This course will approach research through the topic of Film Appreciation. Students will learn the history of film
and how it has developed. Students will learn how to critique film, explore its historical placement and film’s prevalence, and
discuss how their knowledge changes their overall view of the films explored.
This course will provide students with a solid foundation in all major aspects of theatre design. Instruction will focus on skills
pertaining to drafting for set and lighting design. Students will make use of strategies centered on technical language,
implementation, and technique. Through the course the students will understand drafting for lighting and set design allowing
the students to grow in creativity, critical thought, and analysis. This course will also work towards understanding the use of
sound for theatre as well as the role of the stage manager. Students will be challenged to collaborate in groups and grow as a
team as well as branch out individually to explore their own strengths and areas of interest.
In Art Studio students explore their possibilities of enjoying, doing, and exploring art. The Essential Question is What images, media, techniques of the artistic creative process do I enjoy the most? The Essential Skills are Persisting in Achieving Quality and Working Creatively.
Art, an Artist, and Myself
Throughout history there have been artists like you and me. Let us find them, learn about them, and be them. We will do this
in order to be more ourSelves. This is an intellectual playshop and an art studio course.
Art, mySelf…and Everyone Else
This course explores Self and how we express and perceive ourSelf through Art. Here we will see deeper and more clearly
where we didn’t know there was more to see. Here we will discover meaning where we didn’t know there was any, and/or find
meaning where there is none. Here we will see ourselves plainer and simpler, and at the same time see ourselves more unique
and complex. We will confront our Paradox. This is an intellectual playshop and an art studio course.
Art and my Surreal Self
Sometimes our minds automatically go someplace surprising; sometimes in a flash of comprehension, sometimes to horror
and fear, sometimes into a flight of fantasy. This art studio course challenges us to leave our rational and logical selves, our
minds, and spontaneously flow from our hearts exploring our emotions, joys, and fears through imagery.
Making Music Together (for Instrumentalists and Singers)
This is your chance to create cool harmonies, explore rhythms, try out new songs, make arrangements, practice ensemble
techniques, and work on presentation skills in our new music lab! For our exhibition, the class will host and perform for an
end-of-the year coffee house.
Stone Sculpture is art done in reverse. We do the creative process by taking away material, not by adding material to something or over something. Each student will be given a 30- to 50-pound alabaster stone. They will be instructed on how to use the sculpting tools: hammer, chisels, rasps, and carbide paper. The students will start sculpting without a clear idea of what they are doing. I want them to look for and find lines and forms that are pleasing to them without trying to force an idea on the stone. The stone will give them many opportunities and possibilities to create those shapes. The students will learn to have a conversation with stone. They will practice patience and persistence as they create an abstract design with stone.
Theatre Games and Improvisation
Imagine a class where you simply play games! In this class we will explore a variety of theatre games of varying skill and
complexity, with the goal being that students become adept at facilitating these games. We will also explore various fun
improvisation games, also with the goal that students become adept at leading these improvisation exercises. Experience is not
necessary but a desire to have fun is.
This class is for students who have taken a dance class either at The New School or elsewhere in the last three years. The class
will be focused on learning choreography in a variety of genres: modern, postmodern, swing, Fosse-style, and hip hop will
definitely be included. We will be learning two dances a week in the beginning and then slow down as we rehearse and polish
the pieces for in-school and evening performances at the end of the quarter. Students are welcome to bring choreography to
share as well as suggest music or genres before I start choreographing this summer.
In this class, students will work toward group and individual fitness goals through a combination of cardio, strengthening, and
stretching exercises. Dance styles will include ballet, modern, Jazzercise, Kpop, improvisation, and hip hop. Students will also
have the chance to improvise and lead class.
Introduction to Voice
This class will introduce students to elementary vocal techniques and prepare them for choral performances. We will practice
the craft of singing, which includes proper breathing and posture, among many other things. Students will use a variety of
music to develop these skills while building their own performance-ready repertoires and collaborating as a choir to prepare
for at least one show. In addition to group and individual practice sessions, students will learn about music theory and the art
Honors Art Studio
In this Art Studio the student has discovered where, when, and how they find joy in doing art. The advanced student knows
what they want to do, has proven their ability to persist in achieving excellence, and embodies a process of creative and
aesthetic growth. The goal of the advanced student is to do work with the purpose and intent of declaring their unique selves
through intellect, skill, and production.
Students will become creative members of a youth theater ensemble with a goal of presenting a devised theater experience at the end of the course. Through skills-building strategies centered on theater games, improvisation, storytelling, acting, and group investigation (social issues, current affairs, and contemporary culture), students will grow in creativity, critical thought, and analysis. By working in an ensemble students will experience the challenges and rewards of working collaboratively and democratically. Experience is not necessary; however, a willingness to take risks is.
Let’s turn The New School on its head with a cheeky, over-the-top, Monty Python - Spamalot - Burlesque production of a
classic fairy tale in British Panto style. Panto is a bawdy, raucous, naughty play with words and music, usually based on a fairy
tale. Working from an established script, we will add our own ideas and New School flavor to create a bubbly, outrageous, and
anarchic piece of interactive theatre. Students will develop skills in writing for the theatre, as well as in collaboration, rehearsal,
and performance. This class will culminate in a series of performances at The New School.