All courses are electives and are full-year courses earning one credit.
Art 1 is an introductory class designed to give students a background for both understanding and producing quality visual art. This class follows a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum, as mandated by the Nevada Department of Education Standards for visual arts. Units in drawing on the right side of the brain, elements and principles of design, color theory, painting, multi-media and 3-D design will be covered.
In Art 2 technical skills will be refined by working from observation, judging proportion using sighting and referencing. Artwork will incorporate basic composition and perspective. Students will demonstrate the use of the elements and principles of design, study the historical context of art and develop their critiquing skills. Various drawing and painting materials and techniques will be used.
In this second year art course students will further develop their skills and techniques to create works with depth and volume. This course expands experiences in essential art fundamentals and applies learned principles for students contemplating continued art study. Various media will be incorporated to extend processes and techniques in drawing, painting, graphics, and art history.
Students will be asked to demonstrate a personal theme and will develop a higher level of ability through self-motivation and direction. Close teacher supervision and strong communication between student and teacher will be expected. Culmination of the 1st semester will have students submitting a portfolio and artist statements. Students will also submit artwork to the national Scholastic Arts Competition. This course is for the advanced student seeking further enrichment through personal expression and self-evaluation. A focus on community awareness in the visual arts will be stressed. Students will be able to display their work within their school environment through personal or group shows. Successful completion of both semesters of this 5-6 level course with a C or better qualifies for Honors credit.
This course offers a two and three dimensional exploration of art forms. Students will create art using the additive, subtractive and construction methods. Emphasis will be placed on quality, craftsmanship, creativity, and technical proficiency with new materials. Projects will incorporate the elements and principles of design, problem solving and critical thinking and evaluation of art. A variety of materials will be used to create art works.
Drawing 1 will introduce students to basic drawing techniques, such as sighting, proportion gridding and basic portraiture, and continue the use of the elements and principles of design from Art 1 and 2. A variety of subject matter, art history, and art currently being exhibited in important museums will be covered. This class will introduce students to a wide variety of drawing materials and “drawing” will be interpreted as a method of mark-making.
In Drawing 2 skills of drawing from observation will be explored. Students will learn to judge proportion using sighting and referencing. Drawings will incorporate basic composition and multi-point perspective. A variety of subject matter, art history, and art currently being exhibited in important museums will be covered. This class will introduce students to a wide variety of drawing materials and “drawing” will be interpreted as a method of mark-making. Evaluation skills will be developed through critique and analysis of famous works of art as well as the student’s own work through class discussions.
Students will concentrate on their individual creative concepts and work on pieces for their portfolio. In Drawing 3 students will learn basic portrait drawing. Students further develop their drawing skills and techniques to create drawings with depth and volume. Students will explore more advanced problems with emphasis on creative interpretation, developing ideas and exploring methods for personal expression. Drawing 4 will teach students how to draw the human figure. Students will study the structure and anatomy of the human form and learn proportion, volume, form and mass of the figure. Emphasis will be placed on expression and emotion.
Students will be introduced to and gain experience working in a variety of two and three dimensional media as well as develop an understanding of the elements and principals of design. Emphasis will be placed on quality, craftsmanship, creativity, as well as practice and skill technique with new materials. This class will stress creative expression, problem solving skills, historical and cultural information, aesthetic valuing, and connections to careers. Projects will be created in a variety of both two and three dimensions. The focus of the projects will be to make art that is useable, wearable and functional from mostly recycled materials. These projects could include jewelry, clothing such as hats and scarves, leather working such as wallets and belts, weaving such as pillows and rugs and scrapbooking with recycled library books.
Students will continue to gain experience working with three dimensional media. They will work with the elements and principals of design to create work which demonstrates quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Students will begin to develop the ability to assess and critique their own work and the work of others. Projects will be created using a variety of two and three dimensional media.
This is a basic course in vocal production, sight reading, music theory, and literature for mixed ensembles. The music chosen is fairly simple with more difficult material presented in the second semester. Students will receive a solid background in choir and will be prepared to audition for Chorale.
The music studied in this treble choir is at the intermediate level of difficulty. Many Honor Choir and All-State participants come from this group. Students work intensively on choral/vocal techniques and perform three concerts per year including a fall concert, a spring concert, and a festival for adjudication. Musical variety is emphasized. Students will learn to sight read moderately difficult music, utilize proper vocal techniques, and follow a director's verbal and non-verbal directions.
This course focuses on a variety of styles of music on a more difficult level. Extensive performances within the community will be encouraged. Choreography will highlight vocal selections.
This course is designed to provide instrumentalists with an experience in all aspects of the concert band technique. The Concert Band will consist of students who are at the beginner to intermediate levels and will perform music from the difficulty levels II to IV from the standard wind band repertoire. Exploration of various styles, theory, and techniques of concert band performance will be offered. Rehearsal will take place during the required classroom time. There will be additional time required for after school rehearsals prior to performances throughout the school year. Students who are a member of Concert Band are eligible to audition for the Washoe County and Nevada All-State Honor Bands and participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festivals. All members of the Concert Band will perform 3-4 concerts per year as well as for Band Festivals, assemblies, varsity football games, parades, and varsity basketball games.
This course is designed for the highest level of musicians and Reno High School. Each student will be auditioned in the Spring Semester to ensure proficiency on their instrument as well as a basic knowledge of Jazz Music. Students should have a mastery on their individual instrument: knowing scales and have a basic knowledge of improvisation. All students in the band program must read music. Private lessons are highly recommended for members in this ensemble, but not required. Members of the jazz band must also be enrolled in either Concert band or Wind Ensemble (with the exception of piano, bass, and guitar players ONLY). The main focus of the jazz band will be on jazz styles, articulation, all major and minor scales, modes, and advanced techniques on individual instruments. The jazz band performs at many concerts at Reno High, festivals both in and out of state, and numerous other gigs in and around the community. Flexibility and commitment are a must in this organization.
This course is designed to provide instrumentalists with an experience in all aspects of the modern wind band technique. The Wind Ensemble will consist of students who are at a playing level of upper intermediate to advanced levels and will perform music from the grade III-VI standard wind band repertoire. Exploration of various styles, theory, and techniques of wind instrument performance will be offered. Rehearsals will take place during required classroom time. There will be some limited time required for after school rehearsals prior to a performance throughout the school year. All members of the Wind Ensemble are eligible to audition and participate in the Washoe County and Nevada All-state Honor Bands and Solo Ensemble Festivals. All members of the Wind Ensemble will perform 3-4 concerts per year as well as for Band Festivals, assemblies, varsity football games, parades, and varsity basketball games.
This is Reno High School’s training ensemble designed to develop techniques and skills that allow students to become a part of the regular orchestra.
This is Reno High School’s performance ensemble for advanced orchestra. The prime objective of this course is the acquisition of music appreciation through performance. This group will give concerts during the year for the school and community.
Group instruction is for advanced string students only. Students must audition or be approved by the instructor. All concerts, performances and rehearsals are required and graded. Students will learn to function as an orchestra, improving ensemble skills and refining playing skills. Members are eligible to audition for HS Honor Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Festival and Reno Youth Symphonies.
Theater is a course designed to give students an introduction to all the various aspects of theater including, but not limited to pantomime, monologue work, history, technical theater and scene work. Students will work individually, in pairs and small groups.
This course is designed to further the student’s knowledge in theater. Students will explore acting, directing, producing, and all other areas of technical theater. Students will produce one short play per semester for an audience in the evening. All students are required to participate.