Fine Arts Department

The Fine Arts Department cultivates the artistic, creative, dramatic and musical talents of our students under two broad assumptions. First, it is assumed that innate human creativity can be challenged and directed in ways analogous to other manifestations of intelligence. Second, it is assumed that self-expression undergoes a gradual process of refinement.

Department Chairperson: Mrs. Lea Gossett | 732 549 1108 x630

Music I: History and Introductory Theory (900)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th

The art of music teaches timing, discipline and encourages the advancement of the group over the accomplishments of the individual.  The class covers music not only as a creative art form and the basic performance of it as such, but also the appreciation, theory and history behind all forms of music.  Discussion topics will also address music in films and TV, and the performance, application and development of basic music skill.

Music II: Technology and Composition (901)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Music I and participation in music department co-curriculars or department approval

This class builds on the foundation set in Music I, adding composition and sound design into the curriculum.  Students of any and all musical backgrounds and interest will learn the basics of composition and the techniques of great composers and arrangers, both classic and modern.  Attention is especially given to portfolio/album development, with lessons in music publication, copyright law and artist/self management.

Music III: Advanced Application and Portfolio Review (903)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12th
Prerequisites: Participation in Concert Band and Concert Chorus, membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Music II, department approval; student must be planning to major or minor in music in college

This class is an intense study in the advanced practice of music in the modern world.  Students planning on pursuing music as an art form and a career will learn about today's music industry.  Additional topics include abstract music, music therapy and the study of modern liturgical music.  Attention is especially given to portfolio/album development, with lesson in music publication, copyright law and artist/self management.  Students will be expected to produce college-audition quality performances in voice and multiple instruments.

Art I (910)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th

Art I is designed to provide a foundation for students who wish to take art for personal enrichment as well as for those who intend to study fine art and build a portfolio.  This comprehensive course is predominantly studio (production) oriented, but also integrates aesthetics, art history and careers in the arts as they relate to various projects.  The elements of art as well as the principles of design are explored.  Students are encouraged to develop creative self-expression as they learn techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking and design.  Materials purchase is required.

Art II (911)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Art I, department approval

Art II is designed for goal oriented students who intend to further study art and are building a portfolio as well as for those who wish to take the class for personal enrichment and lifelong learning. This comprehensive course further explores drawing and painting in a more in-depth manner, integrating aesthetics and art history as they apply to various projects. This course will assist students in developing the skills and techniques required when creating drawings and paintings with a high degree of “likeness” to the observed subject. Students will work directly from observation as well as utilizing photographic references and lighting. Graphite, conte pencil and charcoal will be explored in the initial part of this course followed by watercolor and acrylic paint. Materials purchase required.

AP Art History (955)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in both Social Studies and English classes, department approval

This course will allow the high school student to participate in the college-level “Survey of Western Art” course. Students will be introduced to the artists, the audience and the best-known works of Western European art, and art beyond this geographical constraint, from Prehistory to the present. Students will analyze examples of all media: sculpture, architecture, painting, photography and graphic art; and consider their cultural and social significance. Students will be expected to complete comparative essays and research papers; independent visits to local museums may also be assigned. Middlesex County College credit may be earned for an additional fee; see  chairperson for details. Students are required to take the AP exam.

Drama I (960)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is an introduction to all the elements of theater with a special emphasis on performance and self-expression. The student will gain self-confidence and self-awareness through the work in this course, which will include studying and practicing acting exercises. Dramatic scenes are rehearsed and presented in class, and a brief history of theater is taught. Students will also study the various elements of play production.

Drama II (963)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Instructor approval

This course is a creative exploration of theater, which encompasses and expands upon the curriculum of the Drama I class. Acting techniques previously developed are explored in depth. The preparation of the “rehearsed” scene as introduced in Drama I is further studied and practiced. Students prepare extended scenes within the class and continue to develop their knowledge of the various elements of play production. This course is recommended for students with previous theatrical experiences.

Drama III (964)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Instructor approval, or Drama I or Drama II

This course is a Level 3 creative exploration of theater, which encompasses and expands upon the curriculum of both Drama I and II. Acting techniques are developed further and creativity is strengthened by way of in-class scenes, monologues and one-act plays. Students will hone skills previously developed in diverse areas of play production.

Theater Arts Intensive/Lab (966)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Students must fill out an interest/evaluation form and be interviewed by the course instructors

Students will study and experience theater art, specifically in the areas of acting, musical theater, dancing, stage combat, playwriting and play production.  In each of these areas, performance techniques will be emphasized.  A theater lab will be held once a week to offer students additional time to work on class projects and hone their skills.

Writing for Publication (Satoma) (970)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in all English courses and instructor approval; limited to 12 students

This course is designed as a workshop for students to develop and apply skills in all areas of journalism: writing, editing, design, photography and computer graphics. A “hands-on” course, it involves direct participation in school news-magazine as well as outside publications. Students work under strict deadlines and are required to attend journalism and press  conferences. Students are obligated to attend after-school meetings.

Journal Graphics (Insight) (980)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Computer Science and all English courses; course instructor has final approval of applicants

This course is designed as a workshop to develop and apply knowledge of publication skills and management. In this “hands-on” course, the yearbook is prepared for press. Students taking this course work under strict deadlines imposed by the publishing company.

Video Production (996)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Instructor approval; students will need to be computer literate and have experience with basic electronic productivity tools

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to exercise video production skills to produce programs for broadcast such as news shows, documentaries and school and community activities. An introduction to television studio and field production will be provided. Students will learn video basics as well as participate in pre-production, production and post-production stages of video creation, distribution and product evaluation. Work time outside of class is required.