Academics

Fine Arts

Central Catholic High School’s Fine Arts Department is focused on exploring, developing and nurturing the artistic gifts of each student in the disciplines of theater, music, and visual arts.

CLICK HERE for the basic at-home art materials list for Art I–IV and AP courses.

Grade Level: 11-12 | 1 Credit
This is the highest level visual arts course offered and is designed to prepare the most serious art students by helping them develop an in-depth portfolio showcasing the breadth and depth of knowledge in their self-selected are of interest. Students are encouraged to explore their own area of proficiency in 2-D media, including (but not limited to): graphic design, photography, drawing/painting, collage, fashion design, printmaking, etc. There is no preferred or unacceptable style or content. The 2-D Design course is portfolio based and addresses two-dimensional design issues and involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students' portfolios will demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce compelling visual compositions. Students may choose to submit any or all of their portfolios. Portfolios are evaluated based on standardized scoring descriptors aligned with skills and understanding developed in college foundation courses.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Art II, Digital Photography II
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This foundation course is an overview of basic art principles, methods and media. Basic techniques of drawing, painting, design and mixed media are areas of exploration. Course content covers a survey of the elements and principles of art as well as art techniques, art historical context and art related concepts. The projects will incorporate activities and assignments that will allow students to explore a variety of concepts to inform their own work. Projects emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, mindful observation and reflection.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This course focuses on creative problem solving utilizing art principles, methods and media. Projects focus on visual communication and further skill development in sketching, drawing, painting and mixed media techniques. Process and experimentation will be encouraged. Art history, critique, reflection and discussion are integrated into the curriculum and expose students to a range of art concepts and processes. Student projects focus on practicing art as the expressive communication of experience and ideas, with increasing attention on the conceptual rather than the perceptual.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Art I
Grade Level: 10-12 | 1 Credit
Students in this course will engage with a deeper exploration of their personal voice and visual style by engaging with more alternative techniques and contemporary art concepts. Students will be instructed in a variety of unconventional techniques and approaches to traditional themes, while entering into a regular discussion about art theory and criticism. Projects will encourage in depth exploration of concepts often stemming from art history, contemporary art practices and other creative disciplines such as dance, architecture and music.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Art II
Grade Level: 11-12 | 1 Credit
Students in this course will contract with the instructor to produce more extensive and varied projects in each grading period. As in Art III, students work independently and are subject to direct instruction, supervision, and constructive criticism. There will also be an emphasis on aesthetics, art history, art career potentials, public displays of their work and portfolio development. Projects will encourage in depth exploration of concepts often stemming from art history, contemporary art practices and other creative disciplines such as dance, architecture and music. Emphasis on in-depth analysis, revision, persistence, craftsmanship, writing and self critique will serve to prepare students to develop work for public display, portfolio work and college applications.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Art III
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This class is for students continuing to play a band instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion) and want to explore contemporary wind ensemble music, including jazz, concert band literature, and 20 th century music. This course will be rooted in the techniques of wind ensemble performance and rehearsal, but will expose students to a wide range of musical styles and genres. Practice and participation in performances, including pep band are required. Instruments are provided if the school has them available. This class is only offered during zero period.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This course introduces the student to ceramic techniques and materials. Throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building in clay, and introduction to sculpture are explored. Basic surface decoration and glazing techniques are covered. Students participate in stacking, firing, and the understanding of how a kiln operates.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
In this course serious ceramic students will get the opportunity to expand their knowledge in three major areas: throwing on the wheel, hand building and sculpture. The student will pick approximately three themes to explore and expand in conjunction with the teacher. Public exhibition of work is recommended.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Ceramics I
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students in this course will engage with a deeper exploration of their personal voice and visual style by engaging with more advanced ceramic construction techniques and contemporary art concepts. Students will be instructed in a variety of advanced techniques and approaches to traditional themes, while entering into a regular discussion about ceramic art theory and criticism. Projects will encourage in depth exploration of concepts often stemming from a variety of creative disciplines.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Ceramics II
Grade Level: 11-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students in this course will contract with the instructor to produce more extensive and varied projects in each grading period. As in Ceramics III, students work independently and are subject to direct instruction, supervision, and constructive criticism. There will also be an emphasis on aesthetics, art history, art career potentials, public displays of their work and portfolio development. Projects will encourage in depth exploration of concepts often stemming personal creative influences. Emphasis on in-depth analysis, revision, persistence, craftsmanship, writing and self critique will serve to prepare students to develop work for public display, portfolio work and college applications.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Ceramics III
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students will learn and develop vocal skills for individual and group singing. A wide repertoire will be explored with the intention of providing students a historical and stylistic overview of music befitting a college preparatory curriculum, including singing in a variety of languages. Students will have opportunities to participate in Mt. Hood League, ACDA, MENC and OSAA events. Ensemble performances are expected for school and special events, both on and off campus

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This design course introduces the core concepts of visual design — visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Composition issues and strategies valid in all areas of 2D and 3D visual design are explored through examples, exercises, critiques and creative projects. Course content introduces design discipline and language through studio projects, readings, writing, visual problem solving, experimentation and reflection. Basic skills in objective observation and representation, including line, shape, tone, and space will be explored through a range and mix of media both analog and digital tools. Drawing and sketching is emphasized as a tool for formulating and working through design problems. Student work will be a combination of sketchbook activities and larger studio projects with emphasis on experimentation, exploration and process.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
This basic photography class will teach students about the creation and practice of fine art photography. Throughout the course students will receive detailed instruction on the manual functions of digital, single-lens reflex cameras. Along with camera control, students will gain extensive experience using Adobe Photoshop CC to correct, enhance and construct unique photographic images. In addition to technical instruction, there will be an emphasis on art history and theory providing a strong basis for students’ creative exploration and growth.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students will continue to build on techniques covered in the introductory course, but will drastically expand their creative horizons by digging deeper into experimental image making and contemporary art. Technical foundations will be revisited both in-camera and in Adobe Photoshop CC, but the emphasis on this course will be questioning the norms for what makes “good” art, in an effort to achieve a more compelling form of expression. Extensive time will be given allowing students to practice new editing techniques and begin the development of a personalized artistic vision and voice.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Digital Photography I
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
In this advanced course, students will be given more freedom to develop unique projects that are even more in line with their personal interests than previous classes. Direct instruction with more complex technical and conceptual prompts will continue, but extra emphasis will be placed on the development of long term, cohesive projects that are student-led. Furthermore, student involvement in the process of printing and preparing work for public exhibition will also be emphasized, as students are prepared to take steps in advocating for themselves as visual artists and communicators in the community at-large.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Digital Photography II
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students begin to learn the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and theatre games. An introduction to pantomime, vocal projection, motivated movement and character development are introduced. Students actively participate in front of the class in group and individual exercises, building confidence and concentration. Minimal memorization is required as the final project is the presentation of a monologue. Students are required to see two plays.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students continue the acting course sequence by further developing their improvisation, voice, pantomime and external character building skills. Intermediate theatre games and playable objective exercises are combined with beginning scene study work to help students create believable characters. Memorization is required as the final project is the presentation of a scene. Students are required to see two plays.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Drama I
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students further their study of acting by learning techniques to analyze and explore a character’s internal feelings and emotional life. More complex monologues and scenes are read, analyzed and staged. A major component of this class is the writing of a children’s theatre piece based on a book, myth or folklore of their choosing. Traditional theatre, puppets, video, dance and shadow play are some of the possible formats of presentation. Students are required to see two plays.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Drama II
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students expand their study of theatre by being introduced to the techniques and process of directing. Students will direct each other in advanced scene work and make ready for public presentation a production of their original one-act play or children’s theatre piece. Students are required to see two plays.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Drama III
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students are introduced to electronic music, MIDI, and composing. In this project-based class, students will work to produce a selection of original musical compositions using the computer programs Reason and Sony Acid Pro

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
Students continue the course sequence begun in Electronic Music Lab I, learning live and recorded sound production, mixing, recording studio techniques, and sequencing. Students will use digital audio workstations on a variety of projects including CD production, audio editing, soundtrack preparation, and music notation with such programs as Reason, Sibelius, and Sony Acid Pro.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Electronic Music Lab I
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This class is designed for experienced performers of Brass, Saxophone, or Rhythm Section (piano, bass, guitar and drum) instruments. Musical emphasis is jazz and related musical styles in both "Big Band" and ensemble formats. Special technical emphasis is given to sight-reading and improvisation skills. This group performs challenging material at concerts and festivals/competitions. Practice and participation in performances, including pep band, outside of the school day are required. Students will have opportunities to participate in Mt. Hood League, OMEA, and OSAA events.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Band
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
Designed for the singer/songwriter or music performer outside of a traditional wind ensemble or choir (rock/folk guitar, contemporary solo piano, hip-hop/rap, electronic/DJ) – this course surveys the process of modern music marketing and production, including the use of internet, live recording, and stage performance. Students enrolled in this class learn stage presence, live sound setup, techniques of songwriting, and performance technique. Students are required to perform from their set for Open Mic Night and for a special evening of musical acts showcasing the students in this course. Students will have time in class to work in small groups (ensembles) and alone (solo) to develop their musical material and receive one-on-one training with the instructor.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 10-12 | 0.5 Credit
The focus of this course is on developing the student’s music, dance, and acting technique with an emphasis on improving individual student needs. The course will follow a general instruction, lecture, and master class/workshop format where students will participate in staging, choreographing, rehearsing, and performing musical works for the stage. Students will learn, through authentic experience, vocal method, choreography, diction, blocking , and the art of the audition. Basic musical theatre dance styles and combinations will be introduced and practiced. Students will synthesize learned skills through solo duet, and ensemble musical theatre performances that will take place during class. Course content will also include the development of Musical Theatre; its history, playwrights, styles, genres, eras, and notable composers, including Porter Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Lerner & Loewe, Sondheim, Webber, Rice, and Hart. This course will culminate in an end-of-semester public showcase.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This course introduces the student to the elements of design, execution, and principles of the copper foil technique in stained glass. Students will learn the skills of cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering, leading and applying patina. A strong emphasis on design and originality is stressed. Students are required to display their final project for public critique in the school art show.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites:
Grade Level: 9-12 | 0.5 Credit
This course takes the serious glass student to the next level of design. A larger glass panel (between 125-200 pieces) will be executed with an improved knowledge of the elements of design. A wider choice of glass types and colors is available to the Stained Glass II student. Possible fusing of glass may be included in the process. Public exhibition of completed work is recommended and encouraged.

Credit Status: Elective | Prerequisites: Stained Glass I

Fine Arts Faculty

Avery Heater
Avery Heater
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  • DRAMA I
Jared Jaffe
Jared Jaffe
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  • CERAMICS I
  • CERAMICS II
  • CERAMICS III
  • CERAMICS IV
Bryan Lafaye
Bryan Lafaye
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  • AP 2D ART
  • ART I
  • ART II
  • DESIGN I
Chris McLean
Chris McLean '94
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  • BAND
  • CONCERT CHOIR
  • ELECTRONIC MUSIC LAB I
  • HONORS JAZZ BAND
  • MUSIC PRODUCTION LAB
Jeanette Pelster
Jeanette Pelster
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  • DESIGN I
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY III