Arts Electives

In Seventh and Eighth Grades, students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of elective courses. Most electives offered are in the traditional arts, yet the program expands to include other forms of creativity and innovation. Elective classes combine Seventh and Eighth Grade students, usually for the final period of the day. Electives meet twice a week.

Winter/Spring 2018
Arts Elective choices
for Seventh & Eighth Graders

M/W: Musical Production (All Seventh Graders)

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teachers: Paula Ponto & Marci Sketch
Students will explore all of the things that take place behind the scenes to produce a play. In-class activities will include creating posters and banners, designing the set, and making costumes. 

M/W: Advanced Acting (Eighth Graders only)

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Brandon Joseph

This class is for students who love acting and have had some experience with it. We will focus on understanding type and inflection of voice in the context of contemporary repertoire. Each student will accomplish a monologue, a duet, and an ensemble piece. 

M/W: Creative Writing (Eighth Graders only)

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Susan Benner

This elective will meet as a workshop; students will write, read each others' work, and talk about it around a table. Students may write stories, poems, plays, standup comedy, and/or narratives of any kind.

M/W: Yearbook (Eighth Graders only)

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Cathy Miller

Students will learn about elements of graphic design and photography. Each student will be responsible for creating a spread in the yearbook. Maximum: 6 students

T/Th: Musical Preparation (All Eighth Graders)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teachers: Paula Ponto & Marci Sketch
Students will develop the concept of the All-School Play. Students will spend time writing scenes and choosing songs for themselves and for the lower grades.

T/Th: Mixed Media Arts (Seventh Graders only)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teacher: Renee Hill

Students will use a variety of different mediums to create their own unique masterpieces. Classes will include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and collage.

T/Th: Musical Theatre & Society (Seventh Graders only)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teacher: Kim Bakker

We will look at societal issues through the lens of musical theatre by watching the film versions of West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and Hairspray. We'll discuss how these well known works dramatize important human issues. 

T/Th: Stage Combat & Choreography (Seventh Graders only)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teacher: Brandon Joseph

We will study sword fighting and hand-to-hand combat. Also, we'll choreograph a dance in musical theatre, modern, and jazz. If you like to move, choreograph, and enjoy musical theatre, this is the class for you!

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