Kennedy Catholic Arts

Nurturing Creativity to Expand Horizons

Art Department Courses Offerings

Chorus

Chorus meets daily and students are expected to practice at home completing graded assignments through Canvas and Smart Music. Grades are determined by participation, graded assignments and vocal mastery.

We supply most of the music needed for Masses, concerts and home assignments.

Placement auditions take place in the spring for incoming freshmen. Students are expected to sing two major scales (ascending and descending) followed by an aural recall exercise: the teacher will play a series of three note patterns to test pitch hearing and matching. Lastly, students will sing an a cappella piece of their choice of any style.

Musical ensembles such as Chorus reinforce student’s high school transcripts and demonstrate to most colleges a student's contribution to the school community, the ability to perform both individually (solo performances) and in an ensemble as well as a commitment to an extracurricular activity.

Band

Band meets daily and students are expected to practice at home completing graded assignments. Grades are determined by participation, graded assignments and instrumental mastery.

Each student should have an instrument in good working order and we supply most of the music needed for concerts and home assignments.

Placement auditions take place in the spring for incoming freshmen. Students should demonstrate technique, rhythmic control and basic musical fundamentals on their instrument.

Musical ensembles such as band reinforce student’s high school transcripts and demonstrate to most colleges a student's contribution to the school community, the ability to perform both individually and in an ensemble as well as a commitment to an extracurricular activity.

String Ensemble

Our String Ensemble is full year course that develops ensemble skill, performance technique, music literacy, and cultural understanding in the arts.

Our course consists in daily homeroom instruction, open to grades 9-12.

Students will study and learn to read music of greater complexity to include common time, cut-time, compound meter, major and minor keys, chromaticism, dynamic contrast, shifting technique and quality tone production.

Students are expected to practice at home in order to perform to the maximum of their capabilities.

Each Spring we hold auditions for new members and freshmen who are interested.

Drama

Open to students in all grades, this course will cover the following components: Introduction to Theater, Character Development, Monologue, Improvisation, Scene Work, Movement, and Resume Design for summarizing theatrical experiences

Through theatrical games and improvisational exercises, students will develop skills in dramatic technique

Students will work individually and in groups as they rehearse and perform theatrical works in class

Students in this course are required to participate in some capacity in the spring musical

* Mrs. Boston’s signature is required on the registration form

Art and Music Appreciation

The students will  apply elements and  principles of art and music to help formulate and understand their own artistic tastes.  Development of a useful visual vocabulary and aural vocabulary will be addressed.

Extensive time will be invested in the critiquing and evaluating of major works, styles, forms, media and processes, while exploring a general overview of important art and music history

Visual Arts

KCPS offers a 4-year program in the Visual Arts, beginning with Studio Art.

This course is an introduction to the Visual Arts at the high school level and is designed to acquaint the beginning student with a variety of drawing media and studio techniques. Studio Art students explore a range of 2-D and 3-D projects using historical and cultural references in accordance with NYS curriculum standards.

Grades are determined by participation, graded projects/quizzes, and supplemental homework. All necessary supplies are provided by KCPS.

Fine Arts Education gives young people an opportunity for positive self-expression and creates a pathway to acquire a solid foundation in critical thinking skills. There is no better way to learn how to collaborate with peers, accept feedback, and gain essential time-management skills than through the creative process.

Drawing and Painting I

Drawing skills are enlarged upon by means of outside assignments

The use and understanding of color is the primary objective

Oil paint is the principal medium used. Students are encouraged to proceed at their own level.

Prerequisites:   Completion of Studio in Art and Department approval

Drawing and Painting 2

This course is similar to Drawing and Painting 1 but differs in degree rather than kind

More emphasis is placed upon composition and design and the volume of work produced is greater

Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting 1 and Department approval

Advanced Painting

For the truly advanced art student, this college level course emphasizes problem solving and experimentation in creative interpretation and in other painting media

Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting and Department approval

Advanced Drawing

A college level course with emphasis on advanced drawing techniques and problem solving

Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting as well as Department approval.  Also, must be taken along with a Drawing & Painting course.

The Arts Gallery