Fine Arts
Fine Arts

The offerings of the Fine Arts Department foster awareness of the elements common to all the arts as well as of the distinctive characteristics of the various visual, verbal, and performing arts. We want students to cultivate an awareness of and appreciation for the various art forms while developing their own criteria for making informal value judgments. When students learn to create and/or perform in images, gestures, sounds and words, they discover new ways to shape and share their ideas with others. As a result of these experiences, the students are challenged to continue to experience the arts as creator, re-creator, and/or intelligent consumer. Whenever possible and appropriate, we will use appropriate instruments, electronic equipment, computers and networks to access information, process ideas and communicate results.

Courses

Film Study (Fall)

(10th - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

The Film Study elective course engages students in analysis and appreciation of the history of film, the art of film, and film as literature. Students will learn how to "read" a film looking at plot, character, theme, and tone along with the influence of lighting, sound, camera, acting, and audience. In addition to learning film language, units of study include: film history, film criticism, and specific genres such as film noir, westerns, musicals, independent and international films, and documentary. Meets graduation requirement.

Public Speaking (Spring)

(10th - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

Public speaking covers the basics of presentational speaking in a variety of settings. Students will learn relaxation techniques, vocal projection, application of Aristotle’s Poetics, materials preparation and small group presentation in the first quarter. In the second quarter students will build upon those skills and move to speaking in larger settings. Throughout the semester each student will be required to be the announcer for Uni athletic/public events, create an interesting power point presentation, and lead class discussion. Meets graduation requirement.

Interrelated Arts (Fall and Spring)

(Subfreshman)

(1/2 unit)

Interrelated Arts is a team-taught course for subfreshmen which includes drama, music, and visual arts.

Jazz Band

(Subfreshman – 12th grade)

(1/4 unit - can enroll more than once)

Jazz Band is open to any student at University Laboratory High School. In addition to studying various forms of jazz literature, the study and utilization of improvisation is strongly encouraged. Jazz Band currently meets once a week and can be taken multiple years. All enrollees are further divided into two jazz bands of different levels. Does not meet the Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Madrigals

(9th - 12th grade)

(1/4 unit - can enroll more than once – by audition only)

Madrigals is a year-long course open to students by audition. Madrigals meet after school and students must also be enrolled in chorus. Madrigals may be taken multiple years. This group performs frequently. Does not meet the Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Mixed Chorus

(Subfreshman - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit - can enroll more than once)

Mixed Chorus is open to any student at University Laboratory High School. The objectives are (1) to give students experience in performing in a large choral group, (2) to provide an opportunity to learn from others and (3) to learn to submerge individual goals in order to attain unity in the larger group. Mixed Chorus may be taken multiple years. Meets graduation requirement.

Music Theory

(10th – 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

Music Theory is an introductory study of the structure of music. It is an elective course planned for those students desiring a more thorough understanding of music based on a knowledge of the techniques and skills involved in its structure. The course is conducted in a laboratory manner, with emphasis on listening, singing, writing, and harmonic analysis. Students may take this course as fall semester only. Meets graduation requirement.

Music History -- From Bach to Rock

(10th - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive look at music from the ancient Greek civilization through the music of today. The following areas will be examined: Music from Antiquity and Medieval Periods, Baroque and Classical, Romantic Era, Impressionist and Modern, Ragtime, Blues and Jazz, American Composers, Modern Composers, Pop and Contemporary composers. Meets graduation requirement.

Orchestra

(Subfreshman - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit - can enroll more than once)

Orchestra is open to any student at University Laboratory High School. The objectives are very similar to the ones listed for Mixed Chorus, with the only exception being that the orchestra studies representative literature from the orchestral (including separate wind and string literature when possible) genre. Orchestra may be taken multiple years. Meets graduation requirement.

Studio Art I

(1/2 unit)

(9th - 12th grade)

This project-based, hands-on course explores the following:

  • Introduction to principles of design, emphasizing composition
  • Drawing from observation, emphasizing linear perspective
  • Painting - ink wash and watercolor
  • Ceramics
  • Mythology - mixed media sculpture

The course may be repeated with permission of the instructor. Meets graduation requirement.

Two-dimensional Art

(9th - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

Prerequisite: Studio Art I or Permission of Instructor

Designed to build upon Art I experiences, this course would address mixed media drawing, painting, color theory, printmaking, and digital imaging. Contemporary and historical art practices will be addressed that relate to each unit. Critiques and presentations will help familiarize students with the vocabulary and concerns of the visual arts. The course may be repeated with permission of the instructor. Meets graduation requirement.

Three Dimensional Art

(9th - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

Prerequisite: Studio Art I or Permission of Instructor

This course is designed to provide a firm grounding in the rudiments of sculptural practice. Major media include ceramics, paper mache, found object art, assemblage, and model making. Figurative and architectural units are to be included but other units such as fiber, puppetry, craft art may change from session to session. Readings, slide presentations, discussions and critiques will provide context and grounding for projects. The course may be repeated with permission of the instructor. Meets graduation requirement.

Theatre Arts I

(10th - 12th grade)

(1/2 unit)

Theatre Arts I is an introductory course focusing on an actor’s approach to a role, including improvisation, scene and monologue work. This course will also cover personnel of the theatre and the elements of production, including make-up, costume, lighting and scene design. Internet research will be part of some assignments. Meets graduation requirement.

Stage Craft

(9th - 12th grade)

(1/2 Unit)

Students will learn and apply concepts of technical theatre. Tool safety and usage, set construction and scene painting, stage lighting and sound reinforcement and properties creation and collection. Meets graduation requirement.

Faculty

Lisa Evans (levans) teaches Studio Art 1, Two Dimensional Art, Three Dimensional Art, Art Exploration and Interrelated Arts. She earned her B.S. at Miami University, her M.B.A. at the University of Chicago, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chris Guyotte (guyotte) Teaches Theatre Arts 1 & 2, Film Study, Public Speaking, and Interrelated Arts. He also directs Uni’s Fine Arts Department theatrical productions and sponsors the International Thespian Society. Outside of Uni he is active with the local theatre community and teaches directing and acting workshops at festivals around the nation. He holds BA in Theatre Arts an M.A. in Theatre History from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in Directing from Wayne State University.

Rick Murphy (rgmurphy) teaches Music Theory, Interrelated Arts, Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Madrigals. He earned his B.F.A. at MacMurray College and his M.M.Ed. at Illinois State University.