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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 special class for freshman only. This year long class 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 six Fine Arts disciplines; 2-D (Painting/Drawing), 3-D (Ceramics/Sculpture), Backstage (Woodworking/Stagecraft), Performing Arts (Acting/Music), Digital Media (Filmmaking/Photography), Computer Coding (Programming/Problem Solving), and Mixed Media (Collage/Photography) so that they can then pursue more advanced level coursework in an area(s) of their choosing. There is no prerequisite for this course.

2-D Art: Drawing

0.5 credits

Drawing is an intermediate 2-D Art class 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 and work ethic during class, Photo Journal entries on PowerSchool 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 semi-annual 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 Art: Painting

0.5 credits

Painting is an intermediate 2-D Art class 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 lifes, landscapes, and human figures. Grading will be based on participation and work ethic during class, Photo Journal entries on PowerSchool 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 semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

3-D Art: Ceramics

0.5 credits

Ceramics is an intermediate 3-D Art class taught in the Ceramics room in the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). The class will focus on creating a solid foundation on the wheel as students learn to throw covered pots, alter thrown pieces, and make section pots (multiple pieces combined to make a larger form). Students will be expected to demonstrate proper form and will be tested accordingly as they develop the proficiency to throw larger, more complex forms. Students will 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 reflection on your progress on the wheel during the week. 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 Ceramics Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

3-D Art Advanced Ceramics

0.5 credits

Advanced Ceramics is an art class taught in the ceramics room of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the class, students complete a minimum of 20 ceramic projects, thrown or hand-build, to completed by the end of the year. Each project must be completed to photographic quality, including clean, finished surfaces with thoughtful glaze applications. Each group of pieces within a project must also represent a given theme through a similar form, function, and design. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on demonstrations during class and weekly Photo Journal entries in PowerSchool with written reflection on the progress of your projects during the semester. The class will culminate with the students creating their portfolio, with their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semi annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion intermediate ceramic

Art History

0.5 or 1.0 credits

Art History is an intermediate Fine Arts class taught in the Energy Lab Conference Room and HPA's Isaac's Art Gallery. Students will analyze the 250 works required by the AP Art History Exam, covering works from global prehistory to the contemporary era; including cultural context, function, and content. Grading will be based on class presentations, essays, and online quizzes, culminating in a Final Exam. There is no pre-req for this course, and students have the option to take the AP Art History Exam, but it is not required.

Mixed Media

0.5 credits

MIxed Media is a one-semester intermediate Fine Arts class taught in Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). Through a series of studio assignments, students will explore materials and techniques through mixed media collage, assemblage and sculpture. They will combine traditional mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking with photo and text transfer processes and layering techniques using glues, mediums and encaustic (wax). In the second half of the semester, students will work on 3D projects, exploring found objects, kinetics and installation. The class will culminate with the students creating a large-scale collaborative work for our semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Mixed Media, 3D or 2D Freshman Fundamentals.

AP Studio Art

1.0 credits

AP Studio Art is a yearlong advanced arts class 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 required studio assignments, photo journal entries on PowerSchool with written reflections on progress, bi-weekly class critiques, and participation in semi-annual art show. This course is for students interested in a rigorous and focused study in art and the prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of two intermediate arts classes and art instructor recommendation / approval. The class will culminate with the students submitting their AP Portfolio.

Digital Media: Digital Photography

0.5 credits

Digital Photography is an intermediate Digital Media class 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. 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 Powerschool as part of larger online 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 displayed at our semi-annual Art Show.

Digital Media: Digital Cinema

0.5 credits

Digital Cinema is an 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 scriptwriting 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 PowerSchool 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.

Digital Media: Photojournalism/Yearbook

1.0 credits

This course is an 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, a recommendation from an English teacher for aspiring staff writers, and a pre-interview for all candidates.

Backstage: Stagecraft

0.5 credits

Stagecraft is an intermediate Performing Arts 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 in PowerSchool, with written updates tracking the progress of the production.

Backstage: Woodworking

0.5 credit

Woodworking is an intermediate Fine Arts 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, journal entries in PowerSchool and vocabulary quizzes.

Performing Arts: Acting

0.5 credits

Acting is an intermediate Performing Arts class 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 PowerSchool 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.

Performing Arts: Choir

0.5 credits

Choir is an intermediate Performing Arts class 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

Performing Arts: Instrumental Ensemble

0.5 credits

Instrumental Ensemble: Piano and Advanced Instrumental is an Intermediate Performing Arts class taught during the fall semester, utilizing the 6 pianos located in Davenport Music Building and Gates Performing Arts Center. This two-pronged course will either provide students an opportunity to learn or increase their piano performance skills or give advanced instrumentalists an opportunity to improve individually and play in instrumental ensembles. All levels of ability in piano performance will be accepted, while instrumentalists must be proficient on their instrument. The course will be guided individual study, with the potential for piano duets and instrumental ensembles, facilitated by the instructor. Grading will be based upon the documentation of individual progress in performance. The class will culminate with a recital, featuring the accomplishments of the individuals. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Performing Arts: Musical Theater

0.5 credits

Musical Theater is an intermediate Performing Arts class taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will learn basic vocal techniques; including breath control, placement and connecting the different registers of their voice, as they study and perform fully staged ensembles from the literature of the American Musical Theater. Grading will be based on participation in rehearsals in class, as well as weekly PowerSchool Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the progress of their piece. The class will culminate with a concert presentation of their best works to be performed on stage at GPAC.

Performing Arts: Improv Comedy

0.5 credits

Improv Comedy is an intermediate Performing Arts class taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will learn the basic tenets 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 improv 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 PowerSchool 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. A-Period

Performing Arts: Acting for Camera

0.5 credits

Acting On Camera is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts class taught in the camera studio backstage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will study acting through the lens of being a working TV and Film and Voice-Over Actor. Students will learn the business side of acting, from headshots, to auditions, to agents, while also learning the acting techniques behind commercial reads, voice-over character development, and sitcom and film auditions. Students will learn to prepare memorized pieces, and manage cold reads for delivery to a stationary camera, with students editing their best takes, and posting them on PowerSchool. Grading will be based on preparation, participation in class, as well as PowerSchool posting of student work; 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 voice-over and acting reel of their best work. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts Class.

Writing for Performance

1.0 credits

Writing for Performance is a year long advanced arts class for Juniors and Seniors taught in the Gates Performing Arts Center. Students will write, direct, and act, in four episodes of an ongoing serial created by the writer/actors: to be performed on the GPAC stage. Class time will be spent pitching plot and character ideas, writing scripts, directing, and rehearsing scenes leading up to each of the performances. In addition, students will read two short contemporary plays aloud, both for inspiration and performance skills. Writing for Performance will reward students for balancing attention to the skills needed in all three core components of the course: Leadership and vision in directing, leadership in creative thinking and writing, and preparation for performing. PowerSchool posts, writing, acting, and class participation will make up a large percentage of student grades. As a final project, students will make a submission documenting their contributions to writing, directing, acting, and leadership during the semester

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