Fine and Performing Arts
The Arts program at Winchendon is designed to build intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation for the arts. The program includes offerings in both visual arts and performing arts, providing students with a broad spectrum of options for artistic development and expression, and creating pathways both for those who will pursue entrance into elite studio and conservatory programs, and for those students who are interested in becoming a little more creative and expressive. Students may choose to take art classes for credit during the academic day or sign up for non-credit afternoon activities, including: the fall play and the spring musical, painting, drawing, ceramics, or photography work in the studio. Other offerings include jazz ensemble, the A Cappella group and the Ukulele Club.
Art History and Design
Art of the World
Art brings beauty into the world, permeating everything. As students are exposed to the art of various regions and periods, from the prehistoric sculptures to contemporary paintings, they learn to recognize trends, patterns, styles, and themes. They create their own versions art masterpieces across time, and investigate design theories through logo design. As they generate work of their own, students develop an appreciation of the work of the great masters of the past, and also improve their own spatial perception, sense of proportion, perspective, visual organization, and awareness of color. Using a variety of sources, students read and write about art, analyzing, comparing, and synthesizing. Trips to local art museums will reinforce classroom study.
This course provides students who have a serious interest in the visual arts with the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and design. Students will work from both observation and their imagination. They will be challenged to communicate their ideas visually. Open to students of all artistic abilities. No homework will be assigned in this class.
Studio Art II
This course provides students who have completed Studio Art I with a more advanced learning opportunity in the visual arts. They will learn more complex drawing and painting techniques and have increased artistic freedom within each project. Students will continue to work from both observation and their imagination. They will be challenged to communicate their ideas visually as they develop portfolio pieces. No homework will be assigned in this class, but sketchbook work will be strongly encouraged.
Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawing, Printing), Semester 1
Students will experiment with a range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and printing, and will explore image-making and personal interpretation through both observation and imagination. In this one-semester course, students will develop studio habits and experience fundamentals of fine art.
The Graphic Novel Semester 2
Music Theory and
This course provides an introduction to music theory and analysis through the study of the rudiments of musical literacy, as well as the study of music’s role in society. Units of study include Slavery and Spirituals, The Jazz Age and the Roaring 20s, The Composers of the USSR, and RAP Music: The Roots of Rhythm and Poetry. The music theory and literacy covered in the course will correspond with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) grade 1 curriculum objectives. An eclectic mix of music pedagogical approaches will be used to connect the theory and aural skills to the practical elements of music, including the methods of Kodály, Orff, Suzuki, and Dalcroze. As students perform, aurally analyze, and compose, they develop proficiency with those media and employ the more overarching skills of critical thinking, musical literacy, and aural analysis
Vocal Performance or Chorus
Vocal Performance will give students the opportunity to develop their musical understanding via the use of the voice. Incorporating essentials of music theory, this course will involve both rehearsal and performance elements. Students will be required to participate in public concerts at least twice during the year, putting into practice the skills and techniques they have worked on in class.
The goal of the Instrumental Performance course is to provide each student with the opportunity to actively participate in the creation of art via the medium of music. This course will incorporate the elements of music theory and repertoire as well as the rehearsal process. The rehearsal process is focused on producing high-level performances that are musically expressive and technically polished. Central to attaining the course's goals is the achievement of performance excellence, through each student's growth in the areas of knowledge, understanding, thoughtful reflection, critical thinking, and musical skills. Public performances will take place at least twice during the year.
Introduction to Theatre,
This one-semester course teaches the basics of acting through the development and interpretation of a character using the body, voice, and imagination. Course work also includes the presentation of wide-ranging performance projects with emphasis on scene work. Memorization and careful, consistent collaboration will be expected of all students.
Explore the magic of acting. This class is designed to introduce students to the entire dramatic work-shopping process. No prior experience needed. Through theater games, activities, imaginative exercises and collaborative work with classmates, students will create original performances material. Units may include objective and actions open scenes, monologue writing, scene writing, scene structure, short-form improv, and different acting methods.
This course will explore advanced dramatic structures, themes and styles. Acting 1 is a prerequisite for this course and it is recommended that students have prior drama or performance experience. Units may include script analysis, long-form improv, and acting through history. Students will be held to a high standard of both presentation and performance. An excellent choice for those interested in pursuing theater at the college level.
Theatre History and
Performance, Semester 2
This one-semester course allows students to explore and improve their performance techniques through the development and interpretation of character as a result of scene analysis. Reading assignments include a wide range of performance pieces from classical to modern. Students will develop an understanding of thousands of years of theatrical traditions and create personal preferences and connections.
Speech and Debate, Semester 1
This one-semester course covers a variety of styles of public speaking and formal debate. Through research and practice, students will become familiar with different speeches and debate methods through instruction, research, and practice. Memorization and careful, consistent collaboration will be expected of all students.
Photography, Semester 1
A picture can say a thousand words. In this one-semester course, students learn the fundamental skills necessary to expose and process negatives, print images, and bring a snap shot story to life. They also earn how to optimize aperture and shutter speed, and how these variables affect images. Finally, students will experiment with different contrast filters and burning/dodging techniques to produce the most
Film Making, Semester 2
In this one-semester course, students will challenge their knowledge of this medium and master the skills needed to make effective and engaging films. Students learn to direct, shoot and edit through hands-on training. They will learn how cinematic techniques significantly impact a viewer’s perception. Mise-en-scene, camera movement, lighting, sound design, and editing are all ways to tell stories on screen.