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. Students choose two electives per semester; electives meet twice a week.

Fall 2017 arts elective choices
for Seventh & Eighth Graders

M/W: Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus (full-year)

Mondays & Wednesdays (both semesters)
Teacher: Brandon Joseph

Do you like to sing? Students in the Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus (MBCCC) develop their singing skills for a lifetime of enjoyment of choral music. In this program organized by the Aspen Music Festival & School, students will sing in an ensemble chorus here at ACDS, then join 100+ students from other schools for four exciting mass rehearsals. They also perform in two special concerts at Harris Hall (January and April). Guest conductors visit the class to coach and fine-tune performance techniques.

M/W: Code Club

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Brian Davies

Code Club projects are step-by-step guides for students follow to create animations, games, websites, and much more. Students will build their programming skills as they move through the projects and challenges. Coding projects are in Scratch, Python, RaspberryPi, or HTML+CSS.

M/W: Film

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Marci Sketch

Students will learn the basics of moviemaking, develop a concept/storyline, learn techniques to visually capture thinking, and apply editing tools. 

M/W: Aardvark Writers' Workshop

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Susan Benner

Stories, poems, plays, narratives of any kind, screenplays, notebooks, letters, spoken word performances, standup, children's books -- what you work on will be your choice. We will write and read each time we meet. Guest writers will be invited. 

M/W: Painting

Mondays & Wednesdays
Teacher: Paula Ponto

Learn all about painting techniques and color theory. Students will complete several paintings using watercolor and acrylics. If you are new to painting, this course is chance to build basic skills; if you've previously taken Painting 1, it is an opportunity to further your craft. 

T/Th: Drawing

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teacher: Paula Ponto

Learn to draw! Students will draw from observation and learn to use grid technique as they develop basic drawing skills. 

T/Th: Acting

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teachers: Marci Sketch and Brandon Joseph

This class is for students who want to learn the basic fundamentals of acting. We work on many skills, including motivation and characterization. Students work with scene partners to create dynamic scenes using classic dramatic works.

T/Th: Musical Creations

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teacher: Kim Bakker

Write your own music! Students will learn basic composition skills to create music from classical to popular music styles. If you have ever wondered how Beethoven, Bruno, and the Weeknd use music and composition, then this is the class for you! Students learn music writing skills and theories to write songs and lyrics using various musical instruments. 

T/Th: Watercolor

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Teacher: Renee Hill

Explore the techniques and aesthetics of a simple yet complex medium. Watercolor painting offers endless possibilities for creative expression. Students in this course develop important skills of composition, design, and technique.
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