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The fine arts department at Brookstone School offers students a wide variety of opportuni­ties through both visual and performing arts. From music, to studio arts, to theater, Brook­stone fine arts offers something for everyone. Our fine arts faculty seek to inspire and engage students in a number of electives including instrumental and vocal music, drama, ceramics, digital photography, painting, and industrial design.

Brookstone School is committed to providing a well­ rounded education for our students. Part of the curriculum includes studies of studio and performing arts. Here on campus we take pride in band, theater, choral and studio arts. These different areas offer instructional classes, along with activities that are held after school. Performances are a major part of the arts experience and students of all ages perform before adult audiences on campus and in the community. Art shows are held several times a year to display and show case student art work.

Upper school Fine Arts Opportunities

FOUNDATIONS OF ART I: 

An introduction to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  In this course students will explore these principles through both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional projects.  These will range from drawing and painting, to printmaking, abstract and representational sculpture, clay sculpture, ceramics.  Emphasis will be on experimentation and creativity in using the fundamental principles of Art.  Art appreciation and Art history will be incorporated into the course when applicable.  Students will be expected to master vocabulary and terms that apply to each project.  Feld trips to galleries, studios and museums will be a part of the class, as will visits with professional artists.  ART I is the basis for all other art classes.

FOUNDATIONS OF ART II                        

This course is a continuation of ART I in which students will pursue projects in more depth and with greater complexity.  Experimentation and personal expression are an important part of this class.  Media will again include drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, with the addition of architecture and industrial design.  Art appreciation and Art history will be incorporated into the course when applicable. Students will be expected to master vocabulary and terms that apply to each project.  

CERAMICS I

Introduction into the ceramic arts.  Students will learn all handbuilding techniques in this one semester course.  This course will teach the fundamentals of ceramic design and construction.  Each unit will build on the previous, with each project having increased complexity.  Students will learn to make a variety of projects, both functional and sculptural.  Art Appreciation and Art History will be incorporated into the course where applicable.  Students will be expected to master vocabulary, terms and processes that apply to each project. 

CERAMICS II,III 

These courses are a continuation of CERAMICS I.  In addition to continuing to explore handbuilding techniques, students will learn the art of slip casting and wheel throwing.  Students will experiment with the magic of pulling pots on the wheel.  Sculptural projects as well as functional pottery will be produced, with emphasis placed on the mastery of wheel throwing techniques.  Surface decoration and glaze application will also be covered.  Emphasis is placed on creativity and experimentation in this class. 

3D DESIGN AND SCULPTURE I 

This course is an exploration of the materials and methods of sculpture.  Students will experiment with various materials while exploring the elements and principals of design as they apply to 3D design.  Methods and materials include: sculpture in clay, plaster, wood, metals, fibers, environmental sculpture and architecture.

3D DESIGN AND SCULPTURE II 

This is a continuation of 3D design and Sculpture I.  Students will expand their experimentation of the methods and materials of 3D design.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN I

This is a semester course where students explore the principles of industrial design.  They will experiment with making functional objects from product design, furniture design and architectural design.  They will take projects from the design stage, through to prototype design and production.

ADVANCED PAINTING AND DRAWING I 

In this course students build on the foundation that they gained in ART I.  Students will focus their efforts on composition, exploring all painting media and building a portfolio.  Students will work in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil.  Emphasis will be placed on creativity and experimentation as well as mastery of techniques.  Students will be introduced to the work of painters throughout history, as well as contemporary painters working in the field today.  Students will attend field trips to professional studios and also to museums and galleries.  Art Appreciation and Art History will be incorporated into the course where applicable.  Students will be expected to master vocabulary, terms and processes that apply to each project. 

ADVANCED PAINTING AND DRAWING II 

This course is a continuation of the skills, methods and materials of Advanced Painting and Drawing I.  Students will demonstrate an increased independence in subject matter and medium.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 

Introduction into the art of Digital Photography.  Students will learn the technical features of their camera and the science of light and exposure.  They will also learn the art of composition, staging, lighting and editing great images.  Students will be introduced to the work of master photographers, and will have the opportunity to meet professional fine art as well as commercial photographers working in the field today.  No camera is required.  

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II 

This course is a continuation of the skill, methods and principles from Digital Photography

AP STUDIO ART: 2d DESIGN AND DRAWING OR 3D DESIGN

AP STUDIO ART is a full year class that gives students a college level experience in visual art.  This is the most self­directed studio course offered, where students establish their own preferences in subject and media.  Students produce a portfolio that is submitted to the College Board for scoring.  Emphasis is places on originality, creativity and experimentation. 

PRE­AP STUDIO

This course is taught in conjunction with AP Studio Art, as an optional precursor to AP Studio – for the student who wants a year to prepare for the AP portfolio.  Students must commit to AP Studio Art in order to take AP prep.

FOUNDATIONS OF THEATRE 1     

Theatre 1 is designed for students with little or no theatre experience and promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Classwork focuses on the exploration of ensemble, movement, pantomime, improvisation, creative dramatics, theatre history, acting, playwriting, technical theatre, theatre etiquette, critique, musical theatre, and directing. The majority of this class is project based and the assignments are rehearsed and completed during class time Individual and group performances include: monologues, duet scenes, oral interpretation pieces, choreography, and directing scenes. Trips to area theatrical performances enhance the class experience. The class produces a Final Showcase of the work the work they have done throughout the year in late spring for the public. Of importance in Theatre I is students’ opportunity to develop invaluable life skills in order to become creative thinkers, self­directed learners, effective communicators, and responsible group leaders.

FOUNDATIONS OF THEATRE  2: Advanced Acting and Directing            

Theatre 2: Advanced Acting and Directing honors course, designed for students with extensive experience in theatre, facilitates substantial engagement and lifelong appreciation for theatre through largely self­directed study and performance. Theatre 2 will provide techniques needed to direct a play and craft a meaningful performance. We will explore composition, terminology, analysis, design collaboration, and advanced acting theories. Students will learn to recognize the various theatrical styles and their influence on directing choices. This class will produce a student directed One­Act Festival with public performances for the school and community. There will also be an anticipated travel opportunity with a trip to New York City to attend workshops and a Broadway production.

FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL THEATRE     

Fundamentals of Technical Theatre is a course combining the design elements of sound, lights, costumes, props, and set design with practical application of creating these elements for the spring musical production. This course includes a segment on scene shop safety because the construction of the musical sets and props will be completed by students. Students in this course will be required to participate on the one of the production crews (Running Crew, Costume Crew, Light Board Operator, Sound Board Operator, or Stage Manager) throughout the two weeks prior to the musical performances. Once the musical production is complete, the remainder of the course will consist of assembling the set requirements for the student directed One­Act Festival in late spring.

ADVANCED THEATRE PRODUCTION 

Advanced Theatre Production is Brookstone’s company class for students involved in the one­act competition team (actors and production team). Production students participate in all facets of the preparation of the one­act production to compete at the Georgia Theatre Conference, the Georgia High School Association’s One­Act Competition, and public performances presented to audiences of the school community and general public. Competition season is complete after the second week in November. The remaining time in the class will focus on the professional auditioning process. The audition technique portion of the course provides students the opportunity to build audition material, resume, and portfolio. Each student will be required to have three monologues prepared and ready to be performed by the end of the semester. The instructor will give advice on finding appropriate material; however the students are required to gather the pieces on their own. This is a rigorous, student-driven course.

BEGINNING PIANO            

Beginner Piano is for students who have never studied piano.  Students learn basic fundamentals of music related to the piano including, note names and rhythmic values, note reading of treble and bass staff, accidentals and dynamic markings.  These concepts are applied to assigned pieces which they practice in class each day, in addition to keyboard skills: 5­ tone scales, chord and inversions and cadences. Compositions studied in class are performed in student recitals once each semester.

ADVANCED PIANO            

Advanced piano class is offered to students who have had the beginner class or may be taking outside private instruction.  Music theory, key studies, and piano technique are emphasized for application to advanced level compositions. 

BAND­1                         

This course enables students to develop basic technical skills on wind and percussion instruments through the refinement and performance of high school band literature.  Emphasis is placed on development of skills in interpretation of notation and expressive markings, individual and ensemble performance, and critical listening.

BAND­2                               

This course enables students to develop basic technical skills on wind and percussion instruments through the refinement and performance of high school band literature.  Emphasis is placed on development of skills in interpretation of notation and expressive markings, individual and ensemble performance, and critical listening.

CHORUS: COUGAR CAMERATA    

Choral discipline and concepts learned in Middle School are reviewed. These include vocal technique, diction, ear training, sight singing, tonal memory and part singing.   Historical Eras and their major composers are studied (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary).  Music representative of each era is rehearsed and performed. The Camerata presents programs throughout the school year, including school assemblies, Evening With the Arts, community programs and a Winter and Spring Concert.  Evaluations are completed in the spring in accordance with the GMEA requirements. All presentations reflect musicianship skills developed within each semester. Evaluations are completed in the spring in accordance with the GMEA requirements. All presentations reflect musicianship skills developed within each semester.