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 students with little to no prior musical training the opportunity to learn to play a band instrument. While first term focuses on music literacy and playing fundamentals on all wind and percussion instruments, second and third terms focus on performance preparation culminating in concerts in front of audiences. Playing fundamentals are continually taught and reinforced throughout the school year. Course topics include music reading, tone production, hand and stick control, and articulation. Required after-school concerts include the Christmas concert, a concert at the end of second term, and a concert at the end of third term. Instruments available for study are brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone), and percussion (snare, marimba, timpani). All instruments are provided by the school.
  • Concert Band (FA131-133: Grades 7-9)

    This three-term course is designed to provide continued learning experiences at the intermediate level. It is intended for the incoming 7th grader who has previous band experience. Emphasis is on expanded repertoire at the Grade 2 level as specified by the Georgia Music Educators Association, technical fluency and tone production, and ensemble opportunities that include solos, duos, trios, and full band. One outside performance is required per term.
  • Marching Band (FA121: Grades 8-12)

    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 7-9)

    This three-term ensemble is designed to provide a musical outlet for the more advanced instrumental musician at the Middle School level. Emphasis is on expanded repertoire at the Grade 3 level as specified by the Georgia Music Educators Association, technical fluency and tone production, and ensemble opportunities that include solos, duos, trios, and full band. 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 9-12)

    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. FA162 (Winter Term) is an excellent outlet for serious musical performance in the classical, contemporary, and experimental music idioms. FA163 (Spring Term) is an exploration of film score, pop music, and jazz. Outside performances are required.
  • Commercial Music Ensemble (FA171: Grades 9-12)

    Commercial Music Ensemble focuses solely on student performance skills. This one-term course emphasizes skills including individual preparation, confidence, proficiency on the student's instrument of choice, and listening. Commercial Music Ensemble is open to intermediate and advanced players and singers, and beginners are encouraged to seek out instruction on their instrument of choice. Due to the fast-paced nature of this student-driven course, mismatches in skill levels are discouraged, but not prohibited. Students who feel less confident on their instruments are still invited to be in the class and will be expected to work with the instructor.

Choral Courses

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  • Girls Chorus (FA201: Grade 7)

    This three-term course is composed entirely of younger female voices and designed for those girls who demonstrate a beginning to moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. During the course of the year, the girls will develop reading music at sight, many varying music theory concepts such as dynamics, rhythm, note names, and singing in two- and three-parts. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, and Spring Concerts in addition to the Sacred Choral Concert in February.

    This course fulfills the first year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Boys Chorus (FA203: 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 year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and 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 to early advanced level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic, accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Continued study of music theory concepts such as tempi, cut time, compound meter, and rhythmic and melodic dictation are provided. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, and Spring Concerts in addition to the Sacred Choral Concert in February.

    This course fulfills the second year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Advanced Boys Chorus (FA207: 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 course fulfills the second year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Chorale (FA241-243: Grades 9-12)

    This one-, two-, or three-term course is designed for those high school students with moderate ability in vocal skills and music reading. Music sight-reading and tonal production are a main focus for the term as is octavo preparation for concerts. The ensemble sings SATB, SSA, and TTBB throughout the year in the many performances which include the Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts.
  • Chamber Chorus (FA252-253: Grades 11-12, plus Grades 9-10 by audition)

    This one- or two-term course is designed for students with the highest level of vocal skill and music reading. Exposure to advanced and divisi literature and a cappella singing will be taught throughout the year.
  • Honors Marist Singers (FA261-263: Grades 9-12 by audition only)

    Honors credit for Marist Singers is earned every term that a student is enrolled in, and selected by audition from, Chorale (FA241-243) or Chamber Chorus (FA252-253). Marist Singers is a yearlong commitment. Marist Singers must enroll in Chorale or Chamber Chorus for at least one term during the school year. Additionally, students are expected to attend Tuesday and Friday morning rehearsals before school.
    The ensemble studies and performs vocal jazz repertoire and must devote adequate time at home for music preparation. Marist Singers performs at the Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts, as well as at Open House and other off-campus events. Auditions take place in May for the following school year.

    Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Audition in May of the previous school year. Required enrollment for a minimum of one term in Chorale (FA241-243) and Chamber Chorus (FA252-253).
  • 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.

    This course may be repeated for elective credit.

Dance Courses

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  • Dance Technique (FA417: Grades 7-12)

    This class explores the technique associated with the main genres of studio dance: ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. It is open to both males and females, and students who take the class should be prepared to move through warm ups, across the floor combinations, and extended dance sequences. To the best of the teacher’s ability, classes will be grouped by students’ dance backgrounds and whether or not they have taken the course before. Thus, the class is open to a full range of dancers, from beginner to advanced, and the class will meet the level of each individual dancer. 

    The course can be repeated for elective credit.

Drama Courses

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  • Drama/Speech (FA416: Grades 7-8)

    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.
  • 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
  • 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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  • Beginning Ceramics 7-8 (FA315: Grades 7-8)

    This one-term elective is an introductory-level ceramics class that will focus on teaching students the fundamentals of using clay as a medium. Not only will students learn the essentials of the ceramic firing process, but students will also create a portfolio of hand-built projects that cover a variety of techniques. This course will cover the following methods: Slab Building, Pinch Pots, Coil Building.
  • Studio Experience (FA317: Grades 7-8)

    This course is designed to introduce students to the elements and principles of design through hands-on approaches to two-dimensional and three-dimensional art making. The students will learn how to function as an independent art student in that space. Students will develop art-making strategies and a visual communication vocabulary by exploring a variety of two-dimensional art-making processes. Additionally, students will learn to articulate their understanding of art through open discussions and critiques. Students will be challenged to create their own personal work and find creative solutions to visual problems.
  • Beginning Ceramics (FA341: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term elective is an introductory-level ceramics class that will focus on teaching students the fundamentals of using clay as a medium. Not only will students learn the essentials of the ceramic firing process, but students will also create a portfolio of hand-built projects that cover a variety of techniques. This course will cover the following methods: Slab Building, Pinch Pots, Coil Building.
  • 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 9-12)

    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.
  • Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA347: Grades 10-12)

    Students learn to paint from observations and are exposed to painting and drawing ideas from both historical and contemporary contexts. Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic paint is used for assignments. Some out-of-class drawing and painting is required.

    Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing and Painting (FA346)
  • 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: Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA346 and FA347) or by approval of the instructor
  • Introduction to Photography (FA361: Grades 10-12)

    This beginner-level studio art course will focus on developing an understanding of the 35 mm film camera, the dark room, and the history of photography. Students will be given a variety of projects that focus on learning how to use their cameras effectively to create quality prints. Though primarily focused on technique, students will be asked to push themselves in creating meaningful images. These images will be presented at the end of each project in a critique, as well as at the end of the term when they present a final portfolio. Each critique gives students the opportunity to display their knowledge of the artistic language they have acquired in this class as well as previous art classes. 
  • Architectural Drawing and History (FA 350: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course is designed to introduce students to both the basic historical language (vocabulary and syntax) of architecture and the drafting skills necessary to understand the principles of that language. Lectures will be followed by field experiences and studio practice. Field experiences will require students to record their observations of architecture through written descriptions, photographs, and sketchbook drawings. Studio sessions are designed to further establish an understanding of concepts learned through a series of more ambitious architectural renderings. Students will be required to purchase a moleskin sketchbook and the assigned architectural drawing kit (includes architectural ruler, erasing shield, pencil set, and erasers).
  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (FA375: Grades 11-12)

    Students will spend the term reading aloud Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, a book reflecting upon the American Dream and race. It is both an autobiographical coming-of-age novel (bildungsroman) and a thinly veiled examination (roman a clef) of many aspects of American history. Unlocking the novel involves a deep understanding of African American history, the Bible, material culture, mainstream and Black American literary traditions, formal and vernacular language, family stories, mythology and folk traditions, paternalism, colonialism, art history, music, beliefs about progress and technology, psychology, and feminist gaze theory. Plus, this Surrealist novel, considered to be one of the great American books, uses humor and word-play to create a comic-tragic story that becomes something of a sequel to Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Since so much of the novel takes place in New York City, most years the class walks in the footsteps of the Invisible Man from Harlem to Centre Street.

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 equips students with active listening skills as well as written musical skills through an analysis and application of the grammar of Western music. Music theory is taught through dissection of melody and harmony. Students will develop aural skills including sight singing, active listening, and melodic and harmonic dictation. Students will learn how to dissect many different musical examples with music theory fundamentals. This course is intended to prepare all students for the AP Music Theory Exam regardless of musical talent.

    Prerequisite: Students must possess rudimentary music reading skills to be eligible for the course. The ability to match pitch when singing is highly encouraged, but not required for admission into the course.
  • AP Studio Art (FA903: Grades 11-12)

    This Advanced Placement course prepares students to submit a 15-piece portfolio to the AP College Board and Educational Testing Services. The three portfolios are Art and Design, Painting and Drawing, and 3D Design.

    Students will advance their drawing, painting, and 3D design skills and expand their visual communication vocabulary by exploring a variety of drawing, painting, and 3D design processes, depending on what portfolio is chosen by the student as well as compositional and aesthetic concepts. This inquiry-driven portfolio course will require students to work independently and without the formal structure of a traditional studio course. However, there will be assignments to drive them towards their sustained investigation. The students accept personal responsibility for their artistic growth and portfolio needs. Other instruction will take place in the form of individual critiques, readings, discussions, and process demonstrations. Instruction is individualized to meet each student’s needs.

    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor is required.

Fine Arts Department

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  • Photo of Michael Bieze

    Dr. Michael Bieze 

    Fine Arts Chair
  • Photo of Sharon Coheley

    Mrs. Sharon Coheley 

    Teacher & Choral Director
  • Photo of Mark Craddock

    Mr. Mark Craddock 

    Teacher & Band Director
  • Photo of Jennifer Hogan

    Ms. Jennifer Tharp Hogan 92

    Dance Instructor & Company Program Director
  • Photo of Adam Howarth

    Mr. Adam Howarth 

    Technical Director
  • Photo of Timothy Johnson

    Mr. Timothy Johnson 

    Teacher
  • Photo of Eric McNaughton

    Mr. Eric McNaughton 90

    Theater Director & Teacher
  • Photo of Aaron Schmitt

    Mr. Aaron Schmitt 

    Assistant Band Director
  • Photo of Lauren Sleat

    Ms. Lauren Sleat 

    Teacher
  • Photo of Hope Smith

    Mrs. Hope Smith 

    Teacher

Marist School

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Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
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An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers