Acting focuses on the techniques and skills of the actor’s craft. Scene study with partners and monologue work will be the foundation of this class. Some of the acting techniques we will use include the methods of Stanislavski, Meisner, Strasberg, A. Bogart, and Boal. Students will also examine and explore the differing techniques required for stage and camera. Attendance of three theatre productions per semester is required. Requirement: One semester of Theatre Arts. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Drawing, Painting, and 2-Dimensional Design introduces students to the fundamentals of visual self-expression. Students will explore unity of form through line, shape, color, texture, and tonal value using a variety of drawing and painting media. Students will begin to study the history of art through slide viewings, discussions, critiques, and research assignments. Visits to the SAS Gallery, the University of the South, and regional museums provide exposure to a wide variety of contemporary artists. A prime objective of these classes is to enhance students’ ability both to see and to articulate what they have seen in a way that is insightful and intelligent. Assignments will become increasingly student-generated as the semester progresses and students pursue personal and independent themes. The semester evaluation will be based on a final critique and presentation. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Filmmaking students spend class time handling cameras and learning how and why to manipulate features such as white-balance, exposure, and focus. Student film crews shoot in-class assignments covering aspects of the curriculum, i.e., composition or line-of-action, but leave room for individual creativity. Another large portion of the course is computer training in non-linear, digital video editing. The last portion of the course is creating individual projects; students work individually, with partners and in crews of four and eight. The goal is for students to internalize the concepts of capturing compelling shots and the logic of expressing temporal action by assembling pieces of recorded images - in other words, for each student to learn theory and practice of manifesting ideas into finished video projects. This class is designed for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Functional Pottery allows students to learn the basic techniques of working with clay both on and off the wheel. Students will explore the properties of clay – its possibilities, potential, and limitations – working with different forms and decorations to produce pieces, which can be used. As students develop stronger skills, more complex and multi-faceted forms will be explored. Work will be fired in both reduction and soda-salt kilns. Assigned projects are changed regularly to reflect increasing skills. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Guitar Ensemble provides students of any skill level an opportunity not only to read music in a group, but also to learn practical and fun ways to use the musical tools that a guitar (or bass guitar) player needs to perform all styles of music. The class will focus on basic skills with more advanced students helping less experienced players, as well as having solo opportunities while playing with the group. Guitar is a versatile instrument capable of rhythm, harmony, and melody. All three musical elements will be explored in the class. Combining multiple guitar players into a group, all playing together, will offer students the ensemble experience that other instruments get through bands or orchestra. Students will perform on campus a minimum of four times with possible performances off campus as well. Students will be required to attend a minimum of two concerts each semester at the University of the South or elsewhere and will turn in a written critique of each performance. Each student will choose a performance project that will be graded as their final exam. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Photography–Community Connections is a digital photography course, emphasizing the use of photographic image to make considered, social, visual statements. Project work will emphasize community connections, with each student producing work that relates to or advocates for topics of concern to the local community. Methods for building visual narratives while making expressive, meaningful, and technically sound images will be taught. Class time is also dedicated to in-depth discussions on the social impact of photography, building relationships with community partners, field methods, and class critiques.
SAS Vocal Ensemble enables students to develop basic performance techniques in a small ensemble setting through the study of a variety of musical genres appropriate to high school level students. Ensemble will focus on vocal music with student-supplied accompaniment based on availability of instrumental talent from the student pool. Emphasis will be placed on vocal independence, expressiveness, and stylistic authenticity. A basic understanding of theory will be gained through weekly rehearsals. Singers who read music will be a welcome addition, but it is not required for those who have excellent ears. Instrumentalists will need to be independent with regards to ability to play, but ensemble will be conducted. Individual students may be asked to provide music or lead hymn singing in chapel with instruction regarding chapel process provided. Students will perform on campus a minimum of four times with possible performances off campus as well. Students will be required to attend a minimum of two concerts each semester at the University of the South or elsewhere and will turn in a written critique of each performance. Each student will choose a performance project that will be graded as their final exam. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Photography emphasizes using the photographic image to make a significant visual statement. Students will combine digital photographic technologies with historic alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype and platinum/palladium printing. Students will use digital cameras to capture imagery. Digital negatives will be created and then printed on hand-coated papers using the sun as the exposure unit. Project work will be guided towards producing expressive and meaningful images that are technically sound. Class time will be dedicated to in-depth discussions about the history of photography and alternative printing methods, demonstrations on technique and chemical safety, and class critiques. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Technical Drawing: Building, Industrial, and Graphic Design is a technical drawing focused design course, emphasizing the integration of form, space, function, and order into the development of products, imagery, and architectural works. Project work will emphasize community connections, blending technical instruction with studio assignments. Students will design and create ideas by combining materials, process/storyboarding, computer-aided design, and human factors. Aesthetic sensitivity, technical skills, and analytical thought are developed and applied to meet the challenge of designing products for the local and global needs of our community-based clients.
Technical Theatre introduces all the major divisions of technical theater though lecture, demonstration, and practice, with an emphasis on safety. There will be training and practical application of the diverse skills that support performance. This is a very hands-on course. For instance, while students will study the nature of wood through lecture and handouts, they will learn the proper way to stack lumber by stacking lumber. The curriculum will be driven, in part, by requirements of the performing arts department. Therefore, depending on the shows and concerts, there will be more or less time spent on learning the proper use of lighting equipment or building benches. Lighting equipment might be used more for live performance or film. Students will be assigned events in which they will serve as board operators, technicians, and stagehands. Topics of study will include: maintenance of equipment and facilities, carpentry, electricity, sound equipment (live support and recording), scene painting, costuming, electronic control (light and sound), principles of light, and public event management. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.
Theater Arts is structured to give students a better understanding of many aspects of theatre. Because the performing arts experience begins with the desire to make art and to tell a story, students learn to nurture and support a healthy ensemble so they can create together. Each class begins with a series of warm-ups that encourage play and creativity. Students learn to use actor tools through consistent vocal, physical, and imaginative work. Beginning acting techniques and improvisation skills coupled with the study and attendance of actual plays and musicals are key components of this course. This class may be taken repeatedly for credit.