FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT
Visual Art - Music - Drama

The Fine Arts Department offers courses to students interested in visual art, music or drama. The variety of course offerings is intended to provide opportunities for students at all levels of experience in the arts.

VISUAL ART - Beginning classes are designed to serve a broad range of abilities and interests. Intermediate and advanced classes are more specialized and demand higher performance levels.  

INTRO TO ART: Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Offered as a beginning or exploratory art class for incoming 9th grade students or a first time art experience for all high school students.  This course will focus on a variety of two and three dimensional art projects that stress the art fundamentals including the elements of art and principles of design and composition.  Processes will include compositions with a variety of drawing and shading materials, painting with water based painting media, limited ceramic design and related studies of historical art periods and styles.  #7000

DRAWING/PAINTING: Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Intro to Art
 
Note:  Each course builds upon proficiencies mastered in the previous course, earning a grade of “C” or better in Intro to Art is required in order to advance to this class.  

Designed as an extension of the exploratory course Intro to Art.  Emphasis will be on a more in-depth experience with two dimensional art materials and compositions that reflect understanding of the art elements and increased technical skills.  Projects will include opportunities to use a variety of drawing materials, water and acrylic based painting, and printmaking.  #7001

SCULPTURE/CERAMICS: Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Intro to Art

Note:  Each course builds upon proficiencies mastered in the previous course, earning a grade of “C” or better in Intro to Art is required in order to advance to this class.  

Sculpture/Ceramics is a course for art students who desire a teacher directed extension of the technical skills explored in Intro to Art.  This class will be an extensive investigation of three-dimensional materials such as plaster, wire sculpture, ceramics and wood using additive and subtractive techniques.  #7010

AP ART HISTORY: Grade 10-12, Year =2 CR, Prerequisite: Intro to Art 

The AP Art History course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in art history.  It is designed to give students the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and acquire knowledge of art history through the ages, from the Paleolithic era to contemporary times. The students will learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from diverse cultures and understand their contributions to the arts.  A variety of art media and styles will be studied as the students look at architecture, manuscripts, painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture, as a reflection of a given civilization and time period.  This class will give students the opportunity to use their prior knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages, literature, and the visual arts.  #7008, 70082 

ADVANCED ART 2-D: Grade 11-12, Semester 1 = 1 CR, Prerequisite: Intro to Art, Art History, Drawing/ Painting, and Sculpture/ Ceramics

An advanced level course in drawing and painting with an emphasis on developing a greater depth of understanding of art and application of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to their work in a variety of media.  Studio experiences include drawing, painting, illustration, and printmaking projects.  Students are expected to become independent thinkers and to apply their prior knowledge to their work.  They will submit their projects within a portfolio that will include 8 to 10 pieces. #7004

ADVANCED ART 3-D: Grade 11-12, Semester 2 = 1 CR, Prerequisite: Intro to Art, Art History, Drawing / Painting, Sculpture/ Ceramics, and Advanced Art 2-D  

An Advanced level course focused on three dimensional projects.  3-D Design students are expected to become independent thinkers and to apply their knowledge of the elements and principles to their work in a variety of media (clay, wire, paper mache, found objects...) in order to demonstrate mastery of three- dimensional design skills and concepts.  They will submit a portfolio that includes 8 to 10 pieces throughout the semester. #7005

MUSIC - The Ottumwa High School instrumental and choral music programs are designed to give each student the opportunity to participate in all phases of music:  solo, small ensemble, and large group.

Solo and small ensemble students participate in the Iowa High School Music Association contests. Large group participation includes String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching and Parade Band, Bulldog Belles, Preludes, Troubadours, and Meistersingers.

The various music organizations provide both enjoyment and the prere¬quisites for college and university music departments. Many of our graduates have received excellent financial aid due to their high degree of performance in high school. Iowa High School Music Association regulations state that a student must be enrolled in one of the large group music organizations to be eligible to participate in state contests or festivals.

PRELUDES EOD: Grade 9-12, Year EOD=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Students involved in Band or Orchestra may enroll in Preludes EOD opposite their instrument days. Performance requirements for Preludes include a Fall, Holiday, Winter, and Spring concert. Interested students may compete in State Solo and Ensemble contest. #9815, 9816

TROUBADOURS: Grade 9-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

Troubadours is an everyday non-selective mixed chorus composed of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Performance requirements include a Fall Festival as well as Holiday, Winter and Spring school concerts. Interested students may compete in State Solo and Ensemble Contest. #9802, 9803

BELLS: Grade 9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=Audition

Bells is offered to select treble voices in high school, freshmen through seniors. Rehearsals are held daily. Performance requirements include a Fall Festival as well as Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts. Interested students may compete in State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Students may audition for Bells in the Spring. #9804, 9805

MEISTERSINGERS: Grade 10-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=Audition

Meistersingers is a SELECTIVE mixed chorus with daily rehearsals. Many required performances and activities are scheduled for Meistersingers. These include school concerts, All-State auditions, community performances, and contests. The choral literature to be rehearsed and performed consists of four to eight parts and ranges from medium difficult to very difficult. Only the most dedicated and talented singers will be selected for Meistersingers. Several before school rehearsals may be necessary throughout the year to prepare for all-state auditions, the Holiday and the Pop Concerts.  #9806

MUSIC THEORY & TECHNOLOGY: Grade 9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite= Instructor Interview 

Music theory and technology is a comprehensive course designed to prepare prospective college music majors or music minors. It would be helpful for students to have at least one year of piano instruction prior to taking this class. Course content will include basic music fundamentals, major and minor scales, chords, melodic lines, non-harmonic tones and modulation. At the conclusion of the course, students should possess the ability to compose short original compositions.

This seminar is for students interested in learning the fundamentals of musical technology. The course will include the use of technology to create and record music and many other applications of specific computer programs. Experience playing either keyboards or another instrument is helpful but not mandatory. Students will consult with instructors prior to registration. #9811

EARLY BIRD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EOD: Grade 9-12, Year EOD=1 CR, Prerequisite=Orchestra Experience

Early bird symphony orchestra meets at 7:20 on Monday and Wednesday starting after the marching band season is over (late October/early November). All String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra students MUST be enrolled in Early Bird Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra is comprised of all string students as well as brass, woodwind, and percussion students. During this rehearsal, full symphony orchestra music is rehearsed. Performance requirements for Early Bird Symphony Orchestra include a fall, holiday, winter, and spring concert. #9801, 98012

STRING ORCHESTRA EOD: Grade 9-12, Year EOD=1 CR, Prerequisite=Orchestra Experience

String orchestra meets first hour every other day on days 2, 4, and 6. This is a 9-12 orchestra comprised of just string instruments. All String Orchestra students MUST be enrolled in Early Bird Symphony Orchestra. Students who are also involved in band or choir first hour may enroll in string orchestra EOD opposite their band or choir days. Members of this class are offered the opportunity to audition for All-State Orchestra, participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival, play in chamber groups, and participate in orchestra festivals out of town. Performance requirements for String Orchestra include a fall, holiday, winter, and spring concert. #9800, 98002

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA EOD: Grade 9-12, Year EOD=1 CR, Co-requisite=String Orchestra EOD

Chamber orchestra meets first hour every other day on days 1, 3, and 5.  This is a 9-12 orchestra comprised of just string instruments. Students enrolled in this class must also be enrolled in Early Bird Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra on days 2, 4, and 6. Members of this class are offered the opportunity to audition for All-State Orchestra, participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival, play in chamber groups, and participate in orchestra festivals out of town. Performance requirements for Chamber Orchestra include a fall, holiday, winter, and spring concert. #9794, #97942

STRING CLASS FOR THE NOVICE PLAYER: Grade 9-12, Semester = 1 CR, Prerequisite=None 

This class is designed for students who have either no experience on a string instrument or less than a year of experience on a string instrument.  It is offered every day during second hour, and it is only offered first semester.  After one semester in the novice class, students will be prepared to enroll in Early-Bird Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra during second semester.  #9812

BAND: Grade 9-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite 

The Band is comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, including those wishing to begin a band instrument.  Beginning band students will be enrolled in Band but will study privately until basic playing techniques are mastered and director permission is received.  Band members also comprise the Pride of Ottumwa Marching Band as well as the winter sport pep band.  Band meets every day and attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances. (Varsity basketball players and cheerleaders are excused from the pep band.)  Students desiring to participate in a choir but who have no other free periods may enroll in Preludes with the permission of the directors of both Band and Preludes.  All Band members may audition for membership in the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Bands, All-State Band, and State Solo and Ensemble Contest as well as various honor bands offered around the state.  #9807, 9808

JAZZ STUDIES: Grade 9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite= Band or Orchestra Member

This seminar is for band or orchestra students who are interested in learning concepts of Jazz Music.  It will include Music & Jazz Theory in conjunction with improvisation studies and will spend in-depth time on the study of the History of Jazz.  Students will need to be able to read music well and be reasonably experienced on the instrument of choice.  #9817