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Dance

In this course students will learn the basics of many styles of dance movement. They will receive a vigorous workout through ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip hop, world dance, yoga, Pilates, and many other forms of movement and exercise. By the end of the semester, students should have a basic understanding of different types of dance movement and how to execute them successfully. During the course of the semester, students will learn a brief history of each style of movement we are learning.

Choreography

Choreography is a one-semester course designed to engage students who have a continuing interest in dance in a more in-depth study. Emphasis will be placed on advanced dance skills and technique, and performance choreography. This course will teach students to choreograph their own original works, rehearse for a performance, create their own lighting design, design costumes, and stage their choreographed pieces. The class will function as a dance company, with all students being committed to being a choreographer and dance ensemble member. The annual spring dance recital will showcase the dancers’ work throughout the year.

Fundamentals of Theatre

The Fundamentals of Theatre is a one-semester, performance-based course designed to develop the skills of acting for the theatre. Students will learn healthy vocal production; improvisation, motivation, and exploration to establish character; to evaluate self, each other, and outside mediums; the history and current trends in acting; and audition techniques. Students will develop an understanding of the basic skills necessary for an actor to give an expressive realistic performance on the stage. Students will use word to write a personal monologue, using Google Docs, based on their favorite hobby, and present this to the class as a final project. Through readings, rehearsal assignments, and performance, students will develop an analytical, physical, and psychological approach to the development of character by exploring and applying methods learned in class. Students will also work hands-on in this course exploring all areas of technical theatre: set design and construction; costume design and construction; make-up; lighting; sound; publicity; and house management.

Technical Theatre

In this hands-on course, students will explore all areas of technical theatre: set design and construction; costume design and construction; make-up; lighting; sound; publicity; and house management. Students will design, build, and tech all Panther Players productions. In this course students will develop an understanding of the components and design of Panther Players productions as well the importance of quality and craftsmanship. The class is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the skills needed to work in the filed of technical theatre, and by the end of the course they will be able to build, install, and run a Panther Players production. Everything we do in the classroom will contribute directly to the current school production. We will work on professionalism and polish of each production's technical aspects. Students will build a scenic model based on a play that we have studied in class and then write a short artist's statement that details the creative elements they used in their design.

Acting Methods and Techniques

This is a one-semester, performance-based course designed to develop the skills of acting for the theatre. Students will learn healthy vocal production; improvisation, motivation, and exploration to establish character; to evaluate self, each other, and outside mediums; the history and current trends in acting; and audition techniques. Students will develop an understanding of the basic skills necessary for an actor to give an expressive realistic performance on the stage. Through readings, rehearsal assignments, and performance, students will develop an analytical, physical, and psychological approach to the development of character by exploring and applying methods learned in class.

Honors Theatre

This semester-long honors course is designed for students with previous experience in theatre. Students assemble a portfolio that showcases a significant body of work representing a mastery of theatre skills and techniques in one or more areas. Honors theatre students analyze increasingly more sophisticated theatre literature/texts to lead the work of developing one-acts based upon script selection, artist’s intent, interpretation of dramatic texts, rehearsals, and developing directorial choices. These students should be self-directed, display critical thinking skills, research skills, and be able to take creative risks. As they work, students apply 21st-century skills that will help them be successful after high school graduation, including time management, self-assessment, problem solving, collaboration, and critical analysis.

Middle School Theatre

This course teaches the skills and techniques that lie in the foundation of great theatre. We will focus on the collaborative nature of the creative process with individual units on interpretation, directing, designing, and acting. We will trace the journey that different theatre artists travel. Each project the students create will involve extensive creativity.

Introduction to Music: Music 101

The program is dedicated to students who have received little to no education in music. Students will learn to read and write music, ear training, singing, and piano initiation.

Instrumental Ensemble

For students have acquired the basics of music and they can play an instrument quite fluently. During this class, students will collaborate and play in small ensembles a repertoire that will match their level of proficiency. Performance opportunities in front of the school will be given to the students during the semester.

Music Composition with Computers

Students who have taken Music 101 and want to bring their creativity to a new level are welcome to join the composition class. Assisted by technology, Logic Pro X in particular, students will start writing music following specific forms, patterns and, instrumentation learned in class.

Printmaking

Printmaking outlines the process in which the student creates an original artwork or “plate” and through various printing and stamping methods produces multiple fine art prints. Students are given the opportunity to practice art fundamentals while learning the technical skills of relief printmaking, intaglio (dry point etching), and monoprints. The basic principles of design such as value, contour, focal point, and color theory will be stressed within printed compositions. A variety of art movements will be studied and integrated into student projects.

Drawing and Painting

In Drawing/Painting students will develop their technical and compositional skills by using a wide range of drawing media such as graphite, colored pencil, India ink, and oil pastel. Throughout the semester, the emphasis of the class will be drawing from observation and composition studies. Periodically during the semester, students will transition to painting. The emphasis will be to develop their technical painting skills in tempera, watercolor and acrylic. Students will explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional subject matter such as still life, pattern design, illustrations and graphics, including personal ideas, taste and styles. Students will continue to develop their compositional understanding by applying the Elements and Principles of Design to their sketches, drawings and paintings. A variety of artists and art styles will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual student’s work.

Mixed Media

The purpose of the Mixed Media course is to build upon the students understanding of Art basics and ability to expand on a given topic with various tools, media, materials and techniques. Students will be examining the process of creating two and three-dimensional works. An understanding of elements and principles of design will be developed through drawing and painting, assemblage, low relief sculpture, and paper arts. A variety of artists and art styles will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in Art History and to the individual student’s work.

Digital Photography & Video Production

Students are introduced to film style, digital photography and video production with an emphasis on story development, basic editing techniques and dynamic camera work as a means to develop directorial vision. Students will produce short fiction, non-fiction, and experimental projects. Contemporary media practices and its impact on popular culture are examined. With the main emphasis in the Fine Arts, objective and subjective pedagogy is of primary interest.

Meet Our Teachers

Erin Greenway

Chair of Fine Arts Department - Theatre & Dance Teacher
B.A. Guilford College

Carrie Flamer

Art Teacher
B.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design

Jadrian Tarver

Music Teacher
M.A. Georgia State University
B.A. Bethune-Cookman University

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Printmaking

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams
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BHS winners at the 2015 regional GISA Literary Competition for writing and drama

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Painting

Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.

Willem Dafoe

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Plato
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Learning piano

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley
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Come and enjoy poetry, songs, and instrumentals at our Coffee House talent show!

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Photography

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Aristotle