Curriculum » Arts

Arts

Music Studio
 
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern music production and songwriting. Emphasis is placed on understanding fundamental DAW tools and concepts, DIY recording basics, and powerfully simple music theory and composition techniques. Student work - both finished and unfinished - will be reviewed and critiqued during class time.
 
Introduction to Theatre
 
Theatre will be taught in-house at Beacon next year! This class is a hands-on introduction to theatre that will focus both on performance skills (such as improvisation, ensemble building, and scene work) and on the staging and design process. You do not have to consider yourself a performer to take this class, but all students will try out both on-stage and off-stage skills in order to have a better understanding of theatre as a whole. Because being a spectator is also a vital part of understanding theatre, this class will include field trips to see professional productions in Chicago. No prior experience is necessary.
 
Advanced Theatre
 
Building on the fundamentals from the introductory course, returning students have the opportunity to hone their work as performers and designers, as well as to explore new topics in playwriting, devising, design, and theatre history. You do not have to consider yourself a performer to take this class, but all students will try out both on-stage and off-stage skills in order to have a better understanding of theatre as a whole. Because being a spectator is also a vital part of understanding theatre, this class will include field trips to see professional productions in Chicago. Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or permission from the instructor.
 
Choir
 
All together now! In this small choir setting, students will hone their skills as individual singers and thrive as a group of young musicians engaging in an eclectic mix of vocal material, from old school 16th century songs to new school contemporary a cappella
arrangements. Group members will grow their knowledge and skills as singers as they are instructed on vocal and breathing techniques and exercises, music reading and ear training -- all while engaging in the collaborative and vibrant experience of making
music together.
 
IB Theatre SL/HL
 
IB Theatre is an intensive and exciting project-based course open to juniors and seniors. Over the course of two years, Standard Level students will complete 3 projects, and Higher Level students will complete 4 projects. Overall, the course fosters a deeper understanding of theatrical devising, design, directing, and performance, as well as analyzing theatre as a spectator. Units include: collaborative creation of a group performance, directing skills, text analysis, design process, world theatre history, and theatre theory. Projects will involve group collaboration as well as individual research and writing, and throughout the course students will keep a theatre journal to record their growth as artists. You do not need to consider yourself a performer to complete this course or to receive IB credit, but all students do need to have an open mind about participating in all projects. This course is designed to include lessons from guest teaching artists who are working professionally in Chicago, as well as at least 3 field trips to see live theatre and to visit local college theatre program facilities. As the program grows, we hope to begin bringing students to attend the IB theatre fall TAPS conference in New York City, which involves participating in master classes and seeing 2 professional productions. Prerequisite: Advanced Theatre or permission from the instructor.
 
Studio Art I
 
Studio Art 1 is student-centered and places student exploration at the heart of a holistic learning experience. Studio Art students will explore a variety of art media, tools, and techniques while being challenged by thought provoking projects. Students will develop a body of artwork through the process of observation, investigation, critical thinking, experimentation, and reflection. They will be encouraged to explore personal, cultural, political, and social justice topics, while forming themes and ideas for their artwork.
 
Studio Art II
 
Studio Art 2 is for the more advanced art students. In most cases, taking Studio 1 is a prerequisite. Students will have more freedom to explore the materials and techniques of their choice, while they develop personal intentions. They will examine and compare works of art from different cultures and periods of time. These works will inspire and influence artistic decisions that students make. The Studio 2 class will also prepare students for the Visual Arts IB Program. Project ideas will be available for those students who would still prefer some guidelines.
 
IB Visual Arts SL/HL
 
The IB Visual Arts course takes place over two consecutive years. Like Studio Art, it is student-centered and places student exploration at the heart of a holistic learning experience. Students have a free choice to identify, select, and explore artists, artworks, cultural contexts, and media and forms for study that interest and excite them. They also have freedom to present their studies in a variety of creative ways, including presentations, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Organization, self-management, and independent study skills are emphasized, as well as higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis. Students will also learn to make decisions about what is relevant and useful for their own investigations and how to put their knowledge and understanding into practice, transforming ideas into action.
  • Students will explore the following three core areas:
    Theoretical Practice – Students will examine and compare works of arts from different cultures and periods of time, investigate different processes and techniques, and explore ways to communicate their ideas through art making and the written word.
  •  Art-making Practice – Students will develop a body of artwork through the process of investigation, thinking critically, and experimentation with different processes and techniques. Reflection and assessing will be an important part of this process.
  • Curatorial Practice – Students will formulate personal intentions for creating and displaying their work. They will assess and reflect whether their work communicates meaning and purpose.