• ACADEMY OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

     
    The mission of the Lancaster Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts is to provide our students with a solid foundation in the arts through a sequence of academic courses, career exploration opportunities and inspiring interactions with fellow students, faculty and professional artists.

     The Lancaster High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts is a school within a school, a comprehensive program designed for high school students interested in exploring a career path in the visual or performing arts.  Membership in the Arts Academy provides students with:

    •          A variety of opportunities to expand students’ knowledge of music or art
    •          An arts sensitive academic course load to help prepare students for future studies/careers:
      •           Performing Arts curriculum requirements include performing ensembles, music theory, piano, guitar, music technology, music history,  senior project, and internship
      •    Visual Arts curriculum requirements include studio in art, academy seminar, drawing and painting, portfolio development, senior project, internship
    •         Field trips to further explore art and music at concerts, musicals, art galleries, art studios, and college visits
    •          Many exciting and informative guest speakers throughout the school year, including  nationally and internationally known artists and musicians and college representatives
    •          A chance to discover different careers in the field of art or music via job-shadowing days and/or an internship in an art or music related field
    •          A variety of experiences to learn and practice valuable leadership, organizational, and career-related skills through student recitals and art shows, as well as the Festival of the Arts and Dinner Theatre production
  • VISUAL ARTS 
     

    Benefits to participation

    ·         Unique career exploration and internship placement opportunities in diverse art fields including:

    o   Art Service fields…Art Education, Art Therapy, Art Intern

    o   Fine Arts…Gallery docent, exhibiting artists

    o   Craft Arts…Jeweler, Clay artist,  Woodworking

    o   Graphics…Web designer, Publication/print design

    o   Illustration…Fashion, Costume, Theatre design,  Advertising   

    o   Digital/Film…Photography, TV station, Editing

    ·         Experience with each component necessary for a successful career in the arts or further arts education including business strategies, web support, photo presentation, promotion and finance

    ·         Involvement with the running of our LHS Arts Academy Art Gallery and Senior Exhibition.

    ·         College Credit Courses: Visual Arts Academy students can earn AP credit by taking AP 2D Drawing & 2D Design

     
    *8th grade students that are interested in applying for the Visual Arts Academy must be enrolled in Studio in Art as a freshman 
  • AVPA: VISUAL ARTS SEMINAR

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    6125           Grade 10              1 credit            

     
    Prerequisite:  Enrollment in AVPA
     
    This full year introductory course is designed to orient students to the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.  During the year, students will develop their creative problem solving and critical thinking abilities by exploring the creative process through production of a body of their own individual, unique work of art.  A strong art history component is integrated into the course, giving students the opportunity to examine great works of art in a variety of different cultures.  Students develop strong leadership and communication skills by working together to complete shared tasks.  They will also get involved in the world of art and experience it firsthand through meeting with visiting artists, participating in career-driven field trips, exhibiting their own work to the public, and attending art shows and musical performances.
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  • DRAWING & PAINTING

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    6112         Grades 10, 11, 12         1 credit       Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art
     
    Required course for all AVPA-Visual Arts 10th graders.
     
    This in-depth course continues where Studio in Art left off, concentrating primarily on drawing and painting.  Exploration of media and techniques is emphasized.  Students are encouraged to find personal answers to art problems using skills and techniques acquired in the course.  The course is designed to foster deeper understanding of art practices.  Art criticism and art assessment help the student to appreciate their own and others’ achievements.
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  • AVPA: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

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    6120       Grade 11              1 credit                
     
    Prerequisite:  Enrollment in AVPA, Studio in Art, Drawing & Painting
     
    This course ties together the student’s previous art education experiences.  It is designed for the highly motivated student, who is serious about the study of art.  It allows students to further explore areas of interest and to critically look at their own work and works of others.  Students develop a journal/sketchbook that becomes a personal resource for new work.  Preparation and presentation is ongoing as students assess works to be included in a final portfolio.    
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  • ACADEMY: INTERNSHIP

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    9050             Grade 11 Spring, 11/12 Summer or 12 Fall                                             1/2 credit      
     
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in AVPA, LLA or HCA. Must have own transportation to and from mentor’s job site.
     
    The CEIP program is designed to give students hands-on experience in the career field of their choice. It also includes classroom learning on important workplace topics, such as resume preparation and effective interviewing techniques, teamwork, projecting a professional image, and job motivation and benefits. Students are placed with a local company in their desired field to complete the required internship hours.
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  • AVPA: GALLERY INTERNSHIP

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    6126             Grade 11 Spring or 12 Fall                          1/2 credit         
     
    This course fulfills the internship requirement for the Academy.  Student will be in charge of running our Academy Gallery space, located in the former Central Avenue School building.  Students will be involved in all aspects of putting on exhibition, including selecting themes, collecting/preparing artwork and signage, designing the layout of the gallery, painting walls, setting lighting, advertising and publicizing the exhibit, planning interactive activities, hosting opening receptions, and more.  The Gallery will hold exhibits by both student and professional artists.  Internship hours will be fulfilled during the school day as well as after school and certain evenings.  It is recommended that students have their own transportation to the Gallery, though not required. 
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  • AVPA: AP 2D DRAWING & 2D DESIGN

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    6240               Grade 12           1 credit

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in AVPA or special recommendation from instructor, Portfolio Development course

    This course is for students who wish to pursue their own independent project in a series of visually related artworks (concentrations).   Students are strongly encouraged to submit these works to the College Board for possible College credit in May.   Please note, even though some colleges still require students to take the college’s  Foundation Art courses, most colleges will allow students to use an AP Art credit as a humanities elective.

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  • VISUAL ARTS: ART ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT

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    In addition to the AVPA required courses, students must take at least one of the following Art electives:
    • Design & Drawing for Production I
    • Ceramics I / II
    • Studio in Graphic Design
    • Photography I / II
    • Illustrating & Cartooning
    • Jewelry I / II
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  • VISUAL ARTS: Extracurricular Activities

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    Students are also strongly encouraged to maintain membership in one or more of our extracurricular activities:

    • Design Club
    • Art Club 
    • Art Honor Society  
    • Yearbook
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  • PERFORMING ARTS

    Benefits to participation in the AVPA—Performing Arts are:

    • A solid foundation for many real-world settings including college and performance venues        
    • Advanced (college-level) music courses with both written and aural components
    • Exciting placements through internships in highly-specific performing arts fields including:
    o   Music Education (Instrumental, Choral, General)             
    o   Music Business                
    o   Musical Theatre                                               
    o   Music Therapy                                                                                 
    o   Drama/Dance                   
    o   Radio                                    
    o   Television                                                                                 
    o   Technical Theatre

    Students applying for acceptance into the Performing Arts major of the academy need to have some prior experience in performing ensemble(s).

    ·         Students are also strongly encouraged to maintain membership in our extracurricular activities, including Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Men’s Chorus, Performing Arts Society, Musical, Pit Orchestra, Brass Choir, Show Choir, Vocal Jazz, String Quartet, and/or Winter Guard.

     

    PERFORMING ARTS CURRICULUM 

    Grade 9                                                                                                        

    • Enrollment in and successful completion* of a full-year Performing Ensemble: Concert Band, String Orchestra, Women’s Choir, Mixed Chorus, Wind Symphony,Symphonic Band or Symphony Orchestra      
    • Application to the Academy in January 
    Grade 10                                                                                                             
    • Enrollment in and successful completion* of a full-year Performing Ensemble: Concert Band, String Orchestra, Women’s Choir, Mixed Chorus, Wind Symphony,Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra or Concert Choir                                 
    • AVPA Music Theory I                     

     Grade 11

    • Enrollment in and successful completion* of a full-year Performing Ensemble: Concert Band, String Orchestra, Women’s Choir, Mixed Chorus, Wind Symphony,Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra or Concert Choir   
    • AVPA AP Music Theory
    • Optional: Grade 12 courses

    Grade 12

    • Enrollment in and successful completion* of a full-year Performing Ensemble: Concert Band, String Orchestra, Women’s Choir, Mixed Chorus, Wind Symphony,Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra or Concert Choir   
    • AVPA Performing Arts Senior Project
    • Internship—CEIP or Intro to Music Special Ed course

    Optional: Music Tech, Music History, Composition, Improvisation, Piano & Guitar Performance

     

    * Successful completion in performing ensembles includes satisfactory knowledge of all music, a good attitude and attendance at all performances.  Additionally, in band and orchestra, satisfactory lesson attendance and completion of all scale and performing requirements.


  • AVPA: MUSIC THEORY I

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    6540         Grade 10              1 credit               

    Recommended: Band, Orchestra, or Choir experience
     
    This course helps students develop an understanding of basic rudiments of music and puts them to practical use.  Instruction includes instrument transposition, ear & rhythm training, keyboard skills, and outline of music history.
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  • AVPA: AP MUSIC THEORY

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    6528            Grade 11              1 credit          
     
    Prerequisite: Music Theory I
     
    AP Music Theory is an expansion and continuation of topics covered in Music Theory I.  This college level course includes instruction in musical terminology as well as notational, compositional, musical analysis, and aural skills.  Students may take the AP Music Theory Exam in the spring to earn college credit.
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  • AVPA: PERFORMING ARTS SENIOR PROJECT

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    6550            Grade 12                              1/2 credit             (meets every other day all year)
     
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in AVPA, Approval from AVPA Director                              
     
    This course is the final class for AVPA performing arts students.  During the first quarter, students will explore career options and prepare for college by researching various schools, degree programs, and course sequences.  Students will create resumes, gather application materials, and prepare for auditions and interviews.  During the second and third quarters, students will propose and develop a final project.  Students will learn about music through history, research standard and modern repertoire for their instrument/voice, and complete a paper and presentation about a piece of their choosing.  Students will have several opportunities to perform for the music faculty and their classmates.  The project will culminate with the AVPA Senior Recital performance.  During the 4th quarter, students will propose topics/projects for the remainder of the course.  The final weeks of the class will be reserved for pursuing topics based on students’ needs and interests.
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  • ACADEMY: INTERNSHIP

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    9050            Grade 11 Spring, 11/12 Summer or 12 Fall                                             1/2 credit           
     
    Pre-requisite: Enrollment in AVPA, LLA or HCA. Must have own transportation to and from mentor’s job site.
     
    The CEIP program is designed to give students hands-on experience in the career field of their choice. It also includes classroom learning on important workplace topics, such as resume preparation and effective interviewing techniques, teamwork, projecting a professional image, and job motivation and benefits. Students are placed with a local company in their desired field to complete the required internship hours.
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