Fine Arts

Courses offered at N.B. Clements Junior High School

Beginning Band

This course is designed for the 8th grade student interested in learning to play a selected musical wind or percussive instrument. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of reading and performing instrumental music. Concert performances are required.

Intermediate Band

This course builds on the fundamentals learned in the Beginning Band program. It is offered for those 8th and 9th grade students with a minimum of 1 year playing experience. The course further develops the playing skills of the student by presenting a higher level of graded music. Concert performances are required.

Advanced Band

This course builds on the fundamentals learned in the Intermediate Band program. It is offered for those 8th and 9th grade students with a minimum of 2 years playing experience. The course further develops the playing skills of the student by presenting a higher level and variety of graded music and an emphasis on scales. Concert performances are required.

Chorus 8

This course is for students who have not participated in chorus before on the middle school or junior high school level. This course will be a mixed chorus for boys and girls.

Select Ensemble

This will be a small group of 10 to 16 singers, selected by audition. The audition will be based on sight-reading ability, tone quality, and general musicianship. This will be a mixed group with a balance of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

Art 8

This class focuses on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, use of art media, techniques, and ideas. Focus is on the synthesis and application of previously learned concepts to produce a wide range of art products. Students will also explore art and artists from various time periods and cultures as well as the production of original works of art.

Art I

Art One emphasizes the development of abilities to recognize visual arts content, concepts, and skills to create, discuss, and understand original works of art. This will be accomplished through a thematic approach to visual communication and production, cultural context and art history, judgment and criticism, and aesthetics through which students will develop understanding and appreciation for the visual arts. Works will be selected to include in a portfolio that will go with the students matriculating into Art II.

Drama 8

This is an introductory course to drama. Students will focus on movement, pantomime, oral interpretation, audition techniques, improvisation, monologues, and play production. Students will participate in various aspects of a performance, to include staging, makeup, costuming, and directing.

Theatre I

This course is designed to provide a general yet rigorous introduction to all aspects of theatrical art. Students will do extensive work in playwriting, costume design, set design, acting, technical elements, theatre history, directing and marketing. The students will read a variety of plays to accompany and support each unit. At the end of the term, students will combine all skills in the presentation of a collaborative workshop production.