Fine Arts

 

ART
It is the fundamental goal of the art courses to provide the students with the opportunity for creative expression, an appreciation of the beauty in God’s creation, and the ability to recognize the beauty that can be rendered through one’s efforts and imagination. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of media, engage in experimentation and discoveries, and grow in their own personal fulfillment.
 
STUDIO ART I
TRACK 2 (712) PREREQUISITE: Approval of the department chair
GRADES 9, 10, 11
This course is an introduction to Art. The basic fundamentals of the elements and principles of design are taught. Students will work with a variety of materials and subject matters. Emphasis is placed on studio production, supplemented with art history, aesthetics, and criticism. Class production and homework are required. There is a $40.00 fee that is used to pay for all the materials supplied by the school.
 
STUDIO ART II
TRACK 2 (722) PREREQUISITE: Approval of the department chair and completion of Art I
GRADES 10, 11, 12
In this course the students are introduced to a more sophisticated approach to ideas, and subject matters. The basic fundamentals taught in Art I are applied in a more creative and developed manner. Experimentation in new media and graphic design is taught. There is a $40.00 fee required to pay for all the materials supplied by the school.
 
STUDIO ART III, IV
TRACK 2 (732) (742) PREREQUISITE: Approval of department chair and completion of Art I and II.
GRADES 11, 12
In this course the students will continue the exploration of the process and techniques taught in Art I and II. Students will be given the opportunity to apply creatively their knowledge of materials and subject matters. Emphasis is placed on building a portfolio. Students are given the opportunity for individualized projects. Art careers and college applications are discussed. There is a $40.00 fee used to pay for all of the students materials supplied by the school
 
PAFA Program
TRACK 1
PREREQUISITE: Good background in drawing; presentation of the student’s portfolio and 
approval of the department chair
GRADE - 9,10,11,12
Roman Catholic High School offers advanced art classes through a program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The John McShain Charities, Inc and John H. Ball sponsors this program.
Students have the opportunity of earning college credits. Classes are attended after the end of the regular school day for a period of 2½ hours once a week. Each semester consists of 15 weeks. Students receive marks on their report cards at the end of each semester. The curriculum is based on the fundamentals of Art accompanied by demonstrations, critiques, and visits to the museum. Drawings are made from natural objects from the Academy’s Nature Lab, as well as casts and live models. 
The school may withhold marks if the student has been absent more than the allotted time according to PAFA regulations. Students will not be dropped from the program during the term; failure to improve in attendance will result in being prohibited from enrolling the following term.
 

MUSIC I AND MUSIC II
TRACK 2 (750) (760)
MUSIC III AND MUSIC IV
TRACK 2 (771) (781)
CURRICULUM: The music program offers an opportunity to perform in a marching band, concert band, jazz band, classical ensemble, blues band, rock band, liturgical music group, and chorus. The department requires a weekly lesson by a professional teacher. Music theory, composition, and ear training are stressed in class and group ensembles. Attendance at marching band and concert band functions is required. Academic credit is given for each year of the program. Music is rostered as an academic class and scheduled during the course of the school day. Since music is a rostered academic course, students may not drop this course, except during the regular drop period. If they so desire the y may choose not to select the course in the next academic year.
 
CHORUS – (CHORAL SOCIETY)
TRACK 2
The chorus is a male singing group consisting of students from grades 9 through 12. The class will meet during homeroom. Some rehearsals are held after school... Aural skills, ear training and sight singing will be a part of the course. Performances and special functions are required. All students are welcome. No auditions required. The choral program also consists of a barbershop and do wop group. Selection into these two groups, barbershop and do wop are by audition. Academic credit is given for each year of the program. Chorus is rostered as an academic class and scheduled during the course of the school day. Since chorus is a rostered academic course, students may not drop this course, except during the regular drop period. If they so desire they may choose not to select the course in the next academic year.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
1. Interested students with no prior background in music may join at the beginning of the 9th or 10th grade. Only those students who currently play an instrument will be accepted in the program during 11th and 12th grade. Students are encouraged to provide their own instruments, however, there are a limited number of instruments that belong to RCHS that are available for student use.
2. The Music Fee is $100.00.
3. Students must cooperate with the moderator, director, and instrument teachers. Each student is responsible for the care of his instrument and he must show a sincere effort to learn the instrument. Any student who does not cooperate fully will be eligible for dismissal from the program and will fail the course for the year. The student will be required to attend Diocesan Summer School to remove the failure. It is Diocesan policy that a student may not graduate or return to a Diocesan High School with a failure on his record.
 
FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
1. Each musician must participate in various fund-raising activities during the spring of the school year. The student is not permitted to drain his family’s financial resources; rather, each member is to work with the music director to help raise money for the program.
2. Each musician must sell $120.00 worth of ads beginning in September and has until March 17. If these ads are not sold, the student will perform ten hours of service for the band after March 17 and $120.00 will be added to his music fee.
 
 
THEATER
TRACK 2 (723)
GRADE - 9,10,11,12
The Theater Course is open to those students who have a desire to study theater production either as actors, technicians, or stage crew. All aspects of production will be taught giving the student a complete overview and first hand experience in theater roles both on and behind the stage. Students are required to participate in all of the classroom curriculum, regardless of their preference to any one area of the theater. Classes consist of scene study (acting), vocal production (singing), and movement (basic dance and movement techniques). Classes are taught by theater professionals.
Classes will meet on each day of the academic cycle. When shows are in production, students may be required to stay late in the afternoon and into the evening on many days, and weekends for rehearsal. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that he does not fall behind academically regardless of the amount of time spent on a theater production. All theater students are required to work on Roman productions. The Roman Players produce at least one, but no more than two shows annually.
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