrumental Ensemble, and Acting

While we hope all students will become artists in their own right, we believe foremost in the inherent value of developing an individual’s creative capacity as a bedrock of success in all future endeavors. Simply put, the world’s challenges will only be solved when more humans possess fully formed artistic sensibilities.

Available Courses

Fundamentals of the Arts

1.0 credits

Fundamentals of the Arts is a yearlong course that introduces each student to the facilities, materials, and faculty of the Fine Arts Department at HPA . Students learn key skills and basic knowledge in four of five Fine Arts disciplines – 2D Art, 3D Art, Backstage, Digital Media, and Performing Arts - so that they can then pursue more advanced level coursework in an area(s) of their choosing. Students may also choose Coding for one module of this course. This course is only open to Freshmen.

Intermediate 2-D Art: Drawing

0.5 credits

Drawing is a one-semester intermediate 2-D Art course taught in the main art
studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the studio, students will be given
demonstrations of various drawing techniques and media, including pencil, charcoal,
and ink, as well as studying historic and contemporary drawings. These techniques
will then be demonstrated in the studio and in the field, as students work with the
elements of design, to draw still lives, landscapes, and human figures. Grading will
be based on participation in demonstations during class, Photo Journal entries on
Haiku with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. The
class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of their best work,
with their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The
prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D Section of the
Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 2-D Art: Painting

0.5 credits
Painting is a one-semester intermediate 2-D Art course taught in the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the studio, students will be given demonstrations of painting techniques, as well as historical backgrounds to painters, and contemporary examples of paintings. These techniques will then be demonstrated in the studio and in the field, as students work with the elements of design, including form, space, and color, to paint still lives, landscapes, and human figures. Grading will be based on participation in demonsttations during class, photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of their best work, with their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 2-D Art: Printmaking

0.5 credits
Printmaking is a one-semester intermediate 2-D Art course taught in the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the studio, students will be given demonstrations of monotype, woodcut, and linocut printmaking techniques, as well as studying historical and contemporary examples of printmaking. The students will demonstrate each of these techniques, as they design and execute their own pieces in each of these disciplines. Grading will be based on participation in demonstrations during class, photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on work completed, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. The class will culminate with students creating a traded portfolio, where each student creates a class set of their best print, and trades them to create a collaborative edition of prints. Then each student will upload their best works to their on-line portfolio, with their best-of-the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

2-D - 3-D Art - Photography: AP Studio Art

1.0 credits
AP Studio Art is a yearlong advanced arts course taught in the AP Studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). The students prepare a college-level art portfolio to be submitted to the AP College Board in May. The AP program offers three portfolio options: Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns. In the Quality Section (section I), students select five works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and content. In the Concentration Section (section II), students must demonstrate a depth of investigation and exploration into one visual idea or concern. In the Breadth Section (section III), students must demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques. Grading will be based on Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. The class will culminate with the students creating their AP Portfolio, with their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of two intermediate arts classes.

Intermediate 3-D Art: Introduction to Ceramics

0.5 credits

Introduction to Ceramics is a one-semester intermediate 3-D Art class taught in the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the class students will explore a variety of ceramic techniques including hand building and wheel throwing, with students spending roughly half the semester in the sculpture room and half on the wheel. Students will also learn different glazing techniques as they decorate their works, with their final pieces being fired on campus in our kiln. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on demonstrations during class and photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on their project’s progress. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of their best work, with their best-of-the-best being displayed at our semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 3-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 3D Art: Interdisciplinary Sculpture

0.5 credits

Interdisciplinary Sculpture is a one-semester intermediate 3-D Art course taught in the main studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). Throughout the course, students will explore visual, social, and physical concepts of sculpture. Working on a more advanced level, they will immerse themselves in a diverse selection of sculptural processes, including construction, fabrication, carving, manipulation and casting. Students will expand on the range of materials and methods to include working with found objects, kinetics and installation. Contemporary issues related to sculpture will be explored through assigned readings, class discussion and individual projects. Grading will be based on a weekly assigned grade, homework assignments, Haiku quizzes, and both mid-term and final portfolios. Weekly grades will be based on participation in studio assignments / class discussions and contributing to Studio Best Practices - caring for our shared materials, and contributing to a clean and organized studio. Critiques will take place at the end of each assignment. The class will culminate with the students creating a large-scale collaborative work for our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 3-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 3-D Art: Advanced Ceramics

0.5 credits

Advanced Ceramics is a one-semester 3-D Art class taught in the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the class students will be mastering advanced handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques, while developing a sense of style and perfecting craftsmanship. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on demonstrations during class and photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on their project’s progress. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio suitable for submission to institutions of postsecondary training, with their best-of-the-best works being displayed at our semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Intermediate Ceramics class and a written recommendation from the Ceramics teacher.

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Photography

0.5 credits

Digital Photography is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media course taught in the Graphic Lab in the CsiMec Computer Lab. The class will provide a solid foundation in the fundamental technical skills and artistic concepts of digital photography through hands-on workshops about framing, exposure, and lighting, supported by supplementary readings and videos from Tony Northrup's DSLR
Book How to Create Stunning Digital Photography. The students will demonstrate these skills in the field during seven, two-week shooting assignments. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops during class, Photo Journal entries on Haiku as part of larger on-line discussions, and editing photos for bi-weekly critiques. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of
their best work, with their best-of-the-best being printed for our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Cinema

0.5 credits
Digital Cinema is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media class taught in the Digital Media Lab. In the class, the students will write, shoot and edit a three to five minute film. This class will cover the basics of script writing and storyboarding, camera framing and lighting, working as a film crew, and post production, including editing and sound design. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops and the film’s production during class, notebook checks, and Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on the day’s work. The class will culminate with a finished short film, that will be submitted to various student film festivals. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 3D Art: The Art & Science of Surf

0.5 credits

The Art and Science of Surf is an intermediate 3-D Art course taught in the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the class the students will learn the skills and techniques to design and shape their own surfboards. The students will design their surfboards using Shape-3D software as they study the physics of waves and the fluid mechanics of a surfboard. The students will shape the foam blanks by hand after meeting with local shapers, studying the history of surfboard design, and learning about sustainable practices in the field. The students will then paint their own artwork onto the board, then fiberglass it and add leash plugs and fin boxes. The class concludes with a field trip to the beach to test their surfboards. Grading will be based on participation in demonstrations during class, Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on work completed, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. No surfing experience necessary. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 3-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.


Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Documentary

0.5 credits
Digital Documentary is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media class taught in the Digital Media Lab. In the class, each student will write, shoot, and edit their own three minute news story. This class will cover pitching and writing a news story, shooting interviews and cutaways, and editing for the news, including use of music, transitions, and text. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on camera and sound workshops and working with the class as a film crew to shoot each other’s news stories. Each student will also be required to post Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on the day’s work during the production of their news story. These stories will be featured on the PBS show, Hiki No, the nation’s first state wide student news network, or on our HPA website. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Backstage: Stagecraft

0.5 credits
Stagecraft is a one-semester intermediate class taught in the theater at the Gates Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Students will learn critical thinking and time management as well as the basic skills of carpentry, scenic painting and mechanical drawing/drafting. The class will culminate with the students building the sets for the given semester’s school production. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops during class and Photo Journal entries during the week on Haiku, with written updates tracking the progress of the production. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Backstage Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Backstage: Wood Shop

0.5 credit
Wood Shop is a one-semester intermediate class taught in the scene shop, backstage at the Gates Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Students will learn how to read project drawings and calculate the needed materials with a major emphasis being placed on accuracy and neatness. The class will also teach students how to use different woods and proper project procedures, including workshops on shop safety and sound work habits. Students will complete three woodworking projects during the course of the semester. In addition to these projects, grading will be based upon completion of workshops during class and Photo Journal entries during the week on Haiku, with written updates tracking the progress of a woodworking project. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Backstage Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Cinema

0.5 credits
Digital Cinema is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media class taught in the Digital Media Lab. In the class, the students will write, shoot and edit a three to five minute film. This class will cover the basics of script writing and storyboarding, camera framing and lighting, working as a film crew, and post production, including editing and sound design. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops and the film’s production during class, notebook checks, and Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on the day’s work. The class will culminate with a finished short film, that will be submitted to various student film festivals. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Documentary

0.5 credits
Digital Documentary is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media class taught in the Digital Media Lab. In the class, each student will write, shoot, and edit their own three minute news story. This class will cover pitching and writing a news story, shooting interviews and cutaways, and editing for the news, including use of music, transitions, and text. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on camera and sound workshops and working with the class as a film crew to shoot each other’s news stories. Each student will also be required to post Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on the day’s work during the production of their news story. These stories will be featured on the PBS show, Hiki No, the nation’s first state wide student news network, or on our HPA website. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Advanced Digital Media: Photojournalism/Yearbook

1.0 credits
Yearbook is a yearlong advanced Digital Media class taught in the Graphics Lab in the CsiMec Computer Building. In this class, the students produce and publish the Academy’s long-standing yearbook, the Ka Makani. Yearbook staff members are expected to show a high level of sophistication and eventual mastery in journalistic writing, digital photography, and layout and design. Staff members are also required to have the ability to work independently with minimal oversight and to collaborate effectively with other staff members on demanding and complex projects. The culminating assessment for this class is a 228-page yearbook that is delivered during the second week of May. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops during class, completion of page layouts, and finishing writing/photo assignments. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the intermediate digital photography class and a recommendation from an English teacher for aspiring staff writers.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Acting I

0.5 credits

Acting I is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students study various vocal, movement and acting techniques from Linklater, Alexander, Utah Hagen, and Meisner. Students will learn to successfully act in contemporary scenes and monologues, building freedom in movement, clarity in diction and vocal projection, and flexibility of imagination - with weekly critiques and feedback. Grading will be based on preparation, participation in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the progress of their piece. The class will culminate with a performance of their best works on stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts Class.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Choir

0.5 credits
Choir is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught in the Davenport Music Building. Students will learn basic vocal techniques, including breath control, placement and connecting the different registers of their voice, as they study and perform various styles of choral literature. The class will then work as a group to learn to sing in three or four-part harmony as they perform a variety of classic songs. Grading will be based on participation in demonstrations during class, as well as weekly written reflections on Haiku. The class will feature performances in the HPA Chapel, with the end of the semester culminating in a concert presentation of their best works to be performed on the stage at Gates Performing Arts Center (GPAC). The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Instrumental Ensemble

0.5 credits

Instrumental Ensemble is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught in the Davenport Music Building. Students work on their individual instrument, using class time to practice, focusing on improving technique and expanding their range on their instrument. The class then works in collaboration to learn several pieces together, based on the instrumentalists taking the class. Students who play the piano are encouraged to take this class to experience the genre of 4-hand/8-hand repertoire. These works help to develop sight-reading skills and improve ensemble performance artistry. Grading will be based on participation in rehearsals in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries. The class will culminate with a concert presentation of their best works to be performed on stage at the Gates Performing Arts Center. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class and a working knowledge of a musical instrument.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Musical Theater

0.5 credits

Musical Theater is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will learn the history and development of American musical theatre from the 20th Century to the present through viewings of great Broadway shows and performers, as well as singing the best-known material from each show. Grading will be based on participation in class rehearsals, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries reflecting on each pieces’ themes and techniques. The class will culminate with a Broadway revue performance on stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Advanced Performing Arts: Acting II

0.5 credits

Acting II is a one-semester advanced Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will build on the various acting techniques learned in Acting I and include more advanced method acting exercises. In the first half of the semester, students will have the opportunity to direct their peers’ monologues and/or scenes. Acting II will then move into scene work from the likes of Tennesee Williams, Arthur Miller Thorton Wilder, Edward Albe, Shakespeare, Moliere, and Ibsen. The movement and vocal work will focus on the special demands of the classics, with weekly critiques for feedback. Grading will be based on preparation, participation in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the progress of their piece. The class will culminate with students directing and acting their best works on stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Acting I Class.

AP Studio Art

1.0 credits

AP Studio Art is a yearlong advanced arts course taught in the AP Studio of the Gerry
Clark Art Center (GCAC). The students prepare a college-level art portfolio to be
submitted to the AP College Board in May. The AP program offers three portfolio
options: Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. The portfolios share a basic, three-section
structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and
range of understanding in visual concerns. In the Quality Section (section I),
students select five works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and
content. In the Concentration Section (section II), students must demonstrate a
depth of investigation and exploration into one visual idea or concern. In the
Breadth Section (section III), students must demonstrate a serious grounding in
visual principles and material techniques. Grading will be based on Photo Journal
entries on Haiku with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class
critiques. The class will culminate with the students creating their AP Portfolio, with
their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite
for this class is the successful completion of two intermediate arts classes.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Improv Comedy

0.5 credits

Improv Comedy is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will learn the basic tenants of improvisation, based on the techniques and curriculum used by the Groundlings and Second City. These techniques will include building the art of listening to, and building off your improve partner, through the use of exercises and improv games. Grading will be based on participation in rehearsals in class, mastering of the rules of improv, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the students’ immersion into the world of improv. The class will culminate with Improv Comedy Showcase on the stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts Class.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Acting for Camera

0.5 credits

Acting On Camera is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will study acting through the lens of being a working TV and Film Actor. Students will learn the business side of acting, from headshots, to auditions, to agents, while also learning the acting techniques behind commercial reads, and sitcom and film auditions. Students will learn to prepare pieces for delivery to a stationary camera, with students editing their best takes, and posting them on Haiku, our on-line learning system. Grading will be based on preparation, participation in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the progress of their piece. The class will culminate with a working portfolio, including a headshot, resume, and acting reel of their best works. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts Class.

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