EDUCATION FOR THE ARTS (EFA)

  • All EFA courses count towards fulfillment of the Visual, Performing and Applied Arts Credit. See all Education for the Arts course descriptions at www.kresa.org/efa

    Visual Arts

    Visual Arts Exploration
    0.5 Credit
    Course #: 2050-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12  
    Site: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA)
    Scheduling Note: Class meets Wednesday evenings (September – January)
    This is an in-depth exploration of advanced 2-D techniques including drawing and design, print-making, watercolor, acrylics and other media. Portfolio preparation and public exhibition opportunities are available. Students will work with a number of professional artists in studio facilities at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

    Visual Arts Exploration
    0.5 Credit 
    Course #: 2051-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12  
    Site: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA)
    Scheduling Note: Class meets Wednesday evenings (January – June)
    This is an in-depth exploration of advanced 3-D techniques including sculpture, ceramics, modeling, carving and casting processes, using a wide range of materials, creating representational and abstract works will be introduced through detailed demonstrations. Students will work with a variety of professional artists in modern studio facilities at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Portfolio preparation and public exhibition opportunities are available.  

    Advanced Visual Studio
    3 Trimesters (2 periods) - 2.0 - 3.0 Credits 
    Course #: 2052-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12  
    Site: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA)
    Scheduling Note: Class meets for two periods/day for a full year
    This is an in-depth exploration of advanced 2-D techniques including drawing and design, photography with darkroom processing, painting, and printmaking. Advanced 3-D techniques will include sculpting, wheel throwing, modeling, casting, and jewelry making. Various media will be introduced through detailed demonstrations. Students will work with a number of professional artists in studio facilities at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Portfolio preparation and public exhibition opportunities are available.

    Media Arts

    3D Computer Animation and Game Design
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 credits
    Course #: 2057-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Site: Epic Center, PMN
    Introduction to the technical and creative fundamentals of 3D animation software. Students will learn core concepts such as modeling, mapping, storyboard/ scripting, and rendering. Students will create original characters and environment designs, animate characters in a game landscape, and design storyboards using gaming logic and strategies.

    Advanced Creative Writing - Online
    1 Trimester - 0.5 credit
    Course #: 2093-1
    Prerequisite: Creative Writing - Online
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Site: All High Schools 
    This class is open to motivated writers who have successfully completed the Creative Writing Online class. Students will submit an individualized writing project to the instructor in any creative writing genre. The instructor will develop with students, a relevant research plan and writing / revision calendar. Students will receive feedback from instructor and peer student writers. Final writing product will be shared in an online portfolio and submitted to student writing festivals

    Comics, Manga and Graphic Novel Arts
    1 Trimester - 1 credit 
    Course # 2065-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Site: Four days on-line, one day on site
    In this course, students will learn how to write and produce compelling, artistic and inventive comics or manga, and Graphic Novels. Students will research the history of comics, study the elements of story, plot and character development, and the productive use of imagery, layout, and composition. Students will work individually and collaboratively on projects. This is not a drawing class. Students will develop projects through manipulation and editing of found media and open source graphics. Students will actively research comics history and techniques and learn to critically analyze their own and peer work.

    Creative Writing Online Web-Based
    1 Semester - 0.5 Credit  Course #:  2092-1
    1 Semester - 1 Credit    Course #:  2092-2 
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Through the study of written works in various forms and the regular practice of writing, students will achieve a better understanding of the creative writing process. Additionally, students will collaborate on a few projects, and will read and critique one another’s work through small group workshops (held through discussion forums).  Students will turn in four major creative writing assignments, regular creative writing exercises, three short reflections, a recording of the student performing an assignment, and an online portfolio.

    Digital Photo Art
    1 Semester – 0.5 Credits
    Course #:  2056-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Site: Evening/Online: Blended Learning Class
    Web-based and Epic Center, PMN
    This class introduces, enhances, and refines students’ ability to express themselves with the aid of digital cameras. Students will learn photographic technique, computer enhancement of photos, printing, and professional presentation techniques. Students will have a number of assignments ranging from core photography fundamentals to immersive pieces of personal expression. Students will end with the beginnings of a portfolio and knowledge to continue and expand on their work in the future.

    Digital Studio Art
    1 Semester – 0.5 Credits
    Course #:  2054-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Site: Evening/Online: Blended Learning Class
    Web-based and Epic Center
    Digital tools permeate nearly all avenues of media, including such fundamental artistic mediums as drawing and painting. The generations-old techniques once practiced with pencil and paper and brush and canvas are now increasingly supplemented or even supplanted by pixels and vectors. This class will provide an introduction to the basics of drawing and painting using digital means and will give students an introduction to the basics of digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The course is built around the core elements of visual art, such as line, shape, value, and color, with an additional emphasis on learning and using the tools of imaging software.

    Film and Video Arts
    3 Trimesters - 3.0 Credits
    Course #: 2063-1789
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 10, 11, 12 
    Site: Kalamazoo Central High School
    Scheduling Note: Meets daily (M-F), two periods per day for a full year
    This course introduces students to the creation and study of time-based media in video and film. Students will work with the latest digital technology in creating a variety of works that help them mold and define their own personal visual style for innovative, artistic communication.

    KVCC Media Arts
    3 Trimesters - 3.0 Credits
    Course #: 2061-1789
    Grades: 10, 11, 12 
    Prerequisite: None
    Site: KVCC’s Center for New Media
    Scheduling Note: Meets daily (M-F), two periods per day for a full year
    Students will create artworks using computers as tools and learn how art communicates emotions and ideas. Projects include digital photograph manipulation, art for the Internet, stereo 3-D images, digital painting, and combining traditional media with new techniques.

    Dance

    Beginning Dance Studio
    [MAC] Physical Education
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credits
    Course #: 2070-456
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: None    
    This course may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 trimesters.  
    Site: Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix High Schools
    Learn the basic elements and discipline of formal dance technique, exploring classical modern dance, ballet, jazz, and cultural dance styles. Exploration of dance-related subjects will include movement improvisation, composition, and dance history. Students gain performance skills, learn how to choreograph their own dances, and are required to participate in EFA dance concerts each semester. They will have the opportunity to take field trips to see live dance concerts and attend master classes. Students will work with professional dance educators and guest artists.

    Intermediate Dance Studio 
    [MAC] Physical Education
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 Credits
    Course #: 2074-789
    Prerequisites: Beginning Dance Studio
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
    Site: Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix High Schools
    Students will further their training through in-depth instruction and structured small group student exploration in formal dance technique, classical modern dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and cultural dance styles. Exploration of dance-related subjects include movement improvisation, composition, and dance history. Students will gain performance, composition, and choreographic skills, develop observation, analysis, critical thinking, and reflection skills. Students will prepare and produce a dance presentation each trimester. The class will take field trips to professional dance concerts and have the opportunity to work with master guest artists. 

    Integrated Dance/PE/Health Class 
    [MAC] Physical Education   
    [MAC] Health
    [MAC] Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts
    Check with your counselor for scheduling and credit options
    3 Trimesters - 2.0 Credits 
    Course #: 2072-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 10, 11, 12 
    Site: Wellspring Dance, Epic Center
    This class integrates dance, physical education, and health. During first half of the year, students will study dance and physical education, earning 0.5 credit in fine arts and 0.5 credit in PE. Beginning in January, students will study dance and health, earning 0.5 credit in health and an additional 0.5 credit in fine arts. The course will afford students opportunities to develop creative skills in dance, explore a variety of lifetime fitness and sports activities, and learn about important diet, nutrition, and health-related issue.

    Music and Theatre

    Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop
    3 Trimesters - 3.0 Credits
    Course #: 2080-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 10, 11, 12 
    Site: Portage Northern High School 
    Using a workshop approach, students will experience an in-depth study of musical theatre in order to enhance their appreciation of the genre and to improve their practical performance skills in acting, vocal and dance performance. Mentored by theatre, vocal and dance educators, and guest artists, students will have the opportunity to explore, perform, and critique various aspects of musical theatre from the past to the present. Emphasis will be placed on creative and innovative approaches to performing works.

    Hip Hop 180
    1 Trimester - 1.0 Credits
    Course #: 2075-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 10, 11, 12
    Site: Loy Norrix High School
    Activate your voice and amplify your vision through the power of performance rap /poetry, music, and movement.  Dig into the history of Hip Hop culture and social justice leadership to build skills, decipher contexts, and determine truths.  Then merge your artistic and activist knowledge and techniques to enact meaningful, positive social change in the community.

    Music Studio
    1 Trimester - 1.0 Credits
    Prerequisite: None
    Course #: 20817, 20818, 20819
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Site: Epic Center
    Scheduling Note: Meets after school on Tuesday and Thursday
    Learn to create and record your own music from the first beat to the last chord. Students will develop deep listening skills to break down the elements of music composition: rhythm, tempo, melody, harmonics, and lyrics. With these musical tools, students will compose new music, mash-up music genres, and re-envision and create cover songs. Students will learn the basic techniques of studio recording and post-production.

    Theatre Improv and Scriptwriting
    3 Trimesters - 3.0 Credits
    Course #: 2082-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Grades: 10, 11, 12
    Site: Comstock High School
    Scheduling Note: Meets daily (M-F), two periods per day for a full year
    Through in-depth study and practice of every aspect of theatre, students will learn the basics of improvisation, writing, directing, and acting for the stage as well as integrating image and music into their own theatrical performances. Meeting every day in a state-of-the-art professional theatre, students will work with practicing artists exploring different forms of theatre, from classical to contemporary, and many things in between. These experiences will form the development of each student’s distinct writing style and their own original work using the creative process in theatre and drama. Students will participate in a minimum of two class performances and visit area theatres to experience a variety of stage productions.