Electives

Public Speaking/Speech

This class is offered every other year and will be offered again 2021-2022.

Improv

Tutor: David Petershack

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)

Curriculum Required: None required.

Prerequisites: None required

Course Description: This class is designed to acquaint students with the beauty and magic of theater by using improv techniques to learn how to put your own imprint on a character. We will focus on voice, stage movement, and role playing. By using improvisational skills, the class will train students to express themselves joyfully and with confidence. They will learn to create a believable character and portray it with technical skill in a production(s) throughout the year.

Theater Production

Instructor: David Petershack

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)

One time Fee: $60

Theater Fee : $100 (at least ten tickets at $10 each either sold or bought by each family due by February 1)

Minimum Enrollment: 5 students

Curriculum Required: None required.

Prerequisites: None required

Course Description: This is a course designed to acquaint students with the beauty and magic of theater. It will be fun! fun! fun! We will focus on voice, stage movement, and role playing. By using improvisational skills, the class will train students to express themselves joyfully and with confidence. They will learn to create a believable character and portray it with technical skill in a production scheduled for the end of the year at a real theater (either on stage or as a technical aid). Past productions include Much Ado About Nothing, Wizard of Oz, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Class is graded pass/fail based on participation. If you have questions about grades please contact me.

Junk Box Wars- canceled

Instructor: Marla Ripps

Grade level: Recommended Grade Level: 7th-12th

Class fee: $360 per year ($45 per month)

Copy fee: $60

Books required: No textbook

Supplies required: 3-ring binder, composition notebook, pen, calculator

Course description: You may see a pile of straws, paper, bottle caps, batteries, etc., but Junk Boxers see raw materials for making a boat, a car, a parachute harness, or maybe even a wind turbine! Junk Box Wars is a class where ingenuity, problem solving, and trash come together in a race against the clock!

Archery - canceled

Instructor: Roger Koss

Course Fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)

Supply Fee: $60

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Minimum Enrollment: 8 students

S3DA Archery Membership: Membership to S3DA Archery is required Membership Registration link. Yearly membership is $25. Select Alamo Area Archery as your primary club.

Curriculum Required: none

Supplies Required: none

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Robin Hood, Legolas the Elf, and Katniss Everdeen occupy a special place in literature and legend for their prowess with a bow and arrow! Now you can take a shot at glory by learning this fun and ancient sport! This course teaches target Olympic-style Archery. It is designed to accommodate both the beginning archer as well as more advanced archers. The emphasis is on establishing a solid foundation. Topics covered are: care of equipment, history of archery, archery form, physics of archery and archery technique.

Art 1

Instructor: TBD

Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)

Supply Fee: $65 one-time supply fee

Grade Level: 6 - 12

Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 5 min/no max students

Curriculum Required: none

Supplies Required:

Sketchbook, inexpensive, available at Michael's or Hobby Lobby

Pencils, graphite, HB (#2) and B (softer) two of each to start

Kneaded erasers,

Small pencil sharpener, preferably one with a chamber to capture the shavings.

Colored Pencils, map colors are fine, a small package, inexpensive.

Paper: Drawing paper, can either be loose leaf or wire bound.

Prerequisite: none

Course Description:This course provides an introduction to the visual arts through a variety of mediums and styles. We will study the great artists and movements that have shaped the face of the art world throughout history, and students will learn to apply basic elements and principles of design such as proportion and perspective. Art 1 students will be expected to produce guided work in class, and will also be required

to keep a sketch book for weekly homework. Art projects will include work in charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel, and more. Class time will be split between art history, and guided studio work. There is the possibility for an occasional field trip. This class is very focused on the individuality of each student's unique work, so participation in class and homework will figure strongly in grading. Quizzes on academic material presented will also be administered. Art 1 is interactive, informative, and encouraging to young artists! ALL ARE WELCOME.

Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.

Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their participation, work, homework and quizzes on academic material.

Art 2

Instructor: TBD

Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)

Supply Fee: $65 one-time supply fee

Grade Level: 9 - 12

Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 5 min/no max students

Curriculum Required: none

Supplies Required:

Sketchbook, inexpensive, available at Michael's or Hobby Lobby

Pencils, graphite, HB (#2) and B (softer) two of each to start

Kneaded erasers,

Small pencil sharpener, preferably one with a chamber to capture the shavings.

Colored Pencils, map colors are fine, a small package, inexpensive.

Paper: Drawing paper, can either be loose leaf or wire bound.

Prerequisite: Art 1 or submission of portfolio for approval by the teacher

Course Description: As an advanced art course, students are required to complete Art 1 first, or be prepared to show a portfolio of recent, advanced artwork demonstrating their grasp of basic art foundations. In this class, we will continue our study of great artists throughout history and their influence on the world. We will also practice figure sketching, a necessity for every portfolio. Students will be expected to engage actively in their weekly projects, keep a daily sketch book, and push the boundaries of their artistic abilities. We will spend the year building a viable portfolio with a unique artistic voice for each student. Mediums will include charcoal, chalk, oil pastels, Chinese ink, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, and more!

This class is a necessity for any student considering art school, or anyone who wishes to build confidence and strengthen their skill.

Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.

Course Grading Policy: Grading will depend strongly on participation, and willingness to learn.

Intro to Comics, Cartooning, and Animation

Instructor: TBD

Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)

Supply Fee: $65 one-time supply fee

Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 5 min/no max students

Curriculum Required: Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away! by Christopher Hart

Supplies Required:

Sketchbook, inexpensive, available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby

Pencils, graphite, HB (#2) and B (softer) two of each to start

Kneaded erasers,

Small pencil sharpener, preferably one with a chamber to capture the shavings.

Ultra-Fine Sharpie in Black

Colored Pencils, map colors are fine, a small package, inexpensive.

Paper: Drawing paper, can either be loose leaf or wire bound.

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Are you always drawing cartoon characters? Do your friends ask you to draw their favorite characters for them? If you like to draw anime, manga, or you enjoy making up your own comics, this class is for you! We will study a variety of animation styles, including different types of manga and anime, action comics, noir, classic Disney, and modern CGI animation. We will also discuss the artists that pioneered the modern world of comics and cartooning, and students will learn the basics of writing comics, character design, and hand

drawn animation.

Course Grading Policy: Grading will be based on class participation, and final projects.