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VA/TECH Courses

7-8 Geometric Art (VPA141)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Explore how geometry and other aspects of mathematics can help artists in their work. Students examine and create geometric based art in both 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as explore other ways art can be influenced and created by using numbers.

 

7-8 Intro to Technical Theater (VPA116)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Develop a big-picture understanding of technical theatre. Students gain familiarity with the different roles and relationships in a production team while developing technical skills essential to supporting productions. Students practice safety while building an understanding of theatrical terminology, history, spaces and architecture, as well as practice drafting, model-making, makeup, props construction and management.

7-8 Introduction to Digital Design (VPA130)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Learn to design your digital artwork more consciously to produce a desired effect by building an understanding of the elements and principles of design, which span all media, and learn to identify and talk about how these elements affect a work of art. Adobe Photoshop C.S. is the primary vehicle for students to explore and create within this class.

 

7-8 Introduction to Drawing (VPA113)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Work with pencil to develop basic drawing skills while learning the elements and principles of design. Students also develop a visual language with which to constructively critique works in progress.

7-8 Introduction to Fashion and Wearable Art (VPA107)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to fashion from around the world and across history. Explore the use and transformation of found materials into wearable art forms using the body as armature. Students are introduced to different fabrics and new fabric technology being used in the fashion industry such as 3D printers. Learn basic sewing skills, such as how to make several different seams and seam finishes, and how to lay out and cut a simple pattern.

 

7-8 Introduction to Mixed Media (VPA148)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Work in two-dimensional formats in a range of media to create grounds from various materials on which to draw and paint, and create pieces exploring aspects of collage and assemblage such as shape, texture, edge, surface and chance. Through mixed-media techniques, found objects are transformed into striking visual metaphors. The elements of design are emphasized throughout to enable students to improve composition.

7-8 Introduction to Painting (VPA114)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Explore materials and techniques in a variety of water-based painting media (ink, water-color, tempera, acrylic). Emphasis is on developing skills using these materials, especially on color mixing techniques, and executing a desired image. Students practice basic foundation skills of composition, color, and design through long- and short-term projects.

 

7th ArtsCore (ART100)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Dance, Music, Theater, VATT, PE
Prerequisites: None

ArtsCore is a yearlong required course for all PVPA students in grade 7. Students rotate through short courses focused on dance, music, theater, and visual arts, and engage in activities focused on creative collaboration, exploration, and skill-building in each discipline.

Advanced Lighting Seminar (VPA126)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This is an intensive course that covers everything from the basics of building a lighting system to its direct applications in the PVPA theater and on PVPA productions, including designing and building lighting plots, maintaining the lights and inventory, and hanging, focusing, and programming lighting plots. Students get hands-on experience programming LEDs and moving lights. The course is audition-based via an interview process but is open to interested students of all skill levels, from those with no tech theater experience at all up to our most advanced lighting technicians.

 

Arts Teaching Assistant for Middle School Classes

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: School Service AND Arts
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school arts class in which they have significant experience with the discipline. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit AND arts credit in that discipline. Prior teacher permission is required. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Students may arrange informal teaching assistant roles within high school arts classes by speaking with the instructor; however, they are enrolled in the class itself in order to earn arts credits.

Costume Production (VPA138)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: Costuming 1

This course is focused on designing and building costumes for the spring mainstage productions, and black box/senior thesis productions. Students have opportunities to design for specific characters, and oversee the design and builds for each production.

 

Costuming 1 (VPA105)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: None

Build your costume fabrication skills through hands-on work. This class provides opportunities to move pieces from conception through construction to performance. Projects focus on developing costuming skills and showcasing final pieces in an end-of-semester fashion show. Students spend some time working on costumes for PVPA productions, and proficient students may be chosen to design specific costumes.

Costuming 2 (VPA106)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: Costuming 1

Improve your costume fabrication skills through hands-on work. Student work and class projects focus on the various costuming needs related to PVPA productions. Proficient students may be chosen to design specific costumes. This class provides the opportunity to move pieces from conception through construction to performance.

 

Digital Design (VPA108)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Design
Prerequisites: None

Learn to consciously design your digital artwork to produce a desired effect by building an understanding of the elements and principles of design, which span all media. Students learn to identify and talk about how these elements affect a work of art. Adobe Photoshop C.S. is the primary vehicle for students to explore and create within this class.

Drawing Technique (VPA150)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Work with pencil and other related media to develop and improve your drawing skills. Activities include drawing from life, rendering space and perspective, exercising principles of design, and exploration of abstraction. We also start to explore the conceptual nature of students' work.

 

Figure Drawing (VPA110)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

Build an understanding of rendering the human form and developing technical mastery of a variety of drawing media. Learn how to perceive and accurately draw the human figure and portrait. Students use a variety of techniques as they explore both naturalistic and stylized representations of the human body.

Graphic Design and Publications (VPA152)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Design
Prerequisites: None

Learn about the elements and principles of graphic design, and apply them to many diverse projects, including the production of PVPA’s yearbook. Students demonstrate their understanding through critique, analysis, and the execution of hands-on projects. There are opportunities for differentiated tasks such as photo editing as time and interest permits. Adobe InDesign (page-layout software) is the primary vehicle for students to create and explore within this class. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop may be introduced as time permits.

 

Lighting Production and Design (VPA134)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: Intro to Technical Design

Learn a full range of basic lighting production and design skills: hanging lights, focusing, lightboard operation, reading plots and paperwork, fixing equipment, and the fundamentals of designing and running a show. Students complete production work in class to prepare for formal and informal shows at PVPA, and have opportunities to be technical assistants on productions.

Mask Making (VPA146)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: None

Explore sculptural materials and techniques with which to shape works of art that, through skilled manipulation, come alive in performance. The class begins with the introduction of a series of materials used in mask making, and students research traditional, theatrical masks used in various cultures. Prior experience in sculptural media (e.g., Sculpture Arts) is strongly encouraged.

 

Painting Technique (VPA115)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to painting technique using ink, watercolor and acrylic. Students begin by exploring wet surface, dry-brush, and brush dynamics with ink and then progress into understanding basic color theory and color mixing with watercolor, using both “on the page” and “off the page” techniques. Students move on to apply these techniques and explore layering and glazing with both thinned and opaque acrylic. The elements of design are emphasized throughout to enable students to improve composition.

Scenic Design (VPA128)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Design and Scenic
Prerequisites: None

This course covers the most essential skills of scenic design. Students build an understanding of the visual language of drafting, and how to translate three-dimensional forms and space into two-dimensional plans and vice-versa. Students also work from script-to-concept-to-design plans and models as they learn the process of designing for theatrical productions.

 

Scenic Painting (VPA111)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Scenic
Prerequisites: None

This class introduces a range of scenic painting techniques. Students first build an understanding of the properties of paint and color mixing, and work to develop a range of scenic and faux finish painting techniques.

Sculpture Arts (VPA133)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

This class explores three-dimensional work through assemblage and other exercises. The emphasis is primarily on building students' sculpting and casting skills. Work is primarily done in oil-based clay.

 

Stage Management (VPA140)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Study and practice the principles and techniques of management for the stage for various performances (theatre, dance, music, special events, festivals, etc), from pre-rehearsal preparation to paperwork to running of rehearsals to calling shows and post-production with practical application and projects.

Stagecraft 1 (VPA121)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Scenic
Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to scenic construction and related production techniques. Students learn primarily through hands-on experiences as they work on PVPA productions, and are expected to act as productive members of a cooperative team.

 

Stagecraft 2 (VPA122)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Scenic
Prerequisites: Stagecraft 1

This course serves to improve students' scenic construction and related production techniques. Students learn primarily through hands-on experiences as they work on PVPA productions, and are expected to act as productive members of a cooperative team.

Sustainable Fashion (VPA132)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Study new trends in sustainable fashion practices with an emphasis on the up-cycling of waste fabrics and existing clothing. Study fashion from around the world and across history, and explore the use and transformation of found materials into wearable art forms using the body as armature. Students are introduced to different fabrics and new fabric technology such as 3D printers. Learn and practice basic sewing skills in addition to laying out and cutting patterns. This course benefits from a working relationship with Eileen Fisher, a leading fashion house in the world in sustainable fashion practices.

 

Technical Design 1 (VPA145)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Learn the basics of lighting, sound, and video design for theater. The class begins with a review of the practical fundamentals of controlling lights, speakers, microphones, projectors, etc., then primarily focuses on the creative elements of design and their practical applications for use in plays, musicals, dance shows, and the like. Final projects are integrated with PVPA productions throughout the year.

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ENGLISH LA | HISTORY/SS | MATH | SCIENCE | WORLD LANG
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