Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Through the diverse experiences offered by Marist’s fine arts curriculum, each student’s life will be enriched intellectually, spiritually, and technically. Operating within this framework of head, heart, and hand, the Fine Arts Department plays an essential role in making each student’s schooling integrated through the aesthetic experience.

First, from the intellectual dimension the student will learn the particular language of a medium, learning to communicate in that language, to articulate concepts, and to develop a critical vocabulary for assessment.

Second, the student will be enriched spiritually by developing character, valuing other cultures through a study of their artistic productions, and knowing through the heart how the sacred may be expressed through images, sounds, movements, and spaces.

Finally, the student will learn that a technical facility in the arts often leads to life-long pursuits, greater understanding of a medium, and the joy experienced through the process of creating.

Band Courses

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  • Beginning Band (FA117: Grades 7-9)

    This yearlong course offers the beginning band student the opportunity to learn to play a band instrument on the introductory level. Term 1 focuses on the theory and techniques of brass, woodwind, and percussion playing. Topics include note and rhythm reading, tone production, embouchure, and hand control. Term 2 begins the study of ensemble music playing, and term 3 offers performance opportunities. One outside concert per term is required. Instruments available for study are brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), woodwind (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone), and percussion (snare, marimba, tympani). Instruments are provided.
  • Concert Band (FA131-133: Grades7-9)

    This three-term course is designed to provide continued learning experiences at the intermediate level. Emphasis is on expanded repertoire, technical fluency, and tone production. One outside performance is required per term.
  • Commercial Music Ensemble (FA171: Grades 7-12)

    Commercial Music Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to obtain an understanding of music performance. To reinforce this understanding, the course will cover topics such as formal analysis, music theory, individual part preparation, and integration of individual parts into the ensemble.
  • Introduction to Music Technology (FA148: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course will introduce the concepts of music technology and its use in current music production methods. Students will manipulate MIDI protocol and create multi-track compositions and song accompaniments using sequencing software. Students will also analyze formal elements of music and learn correct operational techniques for sound reinforcement systems. Students will explore acoustics, audio recording and its applications, music theory, and other music-related topics as they implement current technology.
  • Marching Band (FA121: Grades 7-12)

    This one-term course is composed of a group of students known collectively as the Marist War Eagle Marching Band. The course requires extensive after-school rehearsals as well as performances at all football games and at several competitions and parades during the season. Wind instruments and percussion meet together for music preparation during class and are joined by color guard groups in the afternoons. Attendance at a one-week summer band camp is required (fee to be announced annually). Marching Band is a Fall Varsity letter sport.
  • Symphonic Band (FA151-153: Grades 7-11)

    This three-term ensemble is designed to provide a musical outlet for the more advanced instrumental musician. The band performs music in a variety of compositional styles and participates in various contests and festivals throughout the year. At least one outside performance is required per term.
  • Wind Ensemble (FA162-163: Grades 10-12)

    This two-term ensemble, offered during the winter and spring terms each year, is the most advanced instrumental performance ensemble at Marist. The band performs both on and off campus at a variety of functions, contests, and festivals as well as in conjunction with the Marist Chorale. The group is an excellent outlet for serious musical performance in the classical, contemporary, and experimental music idioms. Outside performances are required.

Choral Courses

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  • Blue Chorus (FA211: Grade 7)

    This three-term course is designed for 7th grade male students demonstrating a beginning to moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts. This class fulfills the first half of the 7/8 grade music requirement.

    This course must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Gold Chorus (FA213: Grade 8)

    This three-term course is designed for 8th grade male students demonstrating a moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts. This class fulfills the second half of the 7/8 grade music requirement.

    This course must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Girls Chorus (FA201: Grade 7)

    This three-term course is composed entirely of younger female voices. It is designed for girls who demonstrate a beginning to moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. Singing in unison and two-parts, vocal technique, sight singing, and music reading are developed. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts.

    This course must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Advanced Girls Chorus (FA205: Grade-8)

    This three-term course is designed for 8th grade female students demonstrating a moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts. This class fulfills the second half of the 7/8 grade music requirement.

    This course must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Concert Choir (FA 231-233: Grades 9-10)

    This one, two or three-term course is designed for those students who have moderate ability in vocal skills and music reading. Performances will be the Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts along with a performance-based trip in the spring
  • Chamber Chorus (FA222-223: Grades 10-12)

    This two-term course is designed for students with the highest level of vocal skill and music reading. Performances are many and include the Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts plus the Sing-Off performance in the early spring. Students will be auditioned from the membership of Chamber Chorus to be members of the Marist Singers, Trio, and Quartet.
  • Chorale (FA241-243: Grades 11-12)

    This one, two or three-term course is designed for students who have more advanced ability in vocal skills and music reading. Performances are many and include the Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts plus the Sing-Off performance in early spring. Students will be auditioned from the membership of Chorale to be members of the Marist Singers, Trio, and Quartet.

Dance Courses

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  • Dance Technique (FA417)

    This is a one-term elective that is open to students who are interested in improving their skills in the area of dance and movement.

    Open to seventh through twelfth grade students.

Drama Courses

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  • Drama A: Basic Drama (FA441: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course is an introduction to the basic elements of acting and stagecraft. Scene studies, monologues, and improvisation are included.
  • Drama B: Intermediate Drama (FA442: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course is a continued study of acting techniques through improvisation, stage movement, and character interpretation. Advanced scene studies are included.

    Prerequisite: Drama A
  • Drama C: Student Directing (FA443: Grade 12)

    This one-term course is designed for students with acting experience who are interested in receiving instruction in the fundamentals of directing and producing a dramatic production. The student director will assist the instructor.

    Prerequisites: Drama A and Drama B
  • Drama/Speech (FA416: Grades 7-9)

    This one-term course introduces students to drama, speech, and oral interpretation with emphasis on developing speaking abilities and gaining stage presence. Activities include public speaking, improvisation, role playing, and scene studies. Students perform individually and in groups.
  • Theater Production (FA445: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course introduces the student to the specifics of technical theater production. Classwork is supplemented with practical experience producing the fall theater productions requiring participation in afternoon rehearsals and performances (late Sept. & early Nov.). The course covers the basics of audio engineering for musicals and audio editing, lighting technology and design, scenic construction and painting, and stage management. There are opportunities for students who are interested in performance as well as technical theater. This course is 30% lecture and 70% hands on experience.

Visual Arts Courses

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  • Art: Forms and Design (FA311: Grades 7-8; FA331: Grades 9-12)

    A one-term foundation course for the visual arts, this class covers the elements and principals of design and color theory. It provides an opportunity for students at all levels of ability to develop their skills and interests in art through a wide range of art media. It is the prerequisite to all visual art courses. Students must furnish some basic materials.
  • Beginning Ceramics (FA341: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course focuses on making clay objects using the handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab building. Students will explore various approaches to decorating clay forms, including stamping, colored slips, and basic glazing techniques.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Intermediate Ceramics (FA342: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course introduces the student to throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will learn to throw basic bowl and cylinder forms as well as the augmentations of pulled handles and trimmed feet.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Advanced Ceramics (FA343: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course will allow the student to explore more advanced issues and aesthetics using their choice of construction techniques (or combined techniques). Projects will emphasize a problem-solving and an individual approach to creating work. Basic glaze chemistry is introduced.
  • Beginning Drawing and Painting (FA346: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of drawing in a variety of media. It is a prerequisite for further studies in drawing and painting.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA347: Grades10-12)

    This one-term course offers a comprehensive examination of the fundamentals of painting language. Students learn to paint from observations and are exposed to painting ideas from both historical and contemporary contexts. Acrylic paint is used for assignments. Some out-of-class painting is required.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting (FA348: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course is for the student with special interests and aptitude for two-dimensional art work. Independent project work is required in this class.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Introduction to Photography (FA361: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course is an introduction to the use of the camera, basic darkroom skills, and the history of the medium. A 35mm SLR camera is provided, and students must furnish their own film and photo paper. 
  • 3-D Design (FA345: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course introduces three-dimensional design as a way of thinking about art. Students work in a variety of media, including but not limited to, wood, paper, foam core, cardboard, textiles, and found materials. Projects help students develop a concept of form in three dimensions and understand the relationship between materials and expression. The class prepares students to explore more specific forms of three-dimensional art, such as sculpture and architecture.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (FA542: Grade 11-12)

    Students will spend the term reading Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. At the center of the novel is the human mind of the Invisible Man, a mind constantly trying to learn and understand as it encounters outside of itself the world through the five senses This class, which approaches literature through material culture, is about those things---the visual, aural, tasted, smelled, and touched parts of the world experienced by the Invisible Man. In the gap between the mind and the world, these things shift in meaning as they are interpreted through the lenses of historiography, the veil of race, religious views, concepts and marketing of high and low culture, literary traditions, formal and vernacular language, family stories, mythology and folk traditions, paternalism, colonialism, art history, music, beliefs about progress and technology, waking and dreaming, and the varying interpretations of the American Dream.

Advanced Placement Courses

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  • AP Art History (FA902: Grades 11-12)

    This three-term course is intended to provide students with a challenging, college-level, global survey of art history and prepare students for the Advanced Placement History of Art Examination. Museum visits are required. Throughout the year, students will learn how to make meaningful cross cultural connections, conduct research using art as a primary resource, develop visual literacy, understand aesthetics from different cultural frameworks, and learn how to analyze works of art in terms of formalism, function, content, and context. The Advanced Placement (AP) Examination is required in May (fee to be announced annually).
  • AP Music Theory (FA901: Grades 11-12)

    This three-term course is intended to provide the serious music student with an opportunity to study the mechanics of musical form, structure, and style. The subject matter includes music fundamentals, music notation, elements of rhythm, melody and harmony, aural training and sight singing, basic compositional and harmonic techniques, and analysis of musical examples. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Music Theory. The Advanced Placement (AP) Examination is required in May (fee to be announced annually).
  • AP Studio Art (FA903: Grades 11-12)

    This three-term course is intended to provide the advanced visual art student with an opportunity to create a body of independent work based on a chosen concentration. Summer work is required to prepare for this course. This may include taking an art class at another institution, summer studio art assignments, and reading/writing assignments. AP students are expected to be independently motivated and to commit a substantial number of out-of-class hours to AP coursework throughout the year. The course prepares students to submit the Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art portfolio (fee to be announced annually).

Fine Arts Department

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Marist School

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An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers