Marcel Proust. Colette. Simone de Beauvoir. Albert Camus.Tahar Ben Jelloun. Samuel Beckett. Jacques Brel
Students in this semester-long course (offered during the spring term) will explore the fundamentals of animation movement. Students will learn about stop motion, Flash, rotoscoping, and other experimental techniques. This course is an ideal follow-up to Media Arts or Graphic Design, and students who have completed Design, Draw/Paint, and Photography may enroll as well
In this year-long course, students will learn the fundamentals of video production, including lighting, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. Although the class is intended for the novice filmmaker, experienced students are welcome, and projects will be adapted to challenge their individual skill levels. Class time will be primarily devoted to student- and instructor-designed projects that may include video poetry, music videos, public-service announcements, short features, and documentary projects. Our emphasis will be on developing projects from concept (preproduction) through construction (production and postproduction) to culmination (screening).
Join the staff of the of the Garrulous Pine yearbook. Fundamentals of layout and design, typography, and photography will be intertwined with understanding different forms of journalistic writing. Experience is required for editorial staff. All others are welcome, and we’ll gladly put you to work! This class will meet two times per week for the entire year; upon completion, students will receive a half-credit.
Students in this course have the opportunity to express themselves in drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a wide range of skills. In print-making, students will produce block prints, mono prints, embossings and etchings. Using the campus, we will draw and paint outdoors. Studio work will include portraiture and life drawing from professional models. Projects include both assigned and independent, student-initiated pieces in traditional and contemporary formats. The class provides time for skill development, which supports students’ independent work.
This course teaches students who are new to the game the fundamentals of tennis. Instruction will include the proper technique and key mechanical components to successfully hit forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads. Drills and team match play, rules, and etiquette are included.
Students learn the basics of climbing and belay techniques, equipment maintenance, climbing safety, and risk assessment.
This course is open to advanced music students who wish to explore composition.
This course is a combination of music history and music appreciation and is designed for the non-musician, but will appeal to skilled musicians as well. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras of classical music are covered as we examine the lives of great composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland. Extensive listening is involved. Videos and documentaries on related topics augment the great music that forms the core of the course. A student may expect to acquire a good understanding of music history (European and American) and master composers, and be able to listen to a piece of music and determine its time period, style, and possible composer. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Advanced music students may combine private lessons outside of school, weekly practice, and performance in two concerts to receive half an arts credit. Instructor approval is required.
This course is for the beginning or intermediate student who wants to expand knowledge and increase skills on the piano. A required practice regimen will be discussed and agreed upon and must be maintained for course credit. A weekly meeting time with the instructor is arranged.
Advanced music students may form duets, trios, or ensembles to explore classical literature and performance. Participation in Catlin Gabel concerts, directed by the instructor, is required. Open to all Upper School students.