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Courses Offered at El Rancho HS

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Visual and Performing Arts
Code Title Department Description
VA410


Annual Staff Visual and Performing Arts Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
A course concerned principally with the publication of the high school yearbook and which gives training in the organization of material, page design, planning, and techniques of photography, engraving, literary style, headline writing, details of printing, cover design, and finance.
VA401


Art 1 Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Basic principles of art in a variety of materials make this an excellent foundation to continue with formal art training and for lifetime enrichment. Basic techniques in lettering, perspective design, drawing, and painting will be taught using tempera paint, ink, pencil, and watercolor. Course will fulfill the arts requirement.
VA409


Calligraphy Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Open to grades 10-12.
Introduces the discipline of Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing to the student. The course is for the student wishing to master the pen and ink process of hand lettering. Students will be introduced to numerous cultural and historical calligraphy styles and concepts.
PA405


Choraleers Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: Audition. May be repeated for credit
In this advanced choral performance group, students explore various styles of vocal music with emphasis on Pop, Vocal Jazz, and Musical Comedy. They learn choreographed movements to various songs, are given opportunities for solos, and learn showmanship in order to produce a complete “show” type production. The performance schedule is extensive with numerous concerts on campus, in the community, and throughout Southern California. Regular attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances.
PA421


Choralettes Visual and Performing Arts Prerequisite Audition (Intermediate Women’s Choir)
This is an auditioned intermediate women’s choir that learns vocal technique, music reading, and music theory. Students will learn to perform solos in front of an audience, and as a choir learn songs from various time periods and cultures. This group is invited to tour with the Choraleers, and for the community and at festivals.
PA403


Concert Band Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: Audition and/or Approval of music director. Minimum 2.0 GPA - May be repeated for credit.
This course is an instrumental unit devoted primarily to marching and concert activities. This group has a regular performance schedule of competitive events, football games, concerts, local amusement parks, and band festivals, as well as one or two weekend trips per year. This ensemble has rehearsals and performance scheduled during the summer and both during and after school hours. Attendance is required to all scheduled events.
PA407


Concert Choir Visual and Performing Arts No Prerequisites Non Auditioned (Freshman friendly)
In this mixed choir a students learns the basics of vocal technique, music reading, music theory and performing in front of an audience. Repertoire includes music from different time periods and cultures. This is a traditional choir with no choreography and attendance is required for all performances.
VA471


Digital Animation 1 Visual and Performing Arts 11th & 12th grade only
Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Students will be introduced to the art of computer-generated 3 dimensional design and animation. Students will create real and surreal 3D landscapes as well as customized animations. Camera movements, light sources and the control of moving objects will be covered in this course. A portfolio of 3D designs and movie animations will be developed.
VA470


Digital Imaging 1 Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
This course will explore the use of the computer in the field of graphic design. Students will learn the primary skills and techniques of computer-assisted art. Basic techniques in lettering, design, drawing, color and layout will be taught. Students will create professional-quality artwork that combines photography, lettering graphics and illustration. Students will also develop Internet skills, which can be applied to their projects.
VA412


Digital Photography Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Digital Photography teaches you how to use a digital camera to not just take a snapshot but also make great photographs. You will learn the tricks and tools of the trade, and you will get to know the manual features of the modern day digital camera. We will have class critiques to discuss the progress of your work and to emphasize your efforts as a photographer and artist. Students will be able to link photography to other art forms and disciplines as well as understand how photography applies to various careers in contemporary society.
PA401


Drama, Advanced Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Performance in the classroom and in the community is the stress in Advanced Acting class. Actors will be involved in extensive scene study as they delve into the classics of dramatic literature. Actors will also write a children’s show as part of a class project and perform at the elementary schools. Actors may also perform scenes and improvisational games at noon for Lunch Bag Theatre in order to showcase their talent. Advanced Drama can be repeated for credit.
PA400


Drama, Beginning Visual and Performing Arts Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
This is a functional course in which students learn by doing. Practical benefits include the development of poise, improvements in voice, better understanding of human nature, and an appreciation of the importance of teamwork and cooperation. The course includes the study of basic acting exercises and techniques, encompassing sensory awareness, pantomime, improvisation, script study, and performance. This course can be repeated for credit.
PA413


Jazz Ensemble Visual and Performing Arts This elective course is designed to develop an understanding of the nature, structure and meaning of the jazz idiom through the rehearsal and performance of advanced jazz literature. This course provides for increasing skill in jazz ensemble performance. This course may be repeated for credit.
Auditions for this ensemble will be held in November for placement. Instrumentation is limited to standard 17-piece jazz band: 5 saxes, 5 trombones, 4 trumpets, and rhythm section (piano/bass/drums/guitar). Additional players are included at the discretion of the director. Performance opportunities are numerous for this ensemble.



Marching Band Visual and Performing Arts
PA422


Pagentry/Drum Visual and Performing Arts Prerequisite: Audition and/or Approval of music director. Minimum 2.0 GPA-May be repeated for credit.
This course is designed specifically for banner and tall flags. This group has a regular performance schedule of competitive events, football games, as well as trips. This ensemble has rehearsals and performance scheduled during the summer and both during and after school hours. Attendance is required to all scheduled events.



String Orchestra Visual and Performing Arts



Studio Art, Advanced Placement Visual and Performing Arts
AT436


Video Production Visual and Performing Arts Experience in Creative Writing, Graphic Design, or Journalism is highly recommended.
10th-12th grade only
Video Production A provides students with an introduction in the various aspects of video production, including project design; video recording, editing, audio recording and editing; titling and graphics, Projects will include news event news reports; human interest, biographical or autobiographical features; community and/or social advertisements; and short, original narrative or art videos.