Fine and Performing Arts
The Mount Michael Band rehearses before school three days a week. They perform as part of both the Fall and the Spring Music Concerts held at Mount Michael as well as home football and basketball games. First semester is focused on traditional concert band music, and second semester the ensemble moves into jazz. The band also competes at District Music Contests in the spring, and various honor ensembles are available for interested students. (2 semesters, 3 credit hours per semester)
The Mount Michael Chorus rehearses three days a week during the school day. They perform as part of both the Fall and Spring Music Concerts and perform the National Anthem at home basketball games. Repertoire consists of traditional choral music, a capella music, and modern music. The choir also competes at District Music Contests in the spring, and various honor ensembles are available for interested students. (2 semesters, 3 credit hours per semester)
The String Ensemble will rehearse before school once a week. They will perform at both the Fall and Spring Music Concerts here at Mount Michael. Other activities they will be encouraged to take part in as an individual are All State Orchestra, Nebraska Honor Orchestra, Wesleyan University Honor Orchestra, and the District Music Contest. (2 semesters, 1 credit hour per semester)
Guitar Class will teach students the basics of beginning and intermediate guitar playing. Areas of study will include: the guitar and its parts, tuning the guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, notes on the guitar, chords needed to play guitar, scales on the guitar, rhythm and lead guitar, playing with recorded music, and playing in a band. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)
Introduction to Theatre:
This class explores theatre history from its tribal roots, to its blossom in the seat of civilization in Ancient Greece, through its evolution to the modern age, to stage productions of today’s Broadway scene. Rounded topics give a full picture with focus on set/costume design, stagecraft, stage management, acting/directing theory as well as acting styles. (2 semesters, 3 credit hours per semester)
Introduction to Pottery
This introductory course will focus on multiple forms of hand building and decorating pottery that will be fired in an electric Kiln. Pottery methods might include but be not limited to pinch, coil, slab construction of pottery and small 3-D sculptures and relief sculptures. Decoration of the pottery might include but not be limited to glazes, underglazes, and acrylic paint. Some history of pottery through the ages will be included in the course work.
Level 2 pottery will continue the foundations of the introductory course with the additional use of potter’s wheels to create various forms of thrown Pottery.
Introduction to Art fundamentals. Areas included are: 1. DRAWING — emphasis on line, value, shape, and texture; 2. DESIGN — introduction to basic elements of design; 3. PAINTING — fundamental methods and techniques associated with watercolor; 4. METALWORKING– jewelry: copper & brass; 5. PRINTMAKING– introduction to basic printmaking processes and techniques; 6. SCULPTURE — exploration of 3-dimensional forms and bas relief carving using stone, wood, and leather working; 7. CALLIGRAPHY — graphic design & shirt design; 8. PHOTOGRAPHY — basic composition; 9. MACRAME — the ancient art of knotting using paracord. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)
Introductory studio courses in each studio area of concentration. The areas include: 1. DRAWING — introduction to representational drawing with emphasis on visual perception; 2. DESIGN — emphasis on design elements of color, space and compositional strategies; 3. PAINTING — introduction to the theory and perception of color with instruction in techniques appropriate to paint media; 4. PRINTMAKING — emphasis on woodblock, and other forms of printmaking; 5. METALWORKING — jewelry saw work with copper & brass; 6. CALLIGRAPHY — graphic design & t-shirt design; 7. Stone, wood carving and Leather working in bas relief; 8. Macrame the ancient art of knotting using paracord. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)
The students choose to work in different areas within the framework of advanced art. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors who have experience in varied fields of art. The student sets out a program in a particular media and explores it to the fullest limits of possibility. The areas of concentration include: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Stone carving letter and image, Wood carving, Leather working, metalworking, calligraphy, graphic design, and Basic Photo composition. Macrame the ancient art of knotting using paracord. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)