MS Visual and Performing Arts

Grade 6

Students will take a trimester of:

Art 6: In Art 6, students will explore media and techniques that will enable them to gain confidence and independence in art-making. Students will work on a Visual Journal that will follow them throughout the trimester; this journal provides an outlet for students to experiment without fear of the results. Throughout this trimester, students will have fun, learn new materials and new artists, and produce work that exceeds their expectations! At the end of the year, each student will have the opportunity to showcase one artwork during the 2nd - 7th art show.

AND (in addition to Art 6)

Students will take a year-long course in one of the following:

Chorus: Students learn a varied repertoire which includes folk, classical, pop, jazz and multicultural music. They also perform in several concerts throughout the year. Chorus meets two times a week.

OR

Band: The 6th/7th Band courses are open to students who have engaged in study for a period of time on a band instrument and who can demonstrate a basic level of proficiency. In certain instances, students may also begin study on an instrument. The class will focus on development of ensemble skills and attainment of intermediate instrumental objectives. Band groups meet two times per week. Members of the group will be expected to take a weekly lesson with a private instructor. Bullis provides a private lesson program as a resource for students who do not have a current private instructor or for those who choose to participate. Financial aid is available in our lesson program for families who qualify for Bullis financial aid.

OR

Strings: The 6th/7th Strings courses are open to students who have engaged in study for a period of time on an orchestral string instrument and who can demonstrate a basic level of proficiency. The class will focus on development of ensemble skills and attainment of intermediate instrumental objectives. String groups meet two times per week. Members of the group will be expected to take a weekly lesson with a private instructor. Bullis provides a private lesson program as a resource for students who do not have a current private instructor or for those who choose to participate. Financial aid is available in our lesson program for families who qualify for Bullis financial aid.

OR

Theater 6: This all-encompassing introduction to theater arts will serve new young artists as they take their first steps towards understanding "the basics" of theater. We will cover the core components of the theater machine: acting, directing, playwriting, and technical theater. By understanding the inner workings of these concepts and practices, we will also expand our knowledge of theater history. Young artists will also be introduced to performing, the nuance of play production, and a deep well of improvisational exercises and games. This course will provide the strong foundation to continue a pursuit of the arts, while enhancing other non-arts skills such as public speaking, the ability to collaborate with others, and the criticism.

Grade 7

Students will take a trimester of:

Art 7: Art 7 is a single trimester course which expands on skills learned in Art 6, encouraging experimentation in addition to craftsmanship. Students will keep a mixed media visual journal, create a ceramic sculpture, and learn to draw in perspective. For each unit, students will learn new skills and techniques, have an opportunity to practice those techniques, and then be expected to create a personal artwork that meets set criteria. At the end of the year, each student will have the opportunity to showcase one artwork during the 2nd - 7th art show.

AND (in addition to Art 7)

Students will take a year-long course in one of the following:

Chorus: The 7th Grade Chorus meets two times per week and focuses on music reading skills, vocal technique, and ensemble musicianship. A varied repertoire includes folk, classical, pop, jazz, and multicultural music.

OR

Band: The 6th/7th Band courses are open to students who have engaged in study for a period of time on a band instrument and who can demonstrate a basic level of proficiency. In certain instances, students may also begin study on an instrument. The class will focus on development of ensemble skills and attainment of intermediate instrumental objectives. Band groups meet two times per week. Members of the group will be expected to take a weekly lesson with a private instructor. Bullis provides a private lesson program as a resource for students who do not have a current private instructor or for those who choose to participate. Financial aid is available in our lesson program for families who qualify for Bullis financial aid.

OR

Strings: The 6th/7th Strings courses are open to students who have engaged in study for a period of time on an orchestral string instrument and who can demonstrate a basic level of proficiency. The class will focus on development of ensemble skills and attainment of intermediate instrumental objectives. String groups meet two times per week. Members of the group will be expected to take a weekly lesson with a private instructor. Bullis provides a private lesson program as a resource for students who do not have a current private instructor or for those who choose to participate. Financial aid is available in our lesson program for families who qualify for Bullis financial aid.

OR

Theater 7: Theater 7 builds on the previous year and begins to focus on interpretation and performance as students gain more in-depth understanding of theatrical elements, principles, and conventions and develop their acting skills. Students will be involved in a stage production, focusing on both on and off stage activities. Emphasis is placed on concentration and other skills which helps students gain self-confidence. Student will have opportunities to participate in a variety of classroom presentations which will help gain an awareness and appreciation of self, others, and the surrounding environment through the use of imagination, movement, and verbal skills.

OR

Dance: Designed for dancers at a variety of levels, students will build dance skills and fundamentals. Dancers will further investigate, critique, analyze, perform, and create dance while refining technique.

Grade 8

The eighth grade arts program at Bullis is designed to allow for an experience of greater depth in a primary area and additional study in a secondary area. Students will choose one Major and one Minor and will commit to each of these courses for the academic year. This structure will preserve the overall time allotted for the arts but allow an element of choice and greater focus on areas of interest. We will do our best to accommodate and honor student requests.

Course Descriptions: Majors

Acting: The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the art of acting. More specifically, it allows students to recognize their own personal responses to the environment, specific emotions or a given situation, and utilize these reactions in creating individual and unique characters. Students will learn to make creative, actable and quality choices based on increased self-awareness and universal understanding. This class will develop both vocal and physical awareness through sensory and emotional responses. Using improvisation, monologues, scene work and script analysis, students will learn to communicate an understanding of their own experiences and empathy for both peers and people in worlds beyond their own.

Band: This class is designed to help students progress toward the attainment of intermediate and advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion objectives. The emphasis is on the concept of ensemble playing and the repertoire will encompass a range of musical styles. Band will also include opportunities to learn improvisatory and compositional skills. Members of the ensemble will be expected to take a weekly lesson with a private instructor.

Choir: Choir is a mixed vocal ensemble devoted to the study and performance of music from a wide range of traditions. The course emphasizes learning to express and respond to different musical styles and on developing sensitivity to the relationship between harmonized vocal lines. The curriculum also focuses on developing vocal technique, expanding vocal range and cultivating ensemble skills. Singers will work to improve sight-reading, sight-singing, basic ear training and part-singing skills.

Dance: This course is designed for students who have had some dance background. Students will have the opportunity to further explore and practice the principles of dance technique, improvisation, and composition, working toward developing awareness, freedom, and control in the use of the body as an instrument of expression. Students learn and reinforce basic technical skills and creative aspects relative to a variety of dance styles. Technical expertise and artistic expression are enhanced through reflective practice, study, and evaluation of one's own work. Students focus on building the skills of coordination, balance, body alignment, flexibility, strength, endurance, musical awareness, phrasing, precision, and rhythmic accuracy.

Strings: This class is designed to help students progress toward the attainment of intermediate and advanced string objectives. The emphasis is on the concept of ensemble playing and the repertoire will encompass a range of musical styles. Members of the ensemble will be expected to take a weekly lesson with a private instructor.

Visual Art: Visual Art is an advanced level course for 8th grade students who have a passion for art-making. During this class, students will be challenged to learn advanced 2D and 3D techniques and material manipulation. Students will also come up with original ideas and execute them with a high level of craftsmanship. Part of the year will be devoted to learning intensive processes as a group, and part will be for developing student's personal artwork. Students will be expected to find inspiration through contemporary artists, plan and experiment, and produce high quality work. During the spring, student work will be displayed in the 8th Grade Art Show.

Course Descriptions: Minors

Acting: The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the art of acting. More specifically, it allows students to recognize their own personal responses to the environment, specific emotions or a given situation, and utilize these reactions in creating individual and unique characters. Students will learn to make creative, actable and quality choices based on increased self-awareness and universal understanding. This class will develop both vocal and physical awareness through sensory and emotional responses. Using improvisation, monologues, scene work and script analysis, students will learn to communicate an understanding of their own experiences and empathy for both peers and people in worlds beyond their own.

Dance: This course is designed for students who have had little or no dance background. Students have the opportunity to explore and practice the principles of dance technique, improvisation, and composition, working toward developing awareness, freedom, and control in the use of the body as an instrument of expression. Students learn basic technical skills and creative aspects relative to a variety of dance styles. Technical expertise and artistic expression are enhanced through reflective practice, study, and evaluation of one's own work. Students focus on building the skills of coordination, balance, body alignment, flexibility, strength, endurance, musical awareness, phrasing, precision, and rhythmic accuracy.

Sculpture and Printmaking: Sculpture and Printmaking is a two-trimester course for students interested in working with sculptural and printing mediums. Students will learn ceramic skills, explore printmaking, create found object sculptures, and build a life-sized replica of a shoe ... entirely out of masking tape! For each unit, students will learn basic skills and techniques, and then be expected to apply that knowledge to their individual artwork with a high level of craftsmanship. During the spring your work will be displayed in the 8th Grade Art Show.

Technical Theater: Students in Technical Theater will gain insider's look at what it takes to bring theatrical entertainment into being with a unique "behind-the-scenes" perspective. The course will touch on a range of topics: script analysis, scenic design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, stagecraft, and history. Students will have the opportunity to work both individually and in groups, as well as have hands-on backstage experience.



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