Fine Arts

Graduation requirements

1-2 credit(s) of Fine Art 

Art Theater + Film Band Music Resource Center
Marginalized Gestures Throughout Visual Culture

Experiments with Materials and Techniques

Concepts in Video and Sound

Images in the Digital Age

IB Visual Art - Year 1,2

Queen’s Men Acting Studio

Study of Film 1

Study of Film 2

Study of Film 3

Pep Band

Drumline

Piano

Electronic Media

Music Production

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COURSES

Art
Marginalized Gestures Throughout Visual Cultures
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course 
Credit: 1 fine arts credit

In this introductory art course, students will be encouraged to investigate the history of visual culture from indigenous origins through various modern and contemporary appropriations.  Students will design, construct, and discuss projects engaging ideas of multiculturalism, semiotics, and appropriation through dynamic projects and focused critique.

Experiments with Materials and Techniques
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course 
Credit: 1 full fine arts credit

Students must have had Marginalized Gestures Throughout Visual Culture to take this course. Experiments with Materials and Techniques is a second-level course where students will focus on experimenting with the traditional materials and foundational techniques surrounding the production of visual culture. Students will examine and apply ancient tools, systems, and techniques to express their relationship to contemporary issues through thoughtful projects. 

Images in the Digital Age
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: 1st Semester Course
Credit: .5 fine arts credit

Students must have had Marginalized Gestures Throughout Visual Culture and Experiments and Experiments in Materials and Techniques or an approved equivalent.  This course is capped at 15 students due to camera availability.

Images in the Digital Age gives students the opportunity to explore the boundaries of digital image-making via digital photography, photo manipulation, and contemporary forms of dissemination, such as small books, DIY zines, and posters. Discussions surrounding the saturation and meanings of digital imagery in our culture will be inspired by the work produced in the course, a small series of focused readings, critical writing, and visiting art professionals. Students will use devices ranging from prosumer digital SLR cameras, Polaroid cameras, photocopiers, and the darkroom for developing photograms. 

Concepts in Video and Sound
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: 2nd Semester course
Credit: .5 fine arts credit

Students must have had Marginalized Gestures Throughout Visual Culture and Experiments in Materials and Techniques or an approved equivalent. This course is capped at 15 students due to camera availability.  

Concepts in Video and Sound will act as the second part of Images in the Digital Age. Students will explore the origins of social media through the historical arc of video and sound art.  Rigorous readings, writings, and techniques will provide a foundation for students to build a working knowledge of video and sound as they work to generate a serious multimedia body of work.  Museum and gallery visits along with critiques and discussions with guest artists will allow students to have a tactile relationship with this challenging medium.

IB Visual Art Year 1
Academic Pathway: IB
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 fine art credit

In the IB visual art class, students will make a two-year commitment to engaging critical theory, conventional and unconventional materials, and a diverse set of techniques and approaches to create a serious body of art that will reflect an internalization of spirit, self, and empathy.

During the first year of this course, students will respond to a spectrum of prompts that will touch on the origins of visual language and how that language has been developed over time and by a diverse spectrum of cultures. Students will take these experiences and apply them to their independent studies as they create a personal body of work that embodies the core of their studies.

IB Visual Art Year 2
Academic Pathway: IB
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 fine art credit

IB Visual Art HL: Representation and Non-Representation in Art and Society is a rigorous two-year course in which students will be challenged with exploring the ideas of representation and non-representation through a range of traditional and non-traditional materials, techniques, art theories, social criticisms, and philosophy. What separates this particular course from other visual arts courses offered at the Castle is the technical and conceptual depth with which we will be exploring “your” art practice as it relates to historical and contemporary art practices from around the world. Through reading, writing, and research you will be tasked with creating a large body of work that will possess a concept born out of the personal relationship you craft with the course’s content.

Theater + Film
Queen’s Men Acting Studio
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full fine art credit
Prerequisite- Audition

In this interactive course, we will delve into the techniques needed to be a successful stage performer by learning and performing 2 separate stage shows over the course of the year.  2 of these shows will be performed during the school day and two will be full stage productions performed over the course of a weekend.   Whether you are a seasoned performer or have always wanted to get on stage, this is the class for budding performers.  Each student in this class will perform in all performances. 

No experience necessary, but an audition is required to be accepted into the class along with adherence to an attendance policy. If a student has more than 5 unexcused absences for the semester they will be removed from the performance side of the class and given alternate assignments for the rest of the semester. Students will be re-evaluated at the end of the semester to see if they can remain in the class for the following semester.

Film Study 1
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: Year-long course
Credit: 1 full fine art credit

“The point is not to avoid all Bad Movies, but to avoid being a Bad Moviegoer.” The focus of this class is to learn about the processes of making a film and the language that the filmmakers use to express their ideas. Through lectures, projects, and research we will define what cinema is, learn the basic film language, and dissect the works of some of the great directors. Throughout the class, we will also analyze 15 feature-length films including but not limited to Ready Player One, The Black Panther, Rango, Schindler’s List, Kubo, and The Two Strings. 

All students will need a parent to sign a waiver that allows you to watch certain R-Rated films in the class and will adhere to an attendance policy. If a student has more than 5 unexcused absences for the semester they will not be eligible to watch the full films as scheduled but will rather complete an alternate essay for the rest of the semester. Students will be re-evaluated at the end of the semester to see if they can remain in the class for the following semester.

Film Study 2
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: Year-long course
Credit: 1 full fine art credit
Prerequisite: Film Study 1, Instructor Permission

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall??  Practice, practice, practice.” As a continuation of everything learned in Film Study 1, the format of this class will be discussion-based as we watch and dissect 15 feature-length movies including but not limited to The Godfather, The Shining, Inception, Beetlejuice and Shawshank Redemption. Students will also learn basic special-effect makeup techniques, analyze Jurassic Park from book to screen, and analyze Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse from comic to screen.  

All students will need a parent to sign a waiver that allows you to watch certain R-Rated films in the class and will adhere to an attendance policy. If a student has more than 5 unexcused absences for the semester they will not be eligible to watch the full films as scheduled but will rather complete an alternate essay for the rest of the semester. Students will be re-evaluated at the end of the semester to see if they can remain in the class for the following semester.

Film Study 3
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 fine art credit
Prerequisite: Film Study 2, Instructor Permission

“Lights, Camera, Action!” As a culmination of everything learned in Film Study 1 & 2, the class will be divided into 2 sections: Film Analysis and Film Production.  In Film Analysis, we will be covering topics such as “Based on a True Story,” The Movie Trilogy, and Song and Symbolism.  In Film Production we will be creating all original content for Purcell Marian and starting a Youtube channel. All students will rotate between the 5 major film production jobs as we create over 10 pieces of original content. Throughout the class, we will also analyze 15 feature-length films including but not limited to The Scream Trilogy, Remember the Titans, Across the Universe, Godfather Part 2, and 9 Best Picture Nominees. 

All students will need a parent to sign a waiver that allows you to watch certain R-Rated films in the class and will adhere to an attendance policy. If a student has more than 5 unexcused absences for the semester they will not be eligible to watch the full films as scheduled but will rather complete an alternate essay for the rest of the semester. Students will be re-evaluated at the end of the semester to see if they can remain in the class for the following semester.

Band
Pep Band
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 fine art credit

Students will learn to play, read music, and perform on a traditional band instrument. The band will require no previous experience, and students will be taught what they need to know from the ground up. Students will be taught musical skills that will last a lifetime. These skills can transfer to a college athletic band for a student who wants to keep playing after their time at Purcell Marian. In addition, students will gain skills that include music reading, rehearsal techniques, as well as learning how to become a productive member of a musical group.

Piano
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 fine art credit

Students will learn to play, read music, and perform on a piano. There will be no previous experience required, and students will be taught what they need to know to help understand the piano. Students will be taught important musical skills that will be for good use in the future. These skills can transfer to a college for a scholarship for a student who wants to keep playing after their time at Purcell Marian. In addition, students will gain skills that include music reading, rehearsal techniques, and as well as learning how to become a professional at their craft.

Drumline
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long
Credit: 1 fine art credit

Students will learn to play, read music, and perform on a traditional band instrument. The band will require no previous experience, and students will be taught what they need to know from the ground up. Students will be taught musical skills that will last a lifetime. These skills can transfer to a college athletic band for a student who wants to keep playing after their time at Purcell Marian. In addition, students will gain skills that include music reading, rehearsal techniques, as well as learning how to become a productive member of a musical group.

Music Resource Center
Music Production
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: Year-long course
Credit: 1 full fine art credit

This class will cover the fundamental and foundational tools of 21st Century digital recording. We will go over the basics of understanding music and the fundamental science and behavior of sound and how this relates to the recording, editing, and mixing audio. Along with this, the student will learn proper techniques in handling technology and equipment that will prepare them for higher-level audio courses or professional work. This will range from competency on the computer’s operating system and recording software to proper handling and setup of recording equipment and on to understanding digital audio. The student’s knowledge will be assessed throughout the semester with quizzes and written assignments and end with a final project that will encompass what they’ve studied and learned. By the end of this course, they should be on par with an MRC Gold Artist.

Electronic Media
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 fine art credit

An introductory course which provides multimedia instruction to create content for convergent media audiences. This course teaches principal skills to prepare students to publish in audio, photo, print, video and web converged platforms. Conceptual, practical, and ethical frameworks for integrating traditional and new forms of media gathering, reporting, and storytelling are emphasized.

FACULTY

Mr. Nate Pucke '01
Drama + Film Teacher 

VIEW PROFILEnpucke@purcellmarian.org513.751.1230 ext. 408

Mr. Joey Versoza 
Visual Arts Teacher/IB Team

jversoza@purcellmarian.org513.751.1230 ext. 402