fine arts electives

 

7th Grade Classes

Semester 1: A, C, E days

Semester 1: B, D, F days

 

8th Grade Classes

Semester 1: A, C, E days

Semester 1: B, D, F days





7th Grade (Semester 1: A, C, E days)

Music:  Main Street Singers (Women’s Choir)
Mr. Harrison
This exciting ensemble of singers will focus on enhancing self-confidence, music literacy, vocal technique, sight-reading skills and performance tools. The fun comes in singing in two or three part harmony with other women’s voices in performance.  The choir sings in performance on and off campus, at school events as well as professional sporting events and concerts.  

Old School Drawing
Mr. Mayeux
Students will have several opportunities to walk across the street to the Museum of Fine Art Houston galleries to observe, sketch, and critique art together. The work of the Masters will serve as the inspiration for class-time art projects and student's original work. The initial sketches will develop into pieces that express the student's personal vision. 

Drama I
Mrs. O'Brian
This drama class will help students build skills for performance through trust and concentration games, solving problems with imagination, partner work and resulting in a short performance for lower school students. 

Mixed Media
Guest Teacher Mrs. Kaikobad
Students in this class will have the opportunity to use the various media - painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. The class may visit the works of different artists at the Museum of Fine Art Houston as they study different media. Student interest and input helps determine the media studied. 

Music: Introduction to Guitar
Guest Teacher Mr. Scott Wagner
This course will introduce a small group of students to beginning instruction in acoustic guitar. Classical guitars with nylon strings are the most finger-friendly for beginning students. Students are welcome to bring their own guitars to school for the quarter. An instrument will be provided for those who do not already have one.

7th Grade (Semester 1: B, D, F days)

Music:  Main Men (Men’s Choir)
Mr.  Harrison
This exciting ensemble of singers will focus on enhancing self-confidence, music literacy, vocal technique, sight-reading skills and performance tools.  The fun comes in singing in two or three part harmony with other men’s voices in performance.The choir sings in performances on and off campus, at school events as well as professional sporting events and concerts.

Art:  Expressive Sculpture
Guest Artist Mrs. Mindy Herrick
We have all heard that we express our feelings through art, but portraying specific feelings visually with effectiveness can prove to be a challenge. How do we break down this challenge to express ourselves clearly? Focusing on 3-D expression, we will explore the world of building using clay, wire, paper and wood. In this process of exploration hopefully we will also explore and learn about ourselves. Museum trips are planned with past and contemporary artists and cultures studied. 

Intro to Dance
Mrs. O'Brian
This class will introduce students to the basics of dance including timing and rhythm, leading and following, music interpretation, and the basics of footwork. The dances will range from Texas country and classic ballroom to Latin dancing. Students will enjoy a variety of different styles and practice dancing with a partner. 

Yearbook 
Mr. Mayeux
Learn about design and publishing as you create the 2017-2018 school yearbook. You will brainstorm themes, create layouts, select photos, and write copy. It is a big (and fun) task that demands commitment, good judgment, and attention to detail.  

Art: Course through the Museum District
Guest Teacher Mrs. Wade
The class will be museum-oriented, visiting  nearby art museums and enabling students to examine and discuss original art as well as interact with living artists and museum professionals. In addition to regular visits to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, students visit smaller area museums and have the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence and observe them at work in their studios.


8th Grade (Semester 1A, C, E days) 

Music:  Main Street Singers (Women’s Choir)
Mr. Harrison
This exciting ensemble of singers will focus on enhancing self-confidence, music literacy, vocal technique, sight-reading skills and performance tools.  These tools will come in handy as the Main Street Singers will be featured at the Presbyterian School Open House. Performance in the second quarter focuses on holiday events such as the Candle Light Concert and other holiday programs in the community.  The fun comes in singing in two or three part harmony with other women's voices in performance. The choir sings in performance on and off campus, at school events as well as professional sporting events and concerts. 

Color Theory in Mixed Media
Mr. Mayeux
In this course, students will focus on color theory through various mixed media projects. By studying color relationships and the use of color in historical and contemporary artists' work, students will learn how to manipulate color in their personal work to create focus, harmony and mood. 

Drama II: Characterization
Mrs. O'Brian
Students will learn the basics of creating different kinds of characters in acting. Using imagination, body work, movement and acting technique, students will explore how actors make characters authentic so that their audience can suspend disbelief and trust that the character in the story is believable and true-to-life. The class will cover a variety of different aspects of drama including fictional and historically based monologues, and small group skits in a range from comedic to dramatic themes. 

Chapel Guild & Photojournalism: HOPS (Humans of PS)
Mrs. Leever and Mrs. Dabney
This year, a student team will work together to plan weekly chapels. This elective is for students interested in one or more of the following: developing multimedia programming for chapel presentations, speaking and performing in front of a large group, leading the spiritual development of the middle school, developing innovative ways to deliver our school mission to the student body and to involve the student body in chapel services. 

This class will take its inspiration from Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York (HONY), which tells a story of people's lives in pictures and words on social media. Students win this class will work on the art of interviewing (listening, observing, asking the right questions) to reveal the untold stories in the PS community. 

Sewing
Mrs. Hellums
Students will learn basics of sewing and basic skills on a sewing machine. Students will work on their own sewing machines in Middle School classrooms. By the end of the quarter, students will produce a wearable piece of clothing. The skills acquired should help with costume production for the 8th grade musical in quarter four. 

Mock Trial & Chapel Guild
Ms. Daniell-Knapp & Mrs. Leever 
Mock Trial is for students with an interest in public speaking and learning about the law. Mock trial is an opportunity exclusive to 8th grade where students work together with the Houston Bar Association to prepare a trial. Students are assigned roles as lawyers, witnesses, judge and bailiff and enact their trial in a downtown courthouse.   

This year, a student team will work together to plan weekly chapels. This elective is for students interested in one or more of the following: developing multimedia programming for chapel presentations, speaking and performing in front of a large group, leading the spiritual development of the middle school, developing innovative ways to deliver our school mission to the student body and to involve the student body in chapel services. 

8th Grade (Semester 1B, D, F days)

Music:  Main Men (Men’s Choir)
Mr. Harrison
This exciting ensemble of singers will focus on enhancing self-confidence, music literacy, vocal technique, sight-reading skills and performance tools.  These tools will come in handy as the Main Men will be featured at the Presbyterian School Open House. Performance in the second quarter focuses on holiday events such as the Candle Light Concert and other holiday programs in the community. The fun comes in singing in two or three part harmony with other men's voices in performance. The choir sings in performances on and off campus, at school events as well as professional sporting events and concerts. 

Drawing: Human Figure and Portraiture
Mr. Mayeux
Students will develop their drawing skills through exploring the human figure, its anatomy and proportions, in poses and gestures. Drawing the human figure will be tackled in a variety of ways, building in technical skill as the class progresses. The class will ultimately observe facial features and proportions of themselves and others in the class to draw portraits. 

Dance I: Foundational Skills
Mrs. O'Brian
Students will delve further into components of dance including timing and rhythm, leading and following, music interpretation, and the basics of footwork. Students will enjoy a variety of different styles and practice dancing with a partner and learning the skill of rehearsing and memorizing choreography. 

Sculpture: 3-D Personal Narratives
Guest Teacher Mrs. Herrick
What can you tell us about yourself? What do you want to tell us about yourself? Self-reflection is a staple in the world of visual art, so let's self-reflect and make it 3-D. Various artists and their work will be viewed and discussed and trips to the nearby museums will intensify our connections to the art world and to ourselves. This class will be student-driven and will primarily involve clay, wire and paper constructions. 

Chapel Band
Mr. Sanchez
Students will form a band for weekly chapel services that can include piano, guitar, bass and other solo instruments. Learning to accompany group singing is a great skill to add to a musical education. 

Musical Theater in Film
Mrs. Filardo
Students in this class will learn more about the genre of musical theater by watching the history of musical theater in movies from its beginnings to today's most recent hits. Exposure to the general types of songs and characters in musical theater will help students prepare for the 8th grade musical, one feature of which is choosing a Broadway songs for your audition. Visiting behind the scenes in a Houston theater is also in the works. 

 


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