FINE ARTS MISSION
Shepton High School’s Fine Arts Department is the pride of West Plano! Award winning programs and dedicated instructors contribute to our success. Two groups comprise the department; Visual and Performing Arts and The Music Department.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department consists of Theatre, Art, Dance, and Speech. Classes allow for creative expression and are fun and exciting! Students will learn to master their skills while enjoying showing off their work.
The Shepton High School Music Department provides a comprehensive music education through the medium of the award-winning Band, Choir and Orchestra programs. These programs and classes are performance-based and offer several varied performance opportunities throughout the school year. Classes are year-long courses which allow students the opportunity to learn music history and theory while performing high quality music repertoire from all style periods as well as a variety of cultures.
FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT
||David Herring / Zack Shirley
||Nick La Rocca
||Nick La Rocca
||Josh Thompson/ Rachel Boone
||Laura Darce/Carmen McElwain
||Elizabetha Forneris/Mallory Miner
FINE ARTS COURSE
- Theatre I
This course is an introduction to the high school theatre program. Basic acting techniques, technical theatre, and the fundamentals of play production are taught. The course also includes the training of the speaking voice, the study of stage diction, and an exploration of theatre history. Students will be required to read plays and/or see local productions. >
- Theatre II
This course is for the student who wishes to explore further his/her studies of theatre. It is a continuation of Theatre I, stressing basic production and acting techniques, technical theatre, dramatic literature, and theatre history. Students will be required to read plays and/or see local productions.
- Shepton PlayersThis is offered by audition only and is unique to the Shepton campus. Players is an advanced theatre class for students that have a serious interest in the theatre and are considering a career in theatre. This is a “regulars” class and counts as Theatre I or Theatre II credit. Students will focus on advanced acting techniques. In addition, the class will put on a main stage Shepton theatre production. Students will be required to participate in some afternoon rehearsals and perform in the class production. Also, students will be required to read plays and/or see local productions.
- Technical Theatre IFundamentals of stage design set and property construction, as well as the principles of stage lighting and sound will be taught in this course. Costuming and other technical aspects will be taught also. No outside of class commitment is required for Tech I. However, students will be required to read plays and/or see local productions.
- Technical Theatre IIThis course explores all areas of technical theatre. Topics will include set design, set construction, lighting, sound, properties, costuming, and special effects. Students will study stage management, exploring various forms of leadership skills. Students will be required to attend play rehearsals and serve on production crews outside of class. Students will be required to read plays and/or see local productions.
- Art IThis is a two semester course in which students will be introduced to drawing and color study using the elements and principles of design. Printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and computer-manipulated works are incorporated into the curriculum.
- Art I Honors/PreAPStudents wishing to take this course are required to submit a formal recommendation from his or her current art teacher. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to work with a large variety of materials. Pre-AP Art I provides learning opportunities for students beyond those available in the regular Art I class and expectations for those students are higher. In addition, students will also learn what will be expected of them for the AP Portfolio Examination.
- Art SculptureArt I is not a prerequisite for this course. Students will be introduced to additive sculpture, subtractive sculpture, and ceramics, as well as computer-manipulated works. This is a two-semester course in which students must complete both semesters to meet the one year fine arts requirement.
- Art Sculpture II – Honors/PreAPThe curriculum is designed to spiral and expand the Art Sculpture curriculum. Students will apply the elements and principles of art in all composition to a greater proficiency than other Art Sculpture students. Prerequisites include Sculpture I, Art I, Art I Honors/PreAP, or formal recommendation of the art teacher.
- Art IIArt I is a prerequisite to this course. Art II is designed to continue a sequential study of drawing, color theory, painting, printmaking, technology and three-dimensional studies. Formal compositions will be completed in realistic, abstract, and non-objective styles. Students will build upon skills learned in Art I.
- Art II Honors/PreAPThe Pre-AP Art II curriculum is designed to spiral and expand the Art I
or Pre-AP Art I curriculum. Teacher recommendation is required for the course, as it is recommended for students seriously looking at a visual art career. Students will apply the elements and principles of art in all compositions to a greater proficiency than other Art II students as well as connect art history and criticism to those productions. Students will
develop skills in drawing and color theory application beyond the average Art II student as they continue reviewing requirements of the AP examination. Students extend learning through higher expectations in painting, printmaking, technology, sculpture, and ceramics.
- String Orchestra I and II
- Philharmonic Orchestra I and II
- Symphony Orchestra I and II
These orchestras provide an opportunity for students to continue instrumental development at an intermediate level. Time will be required outside of class for rehearsals, trips, and other engagements. Attendance at all outside of school rehearsals and performances is required. This is a full year course and an audition is required.
- Symphonic Band I and II
- Wind Ensemble I and II
- Concert Band I and II
- Percussion Ensemble I and II
- Jazz Band I and II
These band courses provide an opportunity for students to continue instrumental development at an intermediate/advanced level. This band will perform as a part of the total band program at all designated football games, pep assemblies, parades, marching contests, concerts, and festivals. Time will be required outside of class for rehearsals, trips, and other engagements. Attendance at all outside of school rehearsals and performances is required. This is a full-year course and an audition is required.
- Concert Choir I and IIThese courses are for male and/or female students with beginning or intermediate skills in sight-reading and choral singing. Instruction will continue to develop vocal skills necessary for ensemble singing. Emphasis will be placed upon developing an appreciation for music. Students will perform in concert programs and participate in competitive events coordinated by the University Interscholastic League contests. Attendance at after school
rehearsals and performances will be required to fulfill all course objectives. The voicing of this choir (Mixed, Treble or Tenor/Bass) is at the director’s discretion. This is a full-year course and students must audition for placement.
- Mixed Choir I and IIThis choir is for male and female students with intermediate or advanced skills in sight-reading and choral singing. Instruction in this course will continue to develop vocal skills necessary for ensemble signing. Emphasis will be placed upon the performance of diverse variety of choral styles. Students will perform in concert programs and participate in competitive events coordinated by the University Interscholastic League contests. Attendance at after school rehearsals and performances will be required to fulfill all course objectives. This is a full-year course and is by audition only.
- Communication ApplicationsThis required state-designed speech course is a mandatory communication course for all high school students. The goal is for students to learn effective interpersonal skills, verbal and non-verbal messages, presentation skills, group/team work and interview skills in order to be successful in the workplace. Students will give informal and formal presentations. All students must successfully complete this course for the .5-speech credit required for graduation.
- Debate I and IIStudents will study specific formats and forums for debate. They will learn processes of logic and critical thinking as they prepare briefs and cases. They will learn to write, present and compete in various public speaking events. They will make debate presentations in class and at speech tournaments.
- Oral Interpretation I and IIStudents in these courses will study such principles of oral interpretation of literature as selection and analysis of literature, performance techniques, and criteria for evaluation. They will participate in presentations in classroom and tournament situations.
- Dance IThis course will focus on dance within a variety of dance genres at an introductory level. Students will acquire vocabulary and skills in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop and other genres. Dance history, choreography and performance skills will be introduced. The class is participatory in nature, utilizing movement as a form of creative expression. Specific attire will be required. Attendance at after school rehearsals and performances may be required. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy the Fine Arts credit or PE credit required for graduation.
- Dance IIThis course builds on the technical facility and skills attained in Dance I using advanced skills and concepts through continued study of various dance genres. In addition, course objectives will emphasize creative expression through movement, awareness of space, time, and energy in dance technique and improvisational studies, development of self-confidence through the use of the body as an expressive instrument, and appreciation of dance as an art form. Attendance at after school rehearsals and performances may be required. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy the Fine Arts credit or PE credit required for graduation.