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The Arts at Edison

 A course of study in the Arts is essential to a well-rounded 21st Century education. Students who pursue a multi-year course of study in the Visual and Performing Arts develop vital 21st Century Skills in Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Creativity. The Arts emphasize individualized instruction, allowing students to pursue their interests and passions at their own pace. Students can pursue a course of study in Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, Vocal Music, and Instrumental Music.

 

Visual Art: Drawing and Painting

 The Drawing and Painting program at Edison High School strives to educate students in visual literacy and develop technical artistic skills through participation in the creative process. The sequence of courses is designed to inspire, support, and develop artistic expression and understanding by exploring a sequence of courses to evoke appreciation, understanding, and engagement in the arts or as preparation to pursue a college program or career in art.

 

ART 1

Explore and use the Elements and Principles of Art to develop visual literacy and become confident in their artistic ability and understanding of art.

 

ART 2

Explore a variety of artistic mediums and discuss artistic ideas through reflection and critique.

 

ART 3/4

Refine your visual art skills and develop an area of concentrated interest in subject and medium.

 

STUDIO ART

Continue to develop and grow in the concept and execution of your personal artistic style while refining and developing skills in a variety of mediums.

 

AP STUDIO ART: Drawing

Develop a series of artworks demonstrating an investigation of strong visual ideas, composition, and execution of drawing. Participate in weekly critiques and a keep visual diary of ideas.

 

Visual Art: Ceramics

 The Ceramics program is committed to assisting, challenging, and propelling students toward fully realizing their individual voices and visions via working in clay as well as other media, and is intent to get students making, thinking, and discussing Art. We are dedicated to the mission of fostering an expansive understanding of ceramic arts and contemporary art, and an inclusive community of learning, teaching, making, and exchanging ideas.

 

CERAMICS 1

An exploratory course, which students explore the artistic expression and technical skill used in the creation of Ceramics, exploring the elements and principles of art, critique, as well as the creative history of the arts. 

 

CERAMICS 2

An intermediate level course, which further explores the artistic expression and technical skill used in the creation of ceramics. This course is structured to allow the opportunity to explore different mediums and higher-level assignments.

 

CERAMICS 3/4

Advanced level courses, which further explores the artistic expression and technical skill used in the creation of ceramics. This course is structured to allow the opportunity to explore different mediums and higher-level assignments, in a more concentrated study.

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS: Band, Orchestra, Drumline, Colorguard

 Participating in a performing art in high school is so much more than just putting on performances. Students learn responsibility, discipline, teamwork, time management, leadership, and on top of it they will make friends that they will have for a lifetime.

 

MARCHING BAND & COLOR GUARD

A competitive ensemble that performs at home football games and competes against other high school bands. For the past six years, they have ranked in the top 4 at the California State Band Championships.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

An ensemble is active during the second semester and plays specific popular styles including, jazz, funk, rock, blues, and latin jazz styles.

 

WIND ENSEMBLE

Performs classical pieces to music from movie soundtracks. Students continue to learn how to improve their skills, perform at concerts, and also have the opportunity to work in our Music Technology Lab learning music software, recording themselves, and creating music through technology.

 

PERFORMING ARTS: Choir, Music Industry

Our programs strive to give students the skills they need to be successful in music and in life. Students learn to think critically about their work, to work diligently within a group, and to be independent musicians. Students will use music to connect to others and touch an audience.

They will learn to be open-minded and flexible, develop their self-expression through creativity within their pieces, and create lasting relationships with their classmates. Whether our students choose to pursue music or not, we hope to instill the value of lifelong learning and a love of music.

 

CHARGER CHOIR

An auditioned, mixed choir that participates in several performances and festivals throughout the school year. They perform a variety of repertoire including pop, rock, classical, jazz, and musical theater. Charger Choir participants receive honors credit.

 

CHORUS

Anyone can be in chorus! In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of singing. We perform a variety of repertoire including pop, rock, classical, jazz, and musical theater and we focus on finding the joy in music.

 

VARSITY CHOIR

This is an auditioned a cappella group that focuses on contemporary styles such as pop, jazz, and musical theater. Varsity Choir performs and competes regularly throughout the year.

 

MUSIC INDUSTRY

In Music Industry, students study piano, guitar, voice, theory, and songwriting. During second semester, students will choose a major to focus on: either Performance, Songwriting, or Independent Study. There are many performance opportunities for each band and workshops and recording sessions are also available to students. Music Industry 1 is open to all students. Music Industry 2 is an auditioned class.

 

MUSICAL THEATER

Students have the opportunity to explore all aspects of theater! Students will learn stage skills such as singing, dancing, and acting as well as behind the scenes and directing work. Our musical theater students will perform in several showcases throughout the year and will take part in one fully staged production.